Team Canada at the Invictus Games
Canadian troops were part of the war in Afghanistan and contributed to the rebuilding of Iraq after the 2003 invasion by the US-led coalition. They possess approximately 68,000 regular forces personnel and 51,000 reserves across the Canadian army, navy and air force. They have been at every iteration of the Invictus Games, hosted Toronto 2017 and will host the first winter adaptive sports iteration of the Games at Vancouver Whistler 2025.
The Games just make me feel alive.
Cavell Simmonds Sydney 2018 Competitor
- Competed at 5 Games
- 195 Total Competitors
- Host of Toronto 2017
Mike Bourgeois suffered a spinal cord injury during his initial training with the Canadian Armed Forces, unfortunately this injury went undiagnosed and Mike would go on to complete his entire military service with a broken spine.
This injury led to a severe degradation of his mobility, a reduced capacity for multitasking, and poor short-term memory.
He would then suffer a heart attack at the age of 48 and knew that he had to change his life.
Mike took up archery and was successful in his application to join Team Canada for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 and described his experience at the Invictus Games as 'phenomenal'.
"For myself, the journey has been all about overcoming illness/injury, rising to challenges, and using the process to raise awareness about veteran’s care and mental health."
Everybody has gone through a struggle to get here … I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s utterly life changing."
Invictus Games The Hague 2020
Archery, Sitting Volleyball, and Cycling
Works as a leadership coach and motivational speaker
Served in the Canadian Armed Forces
Recently completed the TD Five Boro Bike Tour and RideLondon
Pushing the boundaries
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Out of the darkness, light.
Michael Burt The Hague 2020 Competitor