Canada will field 40 athletes at this fall’s Invictus Games to be held in Sydney, Australia. The line-up was announced in Halifax yesterday.
The 2018 team includes 47-year-old Dave Innes from North Bay.
Innes was 18 and a gunner with the Canadian Airborne Regiment when he broke his back in five places in an truck crash during some winter training in 1990. He will compete in powerlifting, rowing and the notoriously scrappy wheelchair basketball. His many tattoos include some shiny new ink with the words “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul” from the poem ‘Invictus’, which was penned in 1875 by William Ernest Henley.
This year’s team is broken down into 18 current members of the Armed Forces and 22 veterans, who acquired an illness or a physical or mental health injury while serving in the military.
More than 500 competitors from 18 nations are expected to compete in 11 different events.
Prince Harry, who served in Afghanistan, created the Paralympic-style games in 2014.
Source: Canadian Press