A star-studded array of celebrity ambassadors have lined-up behind Prince Harry to lend their support to the Invictus Games presented by Jaguar Land Rover, with tickets officially on sale from today.
Tickets for the sporting events at the Invictus Games are currently on sale at www.invictusgames.org at a cost of £12.85 per person.
The who’s who from the world of sport, television, music and film, includes: television presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle; former WBA (Super), IBF, IBO and The Ring Light Welterweight Champion, and WBA Welterweight Champion, Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton; Olympic silver medallist and former 400m world champion Iwan Thomas; Olympic Skeleton gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold; ex-SAS soldier and writer Andy McNab and classical soprano star Laura Wright.
Over 400 competitors from 14 nations will take part in the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. Teams will come from the armed forces of nations that have served alongside each other.
A long-time supporter and champion of HM Armed Forces, Ben Fogle recently visited a training and selection camp for the British Invictus Games sitting volleyball team.
Fogle said: “I had the privilege to see the British Armed Forces team in action at last year’s Warrior Games in Colorado and ever since then have followed the development of the sitting volleyball team with interest.
Fogle continued: “Attending the final training and selection event, I’m confident that we have a strong team and a good chance of taking home a medal come September.”
Joining Fogle in the ranks of celebrities lending their support to the Games, is sporting soprano Laura Wright who, it was also announced, would feature in the Games Opening Ceremony, where she will perform and debut a piece she specially composed for the Games called, ‘Invincible’.
Wright, who recently visited a training and selection day for the British Invictus Games wheelchair rugby team said: “It’s such an honour to be asked to perform at the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony and to perform this specially composed piece.
She continued: “Playing full-back for Rosslyn Park Ladies Rugby Team, I’m used to hard knocks, but wheelchair rugby or ‘murderball’ as the guys call it, is brutal. I’ll definitely be heading down to the Copperbox on the 12th September to watch the teams in action.”
The ambassadors join a long list of celebrities who have already pledged their support to the Games, in one form or another. 007 James Bond star Daniel Craig and US pop sensation Will.i.am recently featured in a moving short film each taking a line from the poem Invictus to help promote the Games. Others including,Joanna Lumley, Tinie Tempah, Stephen Fry and Rod Stewart to name but a few, have all given their backing to the Games with recorded messages of support.
In addition, a spectacular line-up has just been revealed, headlined by US rock legends Foo Fighters, for the Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Concert which will take place on Sunday 14 September 2014 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Tickets will go on sale at 09:00am BST on Friday 1 August priced £49 and are available at axs.com / stubhub.co.uk
The line-up will include the only UK live show this year by Foo Fighters along with superstar performances from Kaiser Chiefs, James Blunt, Ellie Goulding, The Vamps, Ryan Adams, Rizzle Kicks, Diversity and Military Wives Choirs. The event will mark the conclusion of the new international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.
Launched by Prince Harry earlier this year, the event will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country. The Invictus Games are being organised with the support and backing of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence.