Australian Story: Oct 15

Prince Harry has spoken exclusively to Australian Story ahead of The Invictus Games.

He introduces an episode profiling Blackhawk helicopter crash survivor Garry Robinson.

Founded by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex in 2014, the Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran.

Next week in Sydney, 500 competitors of all abilities will gather for the fourth Invictus Games, which uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who have served their country.

One of those competitors will be Garry Robinson who credits His Royal Highness and the Invictus Games with saving his life.

In 2010, the former commando narrowly survived a Blackhawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan which claimed the life of three of his colleagues – Tim Aplin, Scott Palmer and his best friend, Ben Chuck, as well as one American serviceman.Garry’s physical injuries were extensive and included a traumatic brain injury.

After two years in hospital the former elite commando returned home but struggled to see a future.

His life changed when he competed in the inaugural London Invictus Games in 2014 emerging with a new sense of confidence, purpose and pride.

“I’ve seen guys pass away through suicide and depression. I’ve just been fortunate that the Invictus Games have given me the that sense of belonging … I’m definitely thankful that Prince Harry has given me the opportunity to do that.” Garry Robinson.

In this episode, The Duke of Sussex presents a heartfelt introduction to Garry’s story and reflects upon the unique problems faced by injured soldiers. The ABC is the official host broadcaster of Invictus Games Sydney 2018, held from 20-27th October.

8pm Monday on ABC.

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