PRINCE Harry was at Gaydon this week for the start of the Invictus Games.
The Prince has been one of the main driving forces behind the games which will see 400 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, from 13 nations, competing in athletics, swimming, cycling, rowing and other sports.
And the games started with a driving challenge – in the only event taking place outside London – held at the Jaguar Land Rover Design and Engineering Centre at Gaydon.
Teams competed in the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge. They drove a Land Rover Discover and Jaguar F-Type, with times from both stages combined to give each team a total time – and it was the Australia team of Matthew Taxis and Sarah Archibald who made history by winning the first ever gold medal of the games, which the Prince presented to them.
As well as cheering on those competing, the Prince also got behind the wheel to put his own driving skills to the test – navigating a wounded serviceman driver from the USA around the Land Rover all-terrain course before driving a Jaguar F-type.
Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is immensely proud to be enabling the Invictus Games and hosting this exciting driving challenge.
“We have been inspired by the passion with which Prince Harry has championed this visionary idea, to celebrate the commitment and achievements of wounded, injured and sick service personnel.
“In addition, we’re 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.”
Visit www.invictusgames.org for further details.
During his visit Prince Harry took on the the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge. (s)