WATCH: It has the potential to generate tens of millions of dollars in the capital region.
The invictus games, is the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured, and ill active duty and veteran service members.
It was fire held in London in 2014.
Now there is a push for Victoria to host the event in 2020.
Mary Griffin reports.
“Push, push, push, push!”
Crossfit Statis owner Bruno Guevremont coaxes Mike Seinen into more reps.
Training is part of the routine for these former military personnel.
“Yep, good Mike, that’s it.
Right at the top, there.”
Eight years ago, Guevremont returned home after serving two tours in Afghanistan with Canadian forces.
But once back, he couldn’t adjust.
“When we get back, we get to deal with stuff we didn’t get to over there.
At that point in time.
And then I was injured.
I suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from the high tempo of the tour.”
Suicidal, he turned his life around training for the Invictus Games.
Launched by Prince Harry in 2014, wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel take part in sports.
At the Orlando Games in 2016, Guevremont doubled as the Canadian team captain and flag bearer.
Now there’s a push to hold the games in Victoria in 2020, headed by Peter Lawless.
“I think Victoria is such a sensible location.
We’ve got a true, strong hosting legacy.
Victoria’s got a sport legacy.
We literally breed speed here.
And I think we’ve got a good shot.”
For many of the injured, preparing for the games gives them purpose and focus including Seinen.
“It’s definitely helped me get back into better shape again.
It kind of pulled me out of a bit of a rut.
It’s been just good training with Bruno.
And get to know some of the guys here in Victoria, and some of the other veterans.”
By participating in the Games, Guevremont says the experience changed their lives.
“From the 28 athletes we brought over to Orlando, there were some that were really close to calling it quits.
And then they started training, and training like athletes.
Their family lives got better.”
Lawless says the Games pay for themselves.
“There are a bunch of men and women who have served their country, and they got hurt.
And I think when they come home, when they’ve been hurt, we all owe them a positive and permanent obligation to help.”