Jarrod Kent of Latrobe will be flying the flag for Tasmania at the 2018 Invictus Games held in Sydney this month.
It was my pleasure to send Jarrod off with a Tasmanian flag on behalf of the Tasmanian community as he embarks on his journey to the Games.
The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.
Jarrod, who is competing in Powerlifting and Swimming events, was injured while training with military special-forces in late 2015.
Fellow Tasmanian Matt Brumby of Devonport is a T6 complete paraplegic, and will be competing in Archery and Wheelchair Rugby. Matt is also co-captain of the Australian team.
This year’s Games are the fourth since the inaugural event was held in London in 2014, with more than 500 competitors from 18 nations contesting over 11 adaptive sports.
The Games, which were founded by the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, begin on October 20.
I would like to wish Jarrod, Matt and all Tasmanian athletes all the best at the Games.