If you love sport prepared to be captivated by the Invictus Games. They take place from Sunday 8 May until Thursday 12 May 2016 in Orlando Florida.
Invictus will definitely be inspiring Games. They will give you an insightful meaning of what ‘hero’ means, what courage is and how much is possible through rehabilitation and steely determination.
As you may be aware, all Invictus competitors are former service women and men who suffered life-changing injuries, while dutiful serving our respective countries.
I work with colleagues who formerly worked on the front line working to disable IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), they lost former colleagues and know of others who were injured.
Our work here at Kirintec sees us support the defence and industry. We understand the meaning of community, team and how bravery conquers all – admittedly some more than others.
For me the forthcoming Games are about the fighting spirit of wounded service personnel. In a previous role in my career, I worked with a sports development team and Disability Sport Wales, so I have attended many a match/training session as a spectator. I have seen first-hand the power undoubtedly sport has and how it helps to restore lives whether that be socially, physically or psychologically.
‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’.
The spirit of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games will undoubtedly once again see team-mates choosing to cross the finishing line together, in not wanting anyone to come second (or for other nations to either!).
I would be surprised if once again, this united camaraderie doesn’t extend to entrants’ clapping the last one across the line, whichever nation they represent.
Talking about preparing for the week ahead, UK athlete Zoe Williams explained: “It has given me a new goal to aim towards and inspired me to be the best I could be. I would love the opportunity to compete alongside other people who all share the same passion for furthering themselves through sport and exercise after having suffered injuries.”
Two charities close to our hearts here at Kirintec are ‘Help for Heroes’ and ‘The Royal British Legion’. Both are working in partnership with the Ministry of Defence to support the UK Team at the Games. Help for Heroes has a list of UK athletes on their website; take a look.
Wishing every athlete the best and we look forward to tracking your progress here.
Invictus Games sports include:
Archery, Indoor Rowing, Power-lifting, Road Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Track and Field, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Tennis.
Nations competing include:
The UK, hosts The USA, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Jordan, Italy, Iraq, Germany, Georgia, France, Estonia, Denmark, Canada, Australia and Afghanistan.