Prince Harry Visits UK Invictus Games Hopefuls at Trials
Prince Harry joined wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans who are trying out for a place on the UK team at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017.
Prince Harry today met Invictus Games hopefuls as they were taking part in UK team trials at the University of Bath Sports Training Village ahead of the third Invictus Games in September this year.
The Invictus Games Foundation Patron met with serving and veteran servicemen and women who are using sport as part of their recovery, and who hope to be selected as part of the 90-strong UK team that will head out to Toronto, Canada from 23-30 September.
More hopefuls than ever before – 306 - have applied to take part in the 2017 Invictus Games, of which 212 have never before taken part in the Games before.
Hopefuls will have the opportunity to take part in 11 sports at the trials: Athletics, Archery, Wheelchair Basketball, Road Cycling, Golf, Powerlifting, Indoor Rowing, Wheelchair Rugby, Swimming, Sitting Volleyball and Wheelchair Tennis.
Jayne Kavanagh, Chef De Mission for the UK team, said: "The legacy of the Invictus Games is clear to see through the fact that more than 300 hopefuls are vying for their place on the team this weekend, 212 of which haven’t taken part in a previous Games.
Harnessing the power of sport
The Invictus Games set out to harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for our wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.
The UK team will be selected based on the benefit the Invictus Games will give an individual as part of their recovery, combined with performance and commitment to training.
"The Invictus Games in London and Orlando demonstrated how powerful sport is as a means of rebuilding confidence as well as aiding physical and mental recovery."
"It is brilliant to see how the success of the first and second Invictus Games has not only supported the recovery of those who took part but also inspired so many others to rebuild their lives through sport.
"Trials will provide the opportunity for hopefuls to demonstrate both their performance ability and, more importantly, their commitment towards both the UK Team and their personal recovery journeys."
Supporting Friends and Family
The Royal British Legion will be supporting the Friends and Family of the UK Team as part of its work to recognise the vital and valuable contribution that family and friends make to the recovery of wounded, injured or sick Service personnel and veterans.
Continued training will take place across the country at Recovery Centres and other venues as part of Help for Heroes’ extensive Sports Recovery programme to train, select and develop the team.
Team UK supporters in Orlando in 2016
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: "The Invictus Games promote the importance of sport in the recovery process, and provide inspiration and opportunity to our injured Servicemen and women.
"I saw first-hand the strength and determination of competitors at the previous Games, and I wish all those taking part in this year’s trials the best of luck as they take on this challenge."