Invictus Games

UK Team Arrive In Toronto Ahead Of Third Invictus Games

The UK team has arrived in Canada for the Invictus Games 2017.

Ninety British athletes will be taking part in the games at venues across Toronto - and confidence is high for a successful competition.

Invictus volunteers gave the team a warm Canadian welcome after they touched down in Toronto.

Bernie Broad, a former Army Major with the Grenadier Guards and UK Team Captain, says the Invictus Games can have a powerful impact on the athletes:

After months of preparation, the hard work is about to start as the team prepare to compete in 12 different sports over the next week.

It has already been a long and tough road for some, but the Invictus Games has helped many in the team turn their lives around.

Competitor Paul Guest, one of the new faces this year, is a wheelchair user who suffers from both visual and hearing impairments. He says to him it is more than a sporting event:

“The games have given me a good pathway to recovery, I’ve trained hard and I don’t want to let the team down.”

Toronto has embraced the third instalment of the multi-sport Paralympics style competition for wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans.

From signage on the streets to city hall decked out in yellow and black, some of the most iconic landmarks have been given the full treatment.

Almost every event across the nine venues has sold out and 2,000 volunteers from across the country have turned out to help.

After a miserable summer, the sun is shining and Toronto is experiencing a mini heatwave, just in time for the games to begin.