Sydney revealed a dreary, grey sky-blanketed Opera House and harbour vista yesterday, with torrential rain, at the celebration to mark 500 days to go until the opening ceremony of Invictus Games Sydney 2018, officially launched by HRH Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation.
The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sport event for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women, both active duty and veteran. The Games uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. “Invictus” is Latin for unconquered, and it embodies the fighting spirit of our service personnel.
Australia’s Governor-General and Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Ambassador, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d) and Lady Cosgrove, hosted Prince Harry, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the Chair of Invictus Games Sydney 2018, Lt Gen Peter Leahy (Ret’d) at the formal launch at Admiralty House.
The Governor-General also welcomed members of the Australian Squad training for selection in the team to compete at this year’s Invictus Games in Toronto.
In a speech given at the launch event Prince Harry said: “Sydney will soon be the custodian of the Invictus spirit and the focus for hundreds of men and women using the Invictus Games to motivate their recovery from physical and mental injuries.
“I know that people across the country – from Perth to Sydney, from Darwin to Adelaide – will embrace the Invictus Games and show their support for competitors from their local towns and right across the country. I have no doubt that the Sydney public will make these games their own.
“The Invictus Games are coming to Australia – game on down under!”
The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in September 2014 and attracted more than 400 competitors from 13 nations. The second Invictus Games was held in Orlando, Florida in May 2016. Toronto, Canada will host the third Invictus Games from 23-30 September 2017.
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