The Invictus Games were held May 8-12 at the Walt Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., and two area competitors were among the list of athletes selected to compete.
Retired Sgt. 1st Class Chuck Armstead, a veteran from Killeen, competed in wheelchair basketball and helped the United States team win Gold.
The USA defeated Australia 22-4, Denmark 20-5 and France 28-10 in the preliminaries to play the Netherlands in the semifinals. The USA won that game 42-9 before topping the United Kingdom 48-16 to capture Gold.
1st Lt. Chris Parks, currently stationed with Fort Hood’s Warrior Transition Unit, competed in swimming, where he finished 21st in the preliminaries of the Men’s 50 LC meter breaststroke ISC with a time of 57 minutes, 54 seconds. He finished 16th in the preliminaries of the Men’s 50 LC meter backstroke ISC with a time of 57.89.
Parks also competed in track and field events, where he finished fifth in the finals in shot put IF5 with a throw of 8.71 meters.
The Invictus Games are an international sporting event for wounded, ill and injured military personnel. The U.S. team included active-duty and veteran athletes from all U.S. military services and the Special Operations Command.
The inaugural Invictus Games were held in London in 2014. They are championed by Prince Harry who, on a trip to the Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013, saw how the power of sport could help physically, psychologically and socially.