Jaguar Land Rover have officially presented the British team bound for the Invictus Games today.
The 130-strong team will take part in the new international sporting event, due to start on the 10th September and designed to help rehabilitate wounded ex-military servicemen and women.
Supported by Jaguar Land Rover employees, the British Armed Forces team will compete against 13 other nations from across the world in nine sports, as well as a competitive driving challenge.
The biggest-ever British military sports team for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women is made up of both veterans and currently serving members of the Armed Forces.
They have been trained and supported by both the Ministry of Defence and Help for Heroes, along with Jaguar Land Rover who have provided support to the team.
Dave Henson, who lost his legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, was today announced as the British Armed Forces team captain. He said: “When I was injured I thought that was it, my life was over.
“The confidence boost that sport gave me was huge and to be selected as part of the British team for the Invictus Games is a huge honour. I really hope both the British public really get behind the Games and come and support us in person. It’s going to be a truly inspirational event.”
The Invictus Games have been organised with the support of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Jaguar Land Rover, in addition to supplying team members to support the British team, are the official presenting partner of the games.
As well as that, Jaguar Land Rover also released a special video last month to promote the new event.
Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is immensely proud to be enabling the Invictus Games and supporting the British Armed Forces team.
“In addition, we’re exploring with the Royal Foundation and the Ministry of Defence innovative ways of enhancing their employment prospects and those of other Service personnel when moving into civilian life, to create a lasting legacy from the Games.”
Global brand experience director of Jaguar Land Rover, Mark Cameron congratulated the team members, saying: “Jaguar Land Rover is honoured to be supporting the British Armed Forces team at the Invictus Games. We look forward to watching them go for gold in September.”
The Invictus Games are to be eld in the former Olympic and Paralympic venues at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London.
An opening ceremony featuring the Red Arrows and bands from the Royal Marines, Army and RAF will kick off the event on September 10th.