On the 7th April, HRH Prince Harry will visit the University of Bath Sports Training Village for the UK team trails in preparation for Invictus Games Toronto 2017. As patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, The Prince is fully engaged with the games and is committed to their success.
The Invictus Games is the only international sporting competition for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, serving and veteran. According to Kensington Palace, “the Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country.”
Toronto is the third city to host the Invictus Games following the 2014 London Games and last year’s games in Orlando.
Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will take place from 23rd – 30th September and will see over 550 competitors from 17 nations compete in 12 adaptive sports.
The UK team trials at Bath will last four days and are being organised by Help for Heroes, with support from the Ministry of Defence and The Royal British Legion. Only 90 places are available on the UK team and some 300 wounded, injured and sick personnel will compete to make the team.
His Royal Highness will meet and support competitors for the athletics track and field, as well as meet those taking part in the indoor rowing trials. During his visit, the Prince is expected to deliver a speech to all competitors wishing them luck in the selection process for the forthcoming Games.
Prince Harry is also Patron of the RFU Injured Players Foundation, which ” gives support to rugby union players who have suffered a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury, which has resulted in permanent disability while playing rugby in England, at any level and at any age.” The University of Bath has been working with the Foundation for ten years to find strategies to reduce the risk of physical injury in rugby. During the visit, His Royal Highness will watch demonstrations of rugby tackles and be shown the latest research into improving safety in the sport.