The 2017 Invictus Games flag tour kicked off at the Victoria Jaguar Land Rover dealership this morning, with Sooke resident Elizabeth Steeves being the first flag bearer for Canada on the tour. Tyler Bennett has the story.
After suffering an injury in training with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Steeves stumbled upon a new opportunity.
“I ended up running into the captain of the 2016 Invictus Games,” Steeves said, “he told me that I should apply for the 2017 Invictus Games, I tried, I did not succeed the first time, second times a charm, ended up on the team in the new year and it has been heaven ever since.”
Set to compete in wheelchair tennis and weightlifting, Steeves has been given a new motive to continue to move forward despite her injury.
“I look forward to being able to continue to climb this ladder, to keep learning to be more independent, and learning that just because I have physical and mental ailments,” Steeves says, “that I could still do anything you can possibly imagine, from skydiving, to dirtbiking and just building up to the games and support my country and to help promote the games and get out fellow Canadians to stand behind us.”