The eyes of the sporting world will be on the Genea Netball Centre next week as the home of Netball NSW plays host to the 2018 Invictus Games.
The Games, an international multi-sport event for wounded current and former members of the armed forces, is the brainchild of HRH The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry.
London hosted the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014 with more than 400 competitors from 13 nations taking part, and in 2018 it is Sydney’s turn to put on a fantastic show.
They Sydney Games, which take place from October 20-27 at a number of venues across Sydney Olympic Park including the Genea Netball Centre, will attract 500 competitors from 18 countries. They will compete in 11 medal sports and participate in golf and tennis.
The Genea Netball Centre will host athletes competing in power-lifting and sitting volleyball competitions in what should be a momentous occasion for the venue and Netball NSW.
“This will be the biggest operation we have ever undertaken,” Ben Jessimer, Venue Operations Manager at Netball NSW, said.
“We have been working closely with the Invictus Games organisers for a number of years now and we are very excited that the event is almost here.
“As you can imagine there is a huge amount of work that goes into hosting an international event such as this, especially one that supports such a great cause.
“It was our great pleasure and honour to welcome the Games’ Patron, Prince Harry, to the Genea Netball Centre last year for a venue inspection and it will be a very proud moment when the Games get underway.
“We are also looking forward to welcoming all the athletes, coaches, supporters and Games staff who will visit our venue over the course of the Games.”
Jessimer added that the Invictus Games was the latest high-profile sporting event to make use of the elite netball facility.
“Since the building first opened its doors in 2015 we have had the privilege of hosting many world-class events,” he said.
“Some games from the 2015 Netball World Cup were hosted here, and we recently co-hosted the 2018 Wheelchair Rugby World Cup.
“Alongside the NSW Swifts, GIANTS Netball and Australian Diamonds players who train here day in, day out it is wonderful to have these high-performance athletes using our facilities on a constant basis”
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