Invictus Games Toronto 2017
The Invictus Games were created by His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales (Prince Harry) after a visit to the US Warrior Games in 2013, and from personal experiences he had during the Afghanistan War.
The Invictus Games are the only international adaptive sporting event for ill, wounded and injured active duty and Veteran service members.
The inaugural games took place in London in the fall of 2014 and attracted more than 450 competitors from 13 nations. The second Invictus Games took place in May 2016 in Orlando, Florida, and built on the excitement of the London Games with more than 500 competitors from 15 nations.
The Invictus Games demonstrate the never-ending drive to overcome of Veterans and active service members and the power of adaptive sport on their journey to recovery. Invictus Games are fully integrated, meaning some competitions will see able-bodied and disabled athletes of both genders compete side-by-side.
Canada was selected to be the host for the 2017 Games. The games coincide with Canada 150 and aim to create international awareness of this important milestone in Canada’s history. The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will take place September 23-30, 2017. The 2017 Games will also introduce a relay, igniting the Invictus spirit across Canadian military bases and neighbouring communities.
Five hundred and fifty ill or injured active service women, men and/or Veterans from 17 participating nations will compete in 12 adaptive sports, including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, a variety of track and field events and—new to the 2017 Games—golf. All competitions will take place at state-of-the-art sport venues across Toronto.
Team Canada will be comprised of 90 competitors with service-related physical or mental health injuries or illnesses; 57 will be Veterans.
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