Sheffield to host the first ever Team UK Invictus Games trialsPosted by: Molly Fawcett
Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson, attended the launch event.
The trials for wounded, injured and sick veterans will take place in the summer
A series of events and trials for the first ever Team UK Invictus Games will take place in Sheffield from 22 – 26 July, with thousands of people, including Invictus Games founder Prince Harry, expected to come along.
The games will provide opportunities for up to 500 veterans and their families, with Participants taking part in sports like athletics, wheelchair basketball, swimming and sitting volleyball. This will incorporate Team UK’s Trails for the next Invictus Games, held in The Hague, Netherlands, in May 2020.
The general public are encouraged to get involved, and cheer on competitors as they display the ‘unconquered spirit’ that was seen in Sydney last October.
Chris Allsop, a former Royal Engineer and triathlete from Sheffield, said: “My goal is the Invictus Games. This is the first small step on that journey, with the Sheffield Games being the first big one. It’s in my home city so try stopping me from going!”
The plans for the games were announced today in the Winter Gardens by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who said: “The Invictus Games shows the incredible rehabilitative power of sport to help our wounded and injured service personnel and veterans. Together with Sheffield City Council, Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion, we can help those who have life-changing conditions, especially those who have sacrificed so much for our country, to lead full and rewarding lives.”
Councillor May Lea, Sheffield’s cabinet member for culture, park and leisure, commented: “We are delighted to welcome the first Invictus Games Team UK Trails to Sheffield this summer. Sheffield is an inclusive city and a city of sport, with a rich military history, the perfect fit to represent these important national championships.
“I look forward to welcoming servicemen and women from across the UK, including our local Sheffield heroes, and to watching their inspiring performances. I hope this event will be the start of many people’s journey to recovery.”