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Invictus UK Trials 2019: A Round-Up

More than 470 athletes have competed in Sheffield this week.

Talented athletes have been in Sheffield over the past week to compete for places in the 2020 Invictus Games.

During the five days, incredible stories and an array of outstanding performances have been shared with special visitors and onlookers - including Forces News.

Here is a look back at the range of events enjoyed over the course of the week.

Watch: Sheffield comes together to celebrate UK Invictus trials

Monday

Sheffield certainly knows how to welcome its competitors, and the 'Big Gig' was no exception.

The FlyDSA Arena opened its arms in style with performances from a number of acts - including soul-singer Heather Small.

"There are people who have been rehabilitated and are able to go from one atmosphere to another by sheer determination and hard work."

This was the largest Invictus trial event attempted to date - the competition doubling up as UK Championships - and it certainly started with a bang.

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill providing some motivation for the competitors.

Tuesday

The first day of competition saw athletics and wheelchair rugby take centre-stage.

A visit from Sheffield local, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, provided extra motivation for the athletes on the track.

It seemed she was just as inspired:

"If you speak to anybody, you can’t say Invictus without them knowing what it means and what it stands for."

Wednesday

The mid-week action saw a wealth of competition taking place on-court and on the roads.

Archery opened the morning's proceedings before athletes took to the city centre to record time-trials in the cycling.

Roads were closed on one of the UK's hottest days, allowing the cyclists to have their moment in the sun. 

Paralympic star Dame Sarah Storey handed out the medals, praising the "vision, hope and expectation" that the sports give the athletes.

Back indoors, the English Institute of Sport enjoyed the seated volleyball.

Watch: cycling takes over Sheffield city centre

Thursday

Powerlifting never fails to please the crowd, so what better event to welcome His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex.

Prince Harry attended the event, meeting with athletes and families.

Invictus ambassador and former competitor, David Watson said: "It's been brilliant for me, it's got me back doing what I want to do.

"It's not just helped me, it's helped my family.

"It's the guys in there as well, it's helping their families and helping them, and Prince Harry's a big part of it - he set it all up."

The swimming finals took place at Ponds Forge shortly after, with the wheelchair basketball athletes taking to the courts to conclude the day.

Watch: Prince Harry meets Invictus competitors and their families

Friday

Sheffield said goodbye to the Invictus UK Trials by cheering on the competitors of the Indoor Rowing Event.

Julie Hodgson took gold in the women's four-minute races.

Watch: Julie Hodgson won her race and was awarded a gold medal

Team UK will be hoping to beat the 72 medals they picked up in Sydney 2018 when they travel to The Netherlands next year.