In meeting Leading Seaman (retired) Bruno Guévremont, you would not have an inkling that the charming man with the quick smile and laugh would be struggling with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) also known as PTSI (Post traumatic stress injury).
Bruno’s 15 years of service with the Royal Canadian Navy, ultimately as a diver, included two tours of Afghanistan and one in Southeast Asia. A highly demanding role with the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Disposal Team (C-IED Team) during his second tour in Afghanistan in 2009 took its toll on him, and Bruno was diagnosed with PTSI in 2010.
This podcast is not so much about how Bruno struggled with his invisible injury and even contemplated suicide, but rather how he started his recovery and how he continues to help support those around him. Bruno acknowledges that this recovery could not have happened without his involvement in the Invictus Games.
Sport and fitness have played a major part in Bruno’s recovery: “It’s a lifesaver! I don’t think I would be where I am without it. The thing about being active is that you get to feel good instantly and you get to achieve something good in your day. On days where things aren’t going well, accomplishing even the smallest workout pays big dividends.”
His hard work paid off and Bruno was named the Captain of Invictus Games Orlando 2016 Team Canada where he competed in indoor rowing.
Bruno makes his home in Victoria, BC and is the owner and head coach of the Crossfit Stasis gym. You can follow Bruno on Twitter @Be_redemption.