My name is Sgt (ret'd) Chris Zizek, and I have been selected to represent "Team Canada" at the Invictus Games, The Hague, Netherlands, 9-16 May 2020 (IG2020)
After spending almost 20 years serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, both on home soil and overseas, I was unfortunately medically released due my physical injuries in Jan 2019. Since then, I have also been officially diagnosed with PTSD with my service related to a Tour in Afghanistan.
In Sept 2019, I had the opportunity to meet my teammates, coaches and the staff from Soldier On during our first Training Camp. During the week, our coaches focused on proper techniques for each of our selected sports. My sports include; Rowing, Swimming and Seated Volleyball. The camp gave me a chance to be back in a high performance team atmosphere and promoted "Esprit de Corps" that serving in the military always gave me.
As you will see in the "Disclaimers" below, "IG2020" and "Soldier On" provide more than enough financial support in many aspects of the Invictus Games. Including, equipment grants, uniforms, and sponsoring 2x family members to be part of my journey.
This journey originally started as an individual journey, but as a married man and father of 2x boys, I can't think of anyone more to share this experience with me. As such, I have started this "Go Fund Me" page to raise funds to help assist in costs associated to bringing a 3rd family member. That way, my wife and my boys can all be part of, not only my journey, but all my competitors journey to recovery during IG2020 !!
Thank you for your support from the bottom of our hearts
Chris, Melissa, Jonathan and Logan Zizek
(1) Responsibilities of Invictus Games The Hague 2020. - The Invictus Games is a multi-day sporting competition for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving members and veterans. It is not a high performance event, but meant to be inclusive to all ill and injured military members from the 19 participating nations. Invictus Games provides access, local transportation, accommodation, rations, and sports delivery for all competitors and 2 x Friends/Family members while in The Hague.
(2) Responsibilities of Soldier On. - As the lead for Team Canada, Soldier On offers the Invictus Games experience to Canadian Armed Forces serving members and Veterans who have a permanent mental health or physical illness or injuries. Aligned with the Soldier On mandate, it offers an opportunity for ill and injured military members to use sport in their recovery. Soldier On, through the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group and Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, partners and supporters offer assistance for all competitors through providing equipment grants, coaching, uniforms, and travel, accommodation, rations for two training camps and for Invictus Games The Hague 2020. Soldier On also works closely with partners to fund the complete cost for the 2 x Friends/Family to travel to the Invictus Games and return.
(3) Responsibilities of the Competitor. - The intent of these games is to use sport as a stepping stone part in one’s recovery. Any choice to expend money above and beyond what is provided is a personal choice and does not reflect a lack of support provided to the participant by Invictus Games The Hague 2020, CAF TG, Soldier On, or their partners.