Nominations open for 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney

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“We had three key criteria. First, it had to be an iconic city – somewhere known the world over. Second, it needed to be a city with a proud military heritage, which would welcome competitors from all over the world with open arms. And finally, we wanted to go somewhere where they are absolutely sports mad and would really get behind our competitors. It was an easy decision really – the 2018 Invictus Games are coming to Sydney.” - His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales

Founded by Prince Harry in 2014, the Invictus Games are an international adaptive sports event for wounded, injured and ill active duty and veteran service personnel. The goal of the games is to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve.

With nominations extended until 6 December 2017, those eligible to compete in the Invictus Games must be an active service member or veteran who has been wounded, injured or become ill during or as a direct result of service. Veterans and current serving Australian Defence Force personnel are encouraged to apply for a place as a competitor or coach at next year’s Invictus Games.

More than 500 competitors from 18 nations will compete in 11 sports from 20-27 October 2018. The events will be staged across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour, with the Opening Ceremony to be held at the Sydney Opera House on 20 October.

Past Invictus Games Australian team member Garry Robinson, who has competed at the last three Games, says he is sure that the excitement and warmth of Australian spectators will make all the competitors feel at home.

 “We are all one big family, irrespective of what country you come from or what injuries you have,” said Mr Robinson. “I think Australia will be right behind all the competitors.”

At the 2017 Invictus Games, held in Toronto, Australia’s 43 strong athlete team brought home a staggering 51 medals. And now, with the Toronto Games behind us, all eyes turn to Sydney.

3 yachts sailing in front of the Sydney Opera House

Next year’s sports include: sailing (debuting for the first time in 2018), archery, athletics, indoor rowing, jaguar land rover driving challenge, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, and wheelchair basketball and rugby.

To nominate for the 2018 Australian team visit the Department of Defence website.