Invictus Games

Invictus Games 2017: As They Happened

A round-up of all the action from the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, celebrating wounded and injured service personnel.

The Invictus Games has now come to an end in Toronto, Canada.

Created by Prince Harry in 2014, the competition sees wounded and injured service personnel and veterans from 17 nations competing in 12 sports.

Take a look below at all the action - from the opening ceremony, to Team UK's medals, to the closing ceremony...

Saturday - Day 7

The last day of the Games saw the UK pick up its final medal, in the wheelchair basketball category.

A fierce match against Denmark saw the Brits claim a 29-10 win for bronze. 

It was a successful Invictus Games overall for Team UK, who picked up 87 medals in Toronto including 24 golds.

Team captain Bernie Broad, who himself picked up a silver in the wheelchair rugby, gave Forces Network his thoughts on the last seven days of action.

Friday - Day 6

Friday was a successful day for Team UK, with wins in swimming and archery adding to the medal tally.

29 races took place in the pool at Toronto's Pan Am Centre, with golds for Emma Pack and the relay team part of a strong British performance overall.

Team UK was also strong in the archery, winning two golds and a bronze medal at Fort York.

Prince Harry and former US president Barack Obama visited the court, meanwhile, to the surprise and delight of the crowd.

Thursday - Day 5


Thursday was a slightly disappointing day by Team UK's high standards.

They made it to the final of the hotly-contested wheelchair rugby event but fell at the last hurdle.

Denmark dominated the exciting gold medal match, winning 23-18 but the UK still improved on their 'murderball' bronze from last year.

The USA, meanwhile, took the bronze in a fierce match against Australia.

Team UK also made a solid start to the archery at the historic Fort York, meaning they went into day six contesting for gold and bronze medals.

Forces News also caught up with Team USA, who opened up about their journey to the Invictus Games: 

Wednesday - Day 4

Team sports were back on day four at the Invictus Games - but it didn't go to plan for Team UK.

Sitting volleyball again lit up the Invictus Games, with a fairytale ending for Georgia and their British coach.

They finished with a 2-0 win against Team UK in the final, not dropping a single set during the competition. 

The result is remarkable as they only just managed a bronze in Orlando last year.

Their British coach Richard Osborne was asked to help Georgia's inexperienced volleyball side in 2014, following a chance meeting at a competition.

He has been advising them ever since, despite only visiting the country on select occasions, with the majority of his coaching done using videos of his local sitting volleyball club, which he posts online.

The win for Georgia is bittersweet, however, as it is the last time Rich will work with them after deciding to step aside from his role.

There were more British cycling medals - three golds going the way of the UK plus a silver and a bronze.

Those looking for one of the most sought-after events in the Games will find it on Thursday, meanwhile, at the wheelchair rugby in downtown Toronto.

There were also a few touching moments away from the court.

Prince Harry unwittingly shared his popcorn with the daughter of the first Team UK captain, Dave Henson.

Emily pinched Harry's snack as the Brits faced Denmark.

Former RAF Sergeant Michael 'Westy' Westwell also shared his silver with his baby, who couldn't resist having a little chew on it before handing it back to daddy. 

Tuesday - Day 3

There was further success for Team UK on Tuesday with medals being won across all four events, including golf - which is a new sport for 2017.


It was hardly ideal conditions for any of the outdoor sports, however, with temperatures in Toronto reaching upwards of 30°C.

The British cyclists took it all in their stride though, with a gold and silver medal double for Karl Allen-Dobson and Wayne Harrod.

Jen Warren and Steve Arnold also medalled, being awarded silver and gold respectively. 

Martin Tye earned a gold in the heavyweight powerlifting category to add to his collection, after his success in the athletics. Scott Simon won bronze in the same category.

The UK also excelled in golf, taking two golds. The players were visited by Prince Harry, who arrived just as David Scott and Cornelia Oustheizen won their respective categories.

Triple amputee Mark Ormrod was among the medalists, achieving silver at his first Invictus Games.

Those who've followed the Invictus Games from the start might recognise JJ Chalmers, who has been heavily involved since its inauguration.

JJ was one of the stars of the 2014 Games in London and has now made the move from athlete to television presenter for the BBC.

He served as a Royal Marine before being blown up Afghanistan in 2011.

We spoke to JJ about his Invictus memories and how he's using his military experience to fuel his passion for his new career (see Day 3 highlights video).

UK Invictus families, meanwhile, took a day out from the hustle and bustle of Toronto to visit one of the world's most beautiful natural landmarks.

They took a break from the action at the Games to visit the famous Niagara Falls.


Monday - Day 2

The UK dominated the wheelchair tennis on Monday with both pairs medalling at the event in Nathan Philips Square.

Pre-tournament favourites Alex Krol and Kevin Drake took the top spot, beating New Zealand 6-4.

Spike Hughes and Cornelia Oustheizen lost to their UK compatriots in the semi-final but went on to defeat Australia for bronze.

Off the sporting field, one event to cause a stir in Toronto was Prince Harry making his first public appearance with his girlfriend at the Invictus Games.

The Games' founder appeared with Suits actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event, where they could be seen holding hands, laughing and smiling.

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle 2017 Invictus Games

The Prince has said the Games are "not only changing lives, but saving lives" -  a sentiment echoed by Captain Trevor Greene.

The Canadian veteran survived a nearly fatal attack in Afghanistan when a Taliban insurgent attacked him in the head with an axe.

BFBS Radio's Hal Stewart, meanwhile, paid a visit to Tourism Toronto to chat with one of their managers, Krystal Carter.

With thousands flocking to the city for the Games, exploring the magnificent host venue will be on the agenda for many - so Hal asked what athletes, their families and spectators should do on their downtime...


Sunday - Day 1

Team UK picked up their first medals of the 2017 Invictus Games at the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge.

Prince Harry awarded Army Sergeant Gareth Paterson and former RAF Sergeant Olaf Jones their silver medals.


They came second to the Netherlands at the packed motorsport event, which has become the traditional curtain-raiser to the Games.

You can see extended highlights of all the action from day one above.

Prince Harry was also taken for a drive by German competitor Dennis Siesing and was then on hand for the medal ceremony, on a busy day of meetings for the royal ahead of Saturday's opening ceremony.

A-list actor and Invictus Games ambassador Mike Myers praised the work of the competition and spoke about the military careers of his parents in the British Armed Forces.

His mother served in the Royal Air Force and his father served in the British Army, with the Royal Engineers, both during the Second World War.

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