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Introduction

February 2019 Update

Allied Winter Sports Camp, Veterans supporting veterans,  Battlefields to Footy Fields & Invictus Games: The Hague 2020

Snowboard team photo

February 2019 Update

In this update:

  • Allied Winter Sports Camp
  • Veterans supporting veterans
  • Battlefields to Footy Fields
  • Invictus Games: The Hague 2020

Allied Winter Sports Camp (11- 22 February, 2019)

Veteran Sport Australia (VSA) supported three veterans to attend the Allied Winter Sports Camp in Whistler, led by Soldier On Canada. VSA partnered with the ADF to send a combined squad of both current and ex-serving veterans.

Along with teams from Canada, UK and USA, participants took part in a series of adaptive sports including sledge hockey, Nordic skiing, alpine skiing, snowboarding and bobsleigh. All under the supervision of expert instructors from Whistler Adaptive Sports. 

One of the participants, Elaine Gallagher, a veteran who served for 13 years in The Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps and Intelligence Corps, was extremely grateful for the opportunity which has contributed to her recovery and inspired her to set new goals. “Taking part in team activities, sport and volunteering marked the turning point in my regaining control of my life. I am rebuilding and enjoying my life once more. Thank you all so much. I made so many wonderful memories and new friendships for life.”

Credit: Nicki Edgeworth

Veterans supporting veterans

A group of veterans from Toowoomba have been inspired to take up the sport of Archery, following in the footsteps of Australian Invictus Games Team member Stephen Osborne. Established at the Toowoomba Company of Archers, veteran Osborne now heads up the program to train other veterans. VSA has provided support to Osborne and the participants in his program to utilise the club – one of 129 clubs affiliated with Archery Australia around the country.

Wendy-Leigh Osborne, wife and carer to Stephen, coordinates the program and said “the most powerful thing in recovery I have seen through these groups and through the Invictus Games, is when the veteran feels supported and that’s the environment we are creating here.” 

The Veteran Archers Squad in Toowoomba. Photo: Wendy-Leigh Osborne
Credit: Wendy- Leigh Osborne

Battlefields to Footy Fields

The partnership between VSA and the National Rugby League (NRL) is already producing results. 

The NRL’s Referee Development Programs Lead, Steve Clark said “the Battlefields to Footy Fields program has had a tremendous start, with our first candidate receiving his referee accreditation after attending a referee course last weekend. After successfully making it through the training, the inaugural graduate will be officiating at the ADF Rugby League matches, commencing this weekend in Sydney.”

Credit: Steven Clark

If you or someone you know is interested in being part of Battlefields to Footy Fields, head to our website for more information.

Invictus Games: The Hague 2020

Expressions of Interest for the Australian Team 2020 Invictus Games in Hague are now open.

Submitting an EOI is the first step in the process of applying to be a participant in the Australian team and we encourage all interested veterans to view the application form on our website

Credit: Australian International Military Games

Coaching opportunity in Sydney

Coaches wanted! Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL has a paid coaching position available for a dedicated sports coach and mentor to run a multi-sport program over a 10-month period. For more information click here 

For more updates and information please contact us:

Website: www.veteransport.org.au 

Email: support@veteransport.org.au

Phone: (02) 9264 8188 (option 4)

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