Inspired during his service in Afghanistan, Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games, a tournament of war veterans and service members from 17 different countries competing in 12 adaptive sports.
The event was inaugurated in London in 2014, skipped in 2015 and picked up again in 2016 in Orlando, Florida. This year, Toronto has been bestowed with the honor of hosting the third rendition of the games.
If you are interested in attending, you will be pleased to know that several of the events are completely free to attend. Events hosted at Fort York, the Distillery District and Dundas Square along with archery, cycling, driving challenges at golf are all open to the public with no cost.
Events like indoor rowing, powerlifting as well as the preliminaries and finals of wheelchair basketball are $25 each. You can catch the opening ceremony for $60 and for $150, you can watch the closing ceremony at the Air Canada Centre (soon to be renamed The Scotiabank Arena). The price of the ticket is backed by performances from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams and Kelly Clarkson to name a few.
Other big names attending the games include the former president of The United States, Barack Obama, along with First Lady Melania Trump, both attending to support US troops. Joining them are also household names from TIFF as well as the ambassador of the games, Mike Myers.
There are a total of 90 Canadian athletes competing at the Invictus Games. All have sustained injuries, either physical or mental and many are still on active duty. All athletes come from either the Navy, the Army or the Air Force.
Regardless of which country you’re rooting for, the Invictus Games is the winner’s tournament. It is celebrating the achievements and bravery exhibited by servicemen and servicewomen and honoring their athletic expertise despite trauma they’ve sustained.
The games will be initiated on September 23rd by the opening ceremony and will conclude on the 30th with the closing ceremony. Visit the official site here for more information.