F2L spoke to Patrick Kidd, Invictus Games CEO, about his expectations for this big event. Kidd described the Games, as more than a sporting event. “It is a celebration of achievement and determination for wounded, injured and ill, active duty and veteran servicemen and women.” It also presents an opportunity for Australians to embrace members of the defence family and to celebrate sport for people of all abilities, he said. “We will be working with a number of organisations to promote health and wellbeing and adaptive sports including Disability Sports Australia and the Australian Paralympic Committee.
“Rather than an elite sports competition, it is for competitors of all abilities and seeks to ignite their ‘unconquerable’ spirit. It also gives us an opportunity to have a long-term impact through the development of supporting programs and services in the areas of education, health and wellbeing, employment and adaptive sport,” Kidd said.
Founded by Prince Harry in 2014, the Games take place in Sydney from October 20-27, 2018 and plays host to more than 500 competitors from 18 countries competing in 10 adaptive sports. The events will be staged across greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and in and around Sydney Harbour. An estimated 1,000 family and friends are expected to accompany the competitors supported by around 1,000 volunteers.
Kidd said public response has been fantastic and he expected to see even more engagement from the community as activities are announced. “Many people are connected to those in military service and can relate to what the Games are about and we want them to help us spread the message and promote the healing power of sport. This is an event that encourages everyone to get involved.”
Prince Harry with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
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