Random Island’s Melissa Smith wins silver medal at Invictus Games
“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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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.
Melissa Smith and her mother Gloria.