Aussies In Training

The squad vying for selection in the Australian to compete at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto headed to Canberra in March for a training camp.

Excitement is building for the squad of 53 who, using the word-class facilities at the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Australian Institute of Sport, were given opportunities to train in their nominated sports.

The 2017 Invictus Games will be staged from 23-30 September with more than 550 serving and former military personnel from 17 nations due to compete.

The training squad, selected by the ADF and Returned Services League, is made up of current and veteran army, navy and air force service personnel with a final team of 43 to be sent to compete in Canada.

Federal Minister for Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, says the Invictus Games encourages the men and women of our Armed Forces to stay active when they return to the communities.

“In addition to physically preparing for the Games, the focus of the training camps is to build team camaraderie and support the athletes on their journey,” said the Minister.

Australia’s participation in the Invictus Games provides the community with an opportunity to be inspired by the courage, determination and achievements of our wounded injured and ill current and former service members.

A combination of coaches and elite mentor coaches are preparing the Australians for their events with the mentor coaches having either played for or coached Australian teams.