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Prince Harry meets with UK contenders for the Invictus Games

Prince Harry visited the University of Bath earlier this week to take a look at competitors for this years Invictus Games.

Prince Harry, who is the patron of the Invictus Games Foundation met with an array of people who were competing in trials to get a place in the games later this year.

What is the Invictus Games?

It is an international event that focuses on a long list of different types of sports. The event was created specifically for competitors “who have come face-to-face with the reality of making a sacrifice for their country.” The Invictus Games is made up of contenders who are or were serving army personnel that have been injured. The Invictus Games is recognised as a Paralympic-style event; some of the sports that the injured service women and men or veterans contend in include sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and much more.

The first Invictus Games was in 2014, following its success Prince Harry created the Invictus Games Foundation. The foundation’s aim is to ‘develop the legacy of Games which includes managing the process of selecting the hosts of future games and overseeing their delivery.’ The main objective of the creation of the Invictus Games is to “use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.”

Prince Harry with Invictus competitor Jon and his dog Jester. Photo: @KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

Prince Harry watched and cheered on competitors taking part in the trials in Bath.

One of the trials that Prince Harry observed was rugby. Harry was seen speaking to a potential contender for the Invictus Games, Matt Attwood after he had demonstrated a rugby tackle.

After speaking with hopefuls, Prince Harry delivered a speech wishing them good luck.

This year Toronto will host the Invictus Games, with an expected 300 servicemen, women and veterans competing in sports over four days. There are only 90 places available for the UK team.

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