Yevhen Oleksenko, member of Ukraine's Invictus Games team, has won gold in disabled strongman competition during the Lviv Fitness Weekend.
"There's no win without pain. We train three hours each day, but the outcome is well worth it. The next challenge I'm looking forward to is the Ukrainian Powerlifting Championship," said the strongman.
Strongman competition took place in L'viv as part of the largest fitness convention in the west of Ukraine. Oleksandr Tabanets, another Team Ukraine competitor, took home a silver medal, coming a bit shy of Yevhen's winning weight.
President Petro Poroshenko awarded state orders to Team Ukraine members during the official reception after the squad’s return from Canada.
“Invictus Games sounds good in English, but I like the Ukrainian translation – Games of the Undefeated – much more,” the President said during his opening remark, emphasizing that “the Ukrainian team truly demonstrated what a Ukrainian warrior is”.
Speaking about the team’s success during the Games, Petro Poroshenko commended the team’s dedication and cohesion: “You’ve become such a powerful and well-coordinated team in such a short period of time. You trust one another. I think it should be a symbol for the whole Ukraine, which needs unity now more than ever.”
During the ceremony, the President awarded 11 Medals 3rd Class of the Order of Merit to Oleh Zimnikov, Pavlo Mamontov, Roman Panchenko, Vasyl Pashkevych, Oleksandr Pysarenko, Valerii Rak, Vadym Svyrydenko, Dmytro Sydoruk, Oleksandr Tkachenko, Serhii Shevchuk, and Serhii Torchynskyi. Pavlo Budaievkyi, who won four of the team’s eight gold Invictus Games medals, received the Medal 1st Class of the Order of Merit. The team’s only female participant Kateryna Mykhailova was bestowed with the Medal 3rd Class of the Order of Princess Olga.
Completing the awards ceremony, the Head of State thanked the Ukrainian team for a wonderful performance in Toronto. “Thank you very much, first of all - to the winners, to all the participants, because all the participants are the winners. To the coaches, to all who provided and all who supported,” the President said.
Today, on October 2, Ukraine welcomes back its national team from their first ever Invictus Games. Returning from Toronto, 15 team members bring back 14 medals across 6 sporting disciplines: powerlifting, swimming, athletics, indoor rowing, archery, and road cycling.
Invictus Games are an international sporting event for wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women. This year’s Games took place in Toronto, Canada, on September 21–30, and became the first to include a team from Ukraine. The team’s participation was made possible through joint efforts of the local communities, Ukrainian expat community in Canada, government agencies, partners and donors.
Ukrainian squad (first-team and reserve) included servicemembers, both serving and veterans, from the Ukrainian Armed Forces, National Police, National Guard, State Border Guard Service and volunteer battalions. The 30 members of the team were selected during the nationwide competition that had seen some 107 participants from all over Ukraine chosen through preliminary trials in L’viv, Kyiv, and Odesa.
Here’s the full list of Ukrainian Invictus Games winners:
Oleksander Pysarenko (team captain) — Gold, Indoor Rowing, Men's IR6 One Minute Sprint
Pavlo Budaievskyi — 4 Golds, Swimming: Men's ISD 100m Freestyle, Men's ISD 50m Backstroke, Men's ISD 50m Breaststroke, Men's ISD 50m Freestyle
Oleg Zimnikov — Gold, Running, Men's IT7 1500m
Roman Panchenko — Gold, Archery, Men's Novice Recurve
Vasyl Pashkevych — Gold, Powerlifting, Men's Midweight
Kateryna Mykhailova, Roman Panchenko, Valeriy Rak — Silver, Archery, Team Novice Recurve
Dmytro Sydoruk — Silver, Archery, Mixed Open Recurve
Oleksandr Tkachenko — Silver, Running, Men's IT7 400m
Pavlo Mamontov — Bronze, Indoor Rowing, Men's IR3 One Minute Sprint
Vadym Svyrydenko — Bronze, Indoor Rowing, Men's IR1 Four Minute Endurance
Serhii Torchynskyy — Bronze, Shotput, Men's IF4
Before the beginning of the Invictus Games, Ukrainian team members were unanimous in their aspirations for the upcoming competition: “First of all, we’d like to prove to the whole world that Ukrainian veterans are people of true strength and will. Secondly, we want to inspire our wounded brothers-in-arms to never give up whatever happens.”
One the goals of Invictus Games worldwide is generating wider understanding of the veterans’ needs and engaging organizations, businesses, and communities in supporting them. Invictus Games use the power of sport to help veterans get back to living productive lives, while at the same time inspiring governments pay more attention to the issues of veteran adaptation and rehabilitation. The goal is particularly important for Ukraine, which has seen 5 000 of its servicemembers wounded or injured in action since the military hostilities broke out in the country’s east in 2014.
Relive the brightest moments of Team Ukraine in Canada on the team's official Flickr page
Останній день змагань приніс національній команді одразу сім медалей. Золото та два срібла взяли лучники Катерина Михайлова, Роман Панченко, Валерий Рак та Дмитро Сидорук. Ще чотири медалі на рахунку плавця Павла Будаєвського, який сенсаційно переміг одразу на чотирьох дистанціях та зібрав повний комплект виших нагород в своїй категорії.
Після тижня змагань Україна завершує свій дебютний виступ на Invictus Games з вражаючим результатом — 14 медалей (8 золотих, 3 срібних та 3 бронзових) в шести видах спорту та друге місце в загальному медальному заліку, поступаючись лише володарям змагань канадцям.
Українські спортсмени, які здобули нагороди на цьогорічних Іграх:
Олександр Писаренко (капітан команди) — золото у веслуванні на тренажерах, категорія «На швидкість, 1 хвилина», результат: 389
Павло Будаєвський — 4 золота в плаванні: 50 метрів вільним стилем, 50 метрів на спині, 50 метрів брасом та 100 метрів вільним стилем
Олег Зімніков — золото в бігу на 1500 метрів
Роман Панченко — золото зі стрільб з лука серед початківців
Пашкевич Василий — золото з пауерліфтингу у середній вазі
Катерина Михайлова, Роман Панченко та Валерій — срібло у командному заліку серед початківців
Дмитро Сидорук — срібло в стрільбі з лука серед професіоналів
Олександр Ткаченко — срібло в бігу на 400 метрів
Павло Мамонтов — бронза у веслуванні на тренажерах, категорія «На швидкість, 1 хвилина»
Вадим Свириденко — бронза у веслування на тренажерах, категорія «На витривалість, 4 звилини»
Serhiy Torchunskuy — бронза в штовханні ядра
Запрошуємо представників ЗМІ 2 жовтня долучитися до зустрічі Національної збірної України «Ігор Нескорених».
З 21 по 30 вересня українські ветерани та військовослужбовці, які отримали поранення чи захворювання під час або внаслідок виконання службового обов’язку змагаються на масштабних міжнародних змаганнях «Ігри Нескорених» — Invictus Games. П'ятнадцять учасників основного складу та 11 членів резерву повернуться з Торонто (Канада) 2 жовтня.
Наша збірна станом на 29 вересня вже виборола 3 золоті, 2 срібні та 2 бронзові медалі. Остаточна інформація про досягнення наших спортсменів стане відома у суботу, 30 вересня.
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On Septembers 26, Team Ukraine added two golds and two bronzes to the country’s medal count during Day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017.
Today’s winners are:
Oleksandr Pysarenko, police major, Team Ukraine captain – gold in indoor rowing (Men’s IR6 One Minute Sprint)
Vasyl Pashkevych, army captain – gold in powerlifting (Men’s Midweight)
Pavlo Mamontov, veteran – bronze in indoor rowing (IR3 One Minute Sprint)
Vadym Svyrydenko, veteran – bronze in indoor rowing (IR1 Four Minute Endurance)
Army Capt. Vasyl Pashkevych, who faced tough competition despite his many years of powerlifting experience, commented right after pushing his winning weight: “I’m overwhelmed with emotions – this is a feeling you can’t express with words! I’d like to say big thank you to everyone who supported me throughout the competition. I also have a word for the guys who went through war: ‘Whatever it is, never give up!’”
Major Oleksander Pysarenko, master of sports in rowing, takes pride in his Ukrainian team’s achievements: “I’m honoured to win gold for Ukraine. We’ve been training hard for several months to get where we are now and to successfully represent our country. With every win we keep on proving that neither traumas nor your age can stand between you and your achievements.”
With today’s addition, Ukraine’s medal count now stands at seven. Winning the previous three medals were: Army Capt. Oleg Zimnikov, who came first in 1,500m race; Police Lieutenant Sergiy Torchynskyi with bronze in shot put; and Oleksanr Tkachenko, who finished second in a 400m race.
Two more competitions awaiting our team in Toronto today are archery and road cycling.
Watch Team Ukraine compete live on STB
On September 24, Day 1 of the international Invictus Games 2017 in Toronto, Ukraine won its first bronze medal! Lutsk police officer Serhiy Torchynskyi took bronze in shot put.
Yesterday, Ukraine’s athletes qualified for the 400m run. Yuriy Pysarchuk will complete in the final today in category IT1, Oleh Zimnikov and Oleksandr Tkachenko in category IT7.
The qualifiers for the 1500-metre event will take place today. Pavlo Budaievskyi and Oleh Zimnikov will compete in category IT7, Vadym Svyrydenko and Yuriy Pysarchuk will compete in category IT1. Kateryna Mykhilova will also compete today in the powerlifting final.
Earlier our athletes had a chance to meet and take pictures with Prince Harry during the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge. Prince Harry was inspired by soldiers wounded in Afghanistan to start this competition for military veterans.
Legendary boxer Lennox Lewis stopped by the Ukrainian team’s athletics training session.
The athletes also met Frédéric Peugeot, NATO Trust Fund project manager. NATO is one of the Ukrainian team’s key partners, and Mr. Peugeot once again underscored that “helping Ukraine’s wounded fighters is one of our priorities.”
Bryan Richmond, director of supply chain services at Crown Agents (Team Ukraine partner), also expressed support for the Ukrainian team: “This is a much bigger event than I expected. I am proud to be here with you. These guys teach us that you can’t sweat the small stuff, you have to go forward.”
With support like this, our athletes are certainly headed for success!
Watch Team Ukraine compete live on STB
CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER, PRINCE HARRY AND PRESIDENT POROSHENKO WELCOME TEAM UKRAINE TO THE INVICTUS GAMES
Toronto, September 23 — the international 2017 Invictus Games officially opened today in Toronto.
Guests at the opening ceremony included Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Invictus Games founder Prince Harry, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, actor Mike Myers – official Invictus Games ambassador, Invictus Games CEO Michael Burns, and other VIPs. 550 athletes from 17 countries, their relatives and friends, volunteers and visitors from around the world gathered to watch the opening ceremony.
“I can assure you that in the days ahead you will see something you’ve never seen before on the sports arena. These games are about reaching the finish line. Many of the men and women at these games were wounded while serving, but they remained unconquered. This will be a special week for our country and all the countries of the world who came for the competition,” Michael Burns said.
During the gala reception in honour of the Ukrainian team, PM Justin Trudeau offered his words of support for Ukraine’s fighters: “These soldiers did everything to set an example of how to love, honour and serve your country. From the very start of our mandate, the government of Canada has been helping the Ukrainian people, taking important and meaningful steps to strengthen ties between our countries.”
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko thanked the Government of Canada and the competitors: “These games are the best way to honour our men and women in uniform. This display of courage fills us with confidence in our ultimate victory. The fact that Canada is hosting the Games this year demonstrates their commitment to the people who are defending justice, truth, freedom, democracy and the independence of my nation. These soldiers represent the essence of the unbreakable spirit of the Ukrainian army – courage, heroism and a readiness to sacrifice their lives for their brothers and sisters. Every soldier’s story is an example of extraordinary will and determination.”
That day there was a briefing with sergeant Vadym Svyrydenko, a member of the Ukrainian team.
Vadym Svyrydenko, a veteran who served in the 128th brigade, took the opportunity to remind everyone that fighting continues in eastern Ukraine: “It was a long road getting here today. Thousands of our brothers are fighting the enemy every day. Many of them have been wounded. I am a Ukrainian veteran. I lost my hands and legs during the battle for Debaltseve in winter 2015. But I didn’t give up. I started working on myself. Sport has become part of my life. I ran the Marine Corps Marathon. This had been my dream and I did it! Now my dream is to support as many men and women as possible, so that they don’t give up either! Because we are Invictus! Glory to Ukraine!”
From September 21 to 30, Ukrainian veterans and active military who were wounded while serving will compete in the international Invictus Games.
Watch Team Ukraine compete live on STB
Запрошуємо представників ЗМІ долучитися до проводів Національної збірної України «Ігри Нескорених» 21 вересня.
З 21 по 30 вересня українські ветерани та військовослужбовці, які отримали поранення чи захворювання під час або внаслідок виконання службового обов’язку змагатимуться на масштабних міжнародних змаганнях «Ігри Нескорених» (англ. Invictus Games) в Торонто. 15 учасників основного складу та 11 членів резерву вирушають в Канаду 21 вересня.
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Today at the Ukrainian Armed Forces Central Sports Complex in Kyiv, Invictus Games Team Ukraine held an open training session, the final one before the team travels to Toronto for the international competition. The session was attended by partners of the Invictus Games project in Ukraine, including the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine, Crown Agents, Channel STB and others.
The open training session was held in the same format as the qualifying and selection rounds. Diplomats, business managers and television professionals tested their skills in some of the sports in which the Ukrainians athletes will compete in Canada: archery, powerlifting, indoor rowing and cycling.
“I am happy to have had the opportunity to train today with the team. Their drive, dedication and strength of body and mind are impressive. I am proud that NATO, through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, is supporting the team and its trip to Toronto. I wish them good luck and victory!” said Barbora Maronkova, Director of the NATO Documentation and Information Centre in Ukraine.
This is the national team’s final stage of preparations before leaving for Canada. For two weeks, from September 7 to 20, the Ukrainian athletes are training under the supervision of professional coaches, and on September 23 will make their debut at the international Invictus Games in Toronto.
“The Ukrainian team is an example of motivation, human dignity and spirit. Today, with the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, for us it is even more important to stand side by side with the Ukrainian team,” said Duncan Thomson, Director of Strategy and Business Development at Crown Agents.
During celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary on June 25, the names of the 15 members of the Ukrainian Invictus Games team were announced. In Canada, Ukraine’s veterans will compete against 16 others national teams.