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New Zealand Invictus Team gathers for training camp in Christchurch

Men in wheelchairs grapple for a ball The New Zealand team in training in Christchurch. Image credit: NZ Defence Force

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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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