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The Games

Over 400 competitors from 13 nations will take part in the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.

Teams will come from the armed forces of nations that have served alongside each other. The Games will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country.

The event, which is championed by Prince Harry, will be a celebration of resilience and passion. The Games will shine a spotlight on Armed Forces personnel and veterans who have put their lives on the line for their country demonstrating how they and their families are valued, respected and supported.

For competitors, it will offer a memorable, inspiring and energiZing experience in their journey of recovery.

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The Wounded Warriors

I AM a veteran
I AM a soldier
I AM a father
I AM a mother
I AM a husband
I AM a wife
I AM ambitious
I AM injured
I AM strong

WHO INVICTUS EXISTS FOR

Invictus Games competitors are the men and women who have come face-to-face with the reality of making a sacrifice for their country. They are the mothers, fathers, husbands and wives who put their lives on the line and suffered life-changing injuries.

These people are the embodiment of everything the Invictus Games stands for. They have been tested and challenged, but they have not been overcome. They have proven they cannot be defeated. They have the willpower to persevere and conquer new heights.

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The Schedule

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

The Opening  Ceremony

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 – DAY 1

Athletics / Track & Field

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – DAY 2

Wheelchair Rugby / Archery

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – DAY 3

Wheelchair Basketball / Indoor rowing / Road Cycling

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – DAY 4

Sitting Volleyball / Powerlifting / Swimming / Closing Concert

The Closing Concert is headlined by Foo Fighters, and will also feature sets from Bryan Adams, James Blunt, Diversity, Ellie Goulding, Military Wives Choirs, Rizzie Kicks and The Vamps.

 

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AbledWarriors: Invictus Games photo shows Prince Harry at a royal reception pictured with the Captains of the teams from 13 countries that will compete in the very first Invictus Games in London.

Wounded Warriors Gather In London For The First Invictus Games

 

Over 400 athletes from 13 countries have gathered in London for the launch of the first Invictus Games for wounded warriors. The event is the brainchild of the UK’s Prince Harry who, admittedly ‘knicked’ what he called a ‘great idea’ after attending the Warrior Games last year in Colorado, and which are scheduled for September 28 to October 4, this year.

Invictus‘ is Latin for ‘unconquered’ and has great symbolic meaning for the wounded warriors who will be competing. Sgt. Major Chris Self, the captain of Team USA, lost his leg after being shot in Iraq, and says, “It’s just telling everybody that, hey, you know, we can overcome, and if we can do it, then those that are sitting at home watching or those that are sitting at home reading about it, they can do it too.”

Self heads a team of 98 American wounded warriors competing in the Games. CBSNews correspondent Jan Crawford met some of them:

AbledWarriors: Invictus Games . Photo shows UK Wounded Warriors gathered in a black platform in their team uniforms with Prince Harry flanked by a black Range Rover SUV and a black Jaguar convertible provided by the official sponsor Jaguar Land Rover. They are gathered in a park with London's TowerBridge in the background on a sunny day. The headline reads: 130 British heroes gather with Prince Harry to commemorate the first Invictus Games.

British Armed Forces Vets Ready For The Invictus Games

 

The 130 strong British Armed Forces team for the Invictus Games, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, is made up of 69 percent Army, 23 percent Naval Service and 8 percent Royal Air Force representatives.

· 58 percent are veterans, and 42 percent are still serving members of the Armed Forces

· 67 days of training and 497 coaching hours successfully completed in build up to team selection

The team, which has been trained and supported by Help for Heroes and the UK Ministry of Defence, is made up of veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces and it is the biggest British military sports team ever assembled from wounded, injured or sick men and women. The final team that will represent Great Britain has been selected on criteria such as their commitment to training, performance, progression in their sport and feedback from the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery coaches.

After a three month training and trial period, where competitors undertook events such as archery, athletics, wheelchair basketball and rugby, cycling, powerlifting, indoor rowing, swimming and sitting volleyball the efforts of the 130 selected over 67 days and 497 coaching hours have paid off. The team comes from all over the UK, from Kinloss to Torpoint, representing their country in the inaugural Invictus Games. There will also be a unique competitive driving challenge organized by Jaguar Land Rover.

The Invictus Games are being organised with the support and backing of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence.  They will feature more than 400 wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, serving and veteran, competing in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, thanks to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. Teams, which have been invited from 14 nations that have served alongside each other, will compete in 9 adaptive sports.

The Invictus Games are a unique chance for the public to celebrate this ‘Invictus Spirit’ through sporting achievement, at venues made famous by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  The event, which will be kicked off with an Opening Ceremony and rounded off with a Closing Concert headlined by the Foo Fighters and Bryan Adams, runs from 10-14 September.

AbledWarriors -Invictus Games Logo is set against a blurred black backdrop that contains a repeating pattern of the logo for Invictus Games. The word Invictus is in a medium gray with the letter I in yellow and sits on top of the word games which is also in gray except for the letters a and m. Together the yellow letters form the phrase I AM. Underneath in smaller text are the words London 2014.

INVICTUS

 

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

‘INVICTUS’ is a short Victorian poem by English poet William Ernest Henley, written in 1875 and published in 1888 in his first volume of poems. It originally had no title, so the title ‘INVICTUS, which is Latin for ‘unconquered’, was added by editor Arthur Quiller-Couch when the poem was included in The Oxford Book of English Verse.

Its origin comes from the fact that one of Henley’s legs was amputated below the knee because of complications from tuberculosis, providing inspiration for Henley’s friend Robert Louis Stevenson‘s character Long John Silver in Treasure Island. Coincidentally, Henley’s young daughter, Margaret, who was quite a sickly child and died at the age of five, was the inspiration for Wendy in family friend J.M Barrie‘s children’s classic Peter Pan.

Immediately after the amputation, he received news that another operation would have to be done to his other leg. After enlisting the help of a different doctor, he was abled to keep his other leg by undergoing intensive surgery on his remaining foot. While recovering from the operation, he wrote the words of what was later titled ‘INVICTUS’.

This period of his life, coupled with the reality of an impoverished childhood, plays a major role in the meaning behind the power; it is also the prime reason for this poem’s existence.

(Source: Wikipedia)

AbledWarriors: Invictus Games: Photo shows an illustrated portrait of William Ernest Henley, the author of the poem 'Invictus'. He is leaning forward in an armchair dressed in a blue waistcoat shirt and dark tie with grey striped trousers. He is wearing a flat brimmed brown hat with a high rounded center and has a bright blonde mustache that flares out from his blonde and white beard. He is holding a walking stick in his right hand and his left gloved hand is holding a cigarette that is giving off smoke. The portrait is by Leslie Ward and was published in Vanity Fair on November 26, 1892 as 'Men of the Day' Number 551.

William Ernest Henley

1849 – 1903

Pictured in an illustration by Leslie Ward published in Vanity Fair, November 26, 1892

AbledWarriors - Invictus Games- A photo taken at night shows the words I AM INVICTUS being projected on the front facade of Buckingham Palace in two places while two blue strobes from a laser are seeing in the sky nearby.
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