The Invictus Games this year will be hosted in Toronto, Canada on the 23-30 September 2017. Invictus, meaning “unconquered” or “undefeated”, enables wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans to compete in a range of sports. These sports include wheelchair rugby, Paralympic powerlifting, track and field, archery, indoor rowing, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball and tennis.
The aim of the Games is to:
“Use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women”.
The name of the Games was in part inspired by the famous poem of the same name written in 1875 by William Ernest Henley and often recited during times of adversity. The poem shares Henley’s own struggles as an amputee and reflects the spirit of the grit and determination displayed by Invictus Games competitors.
Last year our long running personal injury campaign Don’t Quit, Do It won the Marketing Award at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards. The campaign focuses on encouraging people with disabilities to get involved in sports to support rehabilitation and features some top Ambassadors such as Hannah Cockcroft MBE, Paralympic wheelchair racer. Another Ambassador is Kieran Wood who has been selected for the Invictus Games.
This summer Irwin Mitchell will be the Official Legal Services Provider of the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017. The event takes place at the London Stadium 14-23 July with athletes from over 90 countries competing for glory.
Irwin Mitchell will certainly be supporting all those competitors from around the world whose efforts go to making the Invictus Games a continuing success.
Published: 18 July 2017
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