October 27, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Team Canada proudly represented Canada at the 2018 Invictus Games, held in Sydney, Australia. Embodying the spirit of camaraderie, sportsmanship, and determination, the team won a total of two silver and four bronze medals over the course of the week-long competition. The 2018 Invictus Games officially came to an end on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the closing ceremony.
Bombardier (retired) Naomi Fong won two bronze medals in cycling. Gunner (retired) Dave Innes won silver in men’s indoor rowing. Lieutenant (Navy) Nicole Murillo won silver and Captain (retired) Cavell Simmonds won bronze in women’s archery. Master Corporal (retired) Derek Anderson, Corporal (retired) Mathew Belear, and Sergeant Francois Gauvin won bronze in men’s team archery.
Canada has participated in the Invictus Games since they were founded by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex, in 2014. An international sporting event for injured and ill armed forces members and veterans, the Invictus Games highlight the power of sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation.
Over the seven days of competition, the 39 members of Team Canada competed in 11 sports against more than 500 ill and injured armed forces members and veterans. A record 18 allied nations participated at the 2018 edition of the games, including Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.
“Congratulations to Team Canada on your showing at the 2018 Invictus Games. Your fortitude and determination in overcoming physical and mental health injuries by taking to the sports field and representing our nation so well is an inspiration to all. Australia, thank you for doing such a fantastic job hosting the games. To the Netherlands, we look forward to seeing you in 2020!”
Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff