27 September 2023

Veterans’ Affairs champions Invictus Games

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The Minister for Veterans Affairs and Defence Personnel, Darren Chester has officially welcomed the 500-plus competitors from Australia and around the world to the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney.

The Games, which showcase the sporting skills of wounded, injured and ill Defence service men and women, both on active duty and veterans, features 11 medal events across eight days of competition using the healing power of sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation.

“Australia is proud to be hosting the fourth Invictus Games and I urge all Australians to tune in to watch the events over the next week and cheer on the 72 inspiring men and women representing Team Australia,” Mr Chester said.

He said the Games were also a great platform for generating a wider understanding of the sacrifices made by those who served their country.

“The personal struggles each and every competitor and their families have overcome to make their national teams is a source of inspiration for us all,” the Minister said.

“The Games are more than a sporting event — they capture hearts, challenge perceptions and change lives.”

Founded by the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, the Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event, inspiring recovery, supporting rehabilitation and celebrating the crucial role played by family and friends.

The Games run until Saturday, 27 October.

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