NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley has today formally presented the state’s Ukrainian Community with the official flag of the Invictus Games Sydney, at Ukrainian Independence Day celebrations in Lidcombe.

The Flag will proudly fly in Lidcombe, the hub of Ukrainian community life in Sydney since post war migration from Ukraine began in 1947.

This year marks the 27th year since the Ukrainian Parliament declared the country to be fully independent of the Soviet Union.

It will be the second time Ukraine competes at the Invictus Games, following their success in Canada last year.

Of the 18 nations participating in the Invictus Games Sydney, only one - Ukraine - has armed forces currently engaged in military combat. More than 550 people have lost limbs and more than 100 people have become wheelchair users as a result of the military conflict in Eastern Ukraine in recent years. The conflict has also resulted in the deaths of more than 10,000 people- mostly civilians.

The Invictus Games, to be held in Sydney from October 20th to 27th, will see 500 competitors descend on our harbourside city to take part in a multitude of sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing. Competitors are wounded, sick and injured armed services personnel.

Mr Foley said he was pleased to be able to present the Ukrainian community with their own Invictus Games flag, which they will fly proudly in support of Team Ukraine’s participation at the games.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Australia’s Ukrainian community is hugely excited about the participation of Team Ukraine in the Invictus Games Sydney.

“They have been raising funds to support their wounded warriors, who have been injured fighting against Vladimir Putin’s aggression and illegal annexation of Crimea. 

“Australia fully supports Ukrainian sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.