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VSA Patron

General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC(Mil) CVO MC (RETD)

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove speaks during the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Opening ceremony. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images for Invictus Game Sydney)

Veteran Sport Australia is the legacy organisation of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, and is committed to using the power of sport to improve the health and wellbeing of veterans and their families. General Cosgrove was instrumental in bringing the Invictus Games to Australia, being involved from the very outset of the bidding to secure the Games in Sydney right through to the closing ceremony. Sir Peter Cosgrove said upon his appointment as Patron of VSA:

“The Sydney Invictus Games shone a light on plight of our veterans and their families. At the closing ceremony I urged all Australians not to turn off that light.”

“Veteran Sport Australia is about using the power of sport to improve the quality of life of veterans and their families. I’m delighted to be supporting their important work as Patron.”

“The men and women who have served our country need our support, particularly as they return to the civilian community. The Australian public responded wonderfully to the Invictus Games in Sydney. The challenge is to now keep that level of support and understanding going.”

“We must all commit to promoting ways of rehabilitating the servicemen and women who have served our nation and who now need our support. Sport is a powerful vehicle for rehabilitation and reintegration but importantly is also one that can proactively support the general wellbeing of our community.”