Invictus Host Committee
Chair: Renata Roman
Ukraine Will Participate in 2017 Invictus Games
Update from Renata Roman, PT
Chair, UCC Invictus Games Organizing Committee
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.
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.
The 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/