To celebrate this occasion, the Prime Minister and The Duke will be joined by four competitors from the 2018 Australian Invictus Games team, Mr Luke Hill, Captain Ruth Hunt, Ms Heidi Joosten and Mr Michael Lyddiard as well as Ms Gwen Cherne whose late husband Peter Cafe served in Cambodia, Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.
“The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an Australian icon and I can think of no better place to raise the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 flag. It will be especially wonderful for the Duke and me to share this moment with members of the Australian Team before they get ready to compete for Australia,” the Prime Minister said.
The New South Wales Premier, the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian has granted permission for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 flag to replace the NSW flag on top of the bridge from Friday 19 October until the Closing Ceremony on Saturday October 27. The flag will fly alongside the Australian flag for the duration of the Games.
“On the eve of the Opening Ceremony of Invictus Games Sydney 2018 I’m excited to see the flag flying high above our beautiful harbour as Sydney welcomes competitors, family and friends from 18 participating nations for what is set to be an incredible event,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“I wish all those competing the very best for the Games and I know the Australian Team will do our country as proud on the sporting fields as they have done in military uniform,” said the Prime Minister.
The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women, both active duty and veteran. The Games use the healing power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. The Games also recognise the critical role played by family and friends.