The inaugural Invictus Games, held from 10-14 September 2014 in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, brought together over 400 competitors from 13 nations around the world. Across four days of intense sporting action, they competed in nine sports in five venues.
Two years on from the spectacle of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, tens of thousands of people returned to pack iconic venues in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This time they were cheering on men and women who just six months prior had been unknown to the public, despite the personal sacrifice they had made on behalf of their country.
The Games started with a spectacular Opening Ceremony, with an audience of 5,000 gathering on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the special military themed opening event. A fly past from The Red Arrows, displays by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Queen’s Colour Squadron and performances from bands in the Royal Marines, Army and RAF kicked off the Games in style.
The Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Concert was a star-studded event, featuring the likes of the Foo Fighters, Bryan Adams, Ellie Goulding and The Kaiser Chiefs. It was the perfect finale for an inspirational four days of sporting action.
The inaugural Invictus Games was held in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at the following venues:
- London Aquatics Centre: swimming
- Copper Box Arena: sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball
- Here East: Archery, Indoor Rowing and Powerlifting
- LeeValley VeloPark: road cycling
Athletics was held at Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
The following countries took part in the Games: Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, UK and USA.
Jaguar Land Rover was the Presenting Partner of the 2014 Invictus Games. Other sponsors were BT, Fisher House Foundation, PwC, Ottobock and YESSS Electrical.