Member for Manly James Griffin has today announced that a community event in support of the Invictus Games is coming to Manly in the lead up to ANZAC Day and the Games taking place this October across Sydney.
The Invictus Games is an international sports event for wounded, injured and ill former and serving defence personnel. The Games also recognise the significant contribution made by family and friends in the recovery process.
The Sydney Games to be held in October will attract more than 500 competitors from 18 nations to compete in 11 adaptive sports. Sydney will host around 1000 family and friends.
The community event, to be held at the Manly LSC at 6pm on Thursday, April 19, will be a panel discussion on how sport can inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve our country, and who strive to overcome physical and emotional challenges.
“This free event seeks to demonstrate our support of the Invictus Games coming to Sydney and also, leading up to ANZAC Day, to foster a greater understanding of what we can learn from contemporary veterans in our community about the powerful role sport and physical activity plays in healing and bringing us together,” Mr Griffin said.
“Our incredible panel of speakers have come together with community to support this historic event, and provide a great insight into mental health, sport and the Invictus Games.”
- Adrian Talbot: Afghanistan Veteran and Invictus Competitor
- Garth Callender: Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran and Author of After the Blast
- Jacqueline Costello: Senior Army Psychologist
- Ben Webb: Afghanistan Veteran and Manager of the Northern Beaches Veterans Centre
Entry is free but spaces are limited. Attendees can RSVP directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9976 2773.