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The Inspiration of a Friend!

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The Inspiration of a Friend!

I had some injuries earlier on in my career that kind of hindered me from carrying on playing sports and participating in sports in the sports that I loved. And I attempted to make some comebacks thinking that I was fit and I was healthy and I was strong and I was good to go. And then failed attempts as well just re-injured myself and stuff like that. So a friend of mine, team member last year for Invictus Toronto inspired the hell out of me. I still didn’t think that I was worthy enough to make this team so I didn’t even think to apply for the team. It wasn’t even a question in my mind that it was going to be the path that I would take. He got back from the games and he’s like, “Cory this is going to be good for you, it’s going to be good for your family, it will change your life!” I was like, “Jay it’s not for me man, it’s not for me, there’s other people more deserving.” But he kept telling me, “You deserve it, you deserve it, you earned it, you know, twenty year military career, why wouldn’t you deserve it, why wouldn’t you have earned it?” So he broke me down. I sat at his house one day. We went through the application process and it was something else because it was like four questions. Didn’t have to provide pictures or a long list of military qualifications, it was just four simple questions regarding Soldier On and Invictus and you only had two hundred characters to answer them, each question. So my friend’s wife being a teacher, she was able to help me narrow this down to make it sound somewhat legible and somewhat intelligent. We sat down and went through those questions and it really just boiled down to this is going to help me take care of my family. I was getting to a point in my life where I wasn’t proud of the father I was. I wasn’t proud of the husband I was or the person I was becoming. It didn’t really hit me at first what or how much this journey was going to affect me. The one thing I keep telling myself this is not about the medals. It’s not about the medals. I have set personal goals for myself. One I am close to achieving so hopefully if I time it right I can achieve it at the games. The other one is I might have overstepped my capabilities but I am hoping I can hammer it. I am ecstatic about getting down there not just for myself but for my team mates and meeting all these other people, members and athletes from other countries, you know, and getting to see what their experiences are and what their challenges were and what has helped them and maybe making some lifelong friends around the globe. Again, just over the moon.

Cory speaks about his reluctance to apply for Invictus Games 2018 but when a close friends insists he is worthy, an opportunity of a lifetime becomes real.

Cory Nowell

Mr. Cory Nowell was born in Prince George, BC in 1973. After high school Cory considered joining the military and at age 24 joined with the Artillery regiment presently known as 4th Artillery Regiment General Support. Cory took on the rank of warrant officer with his occupation of drone operator/mission commander. While training in the Arctic, 2008, Cory was given an opportunity to deploy to Afghanistan. Warrant Officer Nowell is a still serving member and currently located at the Royal Canadian Artillery School at CFB in Gagetown, N.B. With inspiration from friend and fellow comrade, Warrant Officer Nowell has been selected to be part of Team Canada for Invictus Games 2018 where he will travel to Austraila and compete in the games. He currently resides in Rusagonis, New Brunswick with his wife and family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
September 27, 2018
Person Interviewed:
Cory Nowell
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
4th Artillery Regiment General Support
Warrant Officer
Drone Operator/Mission Commander

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