Ran­dom Is­land’s Melissa Smith wins sil­ver medal at In­vic­tus Games

The Packet (Clarenville) - - SPORTS - BY MARK SQUIBB THE PACKET TORONTO, ON

“I al­ready felt very vic­to­ri­ous go­ing into (the fi­nal) event,” Melissa Smith told The Packet af­ter earn­ing a sil­ver medal for archery at the In­vic­tus Games last Fri­day, Sept. 29.

The El­liott’s Cove na­tive par­tic­i­pated in the Women’s Novice Re­curve di­vi­sion.

The gold medal was awarded to fel­low Cana­dian El­iz­a­beth New­man.

Smith also par­tic­i­pated in Pow­er­lift­ing, plac­ing eleventh in the Women’s Mid­weight di­vi­sion.

Smith is an Afghanistan vet­eran, who served in the mil­i­tary from 2007-2015. In 2010, she served a seven-month term in Afghanistan.

Af­ter her ser­vice in Afghanistan,

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To see re­sults from all of the In­vic­tus Games, check out http:// re­sults.in­vic­tus­games2017.com/.

Smith was di­ag­nosed with post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der, and says that the games were a won­der­ful step on the road to re­cov­ery.

“To be given such an op­por­tu­nity in an amaz­ing at­mos­phere was very hum­bling but to be able to come home with some hard­ware in ad­di­tion to all the life chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and mem­o­ries is the bright colour­ful ic­ing on the cake of my re­cov­ery.

“I en­cour­age any other wounded vet­eran out there to take the time to ap­ply!”

Smith also thanked her home prov­ince and all of Canada for their sup­port.

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Melissa Smith and her mother Glo­ria.

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