Prince Harry was at The Tower of London today at the launch of the team selected to represent the UK at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017.
The Invictus Games is the only international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and Women. This year, 300 people applied to take part in the games – 90 competitors have now been selected and can compete in up to 11 different sports.
After attending the launch at The Tower of London, The Prince met the new UK team and their family and friends at a brunch reception at Plaisterers Hall – where he heard about their journeys to the games.
17 nations and 550 competitors will take part in this years’ games which hopes to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for all who serve their country.
At the reception The Prince said:
“I know many of you have struggled over the years, but you are here now and you have this amazing opportunity in front of you to share with your family and friends.”
6-year-old Maya, then took to the stage to read out her letter saying, ‘Thank you so much to Prince Harry and Help for Heroes for helping my mummy and her friends’. Maya said she was incredibly proud of her mother Michelle, who is one of the 90 competitors selected to take part in Toronto 2017. Training for the event will continue across the UK in recovery centres and external venues as part of the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery Programme.
Before departing, Prince Harry said this year the games had a special focus on celebrating the support of families and friends.
“You have made an incredible journey to this point – you have been defiant and courageous. Do not forget your ability to inspire others.”