Prince Harry announces 2018 Invictus games to be held in Sydney

– Video announcement can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/191009826

Prince Harry announces host city for 2018 Invictus Games

London, 12 November 2016 – Prince Harry today announced that the Invictus Games legacy will continue with the fourth event to be held in Sydney, Australia from 18 – 29 October 2018.

The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will bring together over 500 competitors from 17 nations who will compete in 11 adaptive sports. Events will be held across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour.

In the video message Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation said:“The Invictus Games has shown us what can be achieved when wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women rediscover their fighting spirit through sport. In London and again Orlando, we came away moved by the tales of courage that got each competitor through their rehabilitation to the start line of their chosen sport. Tens of thousands of people packed stadiums and millions more watched at home. We were ALL inspired. We have raised the bar higher with each successive games, and I know that Toronto are planning an incredible event when they host the Games in September. And I am happy to say the Invictus Games journey won’t end there.”

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.”

The video, which was filmed at the Tourism Australia offices in Australia House, London, features Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Ambassador and Wallabies captain Stephen Moore as well as members of the Australian Defense Force members from all three services. The video also features a message from Kylie Minogue.

Curtis McGrath, 2014 and 2016 Invictus Games medallist said: “I’ve been lucky enough to compete in two Invictus Games – in London and in Orlando – and you can’t underestimate the difference these Games can make to someone’s life. Just having the chance to stand alongside fellow wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women and once again represent your country is something I never take for granted. The Invictus Games have opened up so many opportunities for me and given me a new inspiration for life. 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.”

Lt Gen Leahy, chair of Invictus Games Sydney 2018 said: “The Invictus Games is far more than a sporting event. It is a movement which celebrates the military community and the spirit that defines their service. We will continue the legacy of these great Games by embracing the Invictus spirit and celebrating the Games not only in Sydney, but across the entire country. Australians are well known for many great things, with their proud ANZAC spirit and respect for service to the nation being two of them. Sydney will be the perfect location.”

The Invictus Games Foundation, established to develop and pursue the event’s legacy, sets out desired requirements for future host cities to ensure the next Invictus Games meet stringent quality standards. This includes a mandatory minimum of 10 participating nations, 250 competitors and five sports; a strong families programme; appropriate venues and sport infrastructure; extensive broadcast and media coverage and access to the Games for spectators and media.

The announcement was made with just under a year to go to the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 which will welcome over 550 competitors from 17 nations from 23 – 30 September. Please visit www.invictusgames2017.com for more information.

For more information on Invictus Games Sydney 2018, please visit www.invictusgames2018.org.

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About the Invictus Games

The Invictus Games is the international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country.

The inaugural Invictus Games, held in London in September 2014, saw over 400 competitors from 13 nations compete in nine sports, as well as a driving challenge organised by Jaguar Land Rover. Crowds of over 65,000 people packed venues on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre from 10 – 14 September and more than 10 million watched the Games on the BBC.

The Invictus Games Orlando 2016 took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from 8 – 12 May 2016. 500 competitors from 15 nations competed in 10 sports.

The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will take place from 23 – 30 September 2017 and will welcome over 550 competitors from 17 nations who will compete in 12 sports.|

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For more information about the Invictus Games Foundation, please contact Julie Burley at Julie.burley@invictusgames.org or +44 (0) 7974302999.

For more information about Invictus Games Sydney 2018, please contact Clare Serafini at media@invictusgames2018.org

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