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Leading Seaman Vanessa Broughill during Warrior Games 2019
03 Jul 2019
Adaptive sports have helped an Adelaide based sailor overcome mental and physical adversity in the United States (U.S.) against five other country’s Defence Force members. LS Vanessa Broughill from, Joint Electronic Warfare Unit, Adelaide along with three other sailors formed the 23 strong combined ADF and Veteran Sport Australia (VSA) team representing Australia in the 2019 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games held from June 21-30 in Tampa Bay. The Australian Defence Force and Veteran Sport Australia (VSA) have supported a combined team of 23 competitors, comprising of 11 former and 12 current serving military personnel to attend Warrior Games 2019. U.S. Special Operations Command are hosting the 2019 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games from June 21-30 in Tampa Bay, Florida. Approximately 300 wounded, injured and ill serving and former serving military members are participating in the competition. The competition will bring together competitors from the United Kingdom Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force, Canadian Armed Forces, Armed Forces of the Netherlands, and the Danish Armed Forces and the United States (US). The US competitors will represent the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command. Competitors will participate in 14 sports including, archery, cycling, time-trial cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, ﬁeld, wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, powerlifting, and for the ﬁrst time in Warrior Games history, golf, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby. The Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, injured and ill serving and former serving members and to expose them to adaptive sports. Sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo., the inaugural Warrior Games hosted approximately 200 wounded, injured and ill members. During the following years, the Warrior Games expanded in size and scope. Australia’s involvement in the Warrior Games is part of a broader adaptive sports program in which current and former serving wounded, injured and ill military personnel participate in a variety of competitions in the United States and Canada, as well as the Invictus Games, which will be held in May 2020 in the Hague, Netherlands.
03 Jul 2019