Prince Harry might be off to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Invictus Games.
Queensland is bidding to host the 4th annual Invictus Games, with Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate even inviting Prince Harry to his home.
“He is welcome to stay at my place,” Tate said.
Queensland isn’t the only state in Australia hoping to win the bid, NSW is also hoping for a chance to host the sporting event started by Harry for wounded armed services personnel.
With the Commonwealth Games in Queensland to be held a few months before the 2018 Invictus Games, Tate is suggesting that only minor adjustments to the newly-constructed venues would be needed.
He said: “Our infrastructure will be ready we just have to tweak it so that the connectivity is better for our soldiers with disabilities,”
Adding on that there would be no issue hosting two major sporting events in one year, saying: “Bring it on,”
Representatives of the Invictus Games Foundation will meet with Major Events Minister Kate Jones next week to see the potential venues.
Kate Jones would not disclose how much the games would cost, only noting that it would be great for tourism.
She said: “From a tourism prospective, having Prince Harry … talking up our wonderful beaches and location is priceless.
“We will find out if we have secured the event by the end of September. We are very confident … that we can lure Prince Harry to the Gold Coast.”
London hosted the first Invictus Games in 2014, with Orlando, Flordia following in 2016. In 2017, it will be Toronto, Canada’s turn to host Prince Harry and the Invictus Games. Harry took a trip to Toronto earlier this year to start the official countdown.
The 2017 games will include 600 athletes from 16 countries competing in 12 sporting competitions. One new sport being added is sledge hockey in which Harry was given a demonstration of on his last visit