Prince Harry launches the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney
Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, has officially launched the countdown to the fourth Invictus Games at a celebration to mark 500 days to go until the opening ceremony of Invictus Games Sydney 2018.
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 along with accompanying family.
“The Invictus Games provides an important platform to recognise those who serve our country, both on active duty and veterans; and to be inspired by their spirit to have a go and rise above physical and mental challenges,” Sir Peter said.
“The Invictus Games in Sydney will acknowledge the vital role played by family and friends who give love and support to help guide the rehabilitation and recovery of our wounded, injured and ill competitors – from the frontline to the finish line.”
The Governor-General welcomed Leesa Kwok as an ambassador to help deliver the Invictus Games Sydney message to the community.
In a speech given at today’s 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!”
Next year also marks the Centenary of the end of World War I.