Athletes on Team U.S. practice wheelchair rugby at Fort Belvoir.
Staff Sgt. Charles Plouffe
U.S. team trains for Invictus Games at Belvoir
More than 60 military athletes from around the nation gathered at Fort Belvoir for a week earlier this month to train in 10 adaptive sports events before flying to The Hague and competing in The Invictus Games April 16-22.
The games, involving 15 nations and 500 competitors, are in adaptive sports including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, sitting volleyball, rowing, powerlifting, track and field, archery, swimming and cycling.
Travis Claytor, director of communications for Team U.S., said some of the athletes have been preparing for the games for years. Many were part of the 2020 team, but the COVID-19 pandemic canceled that competition. “This is the first time the 61 athletes have come together in person in three years in preparation for this event,” Claytor said. Competitive service members use adaptive sports as rehabilitation after sustaining traumatic combat injuries.