Katherine Jenkins OBE named as 2016 Invictus Games Ambassador
Invictus Games Orlando 2016 today announced that Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE as an Ambassador for the 2016 Invictus Games.
As part of her commitment to the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, Jenkins will be supporting competitor training events and raising awareness for adaptive sports and the important role they play for wounded, injured and sick service members.
Known for her passion and commitment to the British Armed Forces, Katherine Jenkins has been hailed as the “Forces Sweetheart” for her work as a trustee of the British Forces Foundation. In that role, she travelled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Cyprus & Northern Ireland to entertain troops.
Katherine Jenkins said: “Supporting the men, women and families who serve our country has always been an important part of my life, and I am extremely honoured to serve as an Ambassador for the 2016 Invictus Games. I look forward to celebrating and honouring the sacrifices of veteran and active duty service members and their families from around the world in May.”
Vicky Gosling OBE, co-CEO of the 2016 Invictus Games said: “We are thrilled to have Katherine Jenkins serve as a friend, advocate and ambassador of the 2016 Invictus Games. Her commitment to those who serve is exceptional, and we’re excited to stand side by side as we welcome our wounded warriors and their families in Orlando. We are looking forward to announcing more Ambassadors as we approach the Invictus Games.”
Jenkins was born in South Wales and learned to sing as a chorister of St. David’s Church choir. Her love of music grew as she joined choral groups, performed with Welsh Male Voice Choirs and participated in Eisteddfods and other musical events. As a 23 year-old school teacher, she burst onto the music scene when she performed at Westminster Cathedral in honour of Pope John Paul’s UU Silver Jubilee in 2003. Since then, she has released 10 studio albums and currently in the studio recording her 11th.
The Invictus Games is the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women – both serving and veterans. It uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country as well as their families and caregivers.
The 2016 Invictus Games, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, will bring together more than 500 competitors from 15 nations to compete in 10 sports – archery, cycling, indoor rowing, power lifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
The Games will take place from 8 – 12 May at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Fans can guarantee their seats before tickets go on sale by visiting http://invictusgames2016.org/tickets/ and filling out a brief form.