Feature Story                                                   Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Proud Warriors

The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 gives veterans incapacitated by war a chance to participate in a variety of sports September 23-30

by Chloe Stelmanis/Submitted photos


Robert Kirkland holds the Invicuts Games flag with the Chilliwack Colour Guard as it passed though the the city on Monday, August 21.

he Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee announced today that it will bring the spirit of the Games to all Canadians, the the launch of its inaugural National Flag Tour.


As a nod to the anniversary of Confederation, Invictus Games Toronto 2017 is also conducting a search for 150 proud Canadians to help carry the Official Invictus Games Flag a physical representation of unconquerable sprit it the Games’ competitors – across Canada.


The National Flag Tour aims to engage the hearts and minds of all Canadians by inviting them to participate as flag bearers and to attend stops along the tour,” said Michael Burns, CEO, Invictus Games Toronto 2017. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 150 Canadians to stand alongside out military community and witness how transformative power of sport helps our wounded warriors.”


Chilliwack Flag Bearer Robert Kirkland and Mayor Sharon Gaetz celebrate the Invictus Gales Toronto 2017 flag as it makes it's way from Comox to Ganer Newfoundland and back to Toronto September 22.


Travelling as Far East as Gander, Newfoundland and west to Comox, British Columbia, the 37-day Invictus Games Toronto 2017 National Flag Tour will connect Canadians from all parts of the country, and allow individuals across the nation to be involved in this exciting event.


Burns added: “We are honoured to have the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans Affairs Canada, BMO Bank of Montreal, Jaguar Land Rover, Via Rail and PC on the road with is for the National Flag Tour. As the official Flag Tour partners, we are grateful for their contributions. Partners like this make out Invictus Games National Tour possible.”


Applicants are encouraged to visit www.invictusgame2017.com/national-flag-tour to register and share their stories of why they want to be an Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Natonal Flag bearer.


The National Flag Tour takes place from August 16 to September 22. Visit www.invictusGames2017.com for the full Flag Tour schedule.


Established by, prince Harry and now in its third installment, Invictus Games, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, will be hosted in venues across Toronto from September 23 to 30. 2017.


The Invictus Games are far more than a seven-day sporting event; it’s a means of rehabilitative therapy for the participating wounded, ill and injured active duty and veteran service members from 17 nations. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for all who serve their county as well as their families and caregivers.


With all sport tickets priced at just $25, and Opening Ceremony tickets at $60, the Games will be accessible to those wishing to witness the incredible human spirit of our wounded warriors. Tickets can be purchased online at invictusgales2017.com/tickets.


About the Invictus Games Toronto 2017

The Invictus Games use the power of adaptive sport to help wounded warriors on their journey to recovery. Established by Prince Harry, the inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in September 2014; the second, and equally successful, Games took place in Ontario in May 2016. The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee is tasked with planning and executing Games that will feature 550 competitors from 17 nations participating in 12 adaptive sports, including, for the first time, golf.


The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will capture the imaginations of the Canadian public, corporations and governments, as well as soldiers, veterans and their families. The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto as well as Presenting Partner Jaguar Land Rover and other partners and sponsors.


To purchase tickets, please visit www.invictusgames2017.com/tickets.