It’s Game On Down Under. Witness the healing power of sport at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and show your support for wounded personnel and veterans.
By Ashlea Wheeler
Founded by HRH The Duke of Sussex in 2014, is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women, both active duty and veteran. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve. “Invictus” is Latin for unconquered, and it embodies the fighting spirit and resilience of service personnel.
Sydney has been chosen as the host for the 2018 Games, following events in London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017. More than 500 competitors from 18 nations will compete in 11 adaptive sports, hosted at a range of venues including Sydney Olympic Park, NSW Golf Course, and Sydney Harbour. The Games also mark the beginning of the first official royal tour by newlyweds The Duke and Duchess of Sussex who will be travelling to Australia to attend this monumental event.
- Where: Sydney, New South Wales
- When: 20 – 27 October 2018
Invictus Games highlights
Things to do
Attend the Opening Ceremony
The excitement starts with fanfare at the Opening Ceremony on 20 October. Taking place on the forecourt of the iconic Sydney Opera House, a warm Aussie welcome awaits the competitors and their family and friends.
Get prepped for some free events
The Invictus Games will have a selection of free events available for public viewing. The Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge will kick things off on 20 October, followed by Road Cycling and Sailing on 21 October. The spectacular scenery of Sydney Harbour will be complimenting the yacht race, with the starting point at Farm Cove beside the Royal Botanic Gardens. Popular viewpoints will be Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Potts Point, and the Sydney Opera House. Alternatively, set yourself up with a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens where you can sit back and watch both the cycling and the sailing events all afternoon.
See the athletes in action
Once the ticketed sports events get started on 22 October, there will be ample opportunity to see the athletes in action. Wheelchair Rugby (otherwise known as ‘Murderball’) is one of the most thrilling sports to watch for spectators, with frequent wheelchair contact as players attempt to take control of the ball and score goals for their mixed team. Swimming, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball, and Wheelchair Tennis are some other crowd favourites.
The Closing Ceremony, which is to be held at Qudos Bank Arena at Sydney Olympic Park on 27 October, will do more than just mark the end of the Invictus Games. On top of acknowledging the tremendous achievements for everyone involved, this event is tipped to be huge with concert performances from both local and international artists.
How to get there
Sydney has a comprehensive public transport system with many accessible options including trains, buses, and ferries. See our guide to getting around Sydney for more information. Sydney Olympic Park has its own train station (Olympic Park Station) and is most easily accessed by T7 line train. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes from Central Station.