(KINGSTON, ON) – Brigadier-General Shane Brennan, CO of the Joint Personnel Support Unit and Head of Mission for Team Canada, today announced the 90-member team which will be heading to the 2017 Invictus Games, during an event held at Fort Henry in Kingston.
Dignitaries joined Brennan in a show of solidarity with the athletes who are in their final leg of training.
Members of the team came from across the country to take part in the second and final one-week training camp at CFB Base Kingston. The team is training for the 11 competitive sports which will be featured at the Invictus Games to be held in Toronto from September 23 to 30.
“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 Invictus Games will feature 11 sports including archery, track and field, indoor rowing, powerlifting, cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby, and golf. There will also be a driving challenge.
“At Veterans Affairs Canada we are dedicated to the recovery, the rehabilitation and the well-being of our Veterans and support of their families,” said retired General Walt Natynczyk, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada. “The Invictus Games are another opportunity to support them to achieve their goals and ambitions and to honour their service and sacrifices.”
The participation of Team Canada in the Invictus Games is made possible through the Canadian Armed Forces’ Soldier On Program in partnership with Invictus Games Toronto. Using the transformative power of sport, Soldier On has supported more than 3,200 members since its inception over 10 years ago and remains committed to supporting veterans and serving members with a permanent mental health or physical injury to adapt to their new normal, overcome their challenges and Soldier On in life.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, Soldier On has disbursed more than $5.4 million directly to ill and injured members across the country in support of their recovery.