The team will join 17 other nations at the international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans.
Team UK’s 72-strong team have now departed from London Heathrow for Sydney, Australia, to represent the UK in the fourth Invictus Games. The left with British Airways; Team UK’s official airline partner.
Competitors from 18 nations will compete in 11 medal sports with events being staged across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney Harbour. The event will begin with an opening ceremony on 20 October at the Sydney Opera House.
Captain of Team UK, Mark ‘Dot’ Perkins said: “Today is the culmination of months of careful preparation by all 72 competitors and the many staff, friends and family who have supported us. The next two weeks will demonstrate the unique power of sport to support recovery. Team UK are ready, raring to go and enjoying the camaraderie which the Armed Forces is famous for.”
Jayne Kavanagh, of Help for Heroes and Team UK Chef de Mission, said:“Team UK have been working extremely hard for this moment and are ready to do the nation proud in Sydney. Achieving their goals with the British public behind them provides an incredible springboard for the recovery journeys that will continue long after the Games have ended. We are very grateful to our partners and sponsors who have helped make this opportunity possible.”