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Invictus Games IV Open In Sydney, Australia

A severe storm swept over Sydney on Saturday, but nothing could dampen the spirit nor stop the official opening of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover.

It only took four words: “Game on, Down Under!” for the fourth edition of the Games to be opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex.

“You are the Unconquered Generation. You are the Optimistic Generation. You are the new generation of service, and you are the role models to us all.”

On a trip to the Warrior Games in the USA in 2013, HRH The Duke of Sussex saw first-hand how the power of sport can help physically, psychologically and socially those suffering from injuries and illness. He was inspired by his visit and the Invictus Games was born.

The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and personifies what these tenacious men and women can achieve post injury. The Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.

The Invictus Games is about much more than just sport – it captures hearts, challenges minds and changes lives.

Read the full report from Catriona Dixon on the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Website.

 

Invictus Games 2018 Opening Ceremonies

From ABC TV Australia and iView:

This was broadcast live from the Sydney Opera House forecourt, the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Opening Ceremony anchored by Chris Bath, co-hosted by Anthony Lehmann and Dylan Alcott, with Curtis McGrath as military expert commentator:

Sydney is hosting 500 competitors and 1,000 family and friends from 20-27 October. The Games feature competition in 11 sports with events being held across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney Harbour.

At the closing ceremony of Invictus Games Toronto 2017 HRH The Duke of Sussex challenged us all to do something to effect change in our lives or make a difference in our communities. In answer to The Duke’s call to action the Sydney 2018 team have launched ‘Make Your Mark Down Under’. Find out more here.

Invictus Games 2018 provides an opportunity for long-term impact on the defence community by supporting programs and services across various sectors to encourage greater collaboration and co-operation amongst the veteran and serving community.

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Learn more about the inspirations for the Games, where they got their name, and their impact on the Servicemen and women who inspire us all.

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Over 400 competitors from 13 nations took part in the first Invictus Games in London in 2014, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.

Teams come from the armed forces of nations that have served alongside each other. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country.

The event, which is championed this year in Australia by HRH Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, along with his wife HRH Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, is a celebration of resilience and passion. The Games shine a spotlight on Armed Forces personnel and veterans who have put their lives on the line for their country demonstrating how they and their families are valued, respected and supported.

For competitors, the Games offer a memorable, inspiring and energizing experience in their journey of recovery.

 

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William Ernest Henley

(23 August 1849 – 11 July 1903)

Pictured in an illustration by Leslie Ward published in Vanity Fair, November 26, 1892.

 

INVICTUS

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

 

It’s origin comes from the fact that one of Henley’s legs was amputated below the knee because of complications from tuberculosis, providing inspiration for Henley’s friend Robert Louis Stevenson‘s character Long John Silver in Treasure Island. Coincidentally, Henley’s young daughter, Margaret, who was quite a sickly child and died at the age of five, was the inspiration for Wendy in family friend J.M Barrie‘s children’s classic Peter Pan.

Immediately after the amputation, he received news that another operation would have to be done to his other leg. After enlisting the help of a different doctor, he was abled to keep his other leg by undergoing intensive surgery on his remaining foot. While recovering from the operation, he wrote the words of what was later titled ‘INVICTUS’.

This period of his life, coupled with the reality of an impoverished childhood, plays a major role in the meaning behind the power; it is also the prime reason for this poem’s existence.

(Source: Wikipedia)

 

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I AM a veteran
I AM a soldier
I AM a father
I AM a mother
I AM a husband
I AM a wife
I AM ambitious
I AM injured
I AM strong

 

WHO INVICTUS EXISTS FOR

Invictus Games competitors are the men and women who have come face-to-face with the reality of making a sacrifice for their country. They are the mothers, fathers, husbands and wives who put their lives on the line and suffered life-changing injuries.

These people are the embodiment of everything the Invictus Games stands for. They have been tested and challenged, but they have not been overcome. They have proven they cannot be defeated. They have the willpower to persevere and conquer new heights.

 

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Image: HRH Prine Harry, Duke of Sussex, looks out at an audience estimated at over 4,000 people in the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House as he opens the fourth Invictus Games.
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Video Highlights

ABC TV Australia and iView are providing daily highlights of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, and we’ll post them below for your viewing convenience. You can also view them on their YouTube Channel.

Invictus Games IV Schedule

  OCTOBER
EVENT 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
Opening Ceremony – 7.30pm
Sydney Opera House
OC              
Closing Ceremony – 7.30pm
Qudos Bank Arena
              CC
Archery Qualifications & Eliminations 1 – 9.00am
Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre
          archery    
Archery Qualifications & Eliminations 2- 2.00pm
Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre
          archery    
Archery Finals 9.00am
Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre
            archery  
Athletics Session 1 – 9.00am
Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre
          athletics    
Athletics Session 2 – 10.00am
Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre
            athletics  
Athletics Session 3 – 5.00pm
Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre
            athletics  
Indoor Rowing Finals – 9.00am
Quaycentre
    rowing          
Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge 9.30am
Cockatoo Island
JLR              
Powerlifting Session 1 – 9.00am
Genea Netball Centre
        powerlifting      
Powerlifting Session 2 – 1.30pm
Genea Netball Centre
      powerlifting        
Powerlifting Session 3 – 1.30pm
Genea Netball Centre
        powerlifting      
Road Cycling Time Trials – 9:30am
Royal Botanic Garden
  cycling            
Road Cycling Criterium – 1.30pm
Royal Botanic Garden
  cycling            
Sailing – 11.00am
Farm Cove
  sailing            
Sitting Volleyball Pool Play 1 – 9.00am
Genea Netball Centre
    volleyball          
Sitting Volleyball Pool Play 2 – 2.15pm
Genea Netball Centre
    volleyball          
Sitting Volleyball Pool Play 3 – 4.30pm
Quaycentre
    volleyball          
Sitting Volleyball Semi Finals – 2.00pm
Quaycentre
      volleyball        
Sitting Volleyball Finals – 5.30pm
Quaycentre
      volleyball        
Swimming Heats – 9.30am
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
      swimming        
Swimming Finals – 5.00pm
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
        swimming      
Wheelchair Basketball Pool Play 1 – 9.00am
Quaycentre
            WCB  
Wheelchair Basketball Pool Play 2 – 1.00pm
Quaycentre
            WCB  
Wheelchair Basketball Pool Play 3 – 5.00pm
Quaycentre
            WCB  
Wheelchair Basketball Semi Finals – 9.30am
Quaycentre
              WCB
Wheelchair Basketball Finals – 1.00pm
Quaycentre
              WCB
Wheelchair Rugby Pool Play 1 – 9.00am
Quaycentre
        WCR      
Wheelchair Rugby Pool Play 2 – 1.15pm
Quaycentre
        WCR      
Wheelchair Rugby Pool Play 3 – 5.30pm
Quaycentre
        WCR      
Wheelchair Rugby Semi Finals – 2.30pm
Quaycentre
          WCR    
Wheelchair Rugby Finals – 5.30pm
Quaycentre
          WCR    
Wheelchair Tennis Session 1 – 9.00am
Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre
    WCT          
Wheelchair Tennis Session 1a – 1.00pm
Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre
    WCT          
Wheelchair Tennis Session 2 – 9.00am
Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre
      WCT        
Wheelchair Tennis Session 2a – 1:00pm
Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre
      WCT        

 

 

 
 
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