Star Filled Closing Ceremony Sends Off The 2017 Invictus Games

Prince Harry and rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams have sent off the 2017 Invictus Games in style.

Former U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and former Team UK captain Dave Henson welcomed athletes onto the stage to thunderous applause from the international crowd. 

Alongside Springsteen and Adams, there were also performances by Coeur de pirate, Kelly Clarkson and Bachman & Turner.

The 2017 Games in Toronto featured competitors from 17 countries participating in 12 different sports.

Former Royal Marine Mark Ormrod was the winner of the Jaguar Award for exceptional performance, determination and dedication.

Team Afghanistan won the Land Rover Above and Beyond Award for sportsmanship, commitment and spirit.

Prince Harry told the crowd to carry on the Invictus spirit when they returned to their home nations:

"This is the moment. Right here, right now, shoulder to shoulder, you are Invictus."

Harry founded Invictus following a visit in 2013 to the US-based Warrior Games for wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans.

You can watch Prince Harry's speech in full below.

Forces Radio, BFBS broadcaster Hal Stewart was in attendance at both the opening and closing ceremonies.

He shares his closing ceremony thoughts from the event at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

"The atmosphere inside was the warmest, most joyous and passionately supportive I have experienced in over 15 years of covering major sporting occasions.

The closing ceremony really summed up the spirit of the entire Invictus Games, a Games that was fully embraced by the people of Toronto and across the magnificent country of Canada.

In most big cities you have a good time exploring the sites but can often feel that it's only when you venture into the wider countryside that you get to really discover a nation and its people. Not with Toronto.

I've never met a friendlier bunch. It really felt as though the Canadians wanted every visitor to be there and went out of their way to make them feel safe and welcome.

I have loved Toronto and every person I've met.

Star Filled Closing Ceremony Sends Off The 2017 Invictus Games

The highlights of the night included one of the most fervent National Anthem renditions one could wish to witness, a powerful performance from American singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson who sang her signature hits 'Love so Soft' and 'Stronger'.

'The Boss', who turned 68 in September, was arguably the biggest draw of the evening for the packed crowd.

It's fair to say the 'Born In The USA' global megastar didn't disappoint, particularly when he serenaded the assembled masses with the instantly-recognisable 'Dancing in the Dark'.

The unrelenting entertainment continued with Bryan Adams, the groover from Vancouver who brought the packed stadium to a frenzy with 'Summer of 69'.

This was topped only by Bruce Springsteen returning onstage for a duet!

The evening was capped with an onstage send-off from His Royal Highness Prince Harry.

He thanked all those who helped make this eight days of intense competition happen, describing the event as 'the biggest Invictus Games yet'.

He challenged all to take inspiration from the incredible athletes.

The most poignant words I took from his speech were addressed to competitors for next year: "I hope to meet those who watched these Games at home and with your support will wear their native flag on their chest. These Games are for those that need it most."

Roll on 2018 in Sydney, Australia. I'm already excited! Thank you Canada, thank you athletes, their families, their friends, all the thousands of volunteers and thank you to everyone who has supported Invictus worldwide."

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