The NZ Defence Force team has gathered for a week in Christchurch at the Burnham Military Camp for an in country training camp ahead of the Invictus Games scheduled to take place in London in September.
The team includes Connor McLellan, and Kelly Whittle. They have been practicing several sports including sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball and swimming. The Kiwis have been trained in pool by Kayne Tukapua.
New Zealand has an active military force of more than 8,000 members, who have been involved in military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The country has an additional 2,000 reservists.
New Zealand is sending a team of twelve competitors to the Invictus Games, which were created as an opportunity to show people around the world the sacrifices that people have made for their countries. 400 total competitors from fourteen different countries are scheduled to compete in nine different sports: athletics, archery, wheelchair basketball, road cycling, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, indoor rowing, and wheelchair rugby. Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, France, Iraq, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States are amongst the country sending teams.