The 4th annual Invictus Games are being held this year from October 20-27 in Sydney, Australia. These games are held every year for men and women of all nations who were injured while serving their country. This competition was founded in 2014 by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex after seeing the impact sports had on those who were rehabilitating and recovering. On this, he said, “These games were created for out men and women in uniform; designed around their talents and needs; and built not just for them, but also for the friends and families that have supported their recoveries and had their lives changed forever.”
Past competitions have been held in London, Toronto, and Orlando, and this years’ games in Sydney are set to bring in over 500 competitors from 18 countries. They will be competing in 11 different sports, as well as wheelchair golf and tennis. The United states will be competing with 70 competitors this year, trying to beat last year’s outstanding win of 134 medals. Today, on the 23rd of October, events will be held in wheelchair tennis, powerlifting, swimming, and volleyball. Make sure to check in every day to catch every action of the competition.
The opening ceremony was held in the Sydney Opera House, the famous World Heritage Site. Prince Harry gave a moving speech speaking to the strength of the competitors and their families, and the optimism the games have come to provide. “Invictus has become an example of the service and dedication our competitors have provided the world.” Another speech was given by the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, who spoke to the incredible purpose the games serve. “These games are about competitions and comradery and being your best to continue to recover, to be undefeated, to be Invictus. The ceremony featured several performances, including a traditional welcome from Australia’s native Aboriginal people, as well as the stories of several of the athletes and volunteers involved with the games.
The games will continue until October 27th, and the conclusion will be honored with a closing ceremony. To view a schedule of events, follow the countries competing, or watch live streamed matches, visit their website at https://www.invictusgames2018.org/.