Team Canada returns from the Warrior Games with medals and new friendships
By Lieutenant (Navy) Kelly Boyden, Team Canada Public Affairs Officer
Team Canada competed in the 2018 Warrior Games from June 1 to 9 at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
This was the first year that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) participated in the Games, which aim to enhance the recovery of ill and injured armed service members and veterans through sport. Team Canada was composed of 18 serving CAF members and veterans.
This year’s Warrior Games saw more than 300 ill and injured armed forces members and veterans from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia compete in 11 sports: archery, cycling, track, field, indoor rowing, powerlifting, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, time trial cycling, and wheelchair basketball.
Canada took home 13 medals:
- Master Corporal (retired) Charlene Kendell won gold in women’s powerlifting, two silver medals in rowing, and bronze in both women’s shot put and discus.
- Master Corporal (retired) Jason Israel won gold on the track in both the men’s 800 metre and 1500 metre races.
- Sergeant (retired) Kevin Nanson won gold in both men’s seated shot put and men’s seated discus.
- Master Corporal Gordon Cresswell won bronze in men’s shot put.
- Signals Officer (retired) Breton Carroll won three silver medals in swimming.
“I have met so many incredible people this past week. All the athletes have shared their stories – their struggles, but also their successes. It’s been an amazing experience to be here,” said Corporal Shonia McMullin, Team Canada member from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Cold Lake.
“For me, the Games are all about camaraderie. Competing in shooting and sitting volleyball was fantastic, but what will really last are the relationships I’ve made during these Games,” added Captain (Retired) Frederic Caron, Team Canada member and flag bearer from Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Que.
The participation of Team Canada in this year’s Warrior Games was made possible through the Soldier On program, which has supported more than 4000 members since its inception more than 10 years ago. The program supports veterans and serving members with a permanent mental health or physical injury to adapt and overcome their challenges.
“We brought a team of 18 athletes here to Colorado Springs, and hope to field an even larger team in Tampa next year,” said Team Canada and Soldier On Senior Manager Jay Feyko.
Soldier On has a number of camps across Canada this summer. The Invictus Games are set for October 2018 in Sydney, Australia, and next year’s Warrior Games are scheduled for June 2019 in Tampa, Florida.
The Department of National Defence (DND) and the CAF offer a variety of programs and services to support members as they transition to civilian life. DND and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) are making steady progress while collaborating to provide, and improve, the system of care, compensation, and financial benefits available to members, Veterans, and their families. These include streamlining the release and pension administration processes, providing second career assistance, improving mental health and social support services, and making it easier for families to meet the challenges of military life.
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