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2016 Invictus Games Squad Announced

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An Australian squad of 40 inspirational athletes is preparing for the 2016 Invictus Games which will be held in Orlando, Florida from 8-12 May 2016.

The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sports competition for serving and former serving wounded, injured and ill athletes. It provides a vital opportunity to support their rehabilitation and recovery.

The squad includes 20 Australian Defence Force (ADF) and 20 Returned and Service League (RSL) athletes.

"I congratulate the squad on their selection," Assistant Minister for Defence, Michael McCormack MP said.

"Each athlete has an inspirational story of overcoming adversity and they are very proud to be representing Australia in Florida."

Invictus means 'unconquered'. It reflects the fighting spirit of our wounded, injured and ill personnel.

"The athletes have sustained a variety of physical and psychological injuries during their military service," Minister McCormack said.

"I hope all competitors exceed their expectations at the Invictus Games and that this experience gives them renewed confidence to face future challenges in their rehabilitation."

There will be competition in 10 sports including swimming, track and field, archery, wheelchair rugby and cycling events.

Australia's involvement in the Invictus Games is part of a broader adaptive sports program sponsored by the ADF and RSL in which current and former serving wounded, injured and ill members participate in a variety of competitions, primarily in the United States and Canada.

The Invictus Games squad includes adaptive athletes across all three services; three representing Navy, 31 from Army and six Air Force members.

Invictus Games Underway

The Australian 2016 Invictus Games team have showed their fighting spirit along with competitors from 14 other nations during the couple days of competition.

Awe inspiring sporting action began at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex within the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida when the Games kicked on 6 May.

With the support of the strong crowd of family, friends and supporters, including Prince Harry, competition began for aussie athletes as they battled in the crucial qualifying rounds and heats to take part in the finals.

Our Aussie swimmers dominated in the pool with SPR Curtis McGrath, CPL Cris Ashcroft, SGT Gary Robinson and WOFF Tony Benfer all making in through to the finals.

In the wheelchair rugby Great Britain defeated Australia 19-7 with Australia making a come back to triumph over Italy 12 -7, gaining them a spot in the semi-finals.

Taryn Moran and CPL Ashcroft excelled in the powerlifting category, both making it through to the heavyweight finals.