When the Anzac Class frigate HMAS Anzac returned recently from a deployment to South East Asia one of the ship's first tasks was to support the filming of a video to promote the upcoming Invictus Games to be held in Sydney in October 2018.
Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics-Personnel Gemma Stratton was proud to read a line of the Invictus Ode, a poem penned by William Ernest Henley.
"The title of the poem, Invictus, is a Latin word meaning 'unconquered', which expresses the spirit of the wounded, injured and ill serving and former military members who compete in the Invictus Games," Leading Seaman Stratton said.
"Anzac's motto is 'United We Stand', so Anzac was a fitting location to film the Navy segment as the motto perfectly supports the spirit of the Games.
"I am in the third generation of my family to serve in the Australian Defence Force, and I believe that events like Invictus Games provide a great opportunity for challenge and achievement while bringing focus to the sacrifices and spirit of military service.
"It was a special opportunity for me to be involved in supporting this video which will promote the Games."
The 16 lines of the Invictus poem were performed by members of the Games' community-athletes, serving members, veterans, family and other supporters. Each line was filmed separately for the final production, which can be viewed at https://www.invictusgames2018.org/the-games/the-poem/.
The Invictus Games are an international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill veteran and active service personnel. The Invictus Games highlights the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country.
Sydney will host the fourth Invictus Games over the period of 20-27 October 2018, building on the success of the previous iterations of the Games in London (2014), Orlando, USA (2016) and Toronto, Canada (2017).