(OTTAWA, ON) – Team Canada is set to compete in the 2018 Warrior Games, which are taking place until June 9 at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. It is the first time that Team Canada will participate in the competition.
The goal of the Warrior Games is to enhance the recovery of ill and injured armed service members and veterans through sport. The Warrior Games were established in 2010 and helped inspire His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales’ creation of the Invictus Games. Both competitions are focused on the important role that sport can play in improving the lives of ill and injured armed forces members, veterans, and their families.
“The Warrior Games serve as a powerful reminder of the extraordinary courage and determination of those who acquired a physical or mental health injury or illness while serving our country,” said Lieutenant-General CA Lamarre, the Commander of Military Personnel Command. “Team Canada athletes have faced challenges on and off the battlefield, and are now allowing themselves to be challenged once again, this time on the sports field. To all of our athletes – we are incredibly proud of your journey so far and wish you the very best of luck.”
The 18 members of Team Canada will compete in 11 sports against more than 300 ill and injured armed forces members and veterans from the US, UK, and Australia. The participation of Team Canada is made possible through the Canadian Armed Forces Soldier On Program.
Team Canada’s 18-person contingent will include seven serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 11 Veterans. The team will represent Canada in all 11 sports at the Warrior Games, including archery, cycling, track, field, indoor rowing, powerlifting, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, time trial cycling, and wheelchair basketball.
“I am thrilled to be part of the first Canadian contingent to take part in the Warrior Games,” said retired Leading Seaman Ron Cleroux, the team captain for Team Canada. ”This event is about so much more than competition. It’s about perseverance, determination, overcoming challenges, and comradery. On behalf of all of Team Canada, it is an honour to represent Canada at this year’s Games.”
Canada is planning to field a team of up to 40 athletes annually in the future, with the next Warrior Games scheduled for June 2019 in Tampa, FL.
All Canadians are invited to follow the action which will be live-streamed.