Invictus Games 2017
Helping active military personnel and veterans regain their freedom of movement is an idea deeply rooted in Ottobock culture. Our company was founded in 1919 to help those wounded in WWI get back to everyday life. Since then, we’ve maintained close relationships with the military and goverment to research, develop and distribute advanced technology specifically suited to the needs of injured veterans.
As a proud supporter of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, Ottobock looks forward to providing athletes with prosthetic and orthotic technical services for the third year since its 2014 inaugural event in London.
Ottobock offers a full line of industry-leading products that enable injured veterans live full and satisfying lives. Advances in prosthetic technology may be blurring the lines between man and machine, but true technological breakthroughs wouldn’t be possible without individuals who are constantly pushing the limits. Discover how the #WillToMove is inspiring active military personnel, veterans and medical device manufacturers to break through what is possible in the realm of biotech.
Meet a few Invictus 2017 Team Canada competitors:
Captain Simon Mailloux, of Quebec City, Quebec, lost his left leg after an improvised explosive device incident In November, 2007. He was redeployed to Afghanistan two years later, becoming the first Canadian amputee to deploy to a war zone as a combatant. A Team Canada co-captain, Mailloux will exhibit his #WillToMove in track and field, and sitting volleyball.
Master Corporal (Retired) Mike Trauner—who earned the Medal of Military Valour, the third-highest award for valour in the Canadian military, for an unrelated action, was targeted by two Taliban sitting under a nearby tree. The remotely detonated mortar and artillery shell resulted in severing his right leg below the knee, his left above the knee, shredding his left arm, and injuring his left hand extensively. A Pembroke, Ontario resident, Trauner is currently training in rowing, cycling, and wheelchair basketball as he prepares to show his #WillToMove during the 2017 Games.
Master Corporal (Retired) Étienne Aubé lost his leg and two fingers in 2009, after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. It took three years of rehabilitation before he could walk. Because he had such a long road to recovery, he is excited to be competing at Invictus, and is currently preparing to display his #WillToMove on Team Canada’s golf team.