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    大乐透后区第一位振幅:Prince Harry Bonds with Invictus Games Competitors at the Official Team U.K. Launch

    "He's such a nice guy. He wanted to know about us as individuals more than anything."

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    At his latest royal engagement, Prince Harry made sure that all attention was placed firmly on the Invictus Games’ competitors during a Team U.K. unveiling event today. “This is all about you guys—that’s what matters,” he told the 65-strong team of wounded, injured, and sick military personnel and veterans who will represent Great Britain at next year’s Netherlands competition.

    “He wanted to listen and make time for everyone,” Zimbabwe–born hopeful and military veteran Bruce Falkenberg, 42, tells BAZAAR.com. “He’s one of the lads, he’s got that nice charisma ’bout him, he’s easygoing, you can have a laugh, have a joke, he gets you.”

    And there were plenty of new stories to hear: Eighty-nine percent of this year’s U.K. athletes are brand-new competitors to the games, which Harry launched in 2014. All 65 athletes, including Invictus Games’ first-ever female captain, Rachel Williamson, gathered at London’s Honourable Artillery Company for an official photo reveal with the Duke of Sussex. The upcoming competition, taking place May 9-16, 2020, in the Netherlands, will mark the fifth installment of the Invictus Games. More than 500 competitors from 19 countries are expected to participate.

    The Duke Of Sussex Attends The Launch Of Team UK For The Invictus Games The Hague 2020
    Prince Harry poses with Team U.K. ahead of the 2020 Invictus Games.
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    Traveling from Windsor to central London for the October 29 event in heavy traffic meant that Harry was a little delayed for his 9:05 a.m. arrival, but he left his car in high spirits, running over to greet the team for their first group photograph together. “What time do you call this?!” he joked of his lateness, tapping his watch.

    “He immediately put everyone at ease,” Lynsey Kelly, a former Royal Air Force Movements Controller who spent time chatting with Harry, tells BAZAAR.com. It’s the 35-year-old’s first time competing in the games, which is already a proud moment after recovering from mental health struggles.

    “In late 2017, I was really quite unwell with my mental health as a result of the pain from bilateral anterior compartment syndrome, suffering from a foot crush injury and problems with my back due to the nature of work that I did,” she explains. “After being medically discharged in 2010, I felt lost, like a hamster in a wheel, running but going nowhere. By 2017, I was working for the Ministry of Defence but unwell, I had those kind of feelings where you think, If I don’t wake up in the morning, would that even be a problem?’”

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    Prince Harry poses with Lynsey Kelly (two right from Harry) and other Team U.K. members at today’s launch.
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    Oxfordshire local Kelly says her turning point came after reaching out for help from military charity Help for Heroes, which connected her with a hospital in London for a pain management program. “That gave me a good understanding of my pain, from a physiological and psychological perspective, and it was absolutely bloody brilliant that I did it, because it really made me understand that although I’m in pain, I can still function and still do these things, and I’m not hurting myself any further,” she says.

    In June 2019, Kelly took part in the Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida, and she’s now gearing up to compete in events for swimming (which she only learned last fall), archery, and powerlifting. “I may even try rowing,” she laughs. “Harry was encouraging me, saying get your training in, work hard, and just enjoy it. He’s such a nice guy. He wanted to know about us as individuals more than anything. I think he is wonderful, and I’m so happy that he is such a great ambassador of mental health and letting people know it’s okay to not be okay.’”

    But their touching moment together also turned into giggles. “I had my arm around him [for a photo], and this guy came up between us, and so he put his arm around him and my hand just fell down his back—I had my hand on Prince Harry’s bum!” she blushes. “So embarrassing. I spoke to my mum this morning, and she said, ‘Don’t be nasty or cheeky to Prince Harry, because Meghan’s going through a lot at the minute.’ So I didn’t ask for a selfie or anything like that, but now I’m like, ‘Mum, guess what? I touched his bum!’”

    The Duke Of Sussex Attends The Launch Of Team UK For The Invictus Games The Hague 2020
    Team captain Rachel Williamson (far left) poses with the Duke of Sussex and the team.
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    The British team, which includes 15 women, will compete in nine sports at the Netherlands event next year: athletics, archery, wheelchair basketball, cycling, powerlifting, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, swimming, and sitting volleyball. Between now and the May 2020 event, team members will train in various locations across the country as part of Help for Heroes’ Sports Recovery program.

    Team captain Williamson, an RAF medic and veteran, tells BAZAAR.com that she applied for the leadership role after feeling empowered by competing in last year’s competition. “I wanted to challenge myself,” says Williamson, who lost the use of her right arm after a sports injury developed into a functional neurological disorder. “Prince Harry took me aside and gave a pep talk,” she added. “He just wanted to wish me luck and enjoy every single moment. It’s a great honor to be selected to represent the team and also the women. We’ve got this!”

    Spending over 30 minutes more than scheduled with the athletes, Harry wished each competitor luck with their training before leaving the venue. “It’s going to be awesome,” he smiled.

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    Harry shared sweet moments with veterans at the Team U.K. photo call.
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    Former Royal Regiment of Wales soldier Falkenberg, who served in conflict zones including Kosovo and Iraq before leaving the military in 2016 after losing both lower legs due to injuries and nerve damage, says the visit has given the team an even greater hunger to excel at The Hague next year. “[Harry is] the ideal ambassador for it,” says the Wales-based veteran. “This was his own love child, he’s nurtured it and he’s inspired a lot of people to get involved, not just within the military but within the civilian sector and all these sponsors that are coming in and seeing the potential of looking after service men and women, giving us a goal afterwards. It’s been a phenomenal success.”

    Falkenberg, who will be competing in wheelchair rugby and the shot put and discus events, adds, “Being around veterans and people from similar backgrounds has been very rewarding from a physical and mental place. We come from all walks of life, all different arms of the service, some recently retired, some a decade or more, but we all have this similar vibe, we all gel, and we’re forming close friends and I think that will get stronger and stronger.”

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