An ideal topic for illustrating the notion of Myths and Heroes, The Invictus Games are a project of Prince Harry’s: an Olympics-like sporting event for active duty military and veterans who are ill or have been wounded by war. Prince Harry decided to start the event after visiting the Warrior Games in the United States, and the first Invictus Games were held in London in 2014.
The name, too, comes from England. The games are named after the poem “Invictus” by English 19th-century poet William Ernest Henley, written as he recovered from a leg amputation. Its last lines have been quoted often by world leaders, including Churchill and Obama himself.
For four days in Orlando next week, more than 500 athletes will challenge each other in 10 events, ranging from basketball, rugby and tennis for wheelchair users to archery and powerlifting. Fifteen countries, including the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, will send men and women to compete.
- Read more about the Invictus story here
- What is the Invictus foundation? Read here
- What was behind Prince Harry’s inspiration to set up these games?
Even the Queen is taking part in promoting the event: