Prince Harry attends sport relief & GB training sessions

In an unannounced engagement, Prince Harry attended a sport relief training session to support injured veterans at Battersea Park this week, and caught up with swimmers training for the next Invictus Games.

The fifth-in-line to the British throne cheered on former servicemen on Thursday with Dame Kelly Holmes as they prepare to take part in a Sport Relief competition, called Clash of the Titans. To be screened on the 18th March, two teams, led by Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff, will compete in a number of sporting challenges, including track cycling, team rhythmic gymnastics, synchronised swimming, wrestling and a team triathlon, for the crown of champion.

RAF Senior Aircraftsman Mike Goody and Paul Vice, an ex-Royal Marines commando, who was awarded the Military Cross, will be taking part. The pair also competed in Harry’s brainchild, the Invictus Games, back in 2014.

The former soldiers both won medals for team GB at Invictus: Goody, who lost part of his left leg due to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, won four gold medals and one silver in swimming. Vice’s triumph was a gold in cycling; he suffered multiple injuries also in Afghanistan.

Clara Amfo, Hugh Dennis, Darren Gough, Maddy Hill, Harry Judd, Omid Djalili, Russell Kane, Paddy McGuinness, Sophie Raworth, Dan Snow, Will Young and Mark Wright will make up the rest of the teams.

Double Olympic Gold Medallist Dame Kelly Holmes also attended the training session to offer her advice and expertise on the track.

As a founder and patron of the Invictus Games, Prince Harry said: “I think the fact that Invictus athletes are taking part in Sport Relief is huge for us. It’s fantastic for the guys to be recognised for both their efforts in the past, and the goals they’re achieving now, post injury. It’s also great for everyone else they’re inspiring so many people across the country. I’m thrilled that Invictus has a part to play in this.”

Sport Relief raises money for those in the UK and abroad, living in difficult circumstances.

The Prince, 31, also went to Aldershot and supported the GB team hopefuls for 2016 Invictus, to be held in Orlando. The American First Lady Micehlle Obama, together with Dr. Jill Biden are expected to attend.

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