It has been announced that Prince Harry and Zara Tindall, along with her rugby player husband Mike, will take part in the Jaguar Land Rover Exhibition Wheelchair rugby match during the Invictus Games in September.
Prince Harry will be joined by Olympians Denise Lewis and Dame Kelly Holmes and singer songwriter Example to take part in the match. Members of wounded, injured and sick service personnel will also join the star-studded line up for the charity match. The two rugby teams will be managed by Rugby World Cup winners Sir Clive Woodward and Jonny Wilkinson.
The match will take place during the Invictus Games on Friday 12th September in the Copper Box Arena.
Speaking about the future match, Zara Tindall has commented: “It’s important to get involved in the Invictus Games to use the power of sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation. I’m very excited to be involved. I have seen wheelchair rugby being played before but I haven’t played. I can’t imagine I’m going to be very good at it, but obviously we’ll bring our A-Game!”
The Queen’s granddaughter continued: “I’m looking forward to being part of an amazing Games. Having servicemen and women from all over the globe come together and compete in sport is going to be fantastic.”
Dame Kelly Holmes has spoken about what her involvement in the match means to her: “As an ex-military soldier, I’m extremely honoured to be part of the Invictus Games. I have immense admiration for all these service men and women who have served their country. I’m very much looking forward to being part of the games and I’m sure I will be in awe of all the events and all those taking part. I wish everyone good luck in their preparation and look forward to taking part myself.” Holmes was awarded an MBE for services to British Army in 1998 and was made a DBE in 2005.
Singer songwriter Example has commented about joining the Games: “The spirit and determination of those taking part in the Invictus Games is incredible. I’m humbled and honoured to be asked to take part and looking forward to getting out there and giving wheelchair rugby a go. It looks brutal. Fun, but brutal!”
The match will appear on the BBC’s One Show and highlights from the match will be broadcast on BBC Two later that evening.
Photo Credit: Invictus Games 2014