Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, has announced the team selected to represent the UK at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

The 90-strong team of wounded, injured and sick service personnel, both serving and veterans, have come together for the first time today at the Tower of London.

Prince Harry met the team ahead of the forthcoming sporting event and posed for the first official team photograph.

Speaking to the team, he said:

"For some of you it will be really hard work, but at the end of it you will have a medal, or not, but you're going to have an amazing experience."

The games are the only international sports event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, both serving and veteran.

It uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generates a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country.  

This year 62% of the team is new to the competition. 

Team Captain, Former Grenadier Guards Major Bernie Broad, who lost both legs below the knee following an explosion in Afghanistan, talked about how his injuries affected him, "I lost - confidence, ability, stature. I didn't like being seen because of various injuries". 

This is his first  Invictus Games and he described the feeling of being made captain as outstanding;

"I just felt pride, everything went tight in my chest... and I became that late entry officer that I was prior to being blown up".

The UK is one of 17 nations who will be taking part in the third Invictus Games from 23-30 September in Toronto, Canada. Over 550 competitors will compete in 12 adaptive sports.

The UK team trials were attended by more than 300 service personnel who competed across 11 sports for one of the places available on the team.

Continued training will take place across the country at recovery centres and other external venues as part of Help for Heroes’ extensive Sports Recovery programme to train and develop the team.

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