Invictus Games Toronto
September 23, 2017 – September 30, 2017
17 nations, 12 sports, 550 competitors, 1500 volunteers and 75,000 people in attendance are the critical numbers to note in the 2017 Invictus Games held in Toronto this past month.
What started out in 2013 as a U.S-based Warrior Games for injured soldiers and veterans inspired Prince Harry to create a larger, more international version of the Games. In 2014 the first Games kicked off in London, England. The following year, the 2016 Invictus Games were held in Orlando, Florida. 2017 Toronto played host and set the record for the most attended and biggest games yet!
The Invictus Games captured the hearts and minds of our entire city well played in event locations as varied as the Air Canada Centre, Fort York National Historic Site, Nathan Phillips Square, Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre, St. George’s Golf and Country Club, The Distillery District, High Park, Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, and York Lions Stadium. The competition included events such as Athletics, Archery, Cycling, Golf, Indoor Rowing, Driving Challenges, Powerlifting, Wheelchair Volleyball and Basketball, Swimming, Wheelchair Rugby and Tennis.
The spirit of the competition allows participants to overcome their disabilities, compete at a high level and create a new and positive narrative in their lives. The accomplishment of winning medals and being the best seemed to be the icing on the cake for the athletes whom participation alone meant so much.
Many of the countries competing won medals and celebrated a victory, but at the end of the day, great homage was paid to the founder, Prince Harry, for giving participants a chance to represent their country in this important and life-changing competition.