In 2014 the inaugural Invictus Games which took part in London stood as a highlight in the year’s sporting calendar as an international, multi-sport adaptive event that embraced the respect for our Armed Forces and the strong desire to show the nation’s support for those who have sacrificed so much in service.
The Games were launched by Prince Harry, who having seen a British team competing at the US Warrior Games held in Colorado in 2013, wished to bring the concept of a similar international sporting event to the UK. With the backing of Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Ministry of Defence, the event was put together over ten months.
The Endeavour Fund was a key stakeholder in the early stages of Invictus Games, providing the initial seed capital required and working in partnership with the Ministry of Defence to get the project off the ground. We were immensely proud to be involved in this exciting project from the very start and pleased to help provide opportunities to so many people to focus and catalyse their recovery through sport.
The Invictus Games provided an opportunity to invite our friends from other countries to participate, with whom we have fought side by side in recent conflicts. The UK was joined by twelve other countries from around the world, whose 430 representatives competed in nine different events across five days of sport and ceremony held in iconic venues across London, utilising the amazing facilities left behind in the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games.
“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 offers a memorable, inspiring and energising experience in their journey of recovery…” UK TEAM CAPTAIN DAVID HENSON
“As I sit on my parent’s veranda deep in the Spanish countryside I find myself reminiscing about my involvement with the Invictus Games in 2014. From day one the atmosphere surrounding the entire event was incredible and the crowds deafening. The long lasting legacy of the Invictus Games will be the reinforcement of the message that no matter how wounded, injured or sick we are in life, we can still change and enrich our lives through sport. As we know, the Invictus Games is not all about winning, it is the taking part which is important. Personally I want to thank all those involved behind the scenes – the volunteers, the sponsors, The BBC for televising The Games and above all the competitors for having the courage to come forward and compete and to have a go at realising their full potential. Bring on 2016!”
Jon Le Galloudec, 2014 UK Armed Forces team member
We are delighted to have continued the association with the second edition of the games which took part at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World, near Orlando, Florida, and to have contributed towards the UK Invictus teams which joined the 2016 games.
We will continue to champion this incredible example of how our wounded, injured and sick can take part in high level competative and international sport and will be proud to be involved again with the 2017 Toronto Invictus Games.