The Participating Nations of the Invictus Games Get Their First Taste of Winter Sports

Feb 15, 2024
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Invictus Games

The Winter Training Camp for the Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler 2025 presented by ATCO and Boeing has kicked off on the Whistler Blackcomb resort with the Participating Nations of the next Invictus Games getting their first official taste of winter adaptive sports.

The purpose of the training camp is to help the participating nations build year-round adaptive sports programmes. Over the course of the next five days, members of the International Invictus Games Community, including team managers, coaches and competitors will receive instructions and guidance on how to guide their nations to the first winter hybrid edition of the Invictus Games.

While in Whistler, the participants are receiving coaching and instruction on Alpine snowboarding and skiing, Nordic skiing and skeleton.

For many, this has been their first opportunity to set foot on snow and while the learning curve to mastering alpine skiing and snowboarding can be steep, the enthusiasm from the participants has been wonderful to see.

I had a great day and I really enjoyed discovering how to ski for the first time.

Peacemaker Azuegbulam

Team Nigeria Participant

"It was fantastic and you certainly can pick it up fast with a good instructor. You progress slowly but at the end of the day I felt comfortable and that's what is most important, that feeling of being supported and allowing yourself to fail but build towards a better understanding of a new sport is exciting," Soren Hall of Team New Zealand said.

The nations have also been receiving daily workshops from members of the Vancouver Whistler 2025 team and the Invictus Games Foundation, the workshops topics such as: Introduction to Ice Sports, Introduction to Snow Sports, Everything you need to know about Winter Equipment, and how best to support recovery 'Beyond The Finish Line'.

The attendees from the participating nations will now try out other exciting winter sports such as Skeleton and Biathlon.

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