Team Canada set to compete in Warrior Games for the first time

News release

May 31, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Team Canada is set to compete in the 2018 Warrior Games, taking place June 1-9 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 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 18 members of Team Canada will compete in 11 sports against more than 300 ill and injured armed forces members and veterans from the U.S., U.K. and Australia. The participation of Team Canada is made possible through the Canadian Armed Forces’ Soldier On Program.

All Canadians are invited to follow the action which will be live-streamed on the Department of Defence Warrior Games website.

Quotes

“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. 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."

– Lieutenant-General C. A. Lamarre, Commander of Military Personnel Command 

“I am extremely proud of our currently serving members and Veterans who are representing Canada at the 2018 Warrior Games. With the help of family and friends, they have taken an active role in their recovery. Their courage and determination in overcoming mental health and physical injuries sustained while serving their country is an inspiration to all.”

– Brigadier-General Mark Misener, Commander Joint Personnel Support Unit

"The power of sport has been instrumental in helping our Veterans recover from injury. Veterans Affairs Canada is proud of the brave men and women who are representing Team Canada at the 2018 Warrior Games. Your spirit and dedication to recovery are an inspiration to others. Best of luck to all the athletes."

– General (Retired) Walt Natynczyk, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada

“I am thrilled to be part of the first Canadian contingent to take part in the Warrior Games. 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!”

– Leading Seaman (Retired) Ron Cleroux, Team Captain for Team Canada at the Warrior Games

Quick facts

  • Team Canada’s 18-person contingent will include seven serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) 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.

  • The more than 300 athletes competing at this year’s Warrior Games will represent the Canadian Armed Forces, the U.K. Armed Forces, the Australian Defence Force, and the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command.

  • This is the first year that Canada is taking part in the Warrior Games; however, 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, Florida.

  • 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.

  • For its part, the CAF’s Soldier On Program has supported more than 4,000 members since its inception more than 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. If you wish to help support our serving members and veterans, please visit the Soldier On website and click on Give Support.

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Contacts

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca



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