The third Invictus Games will be held in various venues around Toronto from Sept. 23 to 30. The opening ceremony will be streamed live on Facebook (@ invictustoronto).
More than 550 competitors from 17 allied nations will take part in the sporting events.
The sports are open to ill, wounded and injured active duty and veteran service members. Each competitor is able to bring two family members or friends, all expenses paid.
Canada will field a team of 90 athletes, led by co-captains Natacha Dupuis (competing in track and field and rowing) and Simon Mailloux (competing in track and field and sitting volleyball).
Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded for each competition.
Canada won 22 total medals at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando. The overall winner was the U.S. with 145 in total.
The Toronto Games involve 11 adaptive sports, including archery, athletics (track and field), cycling, golf, indoor rowing, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis. Jaguar Land Rover is also sponsoring a driving challenge, testing the competitors’ ability to drive fast and accurately.
The federal government is contributing $17.5 million to support the games. The Ontario government will kick in $10 million.
Next year’s games will be held in Sydney, Australia.