Warrant Officer Damien Pittman, Team Captain. (Submitted photo)
Team Canada wraps up training camp ahead of Warrior Games
Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2019
OTTAWA - Team Canada has completed its training camp in Victoria, British Columbia, with members prepared to compete at the 2019 Warrior Games. This is the second year that Team Canada will participate in the competition that will take place June 21-30 in Tampa, Florida.
Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes and Brigadier-General (BGen) Mark Misenerwere among those who visited the camp to observe the training and offer their support to the Veterans and serving Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members on the team.
“Congratulations to the serving members and Veterans who will represent Canada at the 2019 Warrior Games,” said BGen Misener, , Commander Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group and Head of Mission for Team Canada. “Your resilience and desire to overcome adversity is a true inspiration! With the help of your family, friends, the CAF and your local communities, you are overcoming mental and physical injuries on your road to recovery. Keep up your determined efforts in the lead up to Tampa and beyond.”
The goal of the Warrior Games is to enhance the recovery of ill and injured armed service members and Veterans through sport. The 39 members of Team Canada will compete in all 13 sports at these games, against more than 300 ill and injured armed forces members and Veterans from the U.S., U.K., Australia, Denmark, and the Netherlands. The participation of Team Canada is made possible through the CAF’s Soldier On Program, in partnership with Invictus Games Toronto 2017 and Under Armour.
Team Canada’s 39-person contingent includes 22 serving members of the CAF and 17 Veterans.
The team will represent Canada in all 13 sports: archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, field, wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, powerlifting, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, and golf.
“I am thrilled to have been named Team Captain, very humbled, and 100 per cent honoured to represent Canada at the 2019 Warrior Games along with all of my teammates,” said Warrant Officer Damien Pittman, Team Captain, Team Canada 2019 Warrior Games. “Training camp has been a great opportunity to reconnect with those in the military – I haven’t laughed as much in months as I have this week. Being part of this team means having others to lean on, looking out for one another, and just having fun! I can’t wait for the Games to begin and look forward to seeing everyone on our team smiling down in Tampa.”
The Warrior Games, established in 2010, 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.