Team Canada wraps up first training camp in preparation for Invictus Games
Team Canada has completed its first training camp in preparation for the 2020 Invictus Games. The week-long training camp was held in Quebec City at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier. It was the first time for all 32 Team Canada members to meet and train together ahead of the Games, which will take place May 9-16 in The Hague, Netherlands.
Brigadier-General Mark Misener, Commander Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group and the Canadian Armed Forces Chief Warrant Officer Alain Guimond were among those who visited the camp and offered their encouragement to the veterans and serving CAF members on the team.
“On behalf of Soldier On and the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group, I would like to thank Quebec City and CFB Valcartier for being great hosts for this training camp, Parasports Quebec for their gracious loan of fantastic coaches and equipment, and Personnel Support Programs (PSP) for providing the excellent facilities and venues,” said Brigadier-General Misener. “Without their contributions, this camp would not have been the great success it was.”
The Invictus Games were created in 2014 by His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales to enhance the recovery of ill and injured armed service members and veterans through sport. Team Canada’s current contingent includes 14 serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and 18 veterans.
“It was great to have this camp at CFB Valcartier, where I spent four years with the Royal 22nd Regiment (1993-1997), and to train with my fellow teammates from Quebec and from across Canada,” said Corporal (retired) Marc Fortier. “Sharing stories and hearing how others have overcome their own challenges has motivated me to train even harder on my own journey to Invictus and beyond.”
Team Manager Joe Kiraly added his congratulations to all the serving members and veterans who participated in the camp: “Your continued courage and determination in overcoming your physical and mental health injuries is truly an inspiration. Keep up your determined efforts back at home, stay connected virtually, and we’ll see you at our second camp in March.”
The team will represent Canada in all 10 sports at the 2020 Invictus Games, including: archery, athletics, cycling, indoor rowing, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge.
They will be competing amongst approximately 500 athletes from 18 other countries, including: Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States.
The participation of Team Canada is made possible through the Canadian Armed Forces’ Soldier On program. Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, Soldier On has disbursed more than $6 million directly to ill and injured members across the country in support of their recovery. If you wish to help support our serving members and veterans, please visit https://www.soldieron.ca/ and click on Give Support.
Soldier On is part of the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group, a formation that was stood up in December of 2018 to deliver professional, personalized, and standardized casualty support and transition services to CAF members and their families to enable a seamless transition and enhanced well-being with special attention provided to ill and injured personnel, their families and the families of the deceased.
Soldier On is one of the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group’s most successful programs. The program has supported more than 5,000 members since its inception in 2007, and remains committed to supporting serving members and veterans with permanent mental or physical injuries adapt to their new normal and overcome their challenges.
Lt(N) Kelly Boyden
Team Canada Invictus Games 2020 Public Affairs Officer
Team Canada athletes enjoy time on their bikes and in the pool during their first training camp in preparation for Invictus Games The Hague 2020. The training camp was held September 9-13 at Base Valcartier in Quebec City.
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