Invictus Games

Why Was Sydney Filled With These Yellow Poppies?

The Returned and Services League organisation were responsible for making more than a thousand of the knitted poppies in Sydney.

If you attended the 2018 Invictus Games, you may have spotted the appearance of yellow knitted poppies, being worn by competitors and supporters alike.

The Returned and Services League organisation were responsible for making 1,250 yellow poppies, 1,360 laundry bags and 70 quilts which were used across the Sydney competition.

Each of the poppies have been given to relatives of athletes who competed at the Games, while the quilts were handed out to one athlete from each country, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also among the recipients.

One recipient was Jean Waylon, Team Georgia's medical advisor, who said: "We are building a new rehabilitation centre and it [the quilt] will mean a lot. 

"The rehab centre is now under construction and it's due to be complete September/October of next year.

"It [the quilt] will be hung in a special place there for our wounded warriors, to remind me them of a special place in Australia, Sydney 2018."

Team Georgia's quilt.

Although the quilts were made a month before the Games kicked off, RSL State President  Pauline James thought a royal baby may have been on the way and made a quilt in preparation:

"Twelve months ago, to the day, I received the baby quilt... so I'm thinking should I start reading tea leaves, start reading cards or start my own show predicting the future," she joked.

Ahead of the centenary of Armistice Day in the UK and Australia, the organisation also knitted poppies to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Prince Harry paid tribute to the 500 competitors (Picture: Invictus Games Sydney 2018/Getty Images).
Prince Harry paid tribute to the 500 competitors at the closing ceremont of the Invictus Games 2018 (Picture: Invictus Games Sydney 2018/Getty Images).

Christine Frame, RSL Member, said: "My husband was in the services for over 22 years and he did lose a leg after he retired.

"So, maybe this sort of thing would've been wonderful for him."

The RSL hope the poppies, which was produced in partnership with the Blue Hill Retirement Village, will be held onto by every person who received one to act as a reminder of the courage shown by the athletes at this year's Invictus Games.