The nations which will be taking part in this year’s Invictus Games are: Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the USA. The sports that those nations will compete in are as follows:
Archery – Competitors may stand or sit, according to the nature of their physical needs, as they aim to shoot the centre of a target from a set distance.
Athletics – Competitors are matched according to their level of physical ability (those using wheelchairs and those using prostheses, for example) and participate in track and throwing events.
Cycling – A variety of specially adapted cycles are used in both road cycling and paracycling events.
Golf – The adaptive golf competition will be held for the first time at the 2017 Invictus Games, and allows competitors to use equipment which has been modified for their particularly disabilities.
Indoor Rowing – In this event, indoor rowing simulators are adapted to the specific needs of the participants, allowing them to compete on an equal basis.
Driving – Two members from each national team will compete to see who can complete a Jaguar and Land Rover challenge with the best combination of accuracy and speed.
Powerlifting – This event involves participants competing according to weight class to perform the heaviest bench press. Three attempts are allowed for each lift.
Sitting Volleyball – This event involves two teams, and is much the same as regular volleyball, but with competitors sitting on the floor rather than standing.
Swimming – Competitors will race against the clock to achieve the fastest time in a variety of disciplines, and competitions will take place for both teams and individuals.
Wheelchair Basketball – Played on a regulation-size court, the only real difference between Wheelchair Basketball and the regular game is that the players use wheelchairs to get around.
Wheelchair Rugby – This adaptive sport – also known as ‘murderball’ – is every bit as aggressive as its better-known cousin, with players in wheelchairs aiming to score points by taking the ball to the opposing goal line.
Wheelchair Tennis – This event has the same format as tennis doubles, but players use wheelchairs to get around and may let the ball bounce twice on their side of the net (instead of just once) before returning it.
With participants competing both as individuals and teams, the 2017 Invictus Games promises to be an exciting and massively inspirational event, and we look forward to seeing which nation’s team fares best in the medals.