Team Canada returns from a spirited showing at the Invictus Games
October 27, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Team Canada proudly represented Canada at the 2018 Invictus Games, held in Sydney, Australia. Embodying the spirit of camaraderie, sportsmanship, and determination, the team won a total of two silver and four bronze medals over the course of the week-long competition. The 2018 Invictus Games officially came to an end on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the closing ceremony.
Bombardier (retired) Naomi Fong won two bronze medals in cycling. Gunner (retired) Dave Innes won silver in men’s indoor rowing. Lieutenant (Navy) Nicole Murillo won silver and Captain (retired) Cavell Simmonds won bronze in women’s archery. Master Corporal (retired) Derek Anderson, Corporal (retired) Mathew Belear, and Sergeant Francois Gauvin won bronze in men’s team archery.
Canada has participated in the Invictus Games since they were founded by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex, in 2014. An international sporting event for injured and ill armed forces members and veterans, the Invictus Games highlight the power of sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation.
Over the seven days of competition, the 39 members of Team Canada competed in 11 sports against more than 500 ill and injured armed forces members and veterans. A record 18 allied nations participated at the 2018 edition of the games, including Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.
“Congratulations to Team Canada on your showing at the 2018 Invictus Games. Your fortitude and determination in overcoming physical and mental health injuries by taking to the sports field and representing our nation so well is an inspiration to all. Australia, thank you for doing such a fantastic job hosting the games. To the Netherlands, we look forward to seeing you in 2020!”
Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
“Well done, Team Canada! To all our veterans and currently serving members on the team, your courageous spirit has been an example for all Canadians to follow, and we are extremely proud of you all. May your participation in these Invictus Games be a constant reminder of what you can achieve and an inspiration to others to ‘make their mark’!”
General (Retired) Walt Natynczyk, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada
“Participating in these games has meant everything to me. The games are about so much more than competition. Beyond the medals, Invictus is about believing in oneself and sharing that belief and enthusiasm with others. It's about not being defined by one's injuries or illness but instead by our ability to persevere, and progress in our lives. Thank you to our family and friends for your unwavering support, to the Soldier On Program and all those involved in making these games possible, and to our 500 new friends from around the world…this is not the end, but just the beginning! Game On!”
Major (Retired) Rob Hicks, Team Captain for Team Canada at the 2018 Invictus Games
Team Canada’s 39-person contingent included 17 serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 22 veterans.
Team Canada competed in archery, track and field, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sailing, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and a driving challenge.
The next Invictus Games will be held in 2020 in the Netherlands.
The participation of Team Canada is made possible through the Canadian Armed Forces’ Soldier On Program. The 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 and overcome their challenges.
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 https://www.soldieron.ca/ and click on Give Support.
Lt(N) Kelly Boyden
Team Canada Public Affairs Officer
Department of National Defence
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