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Togetherness. Fierceness. Celebration. Such are the words that describe the spirit of sport. After being inspired by the uplifting power of the Warrior Games in 2013, HRH Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex founded Invictus Games.
Deloittte were incredibly proud to be a Founding Partner of the fourth Founding Partner of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. Here we take a look at the impact the games had on Sydney.
An international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill veteran and active service personnel, the Invictus Games highlights the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country and the families and friends who support them. In October 2018 the Invictus Games were held in Sydney.
Invictus Games Sydney 2018 welcomed 491 competitors and over 1000 of their family and friends from 18 participating nations for 8 days of competition. The celebration of strength and recovery inspired many, and amassed 1000 avid volunteers for the event. The events were held in Sydney Harbour and at Sydney Olympic Park, enabling community participation and driving community spirit through play.
Invictus Games is competition, with an additional layer of inclusion and compassion. The games are focused on the welfare of active participants, but also resonates with all spectators who have had to overcome adversity. Adaptive sports inspire resilience and joy globally, and delivered the same to our playful city of Sydney.
It is estimated that competitors, family and friends, volunteers, and the general public spent approximately $5.4 million during their stay in NSW and 94% of this expenditure was in Sydney. The total organising, planning and tourism contribution of the Games is estimated at $29.7 million in value added and supported 211 FTE employees in the NSW economy.
In the five major Australian capital cities alone, around four million people viewed the ABC coverage between 20–27 October while 105,000 attended the Games in person.
A survey by the Invictus Games 2018 team showed that 84% of volunteers and 90% of the general public found their experience of the Games ‘extremely’ enjoyable, while 65% of competitors stated that they would subsequently apply to compete at the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.
Survey results also revealed a strong impact of the Invictus Games on mental wellbeing. This holds for both the mental health of the family and friends, and the mental wellbeing of the competitors. Across both groups, 73% of respondents stated that their mental wellbeing had improved by either a ‘High degree’ or ‘Extremely high degree’ as a result of their participation in the Invictus Games.
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Co-authored by Louise Kelly
Niki Alcorn is the Office Managing Partner for Sydney. She is a Technology, Media and Telecommunications specialist and a Strategy Partner in the Consulting team. Niki has over 12 years of experience in corporate and business unit strategy, digital strategy and business transformation projects, working with many leading Australian organisations within TMT and more broadly.