Jaguar Land Rover Hails Inspirational Invictus Games

  • Jaguar Land Rover congratulates the 413 inspirational Servicemen and women who have lit up the Invictus Games.
  • Great Britain’s Joe Townsend and Denmark’s Maurice Manuel honoured with special awards presented by Team Sky’s Ian Stannard and rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio.
  • Jaguar Land Rover extends its commitment to exploring ways to enhance the valuable role of veterans as skilled employees, to create a lasting legacy from the Games.

London, UK, Sunday 14th September
– Jaguar Land Rover has paid tribute to the 400 Servicemen and women who have captivated the nation at the Invictus Games, and is committed to leaving a lasting legacy from the Games.

The international sporting event, which has been championed by Prince Harry and presented by Jaguar Land Rover, saw Servicemen and women from 13 nations join together and compete across four days of inspirational sport.

At tonight’s Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Concert, two special awards were presented to Invictus competitors Joe Townsend and Maurice Manuel.

Townsend lifted The Jaguar Award for Exceptional Performance, having followed up his four gold medals at Monday’s athletics with silver and bronze in hand cycling on Saturday. Townsend, who has previously cycled 3,000 miles across the USA, will be presented with his award by Team Sky cyclist Ian Stannard.

The veteran Royal Marine, who lost both legs above the knee after standing on an anti-tank mine in Afghanistan in 2008, said: “To be selected for this award from over 400 inspiring competitors is very special. The first ever Invictus Games have been an incredible event and this award caps a week I will remember for the rest of my life".

Denmark’s Maurice Manuel has been named the Land Rover Unconquerable Soul for going above and beyond, in his commitment to the Games this week. Captaining and coaching Denmark’s wheelchair basketball team to bronze, he also won silver in the javelin, bronze in the Ambulant IT1 200m and bronze in wheelchair rugby. All these were achieved this week, whilst he cared for an unwell family member.

Army veteran Manuel served on six tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, before having his right leg amputated after being injured by an IED in 2010 while working as a combat translator.

He described the Land Rover Unconquerable Soul Award, which will be presented by Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio, as “an honour beyond measure”.

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