The brainchild of Prince Harry, the Invictus Games is an annual international sporting competition for wounded armed services personnel. First held in 2014, the event was inspired by the Warrior Games in America, with athletes invited from countries with which the UK has allied in recent military campaigns. This year will see 550 competitors from 17 countries competing for medals between 23 and 30 September in 12 adaptive events ranging from track athletics to archery, golf, rowing, swimming, volleyball and powerlifting.
The idea behind the Games is, according to Prince Harry, to “demonstrate the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and demonstrate life beyond disability”, as well as to ensure that injured troops are not forgotten. In its founder’s own words the Games have: “Shone a spotlight on the ‘unconquerable’ character of servicemen and women and their families and their ‘Invictus’ spirit. These Games have been about seeing guys sprinting for the finish line and then turning round to clap the last man in. They have been about teammates choosing to cross the line together, not wanting to come second, but not wanting the other guys to either. These Games have shown the very best of the human spirit.”
Last week, Bremont, a long-time supporter of the armed services through its work with Help for Heroes and official supporter of the UK Team for the Invictus Games, announced that it had created a bespoke Bremont bracelet for each of the 90-strong team, as well as a commercially available limited-edition Bremont x Invictus bracelet, which shows solidarity with the UK Team Games and raises money for the Invictus Games Foundation and the event’s future. The distinctive 18.5cm yellow and black leather bands feature a stainless-steel disc and cost £34.99 at shop.bremont.com, with all money going to the Foundation. Buy your own bracelet to show your support, here.
We wish all Invictus competitors the very best of luck.