Royal couple to help kick off Invictus Games today
Hundreds of wounded war veterans and their supporters will take front and centre during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Australian tour today as they kick off the Invictus Games.
The Duke of Sussex, who founded the games, will officially open them at a ceremony in Sydney tonight.
The fourth version of the international sporting event will feature 500 competitors from 18 nations competing in 11 medal sports including archery, athletics, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sailing, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball and rugby.
Prince Harry's inspiration to create the games for wounded and ill veterans and serving military personnel came from his decade-long service with the British Army.
He was convinced sport could help wounded veterans "fix their lives" and raise awareness about the role they can play in the community.
The duke became more certain after visiting the US Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013 and seeing the positive impact sport had on the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women.
Prince Harry marked the arrival of the games to Sydney yesterday by climbing the Harbour Bridge to raise the black, yellow and white Invictus flag.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian officially welcomed competitors, support staff, family and friends at a private event at Luna Park yesterday.
"The Invictus Games celebrates the healing power of sport and the fighting spirit of our wounded, injured or ill servicemen and women," she said in a statement.
“We are so proud to welcome all competitors to our great city.”
The games, held from October 20-28, are at the centre of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's tour Down Under and come after a week of delighting fans in Sydney, Melbourne and Dubbo.