Invictus Games

Sheffield To Host Team UK Invictus Games Trials

The city will hold the first-ever Team UK trials for the competition.

The first-ever national games for wounded, injured and sick veterans and personnel has been launched today in Sheffield by the partnership of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.

The Team UK Invictus Games Trials will take place in Sheffield between 22 and 26 July 2019.

"These new games will ensure we maintain that ‘unconquered spirit’ and momentum of recovery for the special community Invictus has created," said Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson on Wednesday.

"The Invictus Games show the incredible rehabilitative power of sport to help our wounded and injured service personnel and veterans."

The events and sporting activities will provide opportunities for up to 500 individuals and their families to use the power of sport, teamwork and competition to significantly accelerate their recovery.

Participants will take part in adaptive sports including athletics, wheelchair basketball, powerlifting, swimming and sitting volleyball.

Chris Allsop, a former Royal Engineer and triathlete from Sheffield said: “My goal is the Invictus Games. This is the first small step on that journey, with the Sheffield Games being the first big one. It’s in my home city so try stopping me from going!"

The event in Sheffield will also incorporate Team UK’s Trials for the next Invictus Games, which will take place in The Hague, Netherlands in May 2020.

"This event in Sheffield is an example of our lifelong commitment to today’s serving personnel, veterans and their families," said the Royal British Legion's Director of Operations, Antony Baines.

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The Team UK Invictus Games Trials build on the success of the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney (Picture: MOD).

The Invictus Games were created by Prince Harry, HRH The Duke of Sussex.

The first edition took place in London and has been followed by events in Orlando, Toronto and Sydney.

In Sydney, Team UK won 72 medals and recorded 138 personal bests, competing against 17 other nations with a team of 72 athletes.