Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces Members of Team Canada INVICTUS Games 2020 are set to take part in the 10th annual U.S. Marine Corps Trials being held February 28 to March 12, 2020 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton near San Diego, California.
The Marine Corps Trials is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill or injured serving military personnel and veterans. The event will feature more than 250 athletes from seven countries taking part in 11 adaptive sports. Team Canada is composed of 14 serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 17 veterans, all of whom acquired an illness or sustained a physical or mental health injury while serving Canada.
Participants from Team Canada are taking part in 10 of the sports being featured at the Marine Corps Trials including: archery, cycling, golf, powerlifting, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.
“It is an honor to be part of Team Canada and to participate in the United States Marine Corps Trials! It is a great opportunity for us to train and hone our skills in preparation for the upcoming Invictus Games. It is also chance for us to connect with our allies from the six other nations, learn from each other’s challenges and triumphs, and build camaraderie and new friendships.” — Rock Ferland, Co-Captain for Team Canada at the Invictus Games The Hague 2020
This is the first time that a Canadian team will take part in the competition. Apart from the event’s broader goals of promoting recovery through adaptive sports and developing camaraderie among participants, Team Canada will also use the opportunity to help prepare for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.