“Sport has the power to change the world; it has the power to inspire, it has the power to unit people in a way little else does....Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”... Nelson Mandela
The Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country, and for their loved ones.
The 2017 Invictus Games will take place from September 23 to 30 and will see more than 600 wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women from 16 allied nations compete in 12 adaptive sports.
If you want to be inspired and watch first hand what sport can do, please visit the Invictus Games site at http://www.invictusgames2017.com/tickets/
The word INVICTUS comes from a poem written by Willian Ernest Henley in 1875 and means UNCONQUERED.
Henley penned the poem when one of his legs was amputated due to complications from tuberculosis. Immediately after the operation he was told that they might not save the other leg.
At the first opening ceremony, held in London, in 2014, the INVICTUS anthem was first performed. Written by Chris Martin from Coldplay, it is a fitting inspiration to the Games and to the power of sport.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul