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Prince Harry Attends British Invictus Games Trials for Toronto 2017

  April 7, 2017 at 5:38 pm by

At the University of Bath on Friday, Prince Harry attended the British trials for the 2017 Invictus Games that will be held in Toronto.

He watched the trials for the men’s and women’s 200m, the men’s shotput and discus, and the rowing. Harry also caught up with some athletes he had met at previous Invictus Games, including archer Jon Flint and his support dog Jester; and ‘boxed’ with two-year-old Harry Phillips – who enthusiastically declared himself the winner of the duel.

Over 700 athletes – “wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran” – applied for the 90 positions in the British Invictus team.

Prince Harry addressed the athletes as a group, telling them that “whether you make the selection or not, you’re all part of the Invictus Games family” and saying he hopes during the trials they are “here making friends and sharing stories and experiences you’ll never forget”.

Earlier in the day, the Prince stopped in at the Bath Sports Training Village where he visited one of his patronages, The Rugby Football Union Injured Players Foundation, that supports athletes injured in the game. He watched science research exercises that are designed to give doctors, coaches and players insight into how to improve the prevention of rugby injuries.

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