7 Jul 2019

Defence Force team named for Invictus Games

7:42 pm on 7 July 2019

A 22-strong Defence Force team has been named to compete in next year's Invictus Games.

Prince Harry and PM Jacinda Ardern at last year's games.

Prince Harry and PM Jacinda Ardern at last year's games. Photo: AFP

The event involves 19 countries and includes former and current personnel who are wounded, injured or sick.

Nine women and 13 men will represent New Zealand at the event in the Netherlands in May.

Head of Mission, Deputy Chief of Army Brigadier Evan Williams, said it was a life-changing event.

"Invictus delivers on so many levels, and our people are the better for it, through the opportunity to participate and achieve in front of their teammates, friends and families," he said.

Brigadier Williams attended the first Invictus Games in London in 2014.

"What has impressed me over the past five years is the development that the concept has undergone, without losing sight of the original vision," he said.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, created the event and has been involved ever since.

New Zealand Defence Force team:

Sergeant Tomina Apiti, Flight Sergeant Stacey Adam, Carl Booty, Lance Bombardier Ryan Buchanan, Flight Sergeant Michael Cotton, Stevin Creeggan, Staff Sergeant Jared Davidson, Able Communications Warfare Specialist Paulette Doctor, Melissa Hansen, Corporal William Keene, Lance Corporal Ricky Kenmare, Captain Buffy Little, Flight Sergeant Andrea McNabb, Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Specialist Quintin Monk, Staff Sergeant Robert Pearce, Ben Peckham, Major Kiely Pepper, Sergeant Daphne Pringle, Warrant Officer Class 1 Jason Rapana, Chief Petty Officer Logistics Supply Specialist David Sanderson, Bronwyn Shaw, Sonny Te Rure.


Warrant Officer Leigh Gurney, Steve Limbrick, George Nepata, Staff Sergeant Thomas Lindsay.