Canadian Competitors Stand Out at the 2017 Invictus GamesThe Games Leave a Lasting Legacy for Ontario
Ontario is celebrating the outstanding performance of Team Canada competitors at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, and the lasting legacy that the Games will leave for people across the province. Some 75,000 people attended events during the eight days of competition and the Games were covered worldwide. Many events including wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball and the closing ceremony were sold out – demonstrating how spectators rallied to cheer on the competitors. Team Canada competed in all 12 sports across the Greater Toronto Area with strong performances by its competitors.
Building on the success of the Games, Ontario is making a legacy investment in parasport in Ontario. This funding will encourage long-term athlete development, enhance coaches’ training and provide better opportunities to those living with disabilities to participate in sport.
The sport equipment used during the Games will also be distributed to Indigenous Communities, ParaSport Ontario and other sport organizations. The surplus medical supplies and equipment will be donated to Sunnybrook Veterans’ Hospital, veterans’ community housing, and the Canadian Armed Forces.
The Games represented the power of sport to challenge, inspire and overcome limitations, and offered a unique opportunity for service men and women to foster camaraderie, promote recovery and rediscover a sense of belonging.
Hosting international athletic competitions is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- The Games are an international adaptive sporting event for active and veteran service men and women who are wounded, injured and sick.
- Team Canada was represented by 90 competitors, with more than 35 from Ontario.
- Ontario’s support for the Games was provided through the Ontario150 Program, to celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary across the province.
- Through Ontario 150 legacy funding, Ontario is committing $820,000 to develop parasport in Ontario.
- Hosting international sporting events is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport. Game ON recognizes the many ways organized sport can be good for people and communities, including the health and economic benefits of hosting major sport events.
- A complete list of results is available here.