Nominations are now open to both serving and former serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) interested in representing Australia on the world stage at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada as either an athlete or coach.
The 2017 Invictus Games will take place from 24-30 September and will bring together over 550 athletes from 17 allied nations, who have become wounded, injured or ill during as a direct consequence of their service - in a celebration of tenacity and courage.
The Invictus Games is an initiative of His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales and is an international adaptive sport competition using the power of sport to motivate recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve their country.
Athletes selected to form part of the 2017 team will have the opportunity to compete in a range of adaptive sports
including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, archery, athletics, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, and new to the 2017 Games, golf.
2016 Australian Invictus Games Team Captain Paul Warren, who competed in the track and field, indoor rowing, swimming and wheelchair basketball and rugby events, said competing in the Invictus Games gave him purpose and confidence following his injury from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan in July 2009.
"Being able to compete at the Invictus Games was an amazing experience and I strongly encourage anyone eligible for selection to apply to be part of the 2017 Games," said Paul.
“It gave us an opportunity to show the world we are not defined by our injuries or illness, while we once again represent our countries and prove we truly are unconquered.”
“At the Games we also honoured everyone who played a part in our recovery; from the first responders to the medical teams and mostly our families who stuck by us and never gave up,” he said.
Those interested in becoming a coach on the team should preferably have qualifications and coaching experience in one of the respective sports as well as experience in adaptive sports and disabled athletes.
Further information including the expression of interest application, eligibility criteria and selection policy for the 2017 Australian Invictus Games Team is available via the Department of Defence website
or by emailing: ADF.email@example.com.
Information about the 2017 Games and the respective sports is available on the Invictus Games 2017 website
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