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Competitors from the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 were treated to a hero’s welcome at Magic Kingdom this afternoon. The athletes, representing many of the participating countries from around the world, took part in a parade down Main Street U.S.A. amid a sea of confetti along with celebrity ambassador and Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson as well as some Disney characters. The competitors and their families also spent some time today enjoying the theme park and experiencing some of the signature attractions.
The Invictus Games, the only international adaptive sporting event for injured active duty and veteran service members, take place from 8th to 12th May, 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The games were the brainchild of Prince Harry and the first event was held in London in 2014. The aim of the Invictus Games is to use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, ill or injured servicemen and women who are transitioning into civilian life.
Tickets are available for the opening and closing ceremonies as well as all sports competitions at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.invictusgames2016.org.
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