The word Invictus, Latin for ‘unconquered’, captures the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick Service community. The Invictus Games is an Endeavour Fund grantee, embodying their willpower and perseverance to overcome challenges, and the opportunity to conquer new heights. The Invictus Games not only highlighted the individual and teams’ success, but also brought an unprecedented spotlight on the issues and challenges facing wounded veterans.
The opening ceremony of the first Invictus Games was held on 13 September 2014 in London’s Olympic Park. Supported by their families and friends, over 400 hundred Servicemen and women – both serving and veteran, came together from 13 nations to compete in a four-day multi-sport competition.
Over four days of intense sporting action in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 400 competitors from 13 nations around the world competed in nine sports in five venues. Tens of thousands of people returned to the Olympic park venues, this time to cheer on people who had made massive personal sacrifices on behalf of their countries.
These Games have shone a spotlight on the 'unconquerable' character of servicemen and women, their families and the 'invictus' spirit.
The Invictus Games Foundation has now been established to help ensure the Invictus Games can be hosted in other countries and continue to inspire hundreds of other wounded Service personnel around the world to overcome their injuries through sport.
- Ministry of Defence