Me­la­nia Trump to at­tend In­vic­tus Games

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - DAR­LENE SUPERVILLE WASH­ING­TON

— Me­la­nia Trump has booked her first solo for­eign trip as first lady, lead­ing the U.S. del­e­ga­tion to Toronto in late Septem­ber for Olympics-style games for wounded mil­i­tary per­son­nel.

The first lady, who has been keep­ing a low pro­file, said Thurs­day that she’s hon­oured by the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent the United States at the Sept. 23-30 event.

Mrs. Trump said she has been “heart­ened by the great suc­cess” of the In­vic­tus Games, which were es­tab­lished in 2014 by Bri­tain’s Prince Harry for sick and wounded ser­vice mem­bers from around the world.

Lon­don was the set­ting for the first com­pe­ti­tion in 2015, fol­lowed by Or­lando, Fla., last year.

More than 550 in­di­vid­u­als from 17 coun­tries are ex­pected to com­pete in 12 sports in the Septem­ber games.

The fig­ure in­cludes about 90 Amer­i­can ath­letes.

“In just two short years, the In­vic­tus Games have al­lowed thou­sands of in­jured and wounded ser­vice­men and women from many dif­fer­ent coun­tries to par­tic­i­pate in adap­tive sports com­pe­ti­tions, some­thing that should be lauded and sup­ported world­wide,” the first lady said.

Adap­tive sports are sports that are mod­i­fied for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

Jill Bi­den, wife of then-vice-pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den, led the U.S. del­e­ga­tion to the in­au­gu­ral games in Lon­don as part of a mil­i­tary ini­tia­tive she led with Michelle Obama, the for­mer first lady.

Mrs. Obama helped kick off the 2016 games in Or­lando.

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