Special visa status for athletes and supporters visiting Australia for 2018 Invictus Games

by Ray Clancy on October 2, 2017

in Australia

The Invictus Games, the international Paralympic style multi sport event for wounded, injured armed services personnel and veterans, has been given the same status as other global sporting events to allow entrants to get visas for Australia.

Invictus 2018 is being held in Sydney in October next year, which is likely to have more than 500 competitors from 18 countries taking part as well as more than 1,000 supporters.

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This year’s games have only just finished in Toronto, Canada, and are supported by Britain’s Prince Harry, himself a former serviceman, who helped to come up with the idea and who personally attends the event each year.

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has announced that Invictus will have the same status as other major sporting events by going on the Australian Government’s Endorsed Events list.

The listing provides a streamlined pathway and processing for Games athletes and officials to enter Australia and is reserved for significant international events and currently includes the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

‘The Invictus Games represent all that is good about sport. We are proud to be able to support these incredible athletes to come to Australia and compete,’ said Dutton.

‘The Australian Government plays a key role in delivering events like Invictus and my Department is working closely with the organisers to ensure all athletes have appropriate visas and make their travel to Australia as smooth as possible,’ he added.

The Minister for Sport Greg Hunt said Australia will be warmly welcoming all the athletes involved. ‘The athletes participating in the Invictus Games are truly inspiring. They demonstrate the strength of the human spirit and it’s a privilege to have them visit Australia,’ he explained.

Founded in 2014 by Prince Harry who serves as Patron, the Invictus Games brings together serving and former military personnel in a celebration of sport as a means to overcome physical and psychological adversity.

Sydney will host the fourth Games following London, Orlando in the United States and Toronto, Canada.

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