The games were held in Toronto this year. Wounded warriors were left feeling inspired by the biggest games yet.
The Invictus Games was set up back in 2014 for wounded, sick and injured armed services personnel to take part in various competitive sporting events.
The eight-day competition closed on the 1st of October with an extravagant closing ceremony.
The closing ceremony offered competitors, families and spectators the chance to celebrate the best attended and largest Invictus Games ever hosted.
Prince Harry (who founded the games) said in his closing speech: “You have delivered the biggest Invictus Games yet, with the most incredible atmosphere, making our competitors feel like the stars they are.”
Records Were Broken
This was the third year that the games have taken place. Toronto hosted to more than 550 competitors from 17 nations, competing in 12 adaptive sports.
The games also broke new records. The largest number of participating nations and competitors record was broken.
In addition, there was the highest record of social media engagement as well as an incredible turn-out of spectators.
The overall attendance for the games was seventy-five-thousand with an army of volunteers who worked a total of eighty-thousand hours to help make the games a success.
Being Apart of It
Stix McGavin from team Australia said, “I tried out for the track team and wheelchair rugby, and I made the cut for both. The team environment is what I [needed]”
“…To be part of a team. That is my focus — not letting my teammates down— the stuff that’s instilled in you in the military. [These Games] have changed my life.”
The games inspired the local people of Toronto also. They embraced the games and purchased every ticket to attend.
They were engaging with competitors and their families and listened to their stories.
The games are only set to get bigger and better in the future as Prince Harry will look on expanding them, see the story here.