Wasps’ captain, James Haskell, today launched an innovative partnership between Wasps and the Invictus Games, the international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, championed by Prince Harry.
England back-rower Haskell was joined at the Copper Box launch by former RAF Regiment Gunner and Lance Corporal Ben Steele, who is one of 400 competitors taking part in the Invictus Games, competing in the British Armed Forces wheelchair rugby team. Ben has served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the RAF Regiment. He lost his leg following a serious motorcycle accident in the UK while serving in the Military Provost Guard Service. He took up wheelchair rugby as part of his recovery and discovered a real passion for it.
As part of the alliance Wasps will wear a limited edition away shirt during the London Double Header against Saracens on Saturday 6th September to drive awareness for the Invictus Games presented by Jaguar Land Rover. Wasps’ players will also support a wheelchair rugby training session in Bristol on Thursday 28th August.
Wasps have a strong affiliation with the Armed Forces, following successful partnerships with Help for Heroes at the club’s first St George’s Day fixture, and then for the fixture’s second year BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association), Combat Stress, The Parachute Regiment Charity and The Special Boat Service Association (SBSA).
Invictus is Latin for unconquered, a word that embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. The Invictus Games are a unique chance for the public to celebrate this ‘invictus spirit’ through sporting achievement venues made famous by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.