The Invictus Games Foundation was established following the success of the Invictus Games 2014. Prince Harry and the organising committee of the London Games always hoped that they would be the beginning of the ‘Invictus’ story and that other cities and countries around the world would take up the challenge.
The inaugural Invictus Games created a blueprint for inspiring many more ‘wounded warriors’ on their journey of recovery. For every competitor that took part in 2014 there are many more who would benefit from having the same opportunity.
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 define by their injuries?
On a trip to the Warrior Games in the USA in 2013, Prince Harry saw first-hand how the power of sport can help physically, psychologically and socially those suffering from injuries and illness. He was inspired by his visit and the Invictus Games was born.
The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and personifies 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.
The Invictus Games is about much more than just sport – it captures hearts, challenges minds and changes lives.
Meghan Markle is already invested in the 2018 edition of the Games, which will happen in Sydney. On April 6th, she attended the UK Team Trials at the Univeristy of Bath with her fiancé Prince Harry. She is expected to attend the games this October.