Invictus Games

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Invictus Games
Motto I AM
First event 2014
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Medals from London 2014

The Invictus Games are an international Paralympic-style[1] multi-sport event, created by Britain's Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing.[1] Named after Invictus, Latin for "unconquered" or "undefeated" the event was inspired by the Warrior Games, a similar event held in the United States. The first Invictus Games took place in 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, United Kingdom.

The 2014 opening ceremony was attended by Prince Harry, Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, and Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark. The event also included a recorded message from First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.[2]

The second games opened on 8 May 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World, near Orlando, Florida, United States. The opening ceremony was attended by Prince Harry, First Lady Michelle Obama, former American President George W. Bush and many other dignitaries. The 2017 games will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[3] Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II helped make a promotional video for the 2016 event.[4]


The Games were launched on 6 March 2014 by Prince Harry at London's Copper Box arena, used as a venue during the 2012 Olympics. Having seen a British team competing at the US Warrior Games held in Colorado in 2013, the prince wished to bring the concept of a similar international sporting event to the United Kingdom.[5][6][7][8] With the backing of Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Ministry of Defence, the event was put together over ten months.[1][9] £1m of funding for the project was provided by the Royal Foundation, a charity established by Prince Harry along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with an equal amount being pledged by Chancellor George Osborne from Treasury funds generated by fines imposed on banks as a result of the Libor scandal.[1][10] The Games were also sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover.[8] Speaking at the launch, the prince said that the Games would "demonstrate the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and demonstrate life beyond disability".[11] He also said that their long-term objective was to ensure injured troops are not forgotten as Britain's involvement with the War in Afghanistan comes to an end.[1][12]

Host cities

Host cities of the Invictus Games
Year City Country Continent Venue Nations participating Opening Ceremony Closing Ceremony
2014 London  United Kingdom Europe Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 14September 10 September 14
2015 No games held in 2015 to allow time for the 2016 host, Orlando, to plan and raise funds.[13]
2016 Orlando  United States North America ESPN Wide World of Sports 15 May 8 May 12
2017 Toronto  Canada TBA 16 September 23 September 30
2018 Sydney  Australia Oceania TBA TBA TBA TBA

Invictus Games Foundation

The Invictus Games Foundation was created as the legacy of the first-ever Invictus Games. It governs the process of the future Games. The bidding process for future games started in November 2014.[14]


The people who Govern the Foundation are:[15]




Lewis Hamilton appointed as first ambassador.[16]

2014 Invictus Games

Four runners from Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States during a 100-metre qualifying heat at the 2014 Invictus Games
Three American defenders knock the ball away from an Australian player during a wheelchair rugby pool match between the United States and Australia at the 2014 Invictus Games

The first Invictus Games were held on 10–14 September 2014.[1][8][19][20] Around 300 competitors from 13 countries which have fought alongside the United Kingdom in recent military campaigns participated. These included the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Denmark, New Zealand and Afghanistan. Competitive events were held at many of the venues used during the 2012 Olympics, including the Copper Box and the Lee Valley Athletics Centre. The Games were broadcast by the BBC.[1][21]

Organising committee

Invited countries

14 countries were invited to the 2014 games, 8 from Europe, 2 from Asia, 2 from North America and 2 from Oceania. No countries from Africa were invited. There were teams from all the invited countries, except Iraq, competing in the games.

Sporting events

Athletics (aka track & field), Archery, Indoor rowing, Powerlifting, Road cycling, Sitting volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair basketball and Wheelchair rugby. The presenting partner Jaguar Land Rover also organised a driving challenge.

2014 closing concert

The closing concert was broadcast on BBC Two hosted by Clare Balding and Greg James.[23] The concert was hosted by Nick Grimshaw and Fearne Cotton, with live performances from Foo Fighters, James Blunt, Rizzle Kicks, Bryan Adams and Ellie Goulding.[24][25][26]


The following venues were used for Invictus 2014:

2016 Invictus Games

Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman narrates for the opening ceremony to the 2016 Invictus games in Orlando, Florida

On 14 July 2015, Prince Harry, Patron of Invictus Games Foundation, announced the 2016 Invictus Games would take place from 8–12 May 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.[27]

On 28 October 2015, Prince Harry and USA's First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden, launched Invictus Games 2016 at Fort Belvoir.[28]

Organising committee

U.S. Invictus wheelchair basketball team members celebrate their gold medal win during the 2016 Invictus Games

In order to bring Invictus Games to the USA, Military Adaptive Sports Inc. (MASI) was created, and worked to build on the success of the Invictus Games 2014 held in London.[29]

Board Members of Military Adaptive Sports Inc.[30]

Ken Fisher served as Chairman and CEO for Invictus Games Orlando 2016.[31]

Invited countries

All 14 countries from the 2014 Games were invited back, while Jordan was the only new invitee.[32]

Sporting events

2017 Invictus Games

Toronto will host the 2017 Invictus Games in September during Canada's sesquicentennial. Building from hosting the Pan American and Parapan American Games in 2015, Toronto's organizers plan to feature more competitors, nations and sports — such as ice events — than previously.[34]

No official venues have been named, but the locations in the Greater Toronto Area will host 12 sporting events[35] and likely to reuse some of the 2015 Pan Am Games venues.[36]

Michael Burns is the CEO for 2017 Games and official mascot for the Games is Vimy, a Labrador.[37]

2018 Invictus Games

Bids to host the 2018 Invictus Games closed in December 2015.[38] The Gold Coast in Australia announced its intention to bid, using facilities built for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.[39] Sydney, Australia was announced as the host city in November 2016.[40]

See also


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  32. "Countries". Invictus Games 2016 - Orlando - May 8–12 - ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
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  34. "Prince Harry Announces Third Invictus Games in Toronto" (Press release). London: Invictus Games Foundation. The Canadian Press. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
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  38. "FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS". Invictus Games Foundation. Retrieved 2016-05-16.
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  40. "Prince Harry names Sydney as 2018 Invictus Games host". BBC News. 12 November 2016.
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