On September 23, 2016 the CN Tower was lit in yellow to commemorate the one-year countdown to the 2017 Invictus Games taking place in Toronto from September 24 to 30, 2017.
Established by Prince Harry in 2014, the Invictus Games are the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, ill and injured active duty and veteran service members. The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will present a unique opportunity for Canadians to honour its servicemen and women and their families on the very year our nation celebrates its 150th anniversary of Confederation.
“The Toronto organisers have promised the best Games yet, with more nations competing, more sporting events, and more inspiring moments than ever before,” said HRH Prince Harry. “After the London and Orlando Games, 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.
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. 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.
“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,” said Michael Burns, Chief Executive Officer of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee.
“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.”
The Games will also help commemorate significant Canadian military milestones that have shaped and defined our nation, including the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and 75th anniversary of the Battle of Dieppe.
“Invictus” is the title of a short Victorian poem written in 1875 by the English poet William Ernest Henley. The word “Invictus” is Latin for unconquered. The motto for the Invictus Games is ‘I AM the master of my fate, I AM the captain of my soul” which was inspired by the final two lines of the poem. The speaker in the poem proclaims his strength in the face of adversity. These lines reflect and define the Games’ core purpose: to provide a platform for personal achievement, to compete, not just against each other, but against oneself and prove that “I AM the master of my fate, I AM the captain of my soul.”
For more information, visit www.invictusgames2017.com.