HEALTH FOCUS: Remedial massage therapist Chris Costello is volunteering at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney.
HEALTH FOCUS: Remedial massage therapist Chris Costello is volunteering at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney. Michael Nolan

INVICTUS GAMES: Meet Warwick's dedicated volunteer

WITH a bit of luck Warwick remedial massage therapist Chris Costello will bump into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Invictus Games next week.

Mrs Costello is in Homebush in Sydney volunteering at the Games.

"I've checked their schedule and I don't think I will be anywhere near where they are going to be but maybe the opportunity will be there. It's certainly a possibility," she said.

"I think these younger four are pretty cool, I think they are going to change how the monarchy is seen."

Mrs Costello will spend the next week working at the Games' medical headquarters in a support role for teams from all the competing nations.

The Invictus Games draw in current and former defence force personnel with physical disability and mental illness from 17 countries.

This range of unique physiological challenges motivated Mrs Costello to volunteer.

"Most of those of people, when they get to that level of competition, they understand their own system, so it's just a matter of listening to them and what they need," she said.

"I imagine they have been through so much rehab that they would have an incredible understanding of their bodies.

"It's about working within their restrictions."

Mrs Costello runs a clinic from her Warwick home and, prior to starting her own business, she worked as a nurse. She also currently works at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology.

This background gives Mrs Costello an advantage when working on returned soldiers with bodies broken by war.

"It helps out a lot," she said.

"If there are amputations or catheters, it's not confronting because I'm familiar with it."

The Invictus Game opening ceremony starts at 7.30pm tonight.



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