Sailors compete for international victory

This article has photo gallery Published on LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author)

Location(s): Australian Institute of Sport

Topic(s): Sport, Health, Fitness and Wellbeing, Events

ADF and RSL members compete in a 200 meter running race heat as part of Invictus Games selection trials at the Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)
ADF and RSL members compete in a 200 meter running race heat as part of Invictus Games selection trials at the Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra.

Six sailors are among the 77 Australian wounded, injured, and ill athletes competing for the Invictus Games Team in 2017.
 
The group converged on the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra recently to vie for a spot in the team, where a 53-member training squad was named after the week-long camp.
 
This squad will be further reduced to a final team of 43 athletes during the next series of training camps.
Invictus Games 2017 will be held in Toronto, Canada, in September, supported by the Returned and Services League and Australian Defence Force.

More than 550 competitors from 17 nations will compete at the event.

Petty Officer Medic Latisha Baker, of HMAS Creswell, said she was inspired to try out for the team after seeing both the London and Orlando games.

“I am still rehabilitating from an accident a year ago, where I was hit head-on by a car while cycle training for a triathlon.”
 
She will be trying out for discus, shotput, wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball, and swimming events.
Petty Officer Baker said it was a great environment at the selection camp trials.

“Everyone wants to help you to get through your events on the day; it’s like a big family,” she said.

“To be part of the team, I believe, would help me not only physically but mentally throughout the rest of my career and my life. This event helps you get over those physical barriers.”

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics – Supply Chain Ian McCracken, of HMAS Stirling, said he was inspired to try out for this year’s squad after working as a staff member with the athletes at the Orlando games last year.
 
“I’m going to give it a red-hot go to make the team from here. If I don’t get in at least I’ll know I gave it my best,” he said.
 
He has been training for six months since Orlando, and tried out for swimming, discus, shotput, and seated volleyball.
 
“After all the rehabilitation I’ve been through, this would be the icing on the cake to make it as an athlete.

“It is the people who make Invictus. We’ve all been though one type of rehabilitation or another and I’m stoked to be among these people again.”