Invictus Games: 18 Medals for the Italian Paralympic Athletes in Sydney!

Oct 30, 2018

The fourth edition of Invictus Games took place in Sydney from October 20 to 27, which included 500 competitors from 18 nations to compete in 11 medal sports and participate in golf and wheelchair tennis.

The Invictus Games is a multi-sport event created by Prince Harry after witnessing the positive effect of sports practice on wounded and sick members of the Armed Forces when, in 2013, he took part in the Warrior Games in the United States. He decided to have a similar event take place in the United Kingdom and established the Invictus Games Foundation. The first edition took place in London in 2014. Subsequently it moved to Orlando (FLA) in 2016, then Toronto (2017).

The GSPD (Defence Paralympic Sports Team) athletes have come back to Italy from Sydney Invictus Games having won as many as 18 medals.

LT Piero Suma, W.O. Bonaventura Bove and LTC. Fabio Tomasulo, who make up the Recurve Team, won a gold medal. Moreover, LTC Tomasulo and W.O. Bove qualified second and third, respectively, in individual competitions.

LT Massimo Sapio won the Discus Throw silver medal.

Monica Contrafatto's gold medal in the 100 meter, flying the Tricolour from the highest step of the podium.

Earlier in the week the Italian swimmers won as many as 9 medals: two gold medals for 1LT Massimo Sapio (Army) in the 50 meter freestyle and backstroke; two bronze for Antonio Auricchio (Army) in the 50 and 100 m. freestyle; one bronze for W.O. Raffaele Di Luca (Carabinieri) in the 50 m. backstroke.

During the first two days of the Games the GSPD athletes won 4 medals: silver for Carabinieri W.O. Loreto Di Loreto in time trial cycling. He also won a silver in the 4 minute rowing and bronze in the 1 minutes rowing. Carabinieri Private 1st Class Massimo Chiappetta won the handbike bronze medal.