Although we are on the doorstep of the start of the 2017-2018 OVA season, members of the OVA found themselves in the gym this summer volunteering to help with the 2017 Invictus Games. The Invictus Games, a creation of HRH Prince Harry, provide an opportunity for war veterans to heal through sport. The 2017 Invictus Games saw athletes from 17 nations converge on Toronto to compete in 12 adaptive sports, including sitting volleyball.
Sitting volleyball was held at the Pan Am Centre and the Mattamy Athletic Centre, with Chris Williamson, coach with Durham Attack, leading the organizing committee as the Volleyball Sport Chair. Committee members Les Siolek, (referee in Charge), Mel Allin (Floor Supervisor) and Claude Tremblay (Court Manager) along with Williamson, worked tirelessly to ensure that the games provided the athletes an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and to showcase volleyball for those in attendance.
The Invictus Games not only showcased many acts of athletic prowess, but also shared stories of human spirit. One such story is that of Team Unconquered. Comprised of athletes from four different nations, Team Unconquered came together to compete as one. Thrown together because a team had dropped out, the athletes, coached by Mel Allin, Technical Director with Durham Attack, did not win a match, but represented the true essence of the games. The opportunity given, the scope of national cooperation and the depth of human spirit were at play whenever Team Unconquered took the court.