Team UK revealed ahead of 2023 Invictus Games

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Photographer: Sgt Jimmy Wise - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

Team UK for this year’s Invictus Games has been revealed this week at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

The participants, all wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and veterans, will compete at the Games in Düsseldorf in September.

Supported by the Royal British Legion, in partnership with the MoD, the team came together in public for the first time on Friday.

The Invictus Games, established in 2014, provides an opportunity for those who have suffered illness or injury during or as a result of their service to compete in a sporting environment as part of their recovery journey.

The RBL has been involved in Team UK since 2016, when it started supporting the friends and families of participants on their journey to the Games. This is the first year the charity is taking responsibility for delivering the whole team, participants included, to the Games alongside its partners, the MOD.

Photographer: Sgt Jimmy Wise Copyright: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

The Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Dr Andrew Murrison, spoke to Team UK participants at the event to find out more about their personal recovery stories.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Dr Andrew Murrison MP said:

“The Invictus Games is an inspiring example of how the resilience and discipline gained during a military career can be applied to the sporting arena.

“Being a part of Team UK is a rewarding opportunity for both our service personnel and Veterans who have all given so much to the Armed Forces community in keeping the nation safe.”

Pictured: The Rt Hon Dr Andrew Murrison MP, Team Captain Lt Cdr James Rogers (far right) and staff from The RBL arrive at Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Photographer: Sgt Jimmy Wise Copyright: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

Team Captain, Lieutenant Commander James Rogers, is returning for his second Invictus Games after competing in cycling and swimming events at The Hague in 2022. James lives with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a long-term autoimmune inflammatory arthritis condition, which affects his mobility, causing full-body pain and chronic fatigue. 

Lieutenant Commander James Rogers said:

“A few years ago, I couldn’t go to the park with my kids, so I want to show them what I’m able to achieve now. Representing my country, and the Armed Forces, and to top it all off, being selected as Team Captain is an absolute honour and privilege.”

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