Team Canada announced for Invictus Games Sydney 2018
Brigadier-General Mark Misener, Commander of the Joint Personnel Support Unit and Head of Mission for Team Canada, has unveiled the list of 40 athletes who will represent Canada at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia from October 20 to 27.
The announcement was made on July 25 at an event at HMCS Scotian, Nova Scotia’s Naval Reserve Division. Brigadier-General Misener was joined on stage for the announcement by Michel Doiron, Assistant Deputy Minister Service Delivery at Veterans Affairs Canada, and by Michael Burns, former CEO of Invictus Games Toronto 2017.
Speaking of those selected to be part of Team Canada, BGen Misener said “All were faced with a mental health or physical injury… but through reaching out to others, getting involved in sport, and their own courage and determination, they have been able to overcome the challenges they faced, and Soldier On.”
The 40 members of Team Canada completed their second, and final, training camp at Canadian Forces Base Halifax and 12 Wing Shearwater from July 23 to 27. Team members were selected from across Canada and are training for competition in all of the 11 sports that will be featured at this year’s Invictus Games in Sydney.
The 2018 Invictus Games will feature 11 sports: archery, track and field, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sailing, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and a driving challenge.
Team Canada will be competing alongside more than 500 competitors from a record 18 participating allied nations including Afghanistan, Australia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The participation of Team Canada in the Invictus Games is made possible through the Canadian Armed Forces’ Soldier On program, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, the Province of Ontario and the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 organizing committee.
“Last year, all Canadians witnessed the positive impact the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 had on the mental and physical health of our ill, injured and wounded service members and veterans who competed. We are very proud to be supporting Team Canada members and their families who will be going to the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. These Games will change their lives for the better,” said Michael Burns, Board Member and Former CEO of Invictus Games Toronto 2017.
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