HRH Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, and fiancee Meghan Markle will join hundreds of athletes at the University of Bath on Friday, April 6 when the Sports Training Village once again hosts the UK team trials for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.
It is the third successive year that the trials will take place in the University’s world-class sporting facilities and Prince Harry – who also attended in 2016 and 2017 – will be accompanied by Ms Markle to support Invictus Games hopefuls as they compete on the indoor and outdoor athletics tracks, as well as in the indoor sitting volleyball trials.
The Invictus Games is the only international sports event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. Sydney will be the fourth city to host the Games after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016 and Toronto in 2017, with this year’s edition taking place from October 20-27.
The UK team trials – run by Help For Heroes with support from the Ministry of Defence, The Royal British Legion and the Endeavour Fund – will take place at the University of Bath from April 5-9. More than 400 athletes will be competing for one of the 72 UK team places on offer, with 45 per cent of the hopefuls never having applied for an Invictus Games before.
Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, said: “It is always a great honour to host the Invictus Games UK trials. It is a truly inspirational event and a demonstration of the Sports Training Village’s capabilities to host multi-sport and disability-sport competition.
“We are very much looking forward to welcoming the athletes from across the country and, of course, HRH Prince Harry and Ms Markle for what I am sure will be another outstanding day – and weekend – of sport.”
Report courtesy of the Team Bath Press Office at Matchtight