The designs of this year's Invictus Games medals have been revealed to adorn an Australian look. (Image: Invictus2018)
Olympic gold medal winner Ian Thorpe joined members of Australia’s Invictus Team to unveil the design that features the golden wattle – the nation’s official flower.
Royal Australian Mint CEO Ross MacDiarmid said the design was especially fitting with their southern spring around the corner.
"Golden Wattle inspires Australia’s national colours, decorates Australian National Honours and is incorporated in the Australian Coat of Arms. Golden Wattle also blooms in spring in Australia, the same time of year Invictus Games Sydney 2018 is held."
Mr MacDiarmid added: "The Royal Australian Mint is incredibly proud to have produced the medals for the inspirational individuals who will compete at this year’s Games.
"Every medal has been individually pressed and every ribbon hand-sewn to ensure they are of the highest quality."
In keeping with past Invictus Games medals, the medals have a bright yellow ribbon and feature the words of the Invictus Games motto from William Ernest Henley’s poem Invictus.
Nicole Bradley, Co-Captain of the 2018 Australian Invictus Games Team, who served Logistics Officer in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers before being discharged in 2015.
Due to a foot condition, Nicole suffers from daily discomfort and has recently experienced two deep vein thrombosis events that have resulted in blocked veins.
But she will be competing in athletics and powerlifting in Sydney - she says sport helped her both physically and mentally.
"Since taking up powerlifting, my symptoms have largely dissipated. I now have a much greater awareness of my body and can feel the imbalances that present and can seek attention to get things resolved," Nicole said.
"Going to the gym keeps my emotions in check and has increased my interest in physical activity and its relationship to better mental health. It’s also been about getting back in touch with the veteran community and feeling at ease with myself."
Commenting on the new medals, Ms Bradley said "seeing the medals brings to life all that we have been working towards.
"These medals have been the goal and I have some personal bests in mind to achieve at the Games that will certainly be a significant milestone if it all works out.
"But being part of the team is a big part of winning for me.”
In the build-up to the Invictus Games, further announcements have been revealed.
Fifty days until the start of the 2018 Invictus Games was marked with a flag tour around London landmarks.
In one of the latest, it was revealed that David Beckham is the 2018 Invictus Games Ambassador:
The games will host 500 competitors from 18 nations, who will compete in 11 medal sports in Sydney from 20th-27th October.
So far 75% of tickets have already been sold.