Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have presented the first medals of the 2018 Invictus Games at the finale of the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge.
French duo Cedric Arci and Mikhail Ranchin won the first
gold of the Sydney games, as they came out on top in the precision driving
event. Craig McGrath and Scott Reynolds from Australia and UK pair Mark Perkins
and Daniel Bingley claimed silver and bronze respectively.
Watched on by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, 12 nations
competed in the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge, which saw competitors
tackle a water slalom, a precision driving course and a reaction smart cone
test in the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE.
Prof. Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said having been
presenting partner since the Invictus Games were founded in 2014, everyone is
still hugely passionate. He added:
“On behalf of all our employees, I would like to congratulate
the medallists and wish all competitors the best of luck for what promises to
be a memorable and inspiring week of competition.”
Speaking after clinching gold, Mikhail explained how the
games is the final part of the jigsaw in his recovery journey. He added:
“The course was great fun. I was nervous at the start but it
was a lot of fun. We will enjoy this moment with everyone, our family and
friends to share the Invictus spirit.”
As presenting partner of the Invictus Games, Jaguar Land Rover hosted an exhibition wheelchair rugby match before the gold medal match between the UK and Australia, which the latter won in a keenly contested battle.
The one-off match saw former Wallaby Rob Horne and England World Cup Winner Jason Robinson go head-to-head at the Quaycentre in Sydney's Olympic Park. The game was won by Robinson's team 16-13, as former rugby union stars Phil Waugh, Dean Mumm, Adam Freier, Stephen Hoiles and Cam Shepherd all lined up alongside Invictus competitors from various nations.