The 'Invictus Games' presented by Jaguar Land Rover, is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel. The event, which is championed by Prince Harry, will take place in London from 10-14 September 2014 and will see more than 300 wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, serving and veteran, competing in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
The programme will include Athletics, Archery, Wheelchair Basketball, Road Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Wheelchair Rugby, Swimming, Sitting Volleyball and a driving challenge, hosted by Jaguar Land Rover. Teams will be invited from the armed forces of 14 nations that have served alongside each other, including Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Georgia, Iraq, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, UK & USA, with relative newcomers to adaptive sport joining advanced athletes in an inclusive programme.
At the heart of the Games will be the servicemen and women who will represent their nations in this first ever international Invictus Games. Captain David Henson, who hopes to compete in September, commented: "Competitive sport has made all the difference to my personal recovery and rehabilitation. For a whole international community of injured 'brothers in arms' who flat out refuse to let themselves be beaten by their injuries, the Invictus Games in London will offer a memorable, inspiring and energising experience in their journey of recovery. This is not just the story of our wounded, but of all of our servicemen and women. We will each prove, as William Ernest Henley's famous poem Invictus so aptly says: I AM the master of my fate. I AM the captain of my soul."
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 Invictus Games will celebrate this through sporting achievement that recognises the sacrifice they, and others, have made.
Thanks to the Mayor of London, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, competitors and live audiences can look forward to enjoying the occasion in venues made famous by the London 2012 Games, including the Copper Box, the Aquatic Centre and the VeloPark. Track and field disciplines will run at Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
An Opening Ceremony, developed by Kim Gavin, the creative director of the 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony, will take place on the South Lawn of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the evening of Wednesday 10 September. The ceremony will include a Competitors’ Parade featuring all 400+ wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, an exclusive performance of the official anthem, penned by Coldplay’s Chris Martin and a fly past from The Red Arrows, one of the world's premier aerobatic display teams. The sold out Closing Concert will take place on Sunday 14th September and features a spectacular line up including performances from Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs, Ellie Goulding, Ryan Adams, The Vamps, Rizzle Kicks, James Blunt, Diversity and Military Wives Choirs.
Jaguar Land Rover is immensely proud to be presenting partner of the Invictus Games, having been inspired by the passion with which Prince Harry has championed this visionary idea; bringing together for the first time servicemen and women, both serving and veteran, to celebrate the commitment and achievements of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel. Jaguar Land Rover will explore opportunities with the Royal Foundation and the Ministry of Defence to create innovative ways to enhance the valuable role of veterans as skilled employees, as a way of creating a lasting legacy for the Games.
Tickets for the sporting events at the Invictus games are currently on sale at www.invictusgames.org and cost £12.85 per person.
For more information about the Invictus Games, please visit www.invictusgames.org.