The Record Hundred – largest Invictus Games team trials held in Kyiv
This Saturday, March 24, the AFU CSK Sports Complex in Kyiv hosted the third and final round of athletic testing of athletes wishing to compete in the National Invictus Games in Sydney. 100 service members and veterans from across Ukraine participated, setting a record for the first two years of Invictus history in Ukraine.
“The success of our team at Ukraine’s first Invictus Games last year galvanized sports rehabilitation initiatives countrywide. This includes state support on the regional and local levels, creation of new centres where wounded soldiers can train freely, more activities by NGOs,” says Oksana Horbach, project coordinator of the Invictus Games in Ukraine. “Members of the 2017 team help out a lot too. They encourage other veterans in their cities to do sports and show that serious wounds and injuries aren’t a reason not to. Sport is becoming an integral part of life for many Ukrainian veterans, and the turnout proves this.”
Participants could try eight Invictus Games sports: running, road cycling, indoor rowing, powerlifting, swimming, long jump, archery and shot put. Special adapted equipment was available, such as a Paralympic bench for athletes with spinal injuries.
Testing was conducted under the supervision of professional trainers and doctors, and the results were recorded in special protocols. But organizers stress that the results aren’t what’s most important. “Our aim is to give participants a chance to try as many different sports as possible and together with a trainer pick the best one for them. You can participate without having prior experience - most important is the desire to grow and improve,” says Ukraine’s head coach Yevhen Mazur.
The testing results will be published on our website soon.