Friday, December 8, 2023

Invictus Games team announced

Thirty-one athletes have been named to represent Australia at this year’s Invictus Games in Dusseldorf Germany in September.

The Invictus Games is an international, adaptive multi-sports competition for serving and former military personnel who have been wounded, injured or become ill during their military service.

Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs, Matt Keogh said the combined Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Invictus Australia team was a credit to the nation.

“On behalf of all of us sport-loving Australians, I wholeheartedly congratulate all the incredible members of Team Australia, who will not only represent our country at this year’s Games, they will represent all those who have served our nation in our ADF,” Minister Keogh said.

“I commend Invictus Australia on their mission to adapt to the ever-changing needs of Australian veterans and families and the powerful role sport can play in strengthening wellbeing, supporting transition, recovery and rehabilitation.

“Sport is a fantastic tool to support veterans as they transition from military service, not only to maintain physical fitness and social connection, but as a proactive and preventative measure to build mental resilience too.

Invictus Games 2023 Team Australia competitor Mark Armstrong.

“I would like to acknowledge the families and friends of our team members, for their support through their rehabilitation journey.”

Australian competitors will join 500 current and former serving military personnel from 21 other nations to take part in the sixth edition of the event.

Team Australia will participate in sports including athletics, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, table tennis, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.

“The Invictus Games is an opportunity for Australia to celebrate determination, mateship and honour with others from around the world who have also shown resilience in times of adversity,” Minister Keogh said.

In 2022 the Australian Government contributed $9 million towards the Invictus Games and the ongoing work of Invictus Australia in the community.

Team Australia is supported by the Australian Defence Force and Invictus Australia.

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