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Sports & Rec: Invictus Games


Wheelchair basketball is one of 10 sports in which athletes can compete at the Invictus Games in May. photo courtesy Invictus Games.
Reprinted from PN March 2016

The world's only international adaptive sporting event for injured active-duty and veteran service members is coming to the United States for the first time this year

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Prince Harry announced last October that the second Invictus Games would be held in the Orlando, Fla., area May 8–12. The 10-sport event will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

“I can’t wait to see the American public supporting these inspirational men and women at the next Games,” Prince Harry said during the announcement. “And what better place to host such a great family event than Orlando.”

The Invictus Games uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country, as well as their families and caregivers. This year’s event is expected to bring together more than 500 competitors from up to 15 countries. Sports will include:

  • Archery
  • Cycling
  • Indoor rowing
  • Sitting volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Track & field
  • Triathlon
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Wheelchair rugby
  • Wheelchair tennis

Following a visit to the U.S.-based Warrior Games, Prince Harry was inspired to create an expanded international version and founded the first Invictus Games hosted in London in 2014. More than 400 competitors from 13 nations competed in nine sports and a driving challenge at last year’s Games.

For more information, visit invictusgames 2016.org

 

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