For Gold Coast partner Paula Robinson, working on the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 was irresistible.
Off the back of a fantastic experience as the Official Lawyers to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the opportunity to make a positive social impact through the Invictus Games was a natural next step.
The Games pay tribute to the many injured, wounded or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans who take part in sports to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country.
"Once you understand the Invictus Games story, it's impossible not to want to be involved. It's such an inspiring space to be involved in,” Paula said.
"Through our success in the Commonwealth Games, we saw the benefit of integrating ourselves into major project teams, because it allows us to truly understand, appreciate and experience the issues the organisations we work for face every day. This approach allowed us to see how we can best contribute and make a difference. With the Invictus Games, we have such a powerful motivation to leverage those lessons, and we're so proud to be involved."
Our team's work covers a broad scope of areas, including sponsorship contracts, venue use agreements, ticketing, merchandising, brand protection, intellectual property and procurement. We're deeply involved in the logistics that go into the delivery of the event as well as risk management.
"Through the Invictus Games, we're seeing firsthand the impact of our work on people who have gone to hell and back," said Paula.
"Everyone needs to hear the stories from the competitors. The Invictus Games represent hundreds of those stories, and seeing our legal work so closely related to the people who are benefiting from it is incredibly rewarding – no amount of money can buy that sense of reward and fulfilment.
"There is no doubt that we are all inspired by the courage and resilience of the competitors, and are immensely proud to be a part of their Invictus Games."
"One of the unique aspects of the Games is the involvement of the competitors' family and friends. A lot of the program is designed to celebrate their involvement and make sure they are as much a part of these Games as the competitors."
The Games recognise how critical family and friends are to the recovery and rehabilitation of ex-servicemen and women.
"It's an important reminder for all of us about the importance of the team that sits behind any individual's achievement. It takes a village…"