Prince Harry kicks off Invictus Games in Toronto

News Sep 23, 2017 by Tamara Shephard City Centre Mirror

Prince Harry has been busy today meeting Torontonians before his Invictus Games’ opening ceremony tonight at the Air Canada Centre.

Harry, the Games founder, met with Centre for Addiction and Mental Health researchers Saturday morning, and shook hands and posed for photos with enthusiastic onlookers.

In 2014, Harry founded the Invictus Games, an international Paralympic-style, multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel participate in sports, including tennis, cycling, golf, swimming, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing.

Invictus is Latin for “unconquered.”

Some 500 armed forces personnel from 17 nations will compete in 12 adaptive sports at the Games starting today through Sept. 30 in Toronto.

“Time and time again, competitors from around the world tell me that sports has saved them; the Invictus Games have given them a new lease on life; and that to represent their country again with fellow comrades is something they could only have dreamt of while lying in hospital,” Prince Harry said in a statement on the Invictus Games’ website.

This afternoon, Canada took on the U.S. in wheelchair tennis under a scorching sun at Nathan Phillips Square.

Canada defeated the U.S. 6-5.

An emotional Canadian comedian, actor and film producer, Mike Myers, spoke Saturday morning to the Games’ opening news conference as one of the Games’ ambassadors.

The Scarborough-born Myers said his late mother, who died in March, was in the Royal Air Force, and that his father had been with the Royal engineers in the British army during the Second World War.

“The lesson they taught me was that those that serve our country deserve our utmost respect,” an emotional Myers said, as he broke into tears.

“All the competitors in the Games have my deepest respect, admiration and gratitude. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you very much.”

Myers also thanked those currently serving in the armed services around the world, as well as their caregivers. Myers said his mother had cared for his father, who had Alzheimer’s, “to the exclusion of many other aspects of her life.”

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne will be among those joining Prince Harry for the Games’ opening ceremony, which starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre.


Prince Harry kicks off Invictus Games in Toronto

Canada defeats U.S. 6-5 in wheelchair tennis

News Sep 23, 2017 by Tamara Shephard City Centre Mirror

Prince Harry has been busy today meeting Torontonians before his Invictus Games’ opening ceremony tonight at the Air Canada Centre.

Harry, the Games founder, met with Centre for Addiction and Mental Health researchers Saturday morning, and shook hands and posed for photos with enthusiastic onlookers.

In 2014, Harry founded the Invictus Games, an international Paralympic-style, multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel participate in sports, including tennis, cycling, golf, swimming, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing.

Invictus is Latin for “unconquered.”

Some 500 armed forces personnel from 17 nations will compete in 12 adaptive sports at the Games starting today through Sept. 30 in Toronto.

“Time and time again, competitors from around the world tell me that sports has saved them; the Invictus Games have given them a new lease on life; and that to represent their country again with fellow comrades is something they could only have dreamt of while lying in hospital,” Prince Harry said in a statement on the Invictus Games’ website.

This afternoon, Canada took on the U.S. in wheelchair tennis under a scorching sun at Nathan Phillips Square.

Canada defeated the U.S. 6-5.

An emotional Canadian comedian, actor and film producer, Mike Myers, spoke Saturday morning to the Games’ opening news conference as one of the Games’ ambassadors.

The Scarborough-born Myers said his late mother, who died in March, was in the Royal Air Force, and that his father had been with the Royal engineers in the British army during the Second World War.

“The lesson they taught me was that those that serve our country deserve our utmost respect,” an emotional Myers said, as he broke into tears.

“All the competitors in the Games have my deepest respect, admiration and gratitude. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you very much.”

Myers also thanked those currently serving in the armed services around the world, as well as their caregivers. Myers said his mother had cared for his father, who had Alzheimer’s, “to the exclusion of many other aspects of her life.”

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne will be among those joining Prince Harry for the Games’ opening ceremony, which starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre.


Prince Harry kicks off Invictus Games in Toronto

Canada defeats U.S. 6-5 in wheelchair tennis

News Sep 23, 2017 by Tamara Shephard City Centre Mirror

Prince Harry has been busy today meeting Torontonians before his Invictus Games’ opening ceremony tonight at the Air Canada Centre.

Harry, the Games founder, met with Centre for Addiction and Mental Health researchers Saturday morning, and shook hands and posed for photos with enthusiastic onlookers.

In 2014, Harry founded the Invictus Games, an international Paralympic-style, multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel participate in sports, including tennis, cycling, golf, swimming, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing.

Invictus is Latin for “unconquered.”

Some 500 armed forces personnel from 17 nations will compete in 12 adaptive sports at the Games starting today through Sept. 30 in Toronto.

“Time and time again, competitors from around the world tell me that sports has saved them; the Invictus Games have given them a new lease on life; and that to represent their country again with fellow comrades is something they could only have dreamt of while lying in hospital,” Prince Harry said in a statement on the Invictus Games’ website.

This afternoon, Canada took on the U.S. in wheelchair tennis under a scorching sun at Nathan Phillips Square.

Canada defeated the U.S. 6-5.

An emotional Canadian comedian, actor and film producer, Mike Myers, spoke Saturday morning to the Games’ opening news conference as one of the Games’ ambassadors.

The Scarborough-born Myers said his late mother, who died in March, was in the Royal Air Force, and that his father had been with the Royal engineers in the British army during the Second World War.

“The lesson they taught me was that those that serve our country deserve our utmost respect,” an emotional Myers said, as he broke into tears.

“All the competitors in the Games have my deepest respect, admiration and gratitude. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you very much.”

Myers also thanked those currently serving in the armed services around the world, as well as their caregivers. Myers said his mother had cared for his father, who had Alzheimer’s, “to the exclusion of many other aspects of her life.”

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne will be among those joining Prince Harry for the Games’ opening ceremony, which starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre.