Invictus Games Foundation https://invictusgamesfoundation.org Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:21:50 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.4 https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/favicon-152.png Invictus Games Foundation https://invictusgamesfoundation.org 32 32 The IGF Conversation on Employment https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/igf-conversation-employment/ https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/igf-conversation-employment/#respond Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:19:49 +0000 https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/?p=7311 We held our sixth iteration of the ‘Conversation’ series as a webinar on Wednesday, 3rd November 2021 entitled ‘Employment and Employability: The Invictus Community, and delighted now to share the captioned recording of the session for all to enjoy:

The intent of the regular IGF Conversations is to explore contemporary issues of relevance to the international
Invictus community. This time we explored the international employment environment and options for
the employability of the Invictus community. The session addressed both the opportunities and challenges, while seeking overall to provide some useful insights, potential contacts and practical advice.

While the use of sport will always be central to the IGF’s support for the respective journeys of recovery and rehabilitation for the WIS community, recovery means different things to different people, and so finding employment at the right stage in these journeys can contribute to the overall objective of enabling them to regain their sense of purpose. Recovery could also mean operating as a coherent family unit again, being able to take up volunteering opportunities, supporting the community, serving again beyond Service, and personal development.

We were delighted that journalist Kate Silverton agreed to be the facilitator for this webinar, as she has worked extensively with the BBC on current affairs, and has reported from the frontlines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Married to a former member of the Royal Marines Commandos, she is a strong advocate for the Armed Forces.

Three key themes were explored in the primary panel discussions, firstly an overview of the current international employment environment and market. Featuring speakers from Deloitte, Amazon and FDM Group and taking account of the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it outlined key growth areas as well as those which have been impacted. Throughout, the focus remained on the opportunities for WIS, veterans and also on the key importance their family and friends.

The second panel, featuring Salesforce, Verizon International, and Johnson & Johnson, provided a balanced assessment of the Invictus community outlining both its clear strengths and areas in which its members will add significant value in civilian employment, as well as those key areas for further development. It drew on the experience of the contributing companies through their respective veterans’ programmes.

Following this, there was a discussion with BetterUp, Verizon International, and Buildforce which offered practical advice on identifying and preparing for employment opportunities. It covered key areas such as starting early, really thinking through what areas of employment a veteran might want to work in and also enjoy, as well as adopting
the appropriate mindset to make the transition. It considered the steps to be taken to achieve a successful and enduring transition into civilian employment. It also encompassed the key views of members of the Invictus community who have completed the transition.

The webinar again attracted a wide audience comprising of the WIS community, including competitors, their family and friends, team managers, national staff, experts and national representatives in the field of recovery and rehabilitation. It was also attended by veterans and representatives of the participating organisations as well as future host cities of the Invictus Games. This reflects an important objective to reinforce the critical relationship between Invictus and the commercial community which is so important in supporting it and the international servicemen and women who have served their country.

The IGF is very grateful to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for enabling this webinar and to the continuing support of Ascot Rehab, the Fisher House Foundation and ISPS Handa.

To read the full executive summary of the latest Conversation, click here.

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Recruitment Open for We Are Invictus Esports Moderators https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/recruitment-open-for-we-are-invictus-esports-moderators/ https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/recruitment-open-for-we-are-invictus-esports-moderators/#respond Mon, 15 Nov 2021 09:37:39 +0000 https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/?p=7303 The Invictus Games Foundation is exploring how to replicate the success of its international sport recovery pathway and use the power of esports to support the recovery of international wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.

We would like to recruit three members of the community to support the Foundation in a voluntary capacity to understand how to inspire recovery through esports, improve access to esports opportunities, and influence the development of research and best practice relating to esports across our international Invictus family.

To do so, these volunteers would be involved with our We Are Invictus app and platform, as well as supporting the development of our new discord channel.

We are defining esports to include active esports, such as Zwift or virtual rowing, as well as gaming. We are interested in a broad range of experience, interests, and activities, but successful applicants should be able to demonstrate an understanding of playing computer games, utilising discord, participating in competitions, fundraising, and/or streaming.

In November 2019, The Invictus Games Foundation launched a new app for the Invictus Community called ‘We Are Invictus’ which builds and reinforces the global network of those with a shared history of being wounded, injured or ill during or as a result of service. The platform is now populated by thousands of members undertaking sporting opportunities and we would like to build on this success by including opportunities of participating in esports also to grow the community and increase the variety of opportunities available.

The We Are Invictus Esports Moderators will be asked to actively participate on We Are Invictus, and on the new discord channel, to:

  • Engage with others in the community through posts and reacting positively to posts from other members.
  • Post esports related opportunities that will be particularly relevant to members within your nation.
  • Act as the esports Point of Contact for the We Are Invictus community.
  • Introduce WIS to the We Are Invictus app and discord channel – not just those who have already been involved with the Invictus Games and especially those who might be considered ‘hard to reach’, unconnected or isolated.
  • Assist in identifying areas of need for the WIS community in your nation
  • Attend specific esports related events/opportunities on behalf of IGF when required (reasonable expenses will be covered)
  • Identify potential partnerships for WIS engagement in relation to esports

This role will be in a voluntary capacity for a 2 year period; providing the opportunity to operate within a full ‘Games-cycle’ – a year with and a year without a Games. The time commitment for this role is estimated at no more than 2-3 hours per week.

If you are interested in applying for this role please complete this form: https://forms.office.com/r/yYyu7YYwuY
The deadline for completing this form is 18.00 UK Time, Wednesday 24th November. If selected for an interview, then you will be given potential dates depending on your time zone.

You may find reading our latest impact report useful to provide guidance on the role of the Invictus Games Foundation, available here: Impact Report and how esports might play a role within the organisation.

The Invictus Games Foundation is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and accept applications from all backgrounds.

The We Are Invictus esports moderator programme relates to activity led by the Invictus Games Foundation, Beyond the Games. It does NOT involve selection, training, or sporting activity specifically relating to the Invictus Games.

As a moderator, your role will be to support the digital community, and to act as an advocate for the role of esports in recovery, and the digital platforms.

You will not be asked to give mental health advice to the community as part of this role, this is provided separately by an IGF consultant. You will receive mental health first aid training as part of the role to better equip you to recognise situations where further help and support may be required.

For more information on the role, click here: esports moderator recruitment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Invictus Australia launches to continue the legacy of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/invictus-australia-launches-to-continue-the-legacy-of-the-invictus-games-sydney-2018/ https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/invictus-australia-launches-to-continue-the-legacy-of-the-invictus-games-sydney-2018/#respond Wed, 27 Oct 2021 20:05:42 +0000 https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/?p=7294 Australia has achieved a world first with the launch today of Invictus Australia. Invictus Australia will be at the forefront of delivering sport recovery programs and services to improve the health and wellbeing of military veterans and their families, using sport as the primary vehicle. Invictus Australia, under licence from the Invictus Games Foundation, is the legacy of the highly acclaimed Invictus Games Sydney 2018. Today marks the third anniversary of the closing of those Games.

Invictus Australia – previously known as Veteran Sport Australia – has signed a world first agreement with the international Invictus Games Foundation to continue to use the Invictus brand in Australia, with the primary aim of extending support and the power of the Invictus movement beyond the Games.

Through collaboration with sport, community and veteran organisations, Invictus Australia will deliver more opportunities for veterans and their families to engage in sport from grassroots
participation through to international competition. The Invictus Games have demonstrated the power of sport to positively influence the recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of current and former serving Defence veterans. This ideology will be used by Invictus Australia to a broader audience of veterans – there are an estimated 640,000 veterans in Australia.
The immediate priorities for Invictus Australia are to extend its reach to provide on the ground sport recovery services in all States and Territories across Australia, as well as support Team Australia in partnership with the Australian Defence Force to attend the next Invictus Games in The Hague in April 2022.

James Brown, Chairman of Invictus Australia, said:

“This is an important day for our Defence community in Australia. We witnessed incredible courage, determination and comradery when the Invictus Games landed on our shores in 2018. It brought attention to the challenges faced by our veteran community and a platform for those of us who support our Defence community to unite. The benefit of those Games continues today”

“At a time when the veteran community has faced challenges to their identity and seen mental and physical health issues grow in prominence, to the detriment of many, the Invictus movement provides a beacon of positivity and encouragement”

Michael Hartung, Chief Executive Officer of Invictus Australia, added:

“We are incredibly proud and honoured to be re-establishing the Invictus brand here in Australia, for the benefit of our Defence community. It is due to the success of Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and the hard work since to implement an effective and ongoing legacy that the Invictus Games Foundation has chosen Australia to pioneer the next frontier of the Invictus movement. Invictus means ‘unconquered’ and our motto is Unconquered Together. This is representative of the collaborative spirit sparked by Invictus and what can be achieved by working together. It is an exciting time and we are encouraging everyone to get involved”.

Chief Executive of the Invictus Games Foundation, Dominic Reid OBE, said he is proud to be taking this first step in expanding the Invictus model and hopes Invictus Australia will be the first of many international partnerships.

“In recent years, the Invictus Games Foundation has reflected on how best to continue to support its international community of wounded, injured and sick service men and women, in particular beyond the success of our global Invictus Games,” Mr Reid said. “We were delighted to be approached by Veteran Sport Australia, set up following the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, with a proposition to expand the Invictus model to boost the international impact Down Under. With its unique position as a long standing participating nation, a former host nation, and with a newly formed legacy organisation, Invictus Australia was born and the Invictus Games Foundation is excited to see how, through the power of sport and adventurous challenge, the Invictus community will continue to be Unconquered Together.”

 

For more information about Invictus Australia and to support the not-for-profit organisation, visit invictusaustralia.org.

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Invictus Games Foundation ‘Conversation’ on ‘Employment and Employability: The Invictus Community’ https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/invictus-games-foundation-conversation-on-employment-and-employability-the-invictus-community/ https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/invictus-games-foundation-conversation-on-employment-and-employability-the-invictus-community/#respond Tue, 05 Oct 2021 18:21:26 +0000 https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/?p=7285 The Invictus Games Foundation (IGF) is pleased to announce the next iteration of its ‘Conversation’ series as a webinar on Wednesday, 3rd November 2021. The primary panel discussions will occur between 1400-1530 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The overall event will run between 1330- 1600 to provide opportunities for attendees to meet the speakers, their companies and like-minded organisations and associated veterans in the exhibition area  of the webinar platform both before and after these primary panel discussions.

The IGF is very grateful to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for enabling this webinar and to the continuing support of Ascot Rehab, the Fisher House Foundation and ISPS Handa.

Register your attendance here: https://bit.ly/3keLp4h

The aim will be to explore the international employment environment and options for the employability of the Invictus community including Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) individuals, veterans and family and friends. It will address both the opportunities and challenges, while seeking overall to provide some useful insights, potential contacts and practical advice.

 There will be a series of panels, offering a wide range of perspectives including from the Invictus Games Participating Nations and their respective WIS individuals. We are delighted that Kate Silverton has agreed to be the facilitator for this webinar. Kate is a well-respected journalist and one of the UK’s leading broadcasters She has worked extensively with the BBC on current affairs, and has reported from the frontlines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Married to a former member of the Royal Marines Commandos, she is a strong advocate for the Armed Forces.  

The event will be focused on three panel discussions with key contributions from a range of prominent companies including Amazon, BetterUp, Deloitte, FDM Group, Johnson & Johnson, Salesforce and Verizon who will offer an international perspective. They will also provide an important input on the impact of veterans, based on the value of their respective veterans’ programmes. Veterans of the Invictus community who have made the transition to the civilian employment will also offer their experiences.

Before and after these panel discussions, the event will also offer the opportunity to meet and talk to these organisations along with their associated veterans in the exhibition area of the webinar platform.

Themes

Three key themes will be explored in the primary panel discussions. The webinar will be conducted in three parts:

  1. First, there be an overview of the current international employment environment and market. Taking account of the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it will outline key growth areas as well as those which have been impacted. Throughout, the focus will remain on the opportunities for WIS, veterans and also of key importance their family and friends. In addition, it will offer a perspective on how veterans, in general, are perceived in civilian employment including both positive and any remaining negative connotations.
  2. The second panel will provide a balanced assessment of the Invictus community including WIS individuals, veterans, outlining both its clear strengths and areas in which its members will add significant value in civilian employment, as well as those key areas of potential shortfall or for further development. It will draw on the experience of the contributing companies through their respective veterans’ programmes.
  3. Next, there will be discussion which will offer practical advice on identifying and preparing for employment opportunities. It will cover key areas such as starting early, really thinking through what areas of employment a veteran might want to work in and also enjoy, as well as adopting the appropriate mindset to make the transition. It will consider the steps to be taken to achieve a successful and enduring transition into civilian employment. It will also encompass the key views of members of the Invictus community who have completed the transition.

These discussion groups will be completed with a final closing panel which will also address questions and comments from the audience.

Registration

The webinar will be conducted on the ReAttendance platform and all attendees will be requested to register in advance for the event. It is requested that the registration process is completed by Wednesday, 27 October 2021. Tickets are free or you can make a voluntary donation.

To register for the event please follow the below link: https://bit.ly/3keLp4h

Closer to the event date, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.

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From Invictus to the Paralympics – international competitors on the podium https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/from-invictus-to-the-paralympics-international-competitors-on-the-podium/ https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/from-invictus-to-the-paralympics-international-competitors-on-the-podium/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 16:19:23 +0000 https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/?p=7272 International Invictus Games competitors recently took part in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, with successful results that meant that if the Invictus Games alumni formed a country, they would have taken 21st position in the medal table!

Elite sport is not necessarily where Invictus Games competitors aim for post-Games, as the intent for the Games is to use sport to recalibrate their lives post-injury or illness, and provide support for their onward recovery and rehabilitation. This could include re-engaging with their family or communities, or seeking employment – (click here to: Register for IGF Conversation on November 3rd on this topic).

Nonetheless, there are a few competitors that have successfully made the transition to the Paralympics after using sport to recover from their injuries or illnesses sustained during Service. These include Jaco Van Gass, (two Golds and one Bronze) for Team GB Cycling, Ellie Marks (one Gold, Silver and Bronze) for Team USA Swimming, and Curtis McGrath (two Golds) for Team Australia Canoe. Jaco and Ellie also saw their Paralympics achievements also include new World Records!

In speaking to Jaco Van Gass following the Paralympics, he said, “Sport has always played a huge part in my life. Since a young boy I found solace in sport, to help me clear my head and create an open mind. Even more so after losing my arm in Afghanistan, sport played a massive role in my recovery both mentally and physically.
Having had the wonderful opportunity to be part of and partake in both the inaugural Invictus Games in London 2014 and Orlando 2016, I came away from both Games with more experience and more confidence to perform at a high level and with big crowds cheering you on. This would serve me well later on in my professional athlete career.

It is a great honour to be part of a very unique community like the veteran community. The bond and support towards each other is very strong and we empower each other.”

Other Games alumni who successfully made the transition to the Paralympics include Britons Micky Yule, of 2014 and 2016, who took Bronze in the powerlifting and Stu Robinson, who took Gold in the Wheelchair Rugby final for Team GB.

From the USA, Brad Snyder (Invictus Games Toronto 2017) took Gold in the triathlon – after medalling in Swimming at previous Paralympics including taking a world record in Rio in the 100m Freestyle. Also from the USA, Ryan Pinney (who took part in the Invictus Games London, Orlando and Sydney) took Bronze in the mixed team trials for cycling.

From France, Rémy Boulle who competed in the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 took two Bronze medals at the Paralympics in Canoe sprint.

Eugen Patru, from team Romania, who took part in the Invictus Games Toronto and Sydney, also competed in Tokyo in Archery coming 16th out of 31.

In the upcoming Invictus Games The Hague 2020, there won’t be a medal table, but rather we will be celebrating how the 500 competitors from 20 nations have made it to start line, and we look forward to witnessing another Games filled with personal bests and personal achievements.

Whilst the Invictus Games are all about the power of sport for recovery, the Paralympics further serves to demonstrate the power of sport in showcasing human excellence. However, there is a lot to achieve in ensuring that the lives of those with disability aren’t only seen and heard about during sporting tournaments. The Invictus Games Foundation have joined with the Paralympics, the Special Olympics and the Deaf Olympics to ensure a regular drumbeat of activity to highlight the disparity in support for those with disabilities over the next ten years as part of the WeThe15 campaign.

Join the campaign and take a look here for more information: www.wethe15.org/

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Join the Tour d’Invictus! https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/join-the-tour-dinvictus/ https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/join-the-tour-dinvictus/#respond Mon, 06 Sep 2021 15:16:52 +0000 https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/?p=7236 The Invictus Games Foundation is coordinating a new virtual challenge following the route of the world’s most iconic cycle race – Tour de France. From 1200 (BST) 26th September to 1200 (BST) 17th October 2021, teams of 8 will have just three weeks to cover the 2124 miles (3418 km) route.

This cycling challenge follows the success of previous collective challenges, such as virtually rowing from Sydney to The Hague, or the virtual Lap of Holland earlier this year, with running, cycling or swimming to make up the distance.

The aim of the Tour D’Invictus is to complete the 2021 Tour de France route as a team of up to 8 – all 2124 miles of it within a 3-week period, on any cycling device that records time and distance. This could be riding on the road, via Zwift, or on static cycling machines, etc.
Participants have the choice of either forming their own team of 8 cyclists from their community, workplace, or school; or to sign up individually, and join one of the Unconquered Teams! These Unconquered Teams will be made up of randomly selected individuals to form teams with mixed nationalities, experience and riding styles (upright / recumbent / hand / tricycle).

Want to take part, or find out more? Sign up here: https://reg.resport.io/s/step1.jsp?ev=4810420531494912
If you wish to sign up for a spot on an Unconquered Team, the cut of for sign ups is 1200 (BST) Monday 20th September.

Virtual challenges such as these are a great way to encourage forward momentum in our current situation” – Amy, a participant in one of our previous virtual challenges.

Developed in partnership with ReSports – the 2021 Tour de France route has been translated onto a digital map so that participants can track their progress through the stages, and the progress of all the other teams in the race. Those taking part contribute to the collective total of their team by taking to their bikes, and then inputting the distance online.

This is an open event, free to enter, and all are welcome but we recommend that it is only suitable for those over the age of 16. If people wish to make a donation or if teams wish to use this event as a vehicle to raise funds for the Invictus Games Foundation, please use the link provided to our Just Giving campaign page: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/tour-d-invictus 

“It was great to feel part of a large team with a common goal, yet to also have the stimulus of competition within the team” – Andy, a participant in one of our previous virtual challenges.

Thanks to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for their ongoing support for our virtual active esports activity.

Sign up for the Tour d’Invictus here: https://reg.resport.io/s/step1.jsp?ev=4810420531494912

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WeThe15: A global human rights movement for the 1.2 billion persons with disabilities https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/wethe15-a-global-human-rights-movement-for-the-1-2-billion-persons-with-disabilities/ https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/wethe15-a-global-human-rights-movement-for-the-1-2-billion-persons-with-disabilities/#respond Wed, 18 Aug 2021 22:03:02 +0000 https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/?p=7233
  • Multiple international organisations unite for decade-long campaign to transform the lives of 1.2 billion people
  • Campaign led by International Paralympic Committee, International Disability Alliance, UN Human Rights, UNESCO, UNAOC amongst others
  • For the first time ever, IPC, Special Olympics, Invictus Games Foundation and International Committee of Sports for the Deaf collaborate
  • Airing of campaign film, symbol unveil and iconic purple landmark light-up highlight today’s launch
  • Multiple leading international organisations have united to launch WeThe15, which aspires to be the biggest ever human rights movement to represent the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities.

    Launched ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, WeThe15 aims to end discrimination towards persons with disabilities and act as a global movement publicly campaigning for disability visibility, accessibility, and inclusion.

    Spearheaded by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and International Disability Alliance (IDA), WeThe15 brings together the biggest coalition ever of international organisations from the worlds of sport, human rights, policy, business, arts, and entertainment. Together they will work with governments, businesses, and the public over the next decade to initiate change for the world’s largest marginalised group who make up 15% of the global population.

    Harnessing sport’s unique ability to engage massive global audiences and create positive change, the IPC, Special Olympics, Invictus Games Foundation and the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (Deaflympics) have teamed up for the first time in history. The four organisations will use the profile of their international sport events and athlete communities to further raise awareness and understanding of the issues facing persons with disabilities around the globe.
    Joining the sport organisations in this decade of action are International Disability Alliance, UN Human Rights, UNESCO, the UN SDG Action Campaign, the European Commission, The Valuable 500, Global Citizen, Global Disability Innovation Hub, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), International Disability and Development Consortium, C-Talent, Global Goals Advisory, ATscale – the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology, Zero Project, and the Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organisations (GAATO).

    Aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, WeThe15 aims to change attitudes and create more opportunities by:

    • Putting persons with disabilities at the heart of the diversity and inclusion agenda
    • Implementing a range of activities targeting governments, businesses, and the public to drive social inclusion for persons with disabilities
    • Breaking down societal and systemic barriers that are preventing persons with disabilities from fulfilling their potential and being active members of society
    • Ensuring greater awareness, visibility, and representation of persons with disabilities
    • Promoting the role of assistive technology as a vehicle to driving social inclusion

    IPC President Andrew Parsons said: “WeThe15 aspires to be the biggest ever human rights movement for persons with disabilities and aims to put disability right at the heart of the inclusion agenda, alongside ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. By uniting several leading international organisations and the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities behind one common movement, we will make a tangible and well overdue difference for the planet’s largest marginalised group. Sport, and events such as the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, are hugely powerful vehicles to engage global audiences. By partnering with Special Olympics, Invictus Games Foundation, 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. I strongly believe WeThe15 could be a real game-changer for persons with disabilities.”

    Ana Lucia Arellano, Chairperson of the International Disability Alliance, said: “Over the past 20 years, a lot has been achieved regarding the inclusion of persons with disabilities. We successfully advocated for the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as to be included in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
    “Looking into the future, we recognise that there is still a lot to be done if we want to achieve the full inclusion of more than a billion persons we represent. We need new creative and innovative approaches, and we need much broader coalition to achieve that. WeThe15 has a unique opportunity and responsibility to achieve exactly that – to be a platform where more and new actors will come together making the ‘Nothing about us without us’ a real change for all persons with disabilities.”

    Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said: “WeThe15 is bringing together a unique group of partners – disability-specific sports organisations, the disability rights movement, people from the private sector, researchers and the United Nations – to work together to change the narrative on disability, and to make human rights-based development a reality for persons with disabilities. We plan to build on the multiple Paralympic Games in Beijing, Paris, Milan and Los Angeles, particularly in the local communities, to make it clear that upholding and advancing the human rights of persons with disabilities is relevant, doable and necessary – for everyone’s benefit.”

    Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said: “More than one billion people live with a disability today, and yet the world is still far from truly recognizing and honouring this 15 percent of society. It is time to change our perception of people with disabilities, and make their voices heard everywhere. The sporting achievements of the Paralympic athletes are, in this way, formidable sources of inspiration and examples for all of us. UNESCO is proud to join the WeThe15 movement and its unique coalition to build a world that puts inclusion front and centre.”

    Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, said: “One of the reasons why I was inspired to create the Invictus Games was to help destigmatise physical and invisible injuries and give the men and women who have experienced them a platform to show the world that they and we can accomplish anything, when we put our mind to it. Everybody at the Invictus Games Foundation is honoured to join the WeThe15 campaign and believe in its mission to inspire meaningful change in communities around the world.”

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    Invictus Games Foundation announces host city shortlist for the Invictus Games 2025 https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/invictus-games-foundation-announces-host-city-shortlist-for-the-invictus-games-2025/ https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/invictus-games-foundation-announces-host-city-shortlist-for-the-invictus-games-2025/#respond Tue, 03 Aug 2021 13:57:31 +0000 https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/?p=7223 3rd August, 2021, London. The Invictus Games Foundation is delighted to announce that three cities have now been shortlisted to bid to host the Invictus Games 2025. After receiving strong initial bids from a wide range of international cities, the Foundation has now taken three through to the next stage of the process: the cities of New York and Seattle and a Winter Hybrid Games option based in Canada.

    The next steps in the process will be for the Foundation to assess full bid books from each shortlisted location, with the intent to make the final selection and announcement early next year, prior to the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, now taking place in April 2022.

    Lord Charles Allen, Chair of the Invictus Games Foundation, said, “To receive such a range of very strong bids is a testament to the ongoing support from the participating nations for the Invictus Games and what they stand for, including the enduring impact of international sport recovery programmes for our wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veteran community. It was an incredibly difficult decision to finalise the three going forward to the next stage of the process.

    We are confident that they all have the potential to deliver an outstanding Invictus Games in 2025 which will reinforce the work of the Invictus Games Foundation and its commitment to serve this community beyond the Games and throughout their journeys of recovery and rehabilitation.”  

    Following the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, and with the next two Games taking place in The Hague in 2022 and then Dusseldorf 2023, the intent for 2025 was for the Foundation to consider a city outside of Europe.

    In the initial bids, New York and Seattle both showed their experience in hosting international sporting events, such as the Marathon and US Open in New York, and the recent 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. The Winter Hybrid option in Canada is an innovative proposal to include outdoor winter sports for the first time, which will be offered alongside some of the existing core and team sports currently included within the Invictus Games.

    Richard Smith, Operations Director at the Invictus Games Foundation, said,Over the past year, we have been honoured by the passion and commitment from the cities expressing interest in bidding to host the Invictus Games 2025. It has been a privilege to engage with them. We have learned much from them all and we look forward to maintaining these conversations going forward.  As we move to the next stage of the process, we are excited about working with the three shortlisted cities to refine their bids prior to the final decision early next year.”

    The Covid19 pandemic affected the pattern of hosting the Invictus Games, with The Hague being postponed twice. The 2025 host selection process represents an intent to host biennial Games following the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023.

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    New We Are Invictus moderators appointed from Canada and New Zealand https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/new-we-are-invictus-moderators-appointed-from-canada-and-new-zealand/ https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/new-we-are-invictus-moderators-appointed-from-canada-and-new-zealand/#respond Tue, 29 Jun 2021 09:52:57 +0000 https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/?p=7209 Following the appointment of 8 moderators from Australia, the UK and the USA, the Invictus Games Foundation are delighted to announce that 4 new representatives from Canada and New Zealand have now joined the team!

    These volunteers are drawn from the community of international wounded injured or sick service personnel, and will be supporting the Foundation to source more opportunities for recovery, and ensure that a greater number of the community are able to access the We Are Invictus support network.

    Joining from Canada are Mat Belear, and Garth Wigle. Mat took part in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, in Wheelchair Rugby, in which he was captain of Team Unconquered, as well as Indoor Rowing and Golf and Archery. Garth volunteered at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 as a fleet driver supporting the organisers. Since then, Garth has joined Soldier On/Sans Limites and gotten into Archery. Through the We Are Invictus app, he’s taken part in the Powered By Invictus leagues, connecting him to the wider community.

    Joining from New Zealand are RobertTiny’ Graham and Stacey Adam. Stacey has been a Royal New Zealand Air Force Medic for over 17 years who deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. Stacey is now preparing to take part in the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, which is scheduled to take place in April, 2022. Tiny has taken part in the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 and Sydney 2018, and is now on board with the New Zealand team as a coach, mentor and kaumatua (team cultural advisor).

    On successfully being appointed to represent Canada Mat said, “I think the platform is an excellent way for past and present Invictus competitors to stay connected. It is an extraordinary platform; as the worst thing I think a Vet goes through is being alone. Being a part of the platform as a user allows exciting opportunities to be presented, job opportunities. Even going on the site or App sends me fond memories. I am extremely honoured to be given the opportunity to give back, especially since I have received so much from the Games and Community.” Garth added, “To anyone thinking about joining the We Are Invictus platform, don’t wait. Join now. It is a friendly, welcoming, sharing community of international Wounded, Injured, and Sick veterans and serving members striving to be their best in challenging circumstances.”

    As new New Zealand representatives, Tiny said, “In essence, I think the Invictus Games concept is phenomenal, the experiences that me and my family have had from the 2 games I participated in as a competitor have been second to none, and that’s from a Professional rugby player who has travelled the world!! If I could be that conduit to our New Zealand fraternity and be able to not only share my experiences but to aid in the journey of others to me would be the icing on the cake. I do actually feel VERY privileged to have been given that opportunity.” Stacey shared, “I have really come to value the way sport and exercise encourages rehabilitation and I want people to know that’s its “okay to not be okay” and that it’s also ok to be last because it’s about participation and that’s what I want to promote.”

    The We Are Invictus platform is primarily for those who are on their recovery journey following injury or illness during or as a result of service, but is not exclusively for those who have done an Invictus Games. For those who feel like they might no longer need the Games or the platform for their own recovery, it also exists to provide a mechanism for giving back, helping others, and continuing to serve.

    Thanks to funding from the Newman’s Own Award and the Veterans’ Foundation, the new We Are Invictus moderators are able to do just that, and support the Foundation in looking out for their fellow WIS from across the world, over the next two years. In turn, they will receive support and training in mental health first aid, communications, and gain experience in community management.

    Find out more about Team Canada here and Team New Zealand here.

    If you want more information on applying to be a WIS moderator for your nation, then email wis@invictusgames.org for details and the application form. You will need to be an existing member of weareinvictus.co.uk.

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    Join us in our Lap of Holland https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/join-us-in-our-lap-of-holland/ https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/join-us-in-our-lap-of-holland/#respond Mon, 24 May 2021 09:19:08 +0000 https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/?p=7183 Join the Invictus Family in our attempt to complete a virtual circumnavigation of The Netherlands in just 24 hours! Walk, Run, Wheel, Cycle, Row, or Swim and add your distances to the tally.

    To mark the week that would have been the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 this year, we are calling on the help of the Global Invictus Community to help us with this challenge from 00:01 to 23:59 (BST) on the 29th May 2021! Sign up: https://reg.resport.io/s/step1.jsp?r=5991203434659840 

    This physical challenge marks the fact that, even though it has been postponed due to the pandemic, we will be welcoming teams to The Hague, Netherlands in 2022 for the fifth Invictus Games. The aim is to collectively complete a full lap of The Netherlands – 919 miles – within a 24hr period. Every individual will contribute to the total by exercising in their location then inputting the distance covered.

    You can undertake the challenge as an individual and simply contribute to the grand total, or you might choose to join a national team, a team specifically for Friends and Family of serving personnel and veterans, a team for healthcare workers. There is also the option to form your own team, drawn from your own community, workplace, unit or school.

    Sign up now for free, but hurry because places are limited!

    When exercising, please do so only within the limits of your fitness and level of experience with any equipment required to complete the challenge. This challenge may be conducted by running, walking, wheeling, cycling, rowing or swimming with the aid of any device that records time and distance: treadmills, rowing machines, static cycling machines, etc are all perfectly acceptable. When exercising outside please make sure you wear the appropriate protection and stay visible and ensure that you adhere to any restrictions that are currently in place as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    The #LapOfHolland is a community event with the primary aim of encouraging teams from around the world to come together and engage in a collective challenge to mark what would have been The Invictus Games The Hague this year. The event is free to enter. However if people wish to make a donation or if teams wish to use this event as a vehicle to raise funds for the Invictus Games Foundation, just click here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/InvictusGamesFoundationLapOfHolland 

    There will be merchandise available also to mark your involvement, #PoweredByInvictus, available from here: https://invictusgamesfoundationstore.com/ 

    Sign up to the challenge here via our friends at ReSport: https://reg.resport.io/s/step1.jsp?r=5991203434659840. Note you won’t be able to upload distances until the challenge begins!

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