The second Invictus Games for injured ex-Forces personnel and veterans are to be held at Disney World, Florida in 2016. Invictus Games president and patron Prince Harry, who is currently working as a conservation volunteer in Africa, unveiled details of the venue via a video announcement recorded before he left the UK.
"I am absolutely delighted to announce that the United States has taken up the challenge and will host the next Invictus Games near Orlando, Florida," Harry said. "I can't wait to see the American public supporting these inspirational men and women at the next Games. And what better place to host such a great family event than Orlando."
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “I am delighted that the Invictus Games 2016 will once again showcase the drive and determination of our wounded servicemen and women to overcome life-changing injuries. They are a true inspiration and I look forward to watching them compete in Orlando next year.”
The first Invictus Games were held in London in 2014, in a number of venues built for or used in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The prince was inspired to create the games after watching a British team competing in the US-based Warrior Games the previous year. The event was envisaged as an expanded version of the Warrior Games, which would bring international veterans and competitors together.
British veterans performed brilliantly at the first Invictus Games, with competitors such as former Royal Engineer Nick Beighton, who lost both his legs in Afghanistan. Speaking of the London games, Prince Harry said: "The competitors showed grit, determination and humour: an absolute refusal to be beaten or be defined by their injuries - the Invictus spirit was born."
‘Invictus’ is Latin for ‘unconquered’ or ‘undefeated’. The games are aptly named as they showcase the indomitable spirit of the competitors.