Most of us will never know the full horrors of combat. Many servicemen and women suffer life-changing injuries, visible or otherwise, whilst serving their country. How do these men and women find the motivation to move on and not be defined by their injuries?…One answer: the Invictus Games.
Held this year at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando from May 8th-12th, more than 500 competitors from countries including Italy, Germany, Australia, Estonia, Jordan and the UK and Afghanistan are competing in 10 events – archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, athletics, wheelchair basketball, rugby and tennis.
Here’s a brief intro:
How did it start you ask?
On a trip to the Warrior Games in the USA in 2013 Prince Harry of Wales saw how the power of sport could help physically, psychologically and socially. His mind was made up. London would host the inaugural Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel.
“I served along with soldiers from all over the world,” Prince Harry said at the opening ceremony. “I saw the sacrifices they and their families made to serve their nations. I learned about the importance of team work and camaraderie in the way that only military service can teach you.”
The word ‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury. The Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.
Here’s Prince Harry:
What a great idea and a true inspiration to those soldiers who have served our country and are injured – both physically and mentally.
I think if Princess Diane was still alive today, she would be very proud of Prince Harry. In addition, I agree, Prince Harry’s passion for the Invictus Games shows he genuinely cares about these injured servicemen and women, and has the utmost respect for them all.
These Games have shone a spotlight on the ‘unconquerable’ character of service men and women and their families and their ‘Invictus’ spirit. These Games have been about seeing guys sprinting for the finish line and then turning round to clap the last man in. They have been about teammates choosing to cross the line together, not wanting to come second, but not wanting the other guys to either. These Games have shown the very best of the human spirit. – Prince Harry
Looks like Prince Harry has grown into one fine young man, certainly one that his mom would be very proud of. Thank you Captain Harry. Carry on.