We all know 2018 is the year of the Commonwealth Games; the biggest event ever to descend on our sunny shores.
But did you know the Government of Queensland and the City of Gold Coast is about to put its best foot forward in a bid to host the Invictus Games in the same year? This is seriously big news, peeps!
So, what are the Invictus Games exactly, you may ask? Probably one of the most triumphant displays of overcoming adversity, involving ex-servicemen and women who have fought serving their country and protecting our freedoms. They may have just escaped with their lives, but they’ve paid the price with permanent physical and mental injury. This inspirational seven-day event will feature 11 different sporting disciplines with wounded, injured or ill ex-service athletes representing 16 countries. What’s more, it’s a foundation that’s been created by none other than the most famous ginger to ever live. No, it’s not Ed Sheeran or our Nicole. We’re talking about the world’s most eligible bachelor and self-less goodwill ambassador, his royal highness, Prince Harry. Squeal!
Move over Tay Tay, we are plenty more excited about the possibility of Hazza calling the Gold Coast home for the duration of this major international event.
In our eyes, awarding the 2018 Invictus Games to the Gold Coast should be a total no-brainer for event organisers. We’ll have just come off the back of hosting one of the world’s grandest sporting events, we have all the infrastructure in place and thoroughly tested, logistics and transport dialled, and we’ll have an army of cheerful volunteers to call upon again. If successful, our humble home will join the likes of London, Orlando, and Toronto in playing host. Currently, our main bidding rival is Sydney. #wegotthis
From someone who’s had first-hand experience with the exhausting build up and immersion of an Olympic Games, trust me, the post-event hangover is real. With the Invictus Games potentially due to take place in October 2018, just months after the Comm Games, it’s shaping up to be one hell of a special time to call the GC home.
Cross your fingers and toes guys, ‘cause our moment in the spotlight may have only just begun!
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