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Prince Harry Unveils the UK Team for the Invictus Games 2017

This morning the team of competitors selected to represent the UK at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 was announced.

The 90-strong team of Service personnel and veterans will represent the UK at the Toronto games in September.

The UK team will join 16 other nations at the third Invictus Games from 23-30 September in Toronto, Canada. They will compete across 12 sports: athletics, archery, wheelchair basketball, road cycling, powerlifting, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, swimming, sitting volleyball, wheelchair tennis, the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge, and a new sport for 2017, golf.

The 2017 UK team captain has been named as former Army Major Bernie Broad. He served in the Grenadier Guards for around 30 years and lost both his legs below the knee due to injuries sustained in an explosion in Afghanistan 2009.

He said:

“The Invictus Games are empowering and inspire all of us as competitors to be the best version of ourselves. It allows us to be judged on what we can achieve, rather than what we can’t.

“To simply be selected for the UK Team was an amazing achievement. To then be further selected as the UK Team Captain filled me with such immense pride and it is a huge privilege to be given this honour.”

Over 60% of this year’s team are new to the Invictus Games and were spurred on to apply  off the back of the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014, the success of the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando and the day-to-day sports recovery activity that takes place.

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