About the Invictus Games

The Invictus Games are about survival in the face of adversity and the strength of the human spirit. They will send a positive message about life beyond disability.

Over 400 competitors from 14 nations will take part in the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. Teams will come from the armed forces of nations that have served alongside each other. The Games will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country.

The event, which is championed by Prince Harry, will be a celebration of resilience and passion. The Games will shine a spotlight on Armed Forces personnel and veterans who have put their lives on the line for their country demonstrating how they and their families are valued, respected and supported. For competitors, it will offer a memorable, inspiring and energising experience in their journey of recovery.

Sport has really helped me improve my confidence post injury and the sense of freedom I get from it is second to none.

Lance Corporal Jonathon (Frenchie) Le Galloudec

Sport is a means to an end. In creating a moment of celebration of the journey of recovery, the event will also bring international attention to that journey. One of rebuilding self-confidence, of rebuilding ambitions, of rebuilding a career, of rebuilding a family and social life.

Sport has played such a massive part in my recovery and rehabilitation and it certainly has been for many of the other guys that I know. A big part of the Invictus Games is being able to achieve something. It’s about what you can do.

Royal Marine Don Maclean

Introduction to Invictus Poem by William Earnest Henley

Generations have drawn on the words of William Ernest Henley’s poem for strength during times of adversity. Henley was himself an amputee and the poem reflects his long battle with illness. The title means “unconquerable” and these 16 short lines encapsulate the indefatigable human spirit, which is at the heart of the Invictus Games.

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

I have always cycled but after my injury, it became a massive part of my rehab. I wouldn’t be at the stage I am at now without it.

Royal Marine Don Maclean