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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Minister for Defence Materiel
Good luck to Australia’s Invictus Games athletes
The team of serving and former defence athletes representing Australia at the Invictus Games would do us proud, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Dan Tehan said as the team departed today.
A team of 40 athletes is representing Australia at the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, starting on 8 May. The Invictus Games are an international multi-sport competition for serving and former military personnel who have been wounded, injured or made ill in service of their country.
Mr Tehan said competition would be fierce with more than 500 athletes expected to compete in the Games across 10 sports, including swimming, track and field, archery, wheelchair rugby and cycling events.
“It is a great honour to represent Australia at the highest level of any sport and the athletes selected to take part at the Invictus Games should be proud of that achievement,” Mr Tehan said.
“Their next challenge will be competing against the best in the world in their respective events and they will do so with the full support of the veteran community and the whole of Australia.
“My message to the team is: enjoy the experience, do your best, push yourself hard and, whatever the result, hold your head high in the knowledge you have done Australia proud.”
Byron Vale (Minister Tehan’s Office): 0428 262 894
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