Ballina veteran Jamie Tanner (centre) talking to Prince Harry at the 2016 Invictus Games in Florida.
Ballina veteran Jamie Tanner (centre) talking to Prince Harry at the 2016 Invictus Games in Florida.

Last day for local Invictus competitors Jamie and Luke

TWO Northern Rivers veterans are battling it out in Orlando, Florida, for the final day of the 2016 Invictus Games.

Set up by Prince Harry in 2014 for wounded and ill returned defence personnel, the games aim to use sport to inspire recovery, support and rehabilitation and promote a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

Ballina veteran Jamie Tanner is competing in four swimming events, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and cycling.

And Lismore’s Luke Clibborn is taking a shot in archery, cycling, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.

The Invictus Games founder himself, Prince Harry, has been eagerly watching the games and charming the athletes.

Mr Tanner managed to get a few pics with the Prince in between competitions.

Mr Clibborn was snapped having a chat with the Australian ex-treasurer Joe Hockey who hosted a reception for the Invictus competitors.

He presented each athlete with a coin and congratulated them on their achievements in the games so far.

Lismore veteran Luke Clibborn with ex-Australian treasurer Joe Hockey at the Invictus Games in Florida.
Lismore veteran Luke Clibborn with ex-Australian treasurer Joe Hockey at the Invictus Games in Florida.

Invictus features ten events including archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.

Each competition is taking place at the Walt Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

On Monday, Ian Thorpe surprised the Australian Invictus swimmers when he visited the pool to chat about preparations with the team.

George W Bush officially launched the games at the opening ceremony with singer James Blunt providing the entertainment for the evening.

Singer James Blunt performing at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Invictus Games in Florida
Singer James Blunt performing at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Invictus Games in Florida

Athletes arrived on May 4, with the first events kicking off on Friday.

Today will be the wheelchair tennis and basketball finals before the closing ceremony in the evening.



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