The highly motivated Invictus Games Sydney 2018 volunteers have travelled from as near as Parramatta, Sydney NSW while others have travelled from the UK, Brazil, Netherlands and Ghana to join the team, be part of a unique experience and give back to the defence community.
Gordon Brian is a Director of Campsie RSL. Extending on the group's commitment to support of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 with both significant financial contributions and individual athlete sponsorship, Gordon has given up personal time to complete training as well as fulfil his Games time volunteer role.
Invictus Games Sydney 2018 CEO Patrick Kidd OBE is proud that the Games have provided an opportunity to engage over 1,000 purpose aligned volunteers as they play an integral role in the delivery of the event.
“Our aim is to encourage individuals to get active and get connected in their communities. Not only does volunteering tangibly support not-for profit organisations it provides organisations with the opportunity to engage staff in a meaningful way and support workforce mental wellbeing,” he said.
We grabbed a few minutes with Gordon to get some insight into what volunteering at the Invictus Games is actually like:
Q. What’s your role for the Invictus Games Sydney?
My role as a volunteer at the Invictus Games is within the Spectator Services Team.
Q. Why did you sign up to volunteer?
Campsie RSL Club are a major sponsor within the ClubsNSW Foundation Partnership so as a Director of the club, I thought it would be a good opportunity to further assist in this great cause.
Q. What does the Invictus Games mean to you?
Having been involved with mates from the Vietnam conflict I am aware of the difficulties that face front line personnel on their return. This a wonderful way in helping rehabilitate through sport - not only for the competitors, but all those who are connected.
Q. What are you most looking forward to at the Games?
I'm most looking forward to seeing and appreciate the raw courage displayed by all the competitors which surely will inspire us all.
Q. If you had the chance to meet Prince Harry in your volunteering journey, what would be one question you’d ask him?
It would not be a question but instead a statement of congratulations in putting this great initiative together, giving encouragement to those in need and bringing it to the notice of the general public.