Invictus Games Aussie Flag Bearer named
Lenny Redrose has been named the official flag bearer for Team Australia as they head to the Invictus Games in Germany.
The announcement took place during a farewell reception held in Sydney, hosted by His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and his wife, Her Excellency Linda Hurley.
Hurley offered his heartfelt congratulations to Redrose.
We know you will carry that flag high. Linda and I during the Coronation recently had the honour to walk into Westminster Abbey behind the Australian Flag carried by Sam Kerr. And if you get tears in your eyes at my age, its moments like that that do it, and I’m sure this will the same for you. As you go in there carrying the country’s flag high with this golden horde behind you, will be just one of those great moments in life. So congratulations.
a fond farewell
It was a fitting way to farewell the team, with the reception at Admiralty House offering a chance for the competitors, officials and guests to share their excitement and hopes for the coming event.
With the countdown to the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 into single digits, the anticipation is building from Team Australia’s 31 courageous competitors, support members, the Defence community, Australian public and everyone at Invictus Australia.
The stage is set to witness the international sporting spectacle unfold, as up to 500 serving and former military personnel and 1,000 volunteers hailing from 21 nations unite in a celebration of the human spirit. Within this arena, a diverse tapestry of 10 individual and team sports will be showcased, including archery, athletics, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. Each competition will serve as a testament to the unwavering resilience, unyielding courage, and relentless determination that encapsulates the Invictus Games.
The Invictus Games is an international, adaptive multi-sports competition for serving and former military personnel who have been wounded, injured or become ill during their military service. Team Australia is delivered in partnership between Invictus Australia and the Australian Defence Force, and consists of 31 competitors.
Düsseldorf is the sixth city to host the Invictus Games, following The Hague in 2022, Sydney in 2018, Toronto in 2017, Orlando in 2016 and London in 2014.
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About Invictus Australia: Invictus Australia encourages veterans and their families to connect and engage with their communities through sport. Whether participating or volunteering at grassroots level, to competing internationally at an Invictus or Warrior Games, Invictus Australia leverages the power of sport to proactively foster good health and aid in recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. Invictus Australia promotes the physical, social and emotional benefits of sport for all, and shine a light on the unique needs of younger veterans, particularly the challenges associated with transitioning from military to civilian life.
About the Invictus Games: The 2023 Invictus Games takes place from the 9th – 16th September in Dusseldorf, Germany. Invictus Australia, in partnership with the Australian Defence Force, are supporting 31 former and current serving competitors as part of Team Australia. The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for serving and former serving military personnel who have been wounded, injured or become ill during their military service. Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, is the Patron of the Invictus Games. The Games uses the healing power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and celebrate the crucial role played by family and friends.