3 Members From Garrison Petawawa Will be Representing Team Canada at the Invictus Games in Australia

Three soldiers from Garrison Petawawa are preparing to leave for the Invictus Games in Australia.

Retired Corporal Naomi Fong, Retired Corporal Andrew Kinsley and Corporal Mark Andrews will represent the area as part of Team Canada.

Andrew Kinsley, will be competing in swimming, cycling, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair rugby and says he’s chosen to compete in the Games because of the way the event brings Soldiers together…

“I chose to compete in the Invictus Games because I really enjoy physical activity and plus, getting together with other like-minded soldiers is very important. I found that out early on when I was wounded. It’s something that’s hard to do when you are such a small military spread out over such a vast country. So this is one of those ways to just get together, for one, and to showcase your talent on the world stage!”

Corporal Mark Andrews, from Garrison Petawawa, says training for the games has helped him get back to living…

 “My training has been going really well, actually, training daily, following my training plan, just, I just feel better about myself just physically and mentally and it’s been really good actually.”

Andrews adds that he’s really looking forward to what the games have to offer …

“I’m really looking forward to the competition and the comradery as well. Meeting other athletes from other countries that have gone through the same experiences and just how that will bring everybody together.”

Andrews is competing in Athletics and Sitting Volleyball.

Retired Corporal, Naomi Fong, is competing in power lifting, road biking, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball and says she was motivated to take part in the games because of how inspirational they have been to her…

“I chose to participate in the Invictus Games because I find the Games and the power of sport to be very inspiring and it’s something that I want in my life, and maybe to be able to inspire others to take up sport in their lives.”

Team Canada is supported by Canadian Armed Forces’ Soldier On program, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, the Province of Ontario and the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 organizing committee. The athletes are also looking for local sponsors and fundraising  to make these new dreams come true. An online auction is taking place to help support Naomi Fong on her quest as well... https://www.facebook.com/events/626158901112161/ 

Over 40 athletes make up Team Canada; 18 members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 22 veterans.