Founded by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women and the families that play such an important supporting role. It is the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and ill active duty and veteran service members. Competitors take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing.
The long term objective of the Games is to showcase the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. Named after Invictus, Latin for unconquered or undefeated the first Invictus Games took place in 2014 in London, UK. The second event was held in Orlando, Florida in 2016 and the third will be in Toronto in 2017.
On November 12, 2016 Prince Harry announced that Sydney will host the 2018 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. The 2018 Invictus Games are coming to Sydney!”
Australian International Military Games (AIMG) is a not-for-profit charity responsible for planning and delivering the Australian Invictus Games in 2018. The key details are as follows: