Official Invictus Games workforce uniforms were unveiled today to mark 25 days until the official start of the games in Sydney.
CAPTION: Official workforce uniforms of the Invictus Games 2018 at their unveiling in Sydney. Photo by Jayson Tufrey.
A group of games volunteers modelled the uniforms, manufactured by Australian brand KingGee.
Members of the 2018 Australian Invictus Games Team, Invictus Games Sydney 2018 CEO Patrick Kidd and Head of Workwear Group Doug Swan joined the volunteers to celebrate the milestone at the Hyatt Regency in Darling Harbour.
Mr Kidd said the uniforms would be proudly worn by more than 1000 volunteers whose enthusiastic support would ensure competitors, their families and friends enjoyed a positive life-changing experience in Sydney.
“We are very grateful that so many people, both in Australia and from overseas, registered their interest to volunteer for Invictus Games Sydney 2018,” Mr Kidd said.
“Delivering the Invictus Games would not be possible without their support and whenever you see one of these vibrant uniforms, you can be sure there is a friendly volunteer ready to assist you.
“We know our competitors and their family and friends will receive the warmest of Aussie welcomes from this passionate and purpose-aligned cohort and we are delighted to welcome them to our Invictus Games Sydney 2018 family.”
The uniform design is influenced by the ‘down under’ theme of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, with a graphic dot element symbolising the opportunity created by the games to connect the defence community with corporate and community supporters.
Three styles have been produced to clothe staff, volunteers and technical officials.
Matthew Patterson Norrie is one of the volunteers who will wear the uniform.
His family has served in the Australian Defence Force across three generations, dating back to the Boer War.
His twin brother is currently serving with the Australian Army and recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan.
Patterson Norrie is looking forward to his opportunity to serve the military community.
“Having family members who have served and are still serving, it is a privilege to give back to those who have been wounded, injured or become ill whilst in service,” Mr Patterson Norrie said.
“I am proud to wear this uniform and to have the opportunity to support our defence community.”
Former Australian Army Warrant Officer Craig McGrath will compete as a member of the 2018 Australian Invictus Games Team and today spoke of the impact community support was having on team morale.
“Since being wounded in action in 2012, I have struggled to find something that challenges me in the same way that the military did,” Mr McGrath said.
“Sport has offered the environment to challenge myself once again.
“Being part of a team, you have a goal, you’re facing a challenge and you’re overcoming it together.
“Knowing the Australian public are behind us is an incredibly humbling experience and it is boosting all of us to make this next 25 days count.
“It’s been brilliant to meet some of the volunteers today and we are so grateful to have their support.”
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