Invictus Games: Great Britain win wheelchair rugby gold

Prince Harry jostles with Mike Tindall during an exhibition wheelchair rugby match

Prince Harry jostles with Mike Tindall during an exhibition wheelchair rugby match - Credit: Archant

Great Britain enjoyed a golden evening at the Invictus Games with a dramatic victory over the USA in a nail-biting wheelchair rugby final.

Prince Harry jostles with Mike Tindall during an exhibition wheelchair rugby match

Prince Harry jostles with Mike Tindall during an exhibition wheelchair rugby match - Credit: Archant

The hosts scored the winner with 30 barely seconds to spare in a packed Copper Box arena, bringing the third day of the games to a glorious climax.

Former Royal Engineer Geraint Price only started playing the sport in June and will aim to double his tally with the British wheelchair basketball on Saturday.

“That was one of the best things I’ve ever done in life,” he said.

“I couldn’t believe how loud the crowd were, it was insane. Without the British public and everyone else out there backing us we wouldn’t have been able to do that today.”

Prince Harry jostles with Mike Tindall during an exhibition wheelchair rugby match

Prince Harry jostles with Mike Tindall during an exhibition wheelchair rugby match - Credit: Archant


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The success followed hot on the heels of a keenly-contested exhibition match that saw Prince Harry and cousin Zara Phillips storm to victory over a number of well-known sporting heroes.

Rugby World Cup winners Jonny Wilkinson and Sir Clive Woodward went head-to head as managers, pitting the royal pair against the likes of Dame Kelly Holmes and Denise Lewis.

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Jason Robinson, completing a quartet of Rugby World Cup-winners alongside Mike Tindall, believes the Invictus Games is just the tip of the iceberg.

He said: “I can just see this sport going from strength to strength and you can’t help but be inspired by what these men and women are achieving.

“We often use excuses in life for why we can’t do things, but these guys are really teaching us that there’s obstacle you can’t overcome.

“They’ve got so much drive and determination so it’s fantastic to be around and feed of it.

The stars were joined on the court by Invictus competitors from all over the world, and Olympic hero Denise Lewis hopes more children will start taking up the sport.

She said: “I’d love to see it played in schools to give young people a real appreciation of what it means to use a wheelchair and how difficult it is for some people.”

Although sin-binned late into the game for a foul on the ex-heptathlete, Prince Harry drew praises from opponent Dame Kelly, herself a former army sergeant

She said: “It’s one thing to have an idea and use your position to be the face of the games, but he hasn’t, he’s been absolutely passionate about of all of it, so it was really nice to be a part of that.”

For more on the Invictus Games and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park see our Parklife section.

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