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Rutland's Invictus Games competitor Rachel Williamson speaks of excitement after opening ceremony at Sydney's Opera House attended by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle




Rutland's Rachel Williamson said she is "ready, nervous and excited" ahead of her competing at the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia.

There are 500 competitors taking part in the event and after the opening ceremony, which was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Sydney Prince Harry and the newly-pregnant Meghan Markle, Rachel, who is swimming, for Team UK had this to say.

"You’ve had that time in the military and you just want that camaraderie again. It’s now become real and I’m looking forward to getting out there and competing and just showing everyone what I can do.

“I’m ready, nervous, excited.”

Rachel Williamson. Photo: James Robinson Invictus Games
Rachel Williamson. Photo: James Robinson Invictus Games

Rachel served as a medic in the Royal Air Force for 10 years and was medically discharged in February this year after sustaining an injury, through playing RAF rugby. She has no function in her right arm as a result.

All the action of the Invictus Games moves to Sydney Olympic Park on Monday with medals in Indoor Rowing, the first pool matches in the Sitting Volleyball and the start of the Wheelchair Tennis competition.



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