Ukrainian team INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 • 23 - 30 September 2017 Toronto, Canada

NATO Secretary General awards travel certificates to Ukraine’s Invictus Games team

On August 10, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with the members of Ukraine’s Invictus Games team at Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kyiv and presented them with travel certificates. The tickets were presented during the Secretary General’s visit in honour of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Distinctive Partnership between NATO and Ukraine. 

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wished the Ukrainian athletes success in Toronto. Jens Stoltenberg spoke with the team individually and presented each athlete and member of the official delegation with certificates and travel tickets.

Team captain Oleksandr Pysarenko gave Jens Stoltenberg an Invictus Games t-shirt signed by the 15 members of the competition team as a symbol of the continued cooperation between NATO and Ukraine.

Second Training Camp for Team Ukraine Kicks Off in Kyiv

Starting July 3, Kyiv will host the second training camp for Team Ukraine, one of the few left before the start of the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

The athletes that came to Kyiv were the winners of the National Invictus Games. Over the course of two weeks, from July 3 to July 16, they will live and train together under the supervision of professional coaches and psychologists. Final composition of Ukraine's first-team roster consisting of 15 competitors was announced on June 25 during the Canada 150 celebration in Kyiv.

CSK AFU POOL

Address: 6 Povitroflotskyi prospect

Sports: archery, swimming

SPARTAK STADIUM

Address: 105 Kyrylivska Street

Sport: track & field

TRUKHANIV ISLAND, CSK AFU SPORTS COMPLEX

Address: 16 Park Road

Sports: powerlifting, indoor rowing

TRUKHANIV ISLAND – NOVI PETRIVTSI (VYSHHOROD RAION)

Sport: road cycling

Open training sessions: July 6, 7 and 11, 10:00–12:00

Join #AMillionVoices in support of our Invictus Warriors!

Unity makes Ukrainians strong. Today we challenge everyone in Ukraine to show their support for our wounded, injured and ill servicemembers and veterans by joining the A Million Voices initiative. To support everyone who came under the line of fire and had their lives changed forever, but who remained unbroken and found the strength to face new challenges.

A Million Voices is a global movement in support of the competitors of the Invictus Games that brings together dozens of countries around the world is thanking their soldiers and drawing attention to problems of their rehabilitation and social adaptation.

For two months before the start of the Invictus Games in Toronto a strong voice of support will resound throughout Ukraine – and you can become part of it!

Click here to Join #AMillionVoices in support of the Invictus Warriors.

Fifteen Team Ukraine members named to Invictus Games first-team squad

Final composition of Ukraine's first-team roster was announced on June 25 during the Canada 150 celebration in Kyiv. Fifteen members of Team Ukraine named to the first team will compete in the upcoming Invictus Games 2017 in Toronto along with 500 other competitors from 16 nations.

UKRAINIAN INVICTUS GAMES FIRST-TEAM SQUAD

Last Name First Name Sporting Disciplines
Budayevskyy Pavlo Swimming / Athletics
Zimnikov Oleh Athletics
Mamontov Pavlo Indoor Rowing / Road Cycling
Mykhailova Kateryna Archery / Road Cycling
Molodid Serhiy Road Cycling / Athletics
Panchenko Roman Archery
Pashkevych Vasyl Powerlifting
Pysarenko Oleksandr Indoor Rowing / Athletics
Pysarchuk Yuriy Athletics / Swimming
Rak Valeriy Archery / Indoor Rowing
Svyrydenko Vadym Athletics
Sydoruk Dmytro Archery / Athletics
Tkachenko Oleksandr Athletics
Torchynskyy Serhiy Powerlifting
Chub Oleksandr Indoor Rowing / Road Cycling / Archery

 

First-team squad was chosen based on results competitors demonstrated during the training camp that took place on May 23-29 at Kyiv's Trukhaniv island. Over the course of a week, Team Ukraine members lived and trained together under the supervision of professional coaches and psychologists.

Competitors were named to the starting team by the coaching staff and representatives of the Invictus Games Coordinating Committee taking into account the following criteria:

Improvement compared with results in trials and National Games

Performance potential at international competition based on candidate’s current results

Physical ability and readiness to compete in multiple sports

Psychological readiness to work in a team

 

FIRST INVICTUS GAMES TRAINING CAMP KICKS-OFF IN KYIV

May 23 saw the start of the first training camp for Ukraine’s Invictus Games team. The competition squad will be chosen based on the results here. In September the team of 15 veterans and active service members will represent Ukraine at the international Invictus Games in Toronto.

The athletes that came to Kyiv were the winners of the National Invictus Games. Over the course of one week, from May 23-29, they will live and train together under the supervision of professional coaches and psychologists.

HOW WILL THE STARTING TEAM BE CHOSEN?

The starting team will consist of 15 of the 30 Team Ukraine members. The other 15 will form the reserve team. The members of the starting team will be selected by the coaching staff and representatives of the Invictus Games coordinating committee.

Selection criteria:

Improvement compared with results in trials and National Games

Performance potential at international competition based on candidate’s current results

Physical ability and readiness to compete in multiple sports

Psychological readiness to work in a team

The camp goals and program were announced at the opening session. The athletes will train at three locations:

CSK AFU POOL

Address: 6 Povitroflotskyi prospect

Sports: archery, swimming

SPARTAK STADIUM

Address: 105 Kyrylivska Street

Sport: track & field

TRUKHANIV ISLAND, CSK AFU SPORTS COMPLEX

Address: 16 Park Road

Sports: powerlifting, indoor rowing

TRUKHANIV ISLAND – NOVI PETRIVTSI (VYSHHOROD RAION)

Sport: road cycling

 

 

Team Ukraine members compete in Dnipro events

Members of the Ukrainian Invictus Games 2017 team have begun preparing for the September competition in Toronto.

Several team weightlifters competed in the Ukrainian Powerlifting Championship (Invasport) on April 30. Serhiy Lukianov came in second in the over 107 kg category, while Yevhen Oleksenko took bronze. Oleksandr Tabanets and Oleksandr Barynets won silver in the under 97 and under 88kg categories, respectively.

Yevhen Oleksenko became a Master of Sport of Ukraine at the competition!

Another stage of training for our soldiers took place on April 29-30 – DniproSotnia 2017. One of the competitors, Serhiy Molodid, compared the cycling race to “training in combat-like conditions”. Four members of Team Ukraine competed in the event: Pavlo Mamontov, Serhiy Molodid, Yehor Terekhov and Oleksandr Chub.

 Members of Team Ukraine compete at a cycling race in Dnipro under the Invictus Games flag

We congratulate our athletes and continue to follow their success stories!

How members of the Invictus Games Team Ukraine were selected

Dear competitors! We are extremely grateful for your perseverance, fortitude and the emotions you shared with us throughout the selection process.

You are an example for your brothers in arms and the people of Ukraine. We know that you will continue to set ambitious goals and reach them. We will be happy to see you all at the trials for the next Invictus Games in 2018.

Selection results for the 2017 Invictus Games Team Ukraine:

208 applications were received for the Invictus Games

126 athletes passed the trials In Kyiv, Odesa and Lviv

107 participants competed in final selection on April 22

Many participants won medals in multiple sports.

Medal count:

28 athletes won 31 gold medals

23 athletes won 26 silver medals

19 athletes won 21 bronze medals

Members of the national team were selected from the shortlist of medal winners.

The 30 members of the national team include 20 gold medallists who won a total of 22 gold medals. The squad also earned 20 silver medal and 4 bronze, collectively.

The members of the national team were selected by a panel of judges from the Central Sports Complex of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and representatives of the Invictus Games Organising Committee.

The following criteria were used when selecting shortlisted athletes for the national team:

A candidate’s results compared with those at the trials (except cycling: this was the first race of this distance held).

A candidate’s potential: what results can be achieved at the international games based on current results.

Multi-sport capacity: a candidate’s physical capacity and desire to compete in different sports.

We believe in the success of our team at the international Invictus Games. We wish you all success in your training and in Toronto!

Invictus Games Team Ukraine roster announced

The members of the Ukrainian squad that will participate in the Invictus Games were announced on April 23 during a gala concert on Kyiv’s Khreshchatyk. The 30-person team includes 19 veterans and 11 active duty service members (4 – Armed Forces of Ukraine, 5 – National Police of Ukraine, 1 – National Guard of Ukraine,1 – State Border Guard Service of Ukraine). Fifteen members will be selected to compete at the Invictus Games in Toronto, and fifteen will be reserves.

MEMBERS OF INVICTUS GAMES TEAM UKRAINE

Last Name First Name  
Afanasiev Dmytro  
Boliukh Yaroslav  
Budayevskyy Pavlo  
Dmytrenko Yuriy  
Zimnikov Oleh  
Zozuliak Oleksandr  
Kuznietsov Vladyslav  
Lukianov Serhiy  left the team due to personal reasons
Lukashuk Artem  
Mamontov Pavlo  
Mykhailova Kateryna  
Molodid Serhiy  
Oleksenko Yevhen  
Panchenko Roman  
Pashkevych Vasyl  
Pysarenko Oleksandr  
Pysarchuk Yuriy  
Rak Valeriy  
Svyrydenko Vadym  
Sydoruk Dmytro  
Striuk Pavlo  
Tabanets Oleksandr  
Terekhov Yehor  
Tykhonyvskyy Pavlo  
Tkachenko Oleksandr  
Torchynskyy Serhiy  
Kholodnov Mykhailo left the team due to personal reasons
Chub Oleksandr  
Shynkaruk Viktor  
Yarokha Volodymyr  

Invictus Games Team Ukraine trials officially over!

107 athletes took part in the National Invictus Games in Kyiv on April 22. More than 70 athletes competed in multiple events, making for fierce competition. Over 50 participants competed for gold in archery and indoor rowing. Equally popular was road cycling, with 43 participants.

Despite the level of competitiveness, there was an overwhelming feeling of brotherhood and support: “We support one another in life and in the stadium. We are friends, not opponents,” admitted participants Dmytro Oliynyk and Pavlo Stepanov.

Participants of the Invictus Games prepare to race on Trukhaniv Island.

“We are all winners, no matter what place we take. Starting with those defending our homeland in the east, and ending with the volunteers helping us during the competition,” commented Ihor Hordiychuk, senior judge of the National Invictus Games and Hero of Ukraine.

 Four athletes celebrate victory after the awards ceremony.

Tomorrow, at the closing ceremony of the Games on Khreshchatyk, we will announce the names of the 30 members of the national team who will begin preparing for the autumn Invictus Games in Canada. Fifteen will form the team, and the other fifteen will be reserves.

 Windy weather didn’t prevent the participants from doing well in archery. 

We look forward to seeing you at the gala concert on Khreshchatyk tomorrow at 16:00!

NATIONAL INVICTUS GAMES KICK OFF IN KYIV

On April 22, Ukraine’s capital is hosting the first ever National Invictus Games – a competition for active servicemembers and veterans who were wounded or injured in the line of duty.

Today’s event marks the final round of selection of candidates to the national squad that will represent Ukraine at its inaugural international games in Toronto.

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said in her address to the participants: “Are you already winners! You have overcome pain and despair, faced the challenges that life has thrown your way with dignity. We are proud of you, and wish each and every one of you individual and collective success! We know our team will have a strong debut in Toronto.”

The athletes are fighting for medals in the six sports in which Ukraine will compete in Toronto: track and field, powerlifting, indoor rowing, swimming, road cycling and archery.

114 athletes from different oblasts of Ukraine are taking part in the National Invictus Games. Most of them are active armed forces members and veterans who were wounded or injured to varying degree in combat. The candidates were selected during trials held in January and February in three Ukrainian cities: Lviv, Kyiv and Odesa. Some of the candidates are competing in multiple sports.

We are eagerly awaiting the results of the competition!

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