I am pleased to announce that Her Majesty The Queen has agreed with the Government’s recommendation to amend the eligibility requirements governing the Australian Sports Medal.
The amendments to the Australian Sports Medal will enable official members of Australian teams who participate in eligible international multi-sport events to be awarded the medal, commencing with the Invictus Games held in Sydney in October 2018.
The medal is a fitting way to recognise Australia’s inspirational servicemen and women who participated in the 2018 Invictus Games.
The 2018 Invictus Games was a great event and it provided an opportunity for veterans, and their families, to share their stories and experiences with others in a sporting environment.
As a country we should always recognise our veterans, including the servicemen and servicewomen who participated in the Invictus Games did Australia proud.
The Australian Sports Medal will be awarded to eligible Australian team members and officials in recognition of their participation at international multisport events, and a number of international events for people with a disability.
In addition to the Invictus Games in 2018, athletes in future Summer and Winter Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and Commonwealth Games will be eligible for the Australian Sports Medal.
The eligibility and administrative details for the medal will be available in due course on the Governor General’s website.