Seven members of the UK team for the Invictus Games 2017 in Toronto headed to the Land Rover Experience Centre at Eastnor Castle, joined by Land Rover ambassadors Zara Tindall and Lewis Moody, to hone their skills on the legendary off-road tracks.
The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for wounded injured and sick servicemen and women, which was first held in London in 2014. This year’s Games kick off in Toronto on 23 September, with the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge marking the first opportunity for all 17 competing nations to win a medal.
Only two of the UK team will be competing in the Driving Challenge in Toronto, so everyone was out to impress at Eastnor. Splitting into navigator and driver pairings the UK team headed out in a fleet of Land Rover Discoverys to test their communication, teamwork and planning skills on the swampy, steep and narrow off-road routes of Eastnor Castle. Earlier in the day the team had tested their speed and precision in a slalom challenge in Jaguar F-PACEs at Cotswold Airport.
Lewis Moody MBE, England Rugby World Cup winner, and Zara Tindall MBE, Olympic Medallist, were offering tips and words of wisdom to the competitors throughout the day.
Zara Tindall MBE said: “The Invictus Games is a very special event, and I’ve loved meeting all the competitors here today. It was really hard to select just two people to take part in the Driving Challenge in Toronto; each and every one of those we met has the will to win and would do a fantastic job. I am really looking forward to watching these guys when they actually get to compete at the Games.”