Invictus, in Latin, means ‘unconquered’. That was truly the spirit of the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games. Founded by Royal Prince Harry in 2014, the Invictus Games are an international adaptive sporting event for ill, wounded or injured current and veteran service members. Their purpose is to highlight the healing, uniting power of sport.
Adaptive sports are like regular sports, but with some modifications to the rules and equipment to better meet the needs of competitors, meaning they are inclusive of people with disability.
This year’s Games were held at various iconic venues across Sydney from 20 to 27 October. Two of Achieve Australia’s supported employees, Christopher Poole and Louisa Hill, were lucky enough to volunteer at the event over the course of the week.
Christopher and Louisa are employees at AchievAble Enterprises, but at the Invictus Games they were right in the thick of the action, working in Spectator Services.
“Chris and Louisa are both social, personable people, so we thought they’d be great representatives for Achieve,” said Leanne Larche, Achieve’s Operations Manager of My Career, who provided support throughout the week.
As volunteers in Spectator Services, they were paired up with other volunteers to help people attending the Games make their way around venues like Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and the Genea Netball Courts. This role allowed them to meet and mingle with a range of people.
”My highlight was seeing Louisa and Christopher out there in their uniforms, having a good time, mixing with everyone. They were in their element down there.Leanne Larche, Operations Manager, My Career
“There were people from all over the world there; representatives from the army and athletes too. Unfortunately, we didn’t see Harry or Meghan, but it was a great atmosphere, people were happy and it was just really supportive,” said Leanne.
When asked about their highlights, Christopher and Louisa agreed that it was the social aspect that was the best part. “We met some soldiers and got photos with them. That was really cool, I loved the soldiers,” said Louisa.
For Leanne, it was watching her employees enjoy themselves. “My highlight was seeing Louisa and Christopher out there in their uniforms, having a good time, mixing with everyone. They were in their element down there.”
Even for those of us watching from our living rooms the spirit of the Games was infectious and we are already looking forward to the 2020 Invictus Games in the Netherlands.