Through sport, we change lives, and save lives.
Returning from deployment in Afghanistan, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, watched as the coffin of a Danish Soldier was loaded aboard for repatriation, alongside three injured British soldiers. That moment had a profound impact on him and, following a visit to the US Warrior Games in 2013, he was inspired to create the international Invictus Games to celebrate the unconquered human spirit, and shine a spotlight on these men and women who served.
The Invictus Games Foundation offers a recovery pathway for international wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women (WIS). We collaborate to provide opportunities for post-traumatic growth: enabling those involved to reclaim their purpose, identity and future, beyond injury.
Our Vision and Mission
Inspiring international communities through the power of the unconquerable human spirit.
Our Mission is to encourage a greater international understanding of and respect for those who serve their country by inspiring recovery and supporting the rehabilitation of wounded injured and sick (WIS) service personnel and veterans.
The power of sports
“You could see with the public that not only the people who won the race were cheered. The ones who did not medal but did not quit were cheered. This is the Invictus Spirit.”
Laurentiu Serban Team Romania
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Invictus Games The Hague 2020
Beyond the Games
“On my own personal level, this journey has meant a lot. I have travelled far outside my comfort zone and challenged what I thought I was capable of, physically and mentally"
Michael Magill, Denmark Participant in the High Atlas Invictus: Endeavour, 2022
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Cycling for recovery
Sharing best practice
I'm convinced that the impossible is genuinely being transformed into the possible, and individuals who have suffered injuries can achieve the almost limitless potential of the human spirit."
Professor Russell Foster CBE FRS, University of Oxford Royal Society Conference on Trauma Recovery
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The IGF Conversation
Serious injury or illness can significantly affect a person physically, psychologically and socially. For those who have served, these injuries or illnesses, whether sustained during conflict or otherwise, can have the additional impact of dramatic and sudden changes to their chosen career or lifestyle, placing pressure on their family or home life.
We use the Invictus Games and adaptive sports to inspire recovery and showcase the resilience of the Invictus community.
Beyond the Games, we improve lives through access to international opportunities for sports, esports and adventurous challenge, and building a supportive digital community.
Through sharing best practice, we influence the development of research and knowledge around trauma recovery, rehabilitation, and the power of sport, in order to shift attitudes towards disability and mental health.
The Invictus Games
We use the Invictus Games and adaptive sports to inspire recovery and showcase the resilience of the Invictus community. The Invictus Games is a biennial multinational adaptive sporting competition now involving 22 nations, and 500 competitors. With a focus on participation rather than the medal table, the Invictus Games celebrate personal bests and making it to the start line.
We Are Invictus
‘We Are Invictus’ is a free platform for international wounded, injured and sick (WIS) armed forces personnel, serving or veteran, providing a safe and secure space for the community. The platform provides opportunities for recovery through sports beyond the Games alongside a peer-to-peer support network. Activities range from sports, esports, adventurous challenge, employment, volunteering, speaking opportunities and more.We Are Invictus
Invictus:Endeavours is a grant giving programme to support the ambitions of international wounded, injured and sick (WIS) armed forces personnel, serving or veteran to undertake adventurous challenge in their recovery, or establish regular access to sporting recovery opportunities.What we offer
The IGF Conversation
We host a regular series of international webinars and conferences, called the IGF Conversation. Our unique experiences and network of nations provide a platform to facilitate contemporary research and offer a timely input into issues from trauma recovery to employment opportunities to the role of families.The IGF Conversation
We are a proud founding partner of the #WeThe15 campaign, the biggest ever human rights movement to represent the world's 1.2 billion people with disabilities. With the Paralympics, Special Olympics, Invictus Games and Deaflympics, there will be at least one major international sport event for persons with disabilities to showcase #WeThe15 each year between now and 2030. "These sports events add great value to the campaign and underline the hugely positive impact sport can have on society.” International Paralympics Committee President, Andrew Parsons.#WeThe15
With thanks to our founding partners, Fisher House Foundation, the role of family and friends is increasingly acknowledged as a key factor in the successful recovery and rehabilitation of wounded injured and sick service personnel and veterans. Unique to the Invictus Games, each competitor can be accompanied and supported by two family members and friends. Their involvement is central to the ability of competitors being able to regain their sense of purpose, identity and future.
Beyond the Finish Line
Participation in sports recovery via the Invictus Games has a significant short- and long-term positive impact on the recovery journey of international wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans. Interim findings so far indicate that its competitors experienced greater post-traumatic recovery than those who did not participate. The research explores the long-term physical, psychological and social impact of sport participation for recovery and indicates that competitors demonstrated a greater appreciation of life, a greater understanding of new possibilities that exist post-injury or illness, and a greater development of personal strength.
A timeline of sports recovery