From 16 to 22 April, The Hague will host the Invictus Games. Five prominent people from The Hague will dedicate themselves to propagate the special stories behind this unique event. Columnist and presenter Sjaak Bral, presenter and actor Bas Muijs, but also policewoman Thessa, who recently gained fame through her starring role in the television series Bureau Hofstad, are part of this team of ambassadors from The Hague. Professional baseball player Kalian Sams and Paralympic snowboarder Renske van Beek complete the team. Together they have only one goal: inform and enthuse as many people as possible about the Invictus Games.
Invictus Games The Hague: so much more than sports
The Invictus Games unites 500 physically and mentally injured military personnel from 20 countries in the Zuiderpark in The Hague. They will compete in 10 different sports. Yet this event is about so much more than sports alone. The event uses the power of sport to stimulate recovery and support rehabilitation. But above all it is an event that aims to generate wider understanding and respect for those who serve or have served their country.
Mayor Jan van Zanen is looking forward to the event: “The Invictus Games are a tribute to all veterans who have dedicated themselves to the values we hold so dear in The Hague: peace and justice. Especially in these times, it is fitting to show our appreciation and gratitude.”
Ambassadors from The Hague
The five ambassadors are committed to highlighting the special and resilient stories behind the participants and the event. The five ambassadors are committed to highlighting the special and resilient stories behind the participants and the event.
Sjaak Bral: “For me, the Invictus Games are proof that we can all, each in our own way, mean something special. For ourselves, but especially for others. It is honourable that I can contribute to this great event!
Zuiderpark event site free to visit
From 16 to 22 April, the Zuiderpark in The Hague will be transformed into the Invictus Games event site. For seven days, visitors can listen to performances. But there is also plenty to do for sports enthusiasts: bouldering, abseiling, archery and BMX on a pumptrack are on the programme. Various sports associations will introduce visitors to their sports and the temporary Cruyff Court will offer sports for people with disabilities.
The event area can be visited daily free of charge. Tickets are available for a fee to visit a match.
This team of ambassadors from The Hague will do everything to inform and enthuse the people of The Hague about the Invictus Games. Renske van Beek is missing from this photo because of her preparations for the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing.