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Invictus Games 2018 started: All about this competition

Author : News Agency 112.ua

These games are more than just sports competition. What is so interesting and important about the Invictus Games that started in Sydney?
14:24, 22 October 2018

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The starting whistle for Invictus Games 2018 blew on October 20. This time, the competition is held in Australian Sydney.

This will be the second time Ukraine participates in the games. Last time, Ukrainian team showed from the start that it’s a serious medal contender.

But let us start from the beginning, from history.

How did the Invictus Games appear?

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The games appeared with a help of British Prince and fines.

The idea to create the Invictus Games belongs to Prince Harry, who was inspired for it in 2013.

At that time, Harry visited Warrior Games in the United States, where he saw how much such sports competitions help soldiers in the process of rehabilitation.

After that, Prince engaged in the organization of similar competition and quite effectively at that.

During the preoparation, he gained the support of the London Mayor Boris Johnson, London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as UK Ministry of Defence.

Sponsors helped to prepare the competition, but not only them.

Invictus Games budget also includes million pounds allocated from the Royal Foundation (charity organization founded by Prince Harry together with the family of his brother William)

Another million pounds was given by British Finance Ministry from the fines for manipulations with inter-bank rate Libor.

Libor is a benchmark rate that some of the world's leading banks charge each other for short-term loans. It stands for Intercontinental Exchange London Interbank Offered Rate and serves as the first step to calculating interest rates on various loans throughout the world.

It took 9 months to organize the first Invictus Games. The name came from Latin word Invictus -“Invincible.”

This word embodies the fighting spirit of men and women who were injured, traumatized or got ill on the battlefield.

Because they survived all the hardships and stayed strong.

This video on which the British and Hollywood stars read a short Victorian poem by English poet William Ernest Henley “Invictus” was filmed for the first Invictus Games:

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

 

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

 

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

The first games took place on October 10 – 14, 2014. Around 300 military servicemen-sportsmen from 13 countries participated  - among them the United States, Australia, Canada, france, Germany and others.

In the opening speech, Prince Harry defined the long-lasting purpose of the Invictus Games. They are to be held so that soldiers knew: they will never be forgotten.

This is about Sergeant Elizabeth Marks from the U.S

Sergeant Marks has won our gold medals in Orlando Invictus Games. At the award ceremony she asked to sent her medal to the hospital to the doctors who saved her life.

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The hospital thanked Elizabeth with a photo that speaks for itself.

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The third Games were held in Toronto, Canada in 2017. For the first time, the Ukrainian team took part in the games.

Ukraine received this right as an ally of NATO and because of the Donbas conflict in the east of the country.

The representatives from 17 countries competed in the games. As a result, Ukraine won 14 medals (8 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze) and took the final 7th place in the team competition.

So now is the time for the fourth Games and the place is Australian Sydney.

Ukrainian National team

15 Ukrainians are participating this year. They all shall compete in 6 athletic disciplines:

  • - track and field (running, shot-put, discus throwing, long jump);
  • - swimming (50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breast-stroke, 100m Freestyle, a mixed team event for the 4 x 50m freestyle relay);
  • - indoor rowing
  • - road cycling;
  • - archery;
  • - powerlifting.

 

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Track and field

 

Oleksandr Bielobokov

Armed Forces veteran, Mariupol

ATO veteran, fought in battles for Mariupol in 2014. Gold medal winner in the National Team Trials. “My determination allows me to set clear goals, cope with challenges, and never give up.”

Yuriy Dmytrenko

Patrol Police, Kyiv

ATO veteran, fought in battles in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (2014-2016). Member of the 2017 reserve team. Actively engages in sports, pushes himself and encourages other wounded soldiers to do sports.

 

Bohdan Oksentiuk

National Guard of Ukraine, Kovel

ATO participant from 2014 to the present. Didn’t believe that with his injury he could participate in the Invictus Games. After trying out for the team, became convinced it was too early to call it quits on his sports career.

Vasyl Omelchenko

Armed Forces, Kharkiv

ATO veteran, participated in operations in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in 2014. Wants to represent Ukraine with dignity at the Invictus Games in Sydney!

 

Oleksandr Chalapchiy

Armed Forces veteran, Yosypivka (Kirovohrad Oblast)

ATO veteran, fought in the Donetsk oblast in 2014. Participant of multiple sports competitions for veterans. Will represent Ukraine for the first time at the Invictus Games in handcycling and wheelchair racing.

 

Viktor Shynkaruk

State Border Service, Khmelnitskyi

ATO veteran, fought in battles in 2014. Member of the Invictus Games reserve team in 2017. Swam professionally. Wants to demonstrate the unbreakable spirit of the Ukrainian people.

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Powerlifting

 

Oleksandr Gavrylenko

National Police, Chernihiv

Served 4 rotations (2014-2016) in the ATO – Krasnyi Lyman, Sloviansk, Mykolaivka, Chornukhyne. Took part in team selection in 2017 but did not pass. Followed his dream and after a year of training did excellent at the National Team Trials and won a spot on the team.

 

Serhiy Ilnytsky

Ukrainian Volunteer Army, Kyiv

ATO participant from 2014 to the present. Goal-oriented. Wants to popularize sport as an effective means of rehabilitation among veterans.

 

Yevhen Oleksenko

Ministry of Internal Affairs, Zaporizhia

ATO veteran, fought in battles for Donetsk Airport, Pisky, Opytne, Vodiane (2015-2016). Did powerlifting before the war. Is going to Sydney to benefit Ukraine – this time not on the battlefield, but on the sports arena.

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Swimming

 

Yuriy Dmytrenko

Patrol Police, Kyiv

ATO veteran, fought in battles in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (2014-2016). Member of the 2017 reserve team. Yuriy actively engages in sports, pushes himself and encourages other wounded soldiers to do sports.

 

Volodymyr Korol

Armed Forces veteran, Kyiv

ATO veteran, fought in battles in the Donetsk oblast (2014-2016). Reaches for victory! Swims and wants to represent Ukraine with dignity at the Sydney Games.

 

Bohdan Oksentiuk

National Guard of Ukraine, Kovel

ATO participant from 2014 to the present. Didn’t believe that with his injury he could participate in the Invictus Games. After trying out for the team, became convinced it was too early to call it quits on his sports career.

 

Denys Fishchuk

Security Service veteran, Cherkasy

ATO veteran, participated in Security Service (SBU) operations in 2014. Sees the Invictus Games as an opportunity for Ukraine to draw the attention of the international community to the situation on Ukraine’s eastern border and those defending it.

 

Viktor Shynkaruk

State Border Service, Khmelnitskyi

ATO veteran, fought in battles in 2014. Member of the Invictus Games reserve team in 2017. Swam professionally. Wants to demonstrate the unbreakable spirit of the Ukrainian people.

 

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Archery

 

Oleksandr Zozuliak

Armed Forces Veteran, National Police, Kyiv

Oleksandr practiced archery and track and field. He didn’t leave sports event after a heavy injury, as he wants to show by personal example that sports is the shortest way to recovery.

 

Maia Moskvych

Ministry of Internal Affairs veteran, Lutsk

ATO veteran, fought in battles in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (2014-2016). A newbie in archery but not in shooting bullets. First picked up a bow at the suggestion of Invictus Games 2017 team member Dmytro Sydoruk.

 

Andriy Usach

Armed Forces veteran, Berezne (Rivne Oblast)

ATO veteran, fought in battles for Luhansk Airport. By participating in the Invictus Games he wants to reach out to those who have closed themselves off from the world after returning from the war. “Life didn’t end, it just changed styles!” Andriy tells his fellow fighters.

 

Serhiy Shymchak

Armed Forces veteran, Lviv

ATO veteran, participated in operations in the Luhansk oblast (2014-2015). Wants to promote sport as a means of rehabilitation of wounded veterans and dreams of winning a medal for Ukraine at the Sydney Games.

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Сycling

Oleksandr Zozuliak

Armed Forces Veteran, National Police, Kyiv

Oleksandr practiced archery and track and field. He didn’t leave sports event after a heavy injury, as he wants to show by personal example that sports is the shortest way to recovery.

Denys Fishchuk

ATO veteran, participated in Security Service (SBU) operations in 2014. Sees the Invictus Games as an opportunity for Ukraine to draw the attention of the international community to the situation on Ukraine’s eastern border and those defending it.

Oleksandr Chalapchiy

ATO veteran, fought in the Donetsk oblast in 2014. Participant of multiple sports competitions for veterans. Will represent Ukraine for the first time at the Invictus Games in handcycling and wheelchair racing.

Serhiy Shymchak

ATO veteran, participated in operations in the Luhansk oblast (2014-2015). Wants to promote sport as a means of rehabilitation of wounded veterans and dreams of winning a medal for Ukraine at the Sydney Games.

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Indoor Rowing

Oleksandr Bielobokov

ATO veteran, fought in battles for Mariupol in 2014. Gold medal winner in the National Team Trials. “My determination allows me to set clear goals, cope with challenges, and never give up.”

Yuriy Dmytrenko

Patrol Police, Kyiv

ATO veteran, fought in battles in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (2014-2016). Member of the 2017 reserve team. Yuriy actively engages in sports, pushes himself and encourages other wounded soldiers to do sports.

Serhiy Ilnytsky

Ukrainian Volunteer Army, Kyiv

ATO participant from 2014 to the present. Goal-oriented. Wants to popularize sport as an effective means of rehabilitation among veterans.

Andriy Usach

Armed Forces veteran, Berezne (Rivne Oblast)

ATO veteran, fought in battles for Luhansk Airport. By participating in the Invictus Games he wants to reach out to those who have closed themselves off from the world after returning from the war. “Life didn’t end, it just changed styles!” Andriy tells his fellow fighters.

Oleksandr Chalapchiy

ATO veteran, fought in the Donetsk oblast in 2014. Participant of multiple sports competitions for veterans. Will represent Ukraine for the first time at the Invictus Games in handcycling and wheelchair racing.

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