Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation said: "One year from tomorrow the Invictus Games arrives in Toronto. The Toronto organisers have promised the best Games yet - more nations competing, more sporting events, and more inspiring moments than ever before. After London and Orlando the bar has been set high - it's going to take all Canadians to get behind the Games to take Invictus to the next level. See you next year, Toronto!"
Presented by Jaguar Land Rover, the third Invictus Games will welcome up to 600 competitors from 17 nations competing in 12 sports, including wheelchair rugby, swimming and the introduction of golf. Over the upcoming months, participating nations—including, for the first time, Romania and Ukraine—will be recruiting their teams of ill, wounded and injured service members who will participate in the Invictus Games as a means of rehabilitation.
The Games will be held in nine venues across the city of Toronto, including the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre. The 2017 Games will also showcase iconic Toronto sites such as the Toronto Island Parks, Fort York National Historic Site and St. George’s Golf and Country Club, among others.
"The inclusion of two new nations and the introduction of an additional sport are just two of the many indicators of the interest and success sparked by the first two Invictus Games," said Michael Burns, Chief Executive Officer of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee. "Toronto will be welcoming Invictus Games competitors, friends and family from around the world who will demonstrate their unconquerable spirit and smash the stigma around physical and mental wounds.”
Leading Team Canada are newly announced co-captains Captain Simon Mailloux and Master Corporal (Retired) Natacha Dupuis. Both are coping with physical and/or mental wounds as a result of their service, and have used the Invictus Games to help them on their journey to recovery.
“There is so much pride [knowing] that Canada is hosting the next Invictus Games,” says Captain Mailloux. “I know the military community will close ranks in support of us, but I’m also confident that Canadians from coast to coast will want to come out to support this inspiring competition!”
One-Year Countdown Celebration at Yonge-Dundas Square
During Nuit Blanche Toronto, on October 1, 2016, the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee is partnering with the City of Toronto to celebrate the one-year countdown to the third Invictus Games. The kickoff event will run from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square and will include a live mural experience by renowned sports artist David Arrigo and a collaborative installation in which nearly 10,000 members of the public will take part in building a 30 ft. x 30 ft. “I AM the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul” structure from individual building blocks.
“The City of Toronto is looking forward to welcoming the Invictus Games in 2017,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “These Games are creating opportunities for men and women who have sacrificed for their countries. Sport has the unique power to change lives. I encourage all Torontonians to visit the installation at Yonge-Dundas Square on October 1 and be part of what the Invictus Games are building.”
To showcase their involvement in the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, the Canadian Armed Forces will have a leopard tank and a Light Armed Vehicle on display during the event. Jaguar Land Rover will also be displaying their vehicles on the square.
"Jaguar Land Rover is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2017 Invictus Games and we are very excited that the event will take place in Canada," said Wolfgang Hoffmann, President, Jaguar Land Rover Canada. "The Invictus Games represent a triumph of the human spirit over adversity and all those participating are examples of what true role models should be.”
For more information about the sports, venues and participating nations, please visit invictusgames2017.com.