Following a visit in 2013 to the US-based Warrior Games for wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans, Prince Harry was inspired to create an expanded international version. The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in the fall of 2014 and attracted more than 400 competitors from 13 nations. The second Invictus Games took place in May 2016 in Orlando, Florida, and built on the excitement of the London Games with more than 500 competitors from 14 nations. The Invictus Games demonstrate soldiers’ and veterans’ indefatigable drive to overcome and the power of sport on their journey to recovery.
Prince Harry helps open 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto
These Games shine a spotlight on the unconquerable character of servicemen and women and their families. They highlight the competitors’ “INVICTUS GAMES spirit.” These Games have been about seeing competitors sprinting for the finish line with everything they have and then turning around to clap the last person in. They have been about teammates choosing to cross the line together. These Games have been a display of the very best of the human spirit.
Prince Harry, established the Invictus Games Foundation
Invictus Games competitors are the men and women who have come face-to-face with the reality of making a sacrifice for their country. They are the mothers, fathers, husbands and wives who have put their lives on the line and have suffered life-changing injuries. These people are the embodiment of everything the Invictus Games stands for. They have been tested and challenged, but they have not been overcome. They have proven they cannot be defeated. They have the willpower to persevere and conquer new heights. The Games shine a spotlight on the sacrifices these men and women made serving their country, and their indefatigable drive to overcome.
The Invictus Games is about much more than just sport – it captures hearts, challenges minds and changes lives.
Invictus Games Toronto 2017
Meet Fredericton Area Competitors
Michel LeBlanc is passionate about his training for rowing and cycling and Invictus Games 2017. “I love so much about the Invictus Games. The likeminded people from multiple countries coming together for the same cause and enjoying the experience as one. The opportunity to show the world that when you get knocked down you can get back up and achieve so much,” says the retired Master Corporal is from Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Master Corporal (Retired) Arron Victory listens to “anything loud” while he prepares for Invictus Games 2017. The resident of Oromocto, New Brunswick, is training is swimming.
A retired Combat Engineer, Dwayne Thorpe is participating in Invictus Games and Soldier On as a way to challenge himself back to being healthy and active. “I am hoping to do the best I can to achieve my goals for the Games, or surpass them. That way I can create new and bigger goals and push myself a little more.” The Geary, New Brunswick resident is currently training in powerlifting and rowing.
Inspired by his two-year-old son who is healthy and strong despite being born at one pound, Master Corporal Jason Israel is training in track and field, and rowing. He is looking forward to seeing his wife and three children when he crosses the finish line at Invictus Games 2017. The Infantry soldier with the Canadian Army lives in Oromocto, New Brunswick.
Corporal (Retired) Katherine Heath’s personal goals for the Invictus Games are much greater than winning a race at an international competition. “For me the Invictus Games aren’t about medals. They are about getting my life back. Doing something that will make me get over fears. I may not be a typical athlete but I strive to give myself challenges. I may finish last but I gave it all I’ve got. It’s about trying to get through everyday challenges in a positive way.” The resident of Rusagonis, New Brunswick is training in swimming and cycling.
“To live a moment more with my brothers and sisters-in-arms.” That is what Sergeant (Retired) Marc Comeau is most looking forward to as he prepares for Invictus Games 2017.” Born in Tracadie, New Brunswick, the Oromocto, New Brunswick resident, a former Combat Engineer, is training in archery.
Retired Corporal Melissa Smith, who served as a Medic during her military career, has chosen her fellow veterans as her inspiration. “I draw strength and motivation from them; they remind me that although I no longer wear a uniform; I’m still part of a very special and unique family.” Powerlifting and archery are the sports of choice for this Newfoundlander living out of Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Warrant Officer (Retired) Michael Reist finds his inspiration from his partner. “My wife, she is the strongest person I know.” The former Infantry soldier with the Canadian Army lives in Gagetown, New Brunswick. He is training for archery and wheelchair rugby.