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Invictus Games 2016 - A wealth of medals for the French delegation

Invictus Games 2016 - A wealth of medals for the French delegation

Published on May 18, 2016
At the 2016 Invictus Games—an Olympic-style competition created for wounded, ill or injured Service men and women—thirty French athletes joined together to participate in various sporting events and meet fellow wounded warriors.

Founded in 2014 by Prince Harry of Wales, the Invictus Games invite wounded, ill or injured Service men and women from 14 different countries to participate in a series of sporting competitions. At the 2016 edition (which took place in Orlando), the French delegation competed in events such as cycling, athletics, archery and swimming.

The French delegation achieved great success at this year’s competition: they received no less than 37 medals (11 gold, 11 silver, 15 bronze) in four different events.

But the Invictus Games are more than just a series of competitive events. For soldiers and veterans suffering from wounds incurred during battle—whether physical or psychological—these games are also an important catalyst for recovery. "Even if they cannot fight, they still represent France and their regiment," said Lieutenant Colonel Mouille. "This is a strong message to all soldiers serving in the army: we do not forget our wounded," he said.

The name for the games was inspired by the Victorian poem Invictus, written by William Ernest Henley and a favorite of former South African President Nelson Mandela: "In the fell clutch of circumstance / I have not winced nor cried aloud / Under the bludgeonings of chance / My head is bloody, but unbowed.”

The third edition of Invictus Games will be held next year in Toronto, Canada.

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The French team

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