Team Canada members announced for Invictus Games 2017

Team Canada for the 2017 Invictus Games. The team was officially unveiled at a ceremony held at Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario on June 15.
Team Canada for the 2017 Invictus Games. The team was officially unveiled at a ceremony held at Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario on June 15.

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Athletes from across Canada gathered in Kingston, Ont., last month for the final training camp in preparation for the upcoming Invictus Games taking place in Toronto September 23-29.

According to team manager Greg Lagace, success at the Invictus Games will not be measured by getting a place on the podium or winning a medal. It will instead be measured by the achievement of personal bests, successes, and goals. During a briefing before the first day of training camp, Mr. Lagace encouraged the athletes to approach these games with this in mind, because it is key to their road to recovery.

“We have 90 athletes with 90 different journeys on the road to recovery,” said Mr. Lagace. “We’re here to support them as they Soldier On.”

The team comprises 90 current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), some with visible injuries and other with injuries that are not as easily identified. The athletes are working diligently to make the best use of the time available to them as this is their last training camp before the games begin. The camaraderie on the team is obvious, and the athletes are looking forward to facing together the challenges that lie ahead.

An official announcement event was held at Fort Henry in Kingston on June 15, where the 90 members of Team Canada Invictus Games 2017 were introduced for the first time. Personnel from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Kingston were present at the event, in a show of support for their colleagues.

General (Ret) Walt Natynczyk, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada, and Brigadier-General Shane Brennan, Commanding Officer of the Joint Personnel Support Unit and the Head of Mission for Team Canada, both spoke at the event.

“I am proud of our current serving members and veterans who are representing Canada at the 2017 Invictus Games,”
said BGen Brennan. “Their performances on the track, in the swimming lanes, and at the nine other adaptive sports events at the Games will demonstrate the extraordinary courage and determination of those who acquired a mental health or physical injury while serving their country.”

The participation of Team Canada in the Invictus Games is made possible through the CAF’s Soldier On Program, in
partnership with Invictus Games Toronto.

The Soldier On program uses sports as a means of helping current and former CAF members recover from the illnesses and injuries that they have suffered while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.

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