2017 | Invictus Games Foundation

INFORMATION:

The Invictus Games Foundation was established following the success of the Invictus Games 2014. Prince Harry and the organising committee of the London Games always hoped that they would be the beginning of the ‘Invictus’ story and that other cities and countries around the world would take up the challenge.

The inaugural Invictus Games created a blueprint for inspiring many more ‘wounded warriors’ on their journey of recovery. For every competitor that took part in 2014 there are many more who would benefit from having the same opportunity.

The Invictus Games Foundation is the owner of the brand and the selector of future Host Cities. It exists to ensure that the Invictus Games continue to adhere to the high standards that have been set. It is responsible for sport & competition management, rules & categorisations and branding. The Foundation is also the final arbiter on the inclusion of additional sports and Participating Nations.

The Foundation has presided over the transition from a one-off inspiring Games to a global movement allowing the ‘Invictus Spirit’ to positively influence all levels of society. People around the world have drawn inspiration from the competitors and their stories of resilience and determination.

EFFORTS:

September 23, 2017 – Invictus Games – Toronto 2017 – Opening Ceremony – Meghan Markle attends the opening ceremony on Day 1 of the Invictus Games – Toronto 2017 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces.


September 25, 2017 – Invictus Games – Toronto 2017 – Day 3 – Wheelchair Tennis – Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Wheelchair Tennis on Day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces.


September 30, 2017 – Invictus Games Toronto 2017 – Closing Ceremony – Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are seen at the Closing Ceremony on Day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces.


April 06, 2018 – Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Attend UK Team Trials – Prince Harry, Patron of We Are Invictus and Meghan Markle will attend the UK team trials for Invictus Sydney at the University of Bath Sports Training Village. The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will take place from 20-27th October and will see over 500 competitors from 18 nations compete in 11 adaptive sports.


April 21, 2018 – Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Attend Invictus Games Reception – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the Invictus Games Reception at the Australia House in London, England. The reception was hosted by the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy to celebrate the upcoming Invictus Games to be held in Sydney, Australia in October.


October 20, 2018 – Invictus Games: Sydney – Day 1 – Set 1 – During Day 5 of their tour of Austrailia, Fiji, and Tonga The Duke and Duchess traveled by boat to attend the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on Cockatoo Island. The Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge is a test of skill and precision and is designed to test driving skills, navigational ability, observation and teamwork using Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. The Duke and Duchess made sure that they got to meet with competitors, their families, staff, and volunteers. Prince Harry of course had a go at the mini car driving course for children. Afterwards, The Duke and Duchess handed out the first medals of the game.


October 20 – Invictus Games: Sydney – Day 1 – Set 2 – To start their evening Their Royal Highnesses attended a reception before the Opening Ceremony where they mingled with guests. The Opening Ceremony was delayed for an hour as a thunderstorm rolled through. Luckily, it cleared up, and the rest of the night went on as planned with a crowd of 4,000 attendees including competitors, family and friends, and dignitaries at the Sydney Opera House. Through song, colour and tradition, the Opening Ceremony showcased personal stories of recovery, endurance and rehabilitation, bringing together the rich and diverse cultures and experiences that make up the Invictus Games family. Prince Harry once again gave an uplifting and motivating speech.


October 21, 2018 – Invictus Games: Sydney – Day 2 – Set 1 – Their Royal Highnesses attended a lunchtime Reception hosted by the Prime Minister, with Invictus Games competitors and representatives from the community in the city’s central parkland, The Domain. The reception was held at the Pavilion restaurant where Harry and Meghan chatted with guests and posed for photos.


October 21, 2018 – Invictus Games: Sydney – Day 2 – Set 2 – After sitting out a morning engagement Meghan did join Harry to watch the Invictus sailing event. The couple cheered on the competitors and Prince Harry received quite a big bear hug when one very excited Invictus competitor jumped into the boat. You can watch the video below. We just love the relationship Prince Harry has with the men and women of Invictus.


October 21, 2018 – Invictus Games: Sydney – Day 2 – Set 3 – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a private Invictus Games Foundation Reception.


October 27, 2018 – Invictus Games: Sydney – Day 8 – Set 1 – The last day of the Australian programme falls on the final day of the Invictus Games. After having the morning off Their Royal Highnesses spent the afternoon at the wheelchair basketball finals at the Quay Centre. Meghan cheered her native home team on to victory with the U.S. winning 29-17 over the Netherlands team. Meghan presented the medals with Harry with one competitor stealing a kiss on the cheek from Meghan.


October 27, 2018 – Invictus Games: Sydney – Day 8 – Set 2 – The Closing Ceremony that evening took place at Qudos Bank Arena. The event, at which both The Duke and Duchess will spoke, was full of celebration of the outstanding achievements and inspiring spirit of the Invictus Games competitors. You can watch the closing ceremony at the link below, you don’t want to miss Harry and Meghan’s incredible speeches, but also the performances by Grammy-nominated artist Aloe Blacc and The Kingdom Chior which performed at the couple’s wedding in May.


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