Invictus Games Toronto 2017
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Toronto, Sep 21 (Canadian-Media): Ontario is pleased to host on September 23, the third and largest Invictus Games -- an international adaptive sporting event for active and veteran service men and women who are wounded, injured and sick - today.
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at Union Station today to meet and greet Team Canada as they arrived for the Games today.
Eleanor McMahon welcomes Invictus Games Toronto 2017
“It was my privilege to meet the competitors and coaches representing Team Canada at the 2017 Invictus Games and welcome them to our province. The dedication and perseverance of this team is an inspiration to all of us. Hosting the Games is an honour for Ontario and will pay tribute to the sacrifices of Canada’s military personnel and their unconquerable spirits. Good luck to all the competitors and go Team Canada!,” Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport was quoted by the media as saying.
The province is reportedly set to host more than 550 competitors from 17 countries, with events taking place from September 23 to September 30.
Competitors will reportedly participate in 12 different sports across Toronto at some of the state-of-the-art venues built for the 2015 Toronto Pan American/Parapan American Games.
“We are thrilled that the Invictus Games are about to begin here in Ontario. This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to unite around the power of sport. I wish my very best to the competitors, as they prepare to test their limits and reimagine what’s possible. Go Team Canada!,” Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario was quoted by media as saying.
Kathleen Wynne: Facebook
Admission for some competitions is free including Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on September 23 at the Distillery District; Wheelchair Tennis including from September 23 to 25 at Nathan Phillips Square; Golf on September 26 at St. George's Golf and Country Club; Cycling on September 26 and 27 at High Park; Archery from September 27 to 29 at Fort York National Historic Site.
Service men and women of these Games represent inspiration and to overcome limitations and offer a unique power of sport and an opportunity to promote recovery and rediscover a sense of wellbeing and ongoing.
The Accessibility Innovation Showcase, an official Invictus Games Toronto 2017 event, runs from September 25-26 and features 48 interactive exhibits of made-in-Ontario assistive devices and technologies.
Brigadier-General Mark Misener, Commander Joint Personnel Support Unit and Chef de Mission for Team Canada was quoted by the media as saying, “As Team Canada’s Head of Mission, I am extremely proud of our current serving members and veterans who will be representing the ill and injured, and all of Canada, at the 2017 Invictus Games. They are the personification of commitment and perseverance, and a testament to the transformative power of sport and the success of programs such as Soldier On.”
Prince Harry from Kensington Palace, London The royal founder of the Invictus Games will be in Toronto on 22nd October to set the stage for the Games.
Team Canada will be represented by 90 competitors, with more than 35 from Ontario.
Ontario150 Program, which supports high impact events across the province will reportedly support these Games and includes $10 million to deliver the Games.
According to official reports these Games would attract more than approximately 60,000 visitors -- who are expected to spend approximately $6 million and the Games are expected to generate $42.2 million for the local economy.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)