02 Feb 16:00 by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia


With the 2016 Orlando Invictus Games less than 100 days away, trials for a place in the UK team are well underway. Games patron Prince Harry attended the first day of trials at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.

"The excitement is building not just here but also across the pond. You will be unbelievably amazed by the amount of support there is out there for you,” the Prince told participants.

"You are now or will be ambassadors for the Invictus shirt, and the Invictus spirit. Wherever you go and whatever you do, spread the word. The most important thing is enjoy it, make the most of it and spread the word and appreciate how much support there is out there,” he continued.

The trials, run by Help for Heroes Official with support from the Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion, went ahead despite the strong winds that were buffeting the country. Harry got to play a real-life Prince Charming when the wind blew partial paraplegic Anna Pollock out of her wheelchair.

"I was just putting my gloves back on and sat back in my chair when the wind took me over," she told reporters. "Harry said to me, 'What did you do that for?'"

The Prince helped her back into her chair and stuck around to chat and pose for photos.

"He was so lovely to help me and he gives so much. He makes all the lads and the lasses feel important," she said.

The Invictus Games is an event in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans compete in numerous sporting events. The first Games took place in London in 2014, and it aims to harness “the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.”