After two-year COVID-19 delay, the Invictus Games returns this weekend.
While Sydney played host in 2018, this year’s games will take place in The Hague, Netherlands from April 16 to 22.
The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and unwell servicemen and women, who are both serving and veterans. The Games were founded by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex in 2014.
This year’s tournament will feature over 500 competitors from 20 nations to compete in a series of adaptive sports which include athletics, archery, cycling, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair rugby.
More than just a sporting competition, the Invictus Games core purpose is to provide a platform to demonstrate the strength and courage of servicemen and women who have suffered physical, psychological and social injuries from their time in combat.
The Invictus Games shines a spotlight on the international attention to the power of sport in supporting those servicemen and women in their recovery journey, the Games also challenge prejudices and misconceptions around injury and disability and highlights the specific physical and psychological challenges injured service men and women face when they return from combat.
While 2018’s tournament was broadcast on ABC, this year’s games will be documented in a six part Netflix documentary called Heart of Invictus.
Australia will be sending a 37-member team to this year’s tournament. To learn more head to https://invictusaustralia.org/team-australia/
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