Hosted by Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers, the brunch presented an array of inspirational speakers from former captains to our very own Nick English.
This year's captain Mark ‘Dot’ Perkins told his story of how helping to rehabilitate soldiers that went on to take part in the Games inspired him to apply and he delivered a heartfelt message to his fellow athletes: “Elite sport is where heroes are made but the Invictus Games is where heroes come to compete. A hero is someone who finds strength to persevere despite overwhelming obstacles. United with these obstacles, the Invictus Games empowers us to be the best we can be."
Former captains Dave Henson, David Wiseman and Bernie Broad also joined a panel to discuss the legacy of the Games and talk about how they have helped to motivate and empower them to have a second chance at life beyond their recovery.
During the announcement at the Guildhall, London, each member of the UK Team was presented with a bespoke, engraved Bremont bracelet, presented by Co-Founders Nick & Giles English. Having worked extensively with the military around the world, the opportunity to honour those who have served our country in this way is something we are very proud to do.
The team of 72 wounded, injured and sick serving military personnel and veterans will be competing in 11 sports in Sydney: Archery, Athletics, Indoor Rowing, Jaguar Land Rover Challenge, Powerlifting, Road Cycling, Sailing, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby.
Jayne Kavanagh, of Help for Heroes and Chef de Mission for Team UK, said:“With more hopefuls than ever before applying to be a part of the Invictus Games in Sydney, and with 64% of the 2018 Team UK being brand new to the Games, it is evident that the legacy of the Games is strong. We are very proud to be working alongside these 72 athletes and wish them the best of luck as they embark on their Invictus Games journeys.”
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
You can show your support to the team with a Bremont Invictus Games UK Team Supporter's bracelet, available online or from a Bremont Boutique, from which all profits will go to Help For Heroes.