Canada will host this year’s Invictus Games, which means that 550 wounded warriors will compete against each other in 12 adaptive sports. The games will take place in Toronto from Sept. 23 to 30.
Competitors will go for gold in archery, cycling, golf, indoor rowing, power-lifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, rugby and tennis, athletics (track and throwing) and the Jaguar Land Rover driving challenge — which is a vehicle obstacle
The Games, which started in London in 2014, will feature ill, injured and wounded servicemen and servicewomen competing under the banner of 17 nations.
Leading up to the Games, the Invictus flag is touring the country. It will visit 22 Canadian Forces bases, 15 Legions and more than 50 communities from coast to coast. The flag was met in Calgary by approximately 50 members of the Canadian forces.
“The service members that show up are so excited about the games. I sometimes ask ‘how many of you know someone who has been wounded?’ Every single person puts their hand up,” said Ivan Wanis-Ruiz, spokesperson for the Invictus Games, in an interview with the Calgary Sun. “They come here not knowing what to expect but leave here excited because they know they aren’t going to be forgotten.”
The 37-day cross-country flag tour is an opportunity for service members and civilians to come together, support soldiers and understand the immeasurable impact of war and conflict.
“Invictus means unconquered,” said Wanis-Ruiz. “The goal of Invictus, since its inception in 2014, is to show that although our wounded warriors have been injured, they are unconquered.”
Team Canada’s Alberta Representatives
- Sgt. Lorne Ford of Gibbons, AB. competing in rowing and wheelchair rugby
- Cpl. (retired) Melanie Harris of Edmonton competing in archery and sitting volleyball
- Sgt. (retired) Kevin Nanson of Gibbons, AB competing in golf, track and field and wheelchair rugby
- Cpl. (retired) Rob Sanders of Langdon, AB. competing in archery and sitting volleyball