Veteran Sport Australia is a program that is owned and operated by Australian International Military Games, the not-for-profit charitable organisation that was responsible for organising Invictus Games Sydney 2018.
VSA exists to support veterans and their families to improve their health and wellbeing through sport and recreation.
Over seven unforgettable days in October 2018, Sydney hosted the fourth instalment of the Invictus Games.
More than 100,000 spectators cheered in the stands and many millions more around Australia and the world were dazzled by the strength, courage and resolve of our wounded, injured and ill active service personnel and veterans.
Beyond the fast and furious competition, we witnessed focus, resilience and determination. We saw incredible displays of friendship, teamwork and respect. We watched on as lives changed in front of our eyes and the power of the unconquerable human spirit shone through. Medal tallies made way for personal bests and camaraderie extended beyond team colours.
During those seven days, the spotlight was thrust on the recovery and rehabilitation of those people who have been injured, both physically and mentally, while serving their country.
Game On Down Under was the rallying cry of Invictus Games Sydney 2018, but the Games were always more than just a one week event. Once the fanfare had subsided, and the lights of the Games had dimmed, our work was only beginning.
Invictus Games Sydney 2018 marked the beginning of a legacy program to support the growth of adaptive sport programs in Australia, to further personal and professional opportunities for servicemen and women, and above all, to encourage Australians to embrace our wounded warriors every day. The legacy program was initiated by the newly formed Veteran Sport Australia (VSA) in late 2018.
VSA was established to support the health and wellbeing of veterans and their families through sport and recreation. Whilst the Invictus Games can shine a spotlight, VSA helps ensure that veterans can remain active and connected through sport within their local communities without the bright lights of the Games.