On August 16th, the 2017 Invictus Games National Flag Tour will begin in Victoria, BC. The flag will pass through Vancouver on August 19th and 20th on its way to its final destination in Toronto for the start of the Games on Sept 23rd. Our Government is proud to contribute $17.5 million to support the Invictus Games in bringing this major international adaptive sporting event to Canada.
The official Invictus Flag will travel with 150 Flagbearers from coast to coast to bring the spirit of the Games and the power of sport to all Canadians. On its 37-day, cross-Canada journey, the flag will visit 22 military bases, 15 legions, and over 50 communities. The Invictus Games Flag is a physical representation of the unconquerable spirit of competitors, and embodies the hope of the 550 competitors who will be participating in the 2017 Invictus Games.
Veterans and members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will compete as Team Canada in the 2017 Invictus Games. The 90 competing athletes are all CAF members or veterans who have acquired a physical or mental health injury or illness while in service. The Games shine a spotlight on the sacrifices these men and women made serving their country, and their drive to overcome through adaptive sport. Here in Vancouver South, we wish the best of luck to Pearce Bourassa, a resident of Vancouver who will be competing.
For more information on the rehabilitative power of sport, visit Soldier On, a Canadian program that supports wounded, ill and injured serving members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces by offering access to adaptive sport programs and equipment.