Most of us will never know the full horrors of combat. Many Service men and women suffer life-changing injuries, both visible and invisible, while serving their countries. How do these men and women find the motivation to move on and not be defined by their injuries? How can they be recognized for their achievements and not given sympathy? Prince Harry asked these questions.
On a trip to the Warrior Games in the USA in 2013, he saw how the power of sport could help physically, psychologically, and socially. His mind was made up. London would host the inaugural Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, ill and injured Service men and women – both active duty and veteran.
Fifteen nations were invited to participate in the 2016 Games, which held from May 8 – 12, 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. During that week, over 500 military competitors took part in 10 sporting events as they were cheered on by thousands of family members, friends and spectators.
The Dutch took part with 30 people, they participated in the following sports.
- Track and Field
- Indoor rowing
- Wheelchair basketball
- Sitting volleyball
They took home a record of 19 medals.