May 2016

Invincible

Jaguar Land Rover is the presenting partner of the Invictus Games, which supports the rehabilitation of injured army personnel

Around 500 competitors from 15 countries are slated to sweat it out in the second edition of the Invictus Games – an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel.

Presented by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the Games exemplifies the indefatigable human spirit to survive and succeed despite physical disabilities. The Games uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for service personnel, serving and veterans.

The second edition of the Invictus Games, scheduled from May 8–12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, will witness competitions in triathlon, indoor rowing, paralympic swimming, paralympic athletics, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby, para-cycling, archery and sitting volleyball.

Launched in 2014 with the support and backing of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and the UK’s Ministry of Defence, the inaugural Invictus Games brought together over 400 competitors from Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and the UK and USA.

Besides its commercial support to the Games, JLR is also sponsoring the UK team for the Orlando event. In addition, the company’s employees also work as volunteers to help organise the Games. About 150 employees worked as volunteers for the inaugural edition. JLR also allowed the use of its cold climate test chamber in Gaydon, Warwickshire, for sub-zero recovery session by two wounded warriors training for the Games.

JLR has also pledged to explore opportunities with the Royal Foundation and the UK’s Ministry of Defence to create innovative ways to enhance the valuable role of veterans as skilled employees, as a way of creating a lasting legacy for the Games.

Dr Ralf Speth, chief executive officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said, "Jaguar Land Rover is exploring with the Royal Foundation and the Ministry of Defence innovative ways of enhancing their employment prospects and those of other Service personnel when moving into civilian life, to create a lasting legacy from the Games.”