Team Canada INVICTUS Games 2020 to take part in U.S. Marine Corps Trials

News release

Team Canada INVICTUS
Team Canada INVICTUS

February 25, 2020 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Members of Team Canada INVICTUS Games 2020 are set to take part in the 10th annual U.S. Marine Corps Trials being held February 28 to March 12, 2020 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton near San Diego, California.

The Marine Corps Trials is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill or injured serving military personnel and veterans. The event will feature more than 250 athletes from seven countries taking part in 11 adaptive sports.

This is the first time that a Canadian team will take part in the competition. Apart from the event’s broader goals of promoting recovery through adaptive sports and developing camaraderie among participants, Team Canada will also use the opportunity to help prepare for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.

Notes to editor / news director: 
To schedule interviews with Team Canada members or for more information, please contact Lieutenant (Navy) Kelly Boyden, Team Canada Public Affairs Officer.

Quotes

"Courage, fortitude, and perseverance—these are a short list of the characteristics I know will be on display during this week’s Marine Corps trials at Camp Pendleton. I wish all Team Canada participants the very best of luck; thank you for serving as inspiration to us all.”

— General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff

“It is an honor to be part of Team Canada and to participate in the United States Marine Corps Trials! It is a great opportunity for us to train and hone our skills in preparation for the upcoming Invictus Games. It is also chance for us to connect with our allies from the six other nations, learn from each other’s challenges and triumphs, and build camaraderie and new friendships.” 

— Rock Ferland, Co-Captain for Team Canada at the Invictus Games The Hague 2020

Quick facts

  • Team Canada is composed of 14 serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 17 veterans, all of whom acquired an illness or sustained a physical or mental health injury while serving Canada.

  • Participants from Team Canada are taking part in 10 of the sports being featured at the Marine Corps Trials including: archery, cycling, golf, powerlifting, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. 

  • Competitors at this year’s Marine Corps Trials represent 7 countries including Canada, Colombia, Georgia, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

  • The 2020 Invictus Games will be held May 9th to 16th in The Hague, the Netherlands, where Team Canada will compete alongside more than 500 allies from 20 nations in 10 adaptive sports.

  • The participation of Team Canada in both the Marine Corps Trials and the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 is made possible through the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group’s Soldier On program, in partnership with the True Patriot Love Foundation.

  • Using the transformative power of sport, Soldier On has supported almost 6,000 members since its inception in 2007, and remains committed to supporting Veterans and serving CAF members with a permanent mental health or physical injury as they adapt to their new normal and overcome their challenges.

  • Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, Soldier On has been able to disburse more than $7 million directly to ill and injured CAF serving members and Veterans 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.

  • Recognizing the important role sport can play in recovery, True Patriot Love Foundation secured the bid for the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, which was the first Invictus Games to take place in Canada.

  • True Patriot Love Foundation is Canada’s premier national foundation supporting the military and Veteran community. The foundation has funded 825 community-based programs across Canada, which have helped change the lives of more than 30,000 serving members, Veterans and their families over the past decade.

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Contacts

Lieutenant (Navy) Kelly Boyden
Team Canada Public Affairs Officer
Cell: 613-323-7356
Email: Kelly.Boyden@forces.gc.ca

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