Invictus Games Sydney Tickets Launch, With Some Events Already Sold Out
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make their first trip as a married couple to Australia for the games in October.
What you need to know
- Ticket sales for the Invictus Games in Sydney have launched
- The Games were set up by Prince Harry for wounded, injured and ill veterans and active defence personnel
- 500 competitors from 18 nations are expected to compete
The countdown for the much-anticipated Invictus Games Sydney is officially on, with at least 1000 tickets already purchased and two events sold out, after official sales launched on Monday morning.
The Games, set up by Prince Harry and now in their fourth year, are an international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill veterans and active defence personnel.
The Sydney event is expected to bring together 500 competitors from 18 different nations to compete in 11 sports.
It will also mark the first Australian tour for Royal newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with reports suggesting the couple may be heading to Noosa, Queensland straight after the Games.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly been invited to stay at Suits star Gabriel Macht's Noosa property in October.
Olympian and Invictus Games ambassador Ian Thorpe said Prince Harry will undoubtedly be cheering on all the athletes during the Games' run from October 20-27.
"For some of these competitors it isn't just about that gold medal, for some of them just being in the competition is the gold medal, " Thorpe told Studio 10, as he urged people to buy tickets.
"Through sport, it's often a way that people who have been struggling are able to find their way back into the community."
Corporal Sonya Newman and Jeff Wright who were members of the 2017 Australian Invictus Games Team said the Games have made an enormous difference to their lives.
"It gives you that bit of extra drive that you need ," Newman said.
"You know that you've got the support of your teammates, and everyone's going through the same things... and it just helps you keep focused on what you need to do to get through."
Wright said adaptive sports have helped him with his physical health and mental wellbeing.
"It's inspiring to see what other people are going through," Wright said.
"To represent your country at any level is an honour."
NSW Minister for Veteran Affairs David Elliot said NSW knows how to put on a show and promised the Games would be a highlight of 2018.
"The Government is proud to welcome these games during the Centenary of Anzac as we commemorate our service men and women. The spirit of the Anzac lives on in these sporting heroes."
Tickets for the event are on sale now and start at just $20.