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Prince Harry announced on 12 November 2016, that the 2018 Invictus Games have been awarded to Sydney, Australia. The fourth Invictus Games, will be held 18-29 October 2018, with over 500 competitors taking part from 17 nations. Sydney follows fellow host cities London 2014 and Orlando 2016, with Toronto in 23-30 September 2017.
17 nations will compete in eleven different adaptive sports with events being held across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour.
This will be the Games in which the community embraces those that serve, and have served, and the family and friends that support them; it will inspire the many who on a daily basis battle to turn adversity into opportunity.
Prince Harry explained why the Sydney bid won the rights to the 2018 Invictus Games: “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.” —Prince Harry
Founded by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women and the families that play such an important supporting role. It is the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, ill and injured active duty and veteran service members.
In 2018, the world will see:
17 nations compete
Over 12 days of competition
Over 500 competitors
Across 11 different adaptive sports
More than 1000 friends and family
Most of us will never know the horrors of combat. Many servicemen and women suffer life-changing injuries, both visible and invisible, while serving their countries. How do they find the motivation to move on and to not be defined by their injuries? How can they be recognized for their achievements?
The Invictus Games demonstrate soldiers’ and veterans’ indefatigable drive to overcome and the power of sport on their journey to recovery.
“I’ve been lucky enough to compete in two Invictus Games…having the chance to stand alongside fellow wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women is something I never take for granted. I can’t wait for the Invictus Games to come to Sydney in 2018 and show the world what Australia and Australians are made of.” – Invictus Games Ambassador Sapper Curtis McGrath, Paralympic gold medallist and Australian Invictus Games competitor
Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games after a visit to the US Warrior Games held in Colorado in 2013.
He vowed to take the idea and launch a similar event in the UK after seeing the impact sport could have on wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women in their recovery.
The first Games took place in London in 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the site of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Over 400 competitors from 13 countries took part, including the US, Australia, Canada, France and Afghanistan.
The second Invictus Games took place in May 2016 in Orlando, Florida, and built on the excitement of the London Games with more than 500 competitors from 15 nations. The Invictus Games will continue in Toronto 23 – 30 September 2017.
William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
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