Category: Blog

Dec 05, 2019
“One of the top 6 things I’ve done in my life!”

On International Volunteer Day, 2019, we spoke to Australian Jackie Clarke who volunteered during the recent Invictus Games Sydney 2018. Volunteering at the age of 75, Jackie told us she rates her experience at the Games as one of the top 6 things she has done in her life! Why did you decide to volunteer? […]

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Apr 25, 2019
Without the Games, I don’t believe that I would have adjusted to civilian life anywhere near as easily, nor would I be where I am today.

Zoe Williams tells the Invictus Games Foundation about her experiences of the Invictus Games and preparing for the London Marathon. I joined the Royal Navy in 2011 and soon after starting began to struggle with lower limb pain that nearly setback my training and made it difficult to continue. Nevertheless, I powered through and made […]

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Apr 24, 2019
Darran ‘Daz’ Challis is running the London Marathon 2019 for the Invictus Games Foundation – read his story and support his journey!

I joined the Parachute Regiment at 18 years old and served for 26 years leaving as a Warrant Officer Class 2.  I was Medically Discharged in 2012 due to injuries I sustained whilst training and on Operational Tours, (Fractures to Cervical, Thoracic and Lumber Spine, Fracture to Pelvis, Both Femur’s Fractured, Partial Hip Replacement and […]

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Apr 15, 2019
“The only limits are the ones that we place on ourselves”

Luke Delahunty, Invictus Games alumni, is undertaking the London Marathon for the Invictus Games Foundation. In 1996, I was paralysed from the chest down in a motorcycle crash whilst serving in the RAF Regiment. I wasn’t expected to live through the night after the crash, I was extremely fortunate to survive my injuries. Twenty years on […]

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Apr 02, 2019
Former competitor Sally Orange is running the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 for the Invictus Games Foundation

I joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1998 whilst studying at University to become a physiotherapist.  I was deployed on Operation Herrick in 2011 and played a role in the recovery and ongoing rehabilitation of countless severely traumatically injured personnel over my career of 21 years. When diagnosed with my own illness, I drew […]

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Oct 26, 2018
LOVE AND LANDMINES

The Invictus Games Foundation meet with competitors as they relax in gaps between the sporting competition schedule, and discover a love story Down Under. Surrounded by his pals, Talash cuts quite the dash in his suit. The others are noticeably more casual. His hair is styled to within an inch, the aftershave is ever present […]

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Oct 25, 2018
Mateship

“If you had to describe your dance moves in one word, what would it be?” “Probably… ‘Random’. Can I go now? Nutbush is about kick-off!” Emily says. I have so many questions. What is ‘Nutbush’? Is it a new adaptive sport or an Aussie variant for what most other people would refer to as Volleyball […]

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Oct 22, 2018
“Kia ora!”

“Kia ora New Zealand!”, I bellow, as I stride into the Team NZ camp. ‘Kia ora’ is a popular greeting, a way to say ‘hi’ or ‘hello’ in New Zealand, but it’s literal translation from Maori is, ‘have life be well/healthy’. A particular poignant phrase as I would come to discover. “Kia ora”, the response […]

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Oct 21, 2018
The Estonian Rhumba

The Invictus Games Foundation joined the cycling competition at the Royal Botanic Gardens on Sunday. As competitors, family members, and supporters milled around the track, we caught up with one of Team Estonia for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. Margus Hoop is a big Estonian, and looks tough. It’s a little intimidating, and as I […]

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Oct 20, 2018
A speech by The Duke of Sussex at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Opening Ceremony

Saturday 20th October, 2018 Sydney Opera House Hello Sydney. Hello Australia. And hello Invictus. On this day in 1973, my grandmother, The Queen stood in front of this Opera House and declared it open. Forty-five years later, to the day, it is my honour to be standing in front of this iconic symbol of Australia’s place […]

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Oct 19, 2018
“Today is just about being with each other.”

It’s the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, and the Invictus Games Foundation have joined the Golf Open, presented by ISPS Handa. “Take your time Janusz. Don’t rush it, keep your head down, you’ve got all the time in the world my friend.” It’s clearly not Keith’s first rodeo. The seventy-something year old Canadian has done this […]

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Apr 18, 2018
“To Me the Invictus Games is About Never Giving Up”

Nicola joined the Army aged 17. During basic training she suffered a blackout, was hospitalised and subsequently medically discharged. Nicola profoundly missed military life and the feeling of being part of a team so she joined the Territorial Army, first as an engineer before transferring to the Royal Army Medical Corps. In 2004 Nicola joined […]

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Mar 14, 2018
“Inspiring Others and Being a Part of Something Bigger Than Myself”

Michael served with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for 10 years. During his military service he deployed three times: Bosnia in 2002, Iraq in 2004 and Afghanistan in 2008. On 18th June 2008 whilst on tour in Afghanistan, Michael’s patrol came under fire. He was seriously injured when a mortar landed 3 meters from him, […]

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Feb 20, 2018
“Sport Helped Me Mith My Mental Rehabilitation”

Martin joined the army in 1984 and served for 26 years with the 1st Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment and the Small Arms School Corps, achieving the rank of Warrant Officer Class One. He completed operational tours in Northern Ireland and Iraq, and served overseas in Canada, USA, Germany, Cyprus, South Africa and Oman. In December […]

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Sep 29, 2017
From Flag to Competition to Reflection: Dale Robillard Shares His Invictus Experience

Dale Robillard competed in the golf competition at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, and he ranked 11th in the men’s golf finals. A resident of British Columbia, he served as an official flagbearer during the National Flag Tour.  He may not have nabbed a medal in the finals, but for this retired master warrant officer […]

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