The fourth Invictus Games are upon us and next week our MD, Pip Cox, is swapping the office for the stands as she goes with her family to support her brother Spencer Bull who will be competing in the GB team at the games in Sydney. Spencer will be competing in the swimming, sailing and shot put. The Invictus Games were started by Prince Harry four years ago and is for wounded, injured or ill servicemen and women who have served their countries in conflicts and have been affected physically or non-physically whilst doing so. The games are used as a way to encourage these people to incorporate sports into their rehabilitation programmes. They celebrate the strength of these people and all that they have done for their nations as well as raises awareness of the injuries caused by war.
Invictus is Latin for the word ‘unconquered’ and the games show the fighting spirits displayed by those taking part. J J Chalmers, who is presenting the games on the BBC this year and is an Invictus Games gold medallist has said, “The games have changed my life so I live for the opportunity to help showcase them, especially as they continue to grow, educate, inspire and entertain”. In the UK alone, 1,100 people showed an interest in the games and 400 contestants competed to make the 72 person strong team that will be taking part in Sydney. This figure shows the amount of people that the games have reached in the UK and the amount of lives that they are trying to change.
On Saturday 20th Octobers, 500 people from 18 nations will take part in the games with over 1000 family members and friends there to support them. A huge amount of training has gone on prior to the teams departing next week and all of us at JG will be cheering on the GB team from home and you could too! Why don’t you support as we will be doing by watching it on the BBC (see below), clicking the red button or watching on demand on iPlayer. You can watch the extended highlights and your favourite sports on demand at a time that suits you. Join us and wish Spencer, GB and all of the competitors the best of luck!