VIA| The 2016 Invictus Games will be held in Orlando in May, but right now, the teams are being assembled. Wounded, injured and sick military personnel make up the teams, with 15 countries represented in the 2016 games, including England, Canada, the United States, and Australia. Friday, hopefuls were training in Bath, England for the chance to represent their country in the games while Prince Harry cheered them on. He created the Invictus Games in 2014 to raise awareness for wounded service members and continues to cheer on the British athletes, who will compete in sports like archery, indoor rowing, track and field, sitting volleyball and swimming. But when a sudden gust of wind knocked one of those competitors out of her wheelchair, Harry got to show what a prince he really is.
Anna Pollock, an RAF medic, is hoping to represent England in a variety of track and field events. When she spotted the prince, she realized she had the chance to get a picture with him, so she went over to introduce herself. Shortly afterwards, the wind pushed her wheelchair over, and Harry was one of the first people to go to her aid. According to Pollock, though, the two joked about the mishap. “Harry said to me ‘what did you do that for?’ and I said ‘are you sure you had nothing to do with it?”’
Pollock served for seven years, including on two tours to Iraq. She suffered a bleed on her spine which left her with massive nerve damage and unable to walk. She learned to walk a little with the help of crutches, although she mostly relies on her wheelchair. She taught herself to swim so that she could take on the Enduroman Arch to Arc Challenge. Considered one of the most difficult triathlons in the world, participants run 87 miles from London’s Marble Arch to the Dover coast and the swim across the English Channel to the French coast. They then finish with a 181 mile bike ride to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.