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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award-Australia Joins #MakeYourMarkDownUnder Campaign

March 5, 2018


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Australia will encourage its 38,000 Participants nationwide to ‘make their mark’ in support of Invictus Games Sydney 2018, presented by Jaguar Land Rover.

Passionate about raising awareness of the healing power of sport and supporting the adaptive sports community, the Award will build the campaign into its core communications for 2018.

The Award believes participation will allow for greater
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and highlight the inclusiveness of the youth program which
is accessible for all to take part in.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award CEO Peter Kaye AM recognised the Award program as a powerful tool for encouraging young adults to excel in setting and achieving personal goals no matter their circumstances. It also allows the development of crucial skills that will assist them in life and pursuing a meaningful career.

“I’m looking forward to the Award’s involvement with this year’s Invictus Games as we also feel it’s important to support serving and former serving military personnel and disability sports overall. This has been a passion of ours in building a community that is accepting and inclusive of all people.”

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 CEO Patrick Kidd OBE welcomes the significant support the Award can offer and hopes the #MakeYourMarkDownUnder campaign will ignite interest amongst Award participants nationwide:

"No matter where you are or what you do, there is a role for you in Invictus Games Sydney 2018. This is a moment in time for us to all come together as a nation and actively demonstrate support for our defence community.

Having the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award join this campaign provides a significant platform to drive long term impact in the community as we look to generate a broader understanding of the sacrifice of service, the challenges of living with mental illness or physical disability, the value of resilience and the healing power of sport to assist recovery and rehabilitation.

We are grateful for the Award’s support and look forward to working together in the lead up to the Games in October."

Founded by Prince Harry in 2014, the Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and ill active duty and veteran service personnel.

The Games highlight the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and celebrate the crucial role played by family and friends in the recovery process.

Whilst the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a personal development program that allows for youth leadership and strong citizenship, it offers all young Australians aged 14 – 25 the opportunity to experience personal achievement through a balanced program of individual challenge and team work.


For further information please contact:

Jamie ChadwickExecutive Manager Operations
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award AustraliaT: (02) 8241 1500
E: Jaime.chadwick@dukeofed.com.au
Annabel BowmanCommunications Manager
Invictus Games Sydney 2018
T: 0411 084 186
E: abowman@invictusgames2018.org


About Invictus Games

The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women, both active duty and veteran. The Games use the healing power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. The Games also recognise the critical role played by family and friends. “Invictus” is Latin for unconquered, and it embodies the fighting spirit and resilience of our service personnel.

The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in September 2014 and attracted more than 400 competitors from 13 nations. The second Invictus Games was held in Orlando, Florida in May 2016. Toronto, Canada hosted the third Invictus Games from 23-30 September 2017 and the fourth Invictus Games will take place in Sydney from 20-27 October 2018 and involve more than 500 competitors from 18 nations accompanied by around 1000 family and friends.

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