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Monday 22 October 2018

Invictus Games 2018: Day One Highlights

Posted by Help For Heroes | Categories: Sports Recovery

“Winning gold here in Sydney was fantastic. To me, the Invictus Games means winning battles both on and off the track. This is the culmination of months of hard training, and it’s all been worth it” – Andrew White, Team UK athlete

Personal bests have been set, medals were won and families cheered for our wounded competitors as they crossed the finish lines at the first day of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, presented by Jaguar Land Rover.

31 wounded, injured and sick Veterans and Service Personnel competed today as part of their ongoing recovery journeys, at the Invictus Games in Sydney today.

Having arrived in Australia on Wednesday afternoon, competitors have been training hard, getting over jetlag and spending time with their loved ones as they prepared for competition to get underway.

With the Opening Ceremony kicking off proceedings last night, Team UK cyclists were up early on Sunday morning ready for a day’s racing. Fortunately the weather was bright and clear after a very stormy night.

The 22-strong cycling team picked up an incredible eleven medals! And many more Personal Bests and personal achievements were smashed.

For our sailors, racing in the shadow of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge is a huge honour, but to race in front of their friends and families at the Invictus Games was something else.

Team UK Vice-Captain Spencer Bull lead the team in the Hansa 303 class, challenging the Australian and French teams in some tough qualifying races. His determination was outstanding and the rest of our Team UK sailors followed suit. Conditions were challenging but the atmosphere, team spirit and effort was incredible.

Help for Heroes leads the training, selection and development of Team UK for the Invictus Games.