Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced Australian and UK Invictus Games Sydney 2018 military teams will compete in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Minister Payne said two yachts, crewed by current and former serving Defence personnel, will participate in this year’s edition of the iconic race.
“The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 DOWN UNDER yacht will be crewed by wounded, injured and ill Australian team members, while a UK crew will board Invictus Games Sydney 2018 GAME ON,” Minister Payne said.
“Participation in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 will help build momentum ahead of the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, where sailing is set to debut on the competition schedule.
“I congratulate all members of the Australian and UK crews on being part of this incredible event and hope this experience will provide competitors with a renewed confidence to face future challenges in their rehabilitation.
“Participation in events like this gives competitors a goal and allows them to focus on what they can achieve as they progress through their recovery.”
The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for serving and former defence personnel which will be held from 20–27 October 2018 in Sydney. The 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.
The Australian crew of eight taking part in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has been supported by the Australian Defence Force, the Returned and Services League, Solider On and Mates for Mates.
The two crews will set sail from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on Boxing Day as part of the wider race contingent. Follow their journey on the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 website at www.invictusgames2018.org
Imagery will be available at https://images.defence.gov.au/S20173056