Game Chang­ers

The In­vic­tus Games — where wounded sol­diers and mil­i­tary vet­er­ans com­pete — comes to Syd­ney.

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The In­vic­tus Games cel­e­brates the brav­ery of wounded sol­diers.

The num­bers are sim­ple: this month, 500 com­peti­tors from 18 na­tions will com­pete across seven days in Syd­ney for the 2018 In­vic­tus Games. But of all multi­na­tional sport­ing events, this is one that can’t eas­ily be boiled down to sim­ple fig­ures. In its fourth year, fol­low­ing suc­cess­ful out­ings in Lon­don, Or­lando and Toronto, the Games will again cel­e­brate the for­ti­tude of wounded, in­jured or sick for­mer ser­vice­men and women as they com­pete in a se­ries of sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions, lead­ing to an un­quan­tifi­able num­ber of per­sonal achieve­ments earned, heart­warm­ing sto­ries cre­ated and con­nec­tions made.

Ath­let­ics, cy­cling, wheel­chair bas­ket­ball, pow­er­lift­ing and sit­ting vol­ley­ball are among the 11 dif­fer­ent sports that will fea­ture at what will be the largest In­vic­tus Games so far, as Syd­ney gets set to put on an im­pres­sive show for those in at­ten­dance at Olympic Park, Syd­ney Har­bour and else­where, as well as for those watch­ing on TV around the coun­try — and across the world.

The growth of the Games has been partly down to its pa­tron, Prince Harry, him­self a for­mer sol­dier. The royal — who will be in Syd­ney for the event — helped cre­ate the in­au­gu­ral com­pe­ti­tion in

2014, hav­ing been in­spired by the War­rior Games, a sim­i­lar event held in the US.

An Aus­tralian team of more than 70 ex-ser­vice­men and women will be among the ath­letes at the open­ing cer­e­mony at Syd­ney Opera House on 20 Oc­to­ber.

20–27 Oc­to­ber; Syd­ney;

www.in­vic­tus­games2018.org.

FROM LEFT Aus­tralian spec­ta­tors can ex­pect an ex­tra­or­di­nary show; CEO Pa­trick Kidd; wheel­chair rugby is a pop­u­lar event.

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