Invictus Games British Armed Forces Team

Nothing shows the strength of the human spirit quite like the incredible performances of our heroic athletes at the Invictus Games.

 

Across five days this summer, former and current members of our armed forces came together in London for a sporting event like no other.

Championed by Prince Harry, the Games captured the imagination of the country as more than 400 competitors from 13 nations demonstrated their incredible determination and strength.

Teams were made up from wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women from the armed forces of countries that have fought alongside each other.

Some had lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan, others suffered long-term injuries, while many dealt with the day-to-day trauma of mental scars brought on by their service on the front line in conflict zones.

Using the power of sport, the Games were created to inspire people to better themselves, never give up and keep fighting no matter what life threw at them.

Defining moments were everywhere, including a thrilling wheelchair rugby final that pitted the British team against the USA.

Roared on by a sell-out crowd, Britain took home the gold medal after scoring the winner in a 13-12 match with just 36 seconds remaining.

The event was played out in the Copper Box, the iconic London 2012 venue, and Prince Harry himself played in an exhibition match to highlight just how difficult and tough the game is.

Shining a spotlight on Armed Forces personnel and veterans who have put their lives on the line for their country, the Games even got the support of US President Barack Obama, who told competitors: “Your incomparable souls inspire us today.”

The British Armed Forces team was made up of 132 men and women, who shared stunning successes and created dozens of golden memories.

The spirit of Invictus was perhaps best summed up in the unforgettable moment British trio JJ Chalmers, Paul Vice and Robert Cromley-Hawke crossed the winning line for the men’s recumbent road cycling race hand-in-hand to share the gold medal.

The three of them were battling it out in the final moments of an exciting race when they suddenly decided to finish together.

Upon finishing the race, JJ said:

That wasn’t a stunt, it was the true spirit of these Games. We had all worked just as hard to be here.

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