Special medallions to be given to all competitors at Invictus Games Orlando 2016
The Invictus Games Foundation today announced that it will give all competitors in the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 a medallion to commemorate their participation in the sporting event.
The medallions, which have been carefully designed and manufactured by British Court Jewellers and Medallists, Cleave & Company Ltd, will be presented at the Closing Ceremony of the Invictus Games later today.
The medallions represent the philosophy and vision behind the Invictus Games. An embossed pattern, reminiscent of stitching, has been chosen to represent the journey of recovery and rehabilitation of the wounded, injured and sick Service personnel participating in the Invictus Games. The medallions also feature the I AM which has been lifted from William Ernest Henley’s poem Invictus.
David Wiseman, Captain of the UK Armed Forces team said: “I think I speak on behalf of every competitor when I say that we all tried to bring home as many medals as possible. But for those who won’t, receiving a medallion from the Invictus Games Foundation is a fantastic reminder that at the end of the day, we have all undertaken our own journey to recovery and that we are all equals.”
Dominic Reid, Managing Director of the Invictus Games Foundation said: “Every single Invictus Games competitor will have given it their all on the field of play – proving that they can’t be defeated. Some may or may not have come away with a medal. With these medallions, we want to recognise the competitors’ indefatigable drive to overcome and everything they will have achieved just to get to the Games. We’re thrilled to have worked with Cleave & Company to produce these medallions which I hope will be a fantastic reminder to all competitors for many years to come.”
Peter Scott, Managing Director of Cleave & Company said: “We are honoured to be associated with the Invictus Games Foundation. We are humbled by the contribution that each competitor has already made to our society and by their participation in the games they continue to be an inspiration to us all. We hope the medallions will be a symbolic reminder of the huge energy and determination that every competitor has put into the Games and also of the enjoyment and fellowship they have received.”
The Invictus Games is the only international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. It was set up by Prince Harry in 2014 to use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country.
The Invictus Games Orlando 2016, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, took place from 8 – 12 May 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Over 500 competitors from 14 nations took part in 10 sports.