Invictus Team U.S. trains at Fort Belvoir for upcoming competition


Credit: Invictus Team U.S./Swim Coach Atiba Wade

A notable group of athletes is at Fort Belvoir preparing for an international competition.

Invictus Team U.S. arrived in the Washington, D.C. area this week for final training before heading to The Hague, Netherlands to participate in the Invictus Games — an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both currently serving and veterans.

The games, twice postponed due to the pandemic, are now scheduled to take place April 16-22 and will bring together over 500 competitors from 20 nations to compete in a series of adaptive sports, including archery, field, indoor rowing, powerlifting, swimming, track, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and a driving challenge. The Invictus Games were founded by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who was inspired by the U.S. Warrior Games and wanted to do something similar at the international level.

Team U.S. is comprised of 65 athletes from across all the military services.

A brief video clip of the team's training is available for viewing.

Practicing wheelchair rugby (Credit: Pvt. Melissa Espinales, U.S. Army TRADOC)
Practicing seated shot skills during field practice (Credit: Pvt. Melissa Espinales, U.S. Army TRADOC)
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