UNSW Canberra’s seven stars of the Invictus Games
The Invictus Games was created to celebrate the healing power of sport, but for those of us watching it was about so much more.
The word ‘Invictus’ is Latin for ‘unconquered’ and embodies the fighting spirit of our wounded, injured and ill service personnel and veterans. The participants, including seven of our UNSW Canberra alumni, were truly inspiring as they crossed the finish line in Sydney.
The co-captain of the Australian team did a stellar job in the powerlifting, discus and shotput. She qualified for the finals in the discus and picked up a silver in the powerlifting.
Jesse Costelloe competed in three sports - indoor rowing, swimming and athletics. He was a crowd favourite, earning huge cheers as he crossed the finish line of his pet event, the 1500 metre run.
Ben had the whole arena on their feet when he picked up two golds in the indoor rowing. He then moved them to tears when he ran into the crowd to embrace his family. He was back later in the week for powerlifting, where he achieved a personal best.
Wayne Hopkins competed in two sports - cycling and archery. The crowd roared as Wayne cycled through The Royal Botanic Gardens and watched with bated breath as he competed in the archery. He finished the week on a high, scoring an X with his final arrow.
It was Nathan’s second Invictus Games and he was a force to be reckoned with. Nathan picked up an incredible five medals - a gold and a silver in indoor rowing and two golds and a silver in the athletics.
Scott got the Games off to a great start in the first event of the week: the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge. He and his team mate Craig McGrath picked up the silver medal from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Scott was also a strong competitor in the swimming, qualifying for the finals in three events. (Photo: Getty Images/Invictus Games Sydney 2018)
It was a beautiful day on Sydney Harbour for sailing when Rob Saunders competed in the Elliott 7 Team. The team of four progressed to the finals and won the gold medal.