Multiathlon Competition for People with disabilities

A functional multiathlon competition for disabled military and war veterans has been held in Kyiv. The Heroes Game and Military Camp brought together both male and female athletes from all over Ukraine.

Dmytro Novhorodsky, who took part in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine was injured by a mine blast and had his leg amputated. Despite this, Dmytro stays active.

“I don’t feel handicapped. There is some daily routine that irritates me, but it is insignificant,” he said.

To tests his endurance, Dmytro takes part in the Heroes Games competition — along with other adaptive athletes. This includes people in wheelchairs and those with prosthetics.

Roman from the city of Lviv ended up in a wheelchair at the age of three. Today he competes individually.

“This is already my eighth Hero Games. These games have become a standard thing for me over the past 4 years. First of all, it’s fun. Secondly, you could say it’s a good way to test your physical strength. And it’s a great way to meet with great friends who also take part,” he said.

This functional multiathlon competition was organized by Roman Lyndov, who lost his hand during the Revolution of Dignity in 2014. It was his trauma that motivated him to start CrossFit. Last year, he even managed to become the strongest adaptive athlete in Europe in this fitness regimen.

“We have four categories. In two of them, people with disabilities will compete and in two of them soldiers, veterans, and policemen will compete,” he said.

Anna Yeryhina and Mykuliak Olha have been police officers for over three years. They train at least four times a week.

Anna and Olha are one of seven women’s teams that take part in the Military Camp competition — along with 20 men’s teams.