Land Rover Austin along with our parent company, Jaguar Land Rover, have proudly paid tribute to the 413 servicemen and women who captivated Britain this week at the inaugural Invictus Games.
The international sporting event, which has been championed by Prince Harry and presented by Jaguar Land Rover, saw servicemen and women from 13 nations join together and compete across four days of inspirational sport.
At Sunday’s closing concert, two special awards were presented to Invictus competitors Joe Townsend and Maurice Manuel. Townsend lifted The Jaguar Award for Exceptional Performance, having followed up his four gold medals at Wednesday’s athletics with silver and bronze in hand cycling on Saturday. Townsend, who has previously cycled 3,000 miles across the USA, was presented with his award by Team Sky cyclist Ian Stannard and Olympic rower Katherine Grainger.
The veteran Royal Marine, who lost both legs above the knee after standing on an anti-tank mine in Afghanistan in 2008, stated: “To be selected for this award from over 400 inspiring competitors is very special. The first ever Invictus Games have been an incredible event and this award caps a week I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Denmark’s Maurice Manuel was named the Land Rover Unconquerable Soul for going above and beyond, in his commitment to the Games. Captaining and coaching Denmark’s wheelchair basketball team to bronze, he also won silver in the javelin, bronze in the Ambulant IT1 200m and bronze in wheelchair rugby.
Army veteran Manuel served on six tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, before having his right leg amputated after being injured by an IED in 2010 while working as a combat translator. He described the Land Rover Unconquerable Soul Award, which was presented by Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallagio, as “an honor beyond measure”.
Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said: “We are immensely proud to have played our part in these hugely successful games and would like to congratulate every one of the 413 competitors who have provided such inspiration. “
The word “Invictus” means “unconquered”, and it embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury. The Invictus Games celebrates this through sporting achievement that recognizes the journey to recovery these men and women are on.