(COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) – Team Canada has won a total of five gold, five silver, and three bronze medals at the 2018 Warrior Games at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. The 2018 Games will officially came to an end on June 9 with a closing ceremony.
This is the first year that Canada took part in the Warrior Games. The goal of the games is to enhance the recovery of ill and injured armed service members and veterans through sport.
“Participating in these Games has meant the world to me. A few short months ago I couldn’t have dreamt about taking part in competitive powerlifting, track and field, indoor rowing, and sitting volleyball, let alone coming back to Canada with five medals,” said Master Corporal (Retired) Charlene Kendell, a member of Team Canada and Heart of the Team award recipient. “But, more important has been the camaraderie with my teammates and all those here at the Warrior Games. Beyond the medals, I’m taking back to Canada new friendships and a renewed enthusiasm for life. Thank you to everyone involved with the games, to the Soldier On Program, and of course to my family and friends for making this all possible.”
Kendell won gold in women’s powerlifting, two silver medals in rowing, and bronze in both women’s shot put and discus. Over nine days, the 18 members of Team Canada competed in 11 sports against more than 300 ill and injured armed forces members and veterans from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
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, and Signals Officer (retired) Breton Carroll won three silver medals in swimming.
Team Canada’s 18-person contingent included seven serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 11 veterans. The participation of Team Canada was made possible through the Canadian Armed Forces’ Soldier On Program.