A tri­umph of sport­ing spirit

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THE IN­VIC­TUS GAMES, an in­ter­na­tional adap­tive sports event, is com­ing to Syd­ney’s shores this month. With events run­ning from 20-27 Oc­to­ber there is a jam-packed sched­ule of sport­ing gold.

For those won­der­ing, adap­tive sports are ex­tremely sim­i­lar to their stan­dard coun­ter­parts but with equip­ment and rule mod­i­fi­ca­tions to meet the needs of the com­peti­tors. Com­peti­tors are clas­si­fied ac­cord­ing

the ways in which their im­pair­ment af­fects their abil­ity to carry out the fun­da­men­tals of their cho­sen sport. This way the playing field is fair for all.

The Games were founded in 2014 by His Royal High­ness, The Duke of Sus­sex, Prince Harry. The first games were held in Lon­don the same year. Two years later they were held in Or­lando, USA and then the year af­ter in Toronto, Canada. Now Syd­ney has the chance to wel­come over 500 ath­letes from 18 dif­fer­ent coun­tries across the world.

His Royal High­ness, The Duke of Sus­sex founded the Games af­ter vis­it­ing and watch­ing the US War­rior Games, a sport­ing event for in­jured Amer­i­can ser­vice per­son­nel. From this he cre­ated an ex­panded, in­ter­na­tional ver­sion of the games that in­vites ser­vi­ceper­son­nel from all al­lied na­tions to take part. HRH The Duke of Sus­sex re­mains as the pa­tron of the In­vic­tus Games and con­tin­ues to sup­port and drive aware­ness for them so that they can change the lives of wounded ac­tive and veteran de­fence per­son­nel.

Aus­tralia has been given a unique op­por­tu­nity in the host­ing of the games this year. Along with our veter­ans and those still serv­ing, we are honoured to

be able to com­mem­o­rate the 100 year an­niver­sary of the end of World War 1.

Rather than a com­pe­ti­tion of the world’s most elite ath­letes, the In­vic­tus Games calls for com­peti­tors of all abil­i­ties to ig­nite their ‘un­con­quered’ spirit. The Games sup­port the power of sport in in­spir­ing re­cov­ery and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and hope to gen­er­ate a wider un­der­stand­ing of the sac­ri­fice that veter­ans across the world have made in serv­ing their coun­tries.

Syd­ney will host the games at its world-class sport­ing venues. Catch sail­ing and road cy­cling events in the world-fa­mous Syd­ney Har­bour and The Do­main. The main hub of ac­tion will be Syd­ney Olympic Park, the iconic home of the 2000 Olympic Games. This state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity will host all the aquatic and ath­let­ics events, such as swim­ming, pow­er­lift­ing, sit­ting vol­ley­ball, archery, in­door row­ing, wheel­chair basketball and wheel­chair rugby.

The In­vic­tus Games will also host unique events. One of these is the Jaguar Land Rover Driv­ing Chal­lenge. Teams of two will bat­tle it out to get the best time in a series of chal­leng­ing cour­ses. The win­ners won’t be the ones that drive the fastest but in­stead, the ones with the best pre­ci­sion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. An­other unique event is sit­ting vol­ley­ball where each player must have at least one but­tock touch­ing the floor when­ever they con­tact the ball. Watch­ing these sport­ing he­roes fight for vic­tory is a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity.

Kick off the In­vic­tus Games the right way with the Open­ing Cer­e­mony on Satur­day 20 Oc­to­ber. Held at the Syd­ney Opera House, it will be a spe­cial op­por­tu­nity to wel­come the com­peti­tors, fam­i­lies and friends from around Aus­tralia and the world to our hum­ble the end of the eight days of com­pe­ti­tion, rock out with al­trock band Birds of Tokyo at the Clos­ing Cer­e­mony at the Qu­dos Bank Arena. The Clos­ing Cer­e­mony is a cel­e­bra­tion of the achieve­ments from the Games and the spirit of the com­peti­tors.

With in­tense sport­ing com­pe­ti­tion from around the world, the In­vic­tus Games are a not-to-be-missed event.


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