The Duke of Sussex joins the IGF Conversation to kick-off ten-year anniversary celebrations.

May 07, 2024
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7th May 2024, London. The ‘IGF Conversation‘ panel event on Realising a Global Community took place today at the Honourable Artillery Company, in Central London, moderated by broadcaster Louise Minchin. The event marked a celebration of what the IGF has achieved over the last ten years, and outlined plans on how to continue to build a global community, supporting those and their families who have given in the Service of their countries.

The event looked back on where the Invictus Games Foundation has come from since our Patron The Duke of Sussex returned home from the Warrior Games in the US and felt inspired to create the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014. Involving the former Chair of the Invictus Games Foundation, Sir Keith Mills, alongside long-term supporter for the Invictus movement, and former CEO of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, the event programme opened with a panel discussion with The Duke on the journey to launching the Invictus Games London 2014.

Earlier today, the Invictus Games Foundation launched the findings of their longitudinal study into the impact of the Invictus Games on competitor wellbeing, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, and the second panel of the IGF Conversation revealed some of the lessons learned from different medical programmes and implications for the future of sport for recovery. The session also drew upon first hand experience of the Invictus Games from a participant and coaching perspectives, involving members of Team Denmark. Kasper Holm, of Team Denmark, who featured in the Netflix series Heart of Invictus, shared his journey of Invictus Games participant to coach.

Finally the IGF Conversation moved into a discussion of the way ahead for the next ten years of the Invictus Games Foundation. Members of the Invictus Games’ newest nations, Nigeria and Colombia discussed the impact of joining the community and the increasing focus on sport for recovery, ahead of a visit by The Duke of Sussex to Nigeria later this week.

The Invictus Games Foundation is marking ten years since the Invictus Games London 2014. The next Invictus Games is taking place in Vancouver Whistler 2025.

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