What were the outcomes of Invictus Games Sydney 2018?
The games were attended by over 1,000 family and friends of competitors, were supported by over 1200 volunteers, attracted 105,000 spectators and reached 27.5 million people across the globe.
At the time of the announcement research indicated that 61 per cent of Australians were familiar with the Invictus Games. By the time the first competitor arrived in Sydney in October 2018, that figure had risen to 83 per cent as Australians of all ages and cultural backgrounds joined with us to embrace our Defence community, and to be inspired by their resilience and their unconquered spirit.
The end of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 marked a new beginning for our wounded, injured and ill serving and former serving military personnel.
We inspired the wider community to respect and embrace those who have served their country and encouraged active and connected lifestyles through programs targeting sport and mental wellbeing. We educated the community to realise the valuable contribution our veterans can make in civilian life. The games won the hearts and minds of the nation with research showing seven of every ten adults now wants to play an active role in supporting our veterans.
Research conducted following the games showed that 75 per cent of Australian want to do more to help Australian veterans.