How is the Australian team selected?
The selection process for the Australian Invictus Games team, and the other Adaptive Sport teams starts with a call for nominations by the ADF. Interested competitors will complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. In previous years, over 200 applications have been received. Normally there would be a paper selection process to shortlist eligible competitors once the EOI period has closed. This would down-select the applicants to a number that would then be invited to a training/selection camp for each activity. It is important to note that selection into the Adaptive Sport Program (ASP), and any of the teams within that program, doesn’t rely primarily on competitive factors. The selection process aims to identify the individuals that would benefit most from the experience in their recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration efforts – taking into account attitude and behaviour, commitment and sportsmanship and to a lesser extent – readiness for competition. Training and selection camps are held for the different sports at various locations around Australia and a final team is announced. For the Hague Games in 2022, a team of 32 were selected, made up of 26 former serving personnel and 6 current serving ADF members. Competitors not selected to form part of the Australian team are offered opportunities to be involved in local sporting programs within their communities and typically build a strong relationship with the Australian Invictus Games team to support ongoing health & wellbeing through sport.