The 4th Annual Invictus Games are coming to Sydney in 2018! Here’s what they’re all about, where you can watch your favourite events and how you can show your support and get involved.
What are the Invictus Games?
The word ‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’ in Latin and that’s what the Invictus Games are all about. They celebrate servicemen and women who have overcome being wounded, injured or struck by illness to come back fighting, as well as the friends and family who support them.
Founded by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games is made up of 11 different adaptive sporting events, from sitting volleyball to indoor rowing. It’s based on the idea that sport can motivate people to keep moving forward and not let their injuries define their lives.
The Invictus Games started in London, with over 400 athletes from 13 countries. This year, more than 500 athletes from 18 countries are taking part.
Where and when to watch
The Sydney Invictus Games will be held from 20th - 27th October, 2018. Different sporting events will be held across Sydney, including some down at Sydney Harbour and some at Sydney Olympic Park. But, if you miss out on tickets to your favourite event, the Invictus Games will also be broadcast on the ABC so you can also it watch at home!
How to get involved
It’s too late to officially volunteer to help out at this year’s Invictus Games, but there are plenty of other ways to show your support:
- Be a spectator. One of the best ways to support the Invictus Games and the athletes taking part is to go and cheer them on! You can buy tickets for events including the Closing Ceremony, archery, powerlifting, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball and swimming. Plus, spectators get free entry to the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge and road cycling and sailing events.
- Make Your Mark. At the Closing Ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Prince Harry said, “Let the examples of service and resilience you have seen inspire you to take action to improve something – big or small – in your life, for your family, or in your community.” The Make Your Mark campaign is the answer to that challenge. It lets you get involved with the Invictus Games no matter where you are, by holding your own fundraising event and sharing it with the hashtag #MakeYourMarkDownUnder.
- Sign up for the newsletter. Stay up-to-date with what’s happening and how you can support the Invictus Games by signing up to the newsletter. It’s also a good idea to sign up if you’re waiting for tickets to a certain sport, as there are different release stages for different events.
- Donate. Finally, why not put your money where your mouth is and donate to the cause? Donations over $2 are tax deductible, and it all goes toward helping wounded warriors and raising awareness and support for defence personnel and veterans.
And while you’re getting involved in the Invictus Games, think about reaching out to people in your own life who could use a helping hand to get back on track after illness or injury.