On Sunday June 25th, Ukraine’s Invictus Team for the Toronto Games was announced in Kyiv at celebrations marking Canada’s 150th birthday.  The celebration’s highlight was a day of  street hockey games  played between various Ukrainian and Canadian teams, including military, police and civilian teams. Canadian Ambassador Roman Waschuk was presiding over the events which included visiting  RCMP on horseback.  This day long event was to celebrate the friendship between Canada and Ukraine and inform guests about Canada’s role in the upcoming Invictus Games in Toronto.

The opportunity also was provided to announce the Invictus team of 15 athletes who will compete in these games and represent Ukraine.  The 15 selected soldiers have been training vigorously within the group of 30 finalists. Upon learning who was to compete in Toronto, the chosen team decided to have the other 15 soldiers come to Canada as their plus 2 associates. this way the entire team of soldiers gets to experience the games first hand.

TORONTO DIASPORA PARTICIPATION

100 DAY TICKET LAUNCH – UCC led a PR campaign to bring people out to the Ticket Launch event at Commerce Court in Toronto June 15th. Over 25 Ukrainian Canadians showed up at noon to show their colours and support the event. We were greeted by Invictus President M. Burns, who applauded the effort and enthusiasm of the Ukrainian contingent.
Tickets for the Games are available online at www.invictusgames2017.com

Events where Ukrainian soldiers will be competing:

  • ARCHERY
  • ATHLETICS
  • CYCLING
  • INDOOR ROWING
  • POWER LIFTING
  • SWIMMING

T-SHIRT CAMPAIGN

A blue or yellow t-shirts with the logo Victorious Ukraine is available for sale. These shirts, sold at $20 will be on sale at local Ukrainian events and festivals during the summer. Funds will go to support the soldiers and the work of UCC on behalf of the soldiers.

Invictus Update 

Update from Renata Roman, PT

Chair, UCC Invictus Games Organizing Committee

May 2017

The Invictus Games Toronto planning team is now in full swing with less than 4 months to go.  The venues and timetable are set, the volunteers are picked, students in schools are learning about Invictus and Canada’s role in NATO on the world stage. Event tickets will go on sale  June 15th  online . Please go to the website and the link. www.invictusgames2017.com

-Spectators – Tickets.

We encourage Ukrainian Canadians to attend events where the Ukrainian Team, made up of 15 soldiers, will be competing in 6 of the 12 sports. The Canadian team comprised of 90 soldiers will be competing in all 12 events. The official ceremonies are a great way to see all the athletes and enjoy a unique event to help celebrate Canada’s 150 th Birthday.

 

Opening Ceremonies – Saturday Sept 23 at Air Canada Centre

A 2 hour spectacular event with all the athletes, Parade of Nations, raising of the official flag and musical acts.

Closing Ceremonies –   Saturday Sept 30 at Air Canada Centre

A 2 hour event celebrating the achievements of the soldiers with a closing parade, musical acts and passing the torch to Australia.

 

The ATHLETIC EVENTS -TEAM UKRAINE

Tickets are Open seating and maybe purchased up to 25 per person.

 

 


Ukraine Will Participate in 2017 Invictus Games 

Update from Renata Roman, PT

Chair, UCC Invictus Games Organizing Committee

March 2017

Ukrainian soldiers will be participating for the first time in the Invictus Games to be held in Toronto, Canada from September 24-30 2017.


The Invictus Games are an international multi-sport competition in which wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans take part. These games are named Invictus – Latin for “unconquered” or “undefeated.” Founded by Prince Harry, the first Invictus Games took place in 2014 in London, UK. The 2017 Games will be held in Toronto, Canada’s largest city and will include the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. 

The Ukrainian Canadian community, through the UCC Invictus Games Organizing Committee (IGOC), is supporting the participation of Ukraine’s soldier-athletes in the Games in partnership with the Government of Ukraine. The UCC IGOC includes representatives of UCC National, UCC Toronto, representatives of Ukrainian community organizations and individual community members.

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The Ukrainian Team will consist of 15 soldier-athletes who will compete against 500 other competitors from 17 countries.  They will compete in 6 of the 13 sports including, swimming, light athletics, archery, powerlifting , cycling and indoor rowing.  The athletic venues will be across the city at universities and large sporting venues. A team of 60 Ukrainians will arrive in Toronto, which will include 15 competitors, 30 support family members,  team organizers and various government officials from Ukraine. 

The city of Toronto is getting ready to host the Games. In September 2016, a 1 Year Kick-Off event was held, where the Ukrainian Consul General Hon. Andrij Veselovsky was present and laid a large block as part of the “I AM ” sculpture.  “It was my distinct honour to represent Ukraine and the soldiers at the 1 year Kick-Off event in Toronto” stated Consul General Veselovsky. “As the Ukrainian Consul General in Toronto, I look forward to welcoming the Ukrainian Invictus Team and wish them success in their training and competition.”

A lot of preparation is being done in Ukraine from a logistics, training and medical aspect.  Presently the athletes are training to represent Ukraine at the games. There have been 3 competitive qualifying events held in Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa, where 104 participants took part – 43 serviceman and 61 veterans. The final team selection will be done in May.

Invictus2The purpose of these Games is to help and inspire soldiers and veterans to improve their physical abilities, combat psychological issues and help with social interaction. These games will be friendly, where the goal is to compete, to do one’s best and not just to win. The journey and perseverance to get to the Games IS the reward. The Ukrainian soldiers and veterans are stepping up and training very hard to make Ukrainian citizens and the diaspora proud. Ukraine and the diaspora, especially in Canada, are ready to support them and cheer them on!

We encourage you to follow Team Ukraine on Facebook to keep updated on the latest news and information at https://www.facebook.com/InvictusGamesTeamUkraine/

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