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‘Triumph of the human spirit’: Canada’s Invictus Games team unveiled in Halifax

Canada’s 2018 Invictus Games team used to be unveiled Wednesday morning in Halifax.

The 40-member team will proceed to coach for the subsequent 3 months main as much as the video games in Australia that start Oct. 20. The athletics pageant is for wounded, injured or in poor health armed products and services body of workers and veterans.

“I see each and every one of you as winners,” stated Rob Hicks, the Canadian team captain. “Our street to Sydney is not up to 3 months away and good fortune awaits us in Sydney. 

“We will proceed to coach exhausting and display the relaxation of Canada and the international what it actually method to be Invictus.”

Invictus is a Latin phrase that means unconquered or undefeated.

'Triumph of the human spirit': Canada's Invictus Games team unveiled in Halifax

Derek Speirs, a submariner for 22 years, used to be on-board HMCS Chicoutimi in 2004 when the submarine flooded and a hearth broke out once they had been off the coast of Ireland. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Prince Harry laid the groundwork in London in 2014 for the first Invictus Games. Each 12 months, the Invictus Games have grown with extra nations and athletes competing in a wide range of occasions. Last 12 months’s tournament used to be held in Toronto.

“I bear in mind at the finish of the video games a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee got here as much as me and stated, ‘The Olympics must be extra like the Invictus Games,'” stated 2017 Invictus Games CEO Michael Burns in his deal with to the crowd accrued close to the army dockyard.

“What he supposed by way of this is the Olympics must be much less about the medals and the pageant and extra about the triumph of the human spirit.”

Derek Speirs, a submariner for 22 years, embodies that spirit.

He used to be on-board HMCS Chicoutimi in 2004 when the submarine flooded and a fire broke out once they had been off the coast of Ireland.

One of Speirs’s crewmen, Lt. Chris Saunders, died.

“As a consequence of rigidity from that, I evolved epilepsy and I later broke my again,” said Speirs, noting it will be a tremendous honour to pull on another Canadian uniform when he heads to the Invictus Games. “I have suffered via PTSD and protracted again ache and I am ready now to have surgical operation on my decrease again.”

Speirs stated he’s impressed on a daily basis by way of the different individuals of the Canadian team, who’re in Halifax for a four-day coaching camp.

'Triumph of the human spirit': Canada's Invictus Games team unveiled in Halifax

Chief Petty Officer Robert Patenaude is the handiest Nova Scotian named to the team. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Chief Petty Officer Robert Patenaude is the handiest Nova Scotian named to the team.

While serving in another country in Spain, he suffered neck, again and hip accidents.

“I by no means in point of fact thought of the Invictus Games till my physiotherapist had a excellent dialog with me,” stated Patenaude, who can be competing in biking, swimming and athletics.

“I submitted my software about 3 days ahead of the cut-off date and early in the New Year I excitedly were given an e mail that I used to be decided on.”

Patenaude, who lives in Hantsport, and all of his Canadian teammates can be allowed to have their circle of relatives go back and forth with them to the video games in Australia.

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