“Sports kept me out of the gutter. Its kept me away from depression. Its kept me away from being negative. I feel dominant. I feel powerful. I feel part of the team again. And I think that this is what its all about.”
- Mike T.
Retired Canadian Master Cpl.
“To me [sports is] its awesome. It gives me my tasks, and my mission, and my goal for the immediate future which is Invictus.
“Sports kind of made me believe again.”
“Last year’s [Invictus] Games was the extra push that I needed to regain control over my illness [post-traumatic stress disorder] and my injury...Mountain biking was part of my journey.That’s how I got back into sports.”
"During my 20s and early 30s, I realized how running made me feel better about myself and helped develop my self-confidence. I signed up for a multitude of races ranging from 5ks to marathons. With the completion of each race and the training that went along with it, I felt stronger physically and mentally. Especially after finishing my first marathon – the Marine Corps – I felt like I could do anything!
“Since activity is my number one self-care strategy, my life simply isn’t the same without it. Activity not only keeps my mind and body healthy, it also allows me to connect with friends and indulge my competitive side. I have a great group of friends that I train with, who help hold me accountable to training and keep me motivated to continue improving. I also routinely sign up for various races which helps to keep me motivated to get out there every morning.”
"I never go into a big day without running first thing in the morning. I have found that morning exercise makes me mentally sharper throughout the day, and I am convinced that my morning running routine has changed my life and career more than any other habit.
"I started using hiking regularly as therapy. Whenever I felt like crap, I'd go for a walk. Every time I went I felt better. Sometimes I felt so crap I couldn't motivate myself, so I got my friends together and we motivated each other, often by planning an epic adventure.