"Transforming Empathy into Empowerment"
In May 2016, Prince Harry announced that Toronto will host the next Invictus Games. The 2017 event will take place from September 23 to 30 and will see more than 600 wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women from 16 allied nations compete in 12 adaptive sports.
The Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country, and for their loved ones.
Hosting the Games in Canada in 2017, the year the country celebrates the 150th anniversary of its Confederation, will provide a unique opportunity for Canadians to commemorate its active duty and veteran service members, and their families. The Games will awaken the latent empathy that Canadians feel for its military and transform it by empowering the Canadian public, politicians and corporations to solicit long-term advocacy, donations and support for the country’s service members and military families in need.
For the first time in the history of the Invictus Games, the 2017 event will introduce a torch relay, igniting the spirit of the Invictus Games across all 32 Canadian military bases and neighbouring communities. Spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremonies will further celebrate the 'I AM' spirit as well as the outstanding performances and achievements of our unconquered competitors.
What are the Invictus Games?
The Invictus Games were established by Prince Harry in 2014 following a visit in 2013 to the US-based Warrior Games for wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans. The inaugural Invictus Games were held in London in 2014. The second Invictus Games took place in Orlando, Florida, in 2016. The Invictus Games are the only sporting event for active duty and veteran service members who have become wounded, ill or injured as a direct consequence of their service.
Competitors compete in 12 adaptive sports, including wheelchair basketball and rugby, archery, powerlifting, a variety of track and field events and, new to the 2017 Games, ball hockey and golf.
Adaptive sport (or parasport) is competitive sport for individuals with disabilities. Some rule and equipment modifications are made to better meet the needs of participants. Adaptive sport competitions like the Invictus Games help service members and veterans in overcoming their physical or mental health illness or injury, and many of these sports are often included in the rehabilitation program of ill, wounded or injured persons.
How to Get Involved
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Compete in the 2017 Invictus Games
The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will bring together more than 600 competitors from 16 nations to compete in 12 sports. For information on how to become a competitor in the next Invictus Games, please visit their Competitors page.
Thank you to all applicants! Due to overwhelming demand the Volunteer portal closed on December 12, 2016. More information on the Volunteer page at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 official website.
Become a Sponsor
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities with the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee, please visit their Sponsorship page.