The Duke of Sussex may have found his great achievement. In the speech of the closing ceremony of the Prince Harry's Invictus Games in Sydney, at the Qudos Bank Arena in Australia, on Saturday, October 27, the royal passion for the physical and mental health of the people reigned. men and women wounded, wounded and sick.
Concluding the one-week Olympic-style international sporting event he founded four years ago after a visit to the US Warrior Games in 2013, Prince Harry paid tribute to the 500 athletes who gathered in Sydney to compete in 11 sports events. Including indoor rowing, archery, weightlifting, wheelchair tennis, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball and rugby games.
"These men and women are role models," said the Duke of Sussex, for Kensington Palace. "They are men and women who have faced a challenge and have overcome it, they are ordinary people who do extraordinary things, and with the help of their friends and family, they have exceeded all expectations."
One of the conclusions he had about the Games was the importance of mental health and that "no challenge is too difficult to overcome", a central piece of his closing speech. Prince Harry added to the crowd that, for E! News, including friend David Beckham:
"By simply being here and defending yourself from some of the darkest experiences known to everyone, you have become a model for everyone at home or in the stands that might be struggling with your emotions or mental illness. , know who can not talk about their problems, for that man or woman he has seen on television, he is demonstrating that it is okay to talk about how we feel, children who see him talking openly about anxiety, stress and depression He's showing that it's okay not to be well, and most importantly, he's showing us all that it's okay to ask for help. "
Prince Harry also gave specific shouts to various competitors to illustrate the inspiring spirit of the Games of "determination, optimism, strength, honor and friendship, or as the Australians call it" companionship ".
Among the participants who received special recognition were Paul Guest and Edwin Vermetten, who, according to the duke, supported each other "through Paul's struggle with post-traumatic stress on the tennis court." He also mentioned that a man named Jakub Tynka "fought the excruciating pain of his legs during the last 20 minutes of his cycling event, and let the cheering crowd and his fellow competitors Benjamin and Cedric push him beyond the line. of goal ". Finally, he shared the stories of Hannah Stolberg, who ran with a bicycle that belonged to a service partner, as well as a bicycle. Former 67-year-old military nurse named Cavell Simmonds., who "decided that age was just a number", competing in a total of five events in his first Invictus Games this year.
"They are the ones that all children should admire," Prince Harry added in his speech. "In a world where negativity has too much platform, our Invictus competitors, many of whom have had a second chance in life, are achieving extraordinary things."
Of course, you will soon have a little prince or princess to convey that meaningful message. While he and his wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex have been on a 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, their first real international tour as a married couple, the most important news has been that the king The couple is waiting for a baby in the spring.
While in Australia for the start of his royal tour, Prince Harry had previously helped launch the event by climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Invictus Games on Saturday, October 20, Harry said he was "very proud to present my wife and we are very happy to celebrate the personal joy of our newest addition." Later in the week, he and Duchess Meghan applauded the sailing competitors and also I watched the wheelchair basketball finals..
During the closing ceremony, Markle delivered a surprise speech of his own, sharing an emotional moment that he "will never forget" when he saw the sailing competition with her husband. The first Costumes actress said the story of Chicago native Ryan Novak, to whom she said "she suffered a severe injury that left her paralyzed from the waist down" and the doctors told her she would never walk again.
"It was through Ryan's strength of spirit, and with the unwavering support of his parents, that he was able to prove that all those doctors were wrong." Markle, who also took a picture of Harry., he told the audience. "Ryan not only competed in sailing, swimming and athletics this week, but when Harry and I saw him at the finish line of the sailing competition, he literally jumped on our boat, with dexterity and ease, of course, to give to both. from us a hug. "
While the Invictus Games will not be held again until 2020 in the Netherlands, it seems that memories of this year's event will last the entire life of the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex.