Jaguar Land Rover’s awards close an inspirational Invictus Games
Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover handed out the final accolades of the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia.
During the closing ceremony, at Sydney’s Qudo Bank Area, New
Zealander George Nepata collected the Jaguar Exceptional Performance accolade
and the Netherland’s Edwin Vermetten won the Land Rover Above and Beyond award.
Wheelchair rugby player, George, was recognised for
inspiring his fellow competitors and spectators, through his determination and grit
during the Kiwi’s campaign. Even finding the desire to play the whole match
against Australia when his team were a player down.
The crowning moment came when the Australian team handed
George, who is a tetraplegic after a military accident, the ball to score the
final try of the game in recognition for his determination.
Land Rover’s Above and Beyond winner, Edwin competed in the
wheelchair tennis mixed doubles tournament alongside the UK’s Paul Guest. When
they faced Team USA in the pool matches, Paul had a reoccurrence of his Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) triggered by a helicopter flying overhead. Spotting the
distress Paul was in, Edwin immediately comforted his team-mate by singing ‘Let
it go’ from Disney film Frozen.
His quick actions showed the strong camaraderie that exists
throughout the Invictus Games, and helped Paul avert a PTSD episode, which he
has struggled with since being injured on duty in 1986.
The closing ceremony was rounded off with a touching speech
from Her Royal Highness Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, who admitted being
humbled by the determination, grit and support exhibited throughout the