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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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23 September 2017

Good luck to the Australian 2017 Invictus Games team

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has wished our Australian athletes good luck as the 2017 Invictus Games kicks off today in Toronto, Canada.

Mr Tehan, who is representing the Australian Government at the Invictus Games, has urged every Australian to throw their support behind the team.

The Invictus Games are an international, adaptive sports competition for current and former military personnel who have been wounded, injured or become ill in service.

Australia has sent a team of 43 current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members to compete in the third Invictus Games in Toronto from 23-30 September.

More than 550 athletes from around 17 nations are expected to compete in sports such as swimming, cycling and wheelchair rugby.

“Through the Invictus Games the 43 current and former Defence personnel representing Australia have been given an opportunity to further their recovery, challenge themselves and inspire others,” Mr Tehan said.

“On behalf of the Australian Government, I hope every athlete competing in the games does so at the best of their ability and with the knowledge that Australians are cheering their success and applauding their bravery.”

The ADF and the Returned and Services League are supporting a combined team to compete at the games.

Australia will host the fourth Invictus Games in Sydney from 20-27 October 2018.

More information about the 2017 Australian team and images are available at:
www.defence.gov.au/events/invictusgames

Media enquiries:

  • Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

 

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