Prince Harry has launched and made a passionate plea to come, help and support a London-based Paralympic–style championship for injured service men and women. He also launched the Invictus Games yesterday and is the speaker at the Copper Box at the London Arena. He was asked in an interview how he would reach and help beyond Armed Forces families and attract ordinary people to the Invictus Games, and the Prince replied: “Let the British decide on that”. As a serving Army officer himself, he was dressed in army fatigues and also a keen supporter of the Armed Services, he gave a short speech and later joined some of the wounded troops for a seated volleyball game.
Prince Harry together with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has been instrumental in bringing the idea for the championship from America which is called the Warrior Games, to the UK after seeing the event in Colorado last year. More than 300 wounded, injured and sick service men and women and veterans, coming from 13 nations would compete in eight adaptive sports in London from 10th-14 this September. The sports will be in archery, athletics, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, sitting volleyball, road cycling, a driving challenge, swimming and indoor rowing. The events will be held in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Track and field events will be held at the Lee Valley athletic centre. The countries that will be taking part of the games will be Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Games itself is an excuse to bring and get as many as the servicemen and women back into society giving them jobs and making sure that all the value that they have been taught in the service will make them amazing, strong, inspirational people that they will bring it back to the community for the younger generation and why wouldn’t you help and support them. The Prince said that: “it’s not about winning or losing, it’s the fact that these guys have go to this stage to be able to take part in these events, and they’ve already won in my mind.
The Games received the backing of the Government with David Cameron paying tribute to the sacrifice of the wounded UK troops. There was a short statement from Mr. Cameron saying that the Games will be a wonderful opportunity to recognize the commitment of those who serve in the United Kingdom as well as our allies’ the Armed Forces and to pay tribute to the sacrifice of those servicemen and women who are wounded or injured. Supporting the Armed Services is one of the focus for the Royal Foundation.
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