Invictus Games

Team UK Staying 'Positive' Despite Invictus Games 2020 Postponement

The Duke of Sussex, who founded the games in 2014, said it was an "incredibly difficult decision" to postpone the event. 

Team UK captain Rachel Williamson said her team is remaining "positive" despite this year's Invictus Games at The Hague being postponed.

The former RAF medic spoke to Forces News after the announcement and remained in good spirits, calling the delay "a blip".

"We’re gutted because that is what we’ve been working towards," she said.

“We’ve had this countdown and we’ve planned this training but the team are very positive, they’re seeing the best side of it.

“We get to see each other for another year. We get extra training so it’s just a case of being there for each other."

The games, due to start in May, are being rescheduled for next year.

The Duke of Sussex, who founded the games in 2014, said it was an "incredibly difficult decision" to postpone the event. 

While the delay is a blow, Williamson was quick to point out that the competitors have always battled adversity.

“For us, the recovery journey never ends in general," said Williamson who won six medals at the Invictus Games 2018.

“We’ve been through stuff that is so much worse than this, we’ve overcome so many obstacles in our lives."

Rachel Williamson incorrect Invictus Games 2020 200320 CREDIT BFBS
Williamson got a tattoo ahead of the games.

Williamson also revealed how the team will keep training during the pandemic.

She said: "At the moment, a lot of the guys are at home self-isolating so there are measures in place.

“We are sending out alternative programme plans so people can just simply use their body weight and do exercises on the floor.

“Some of the team are fortunate to have their own mini gyms set up.

“It’s just a case of riding this blip out at the moment and then we will start getting back together as a team and training again."