Team­work, courage and deter­mi­na­tion on show at the In­vic­tus Games

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On 23 Septem­ber, Prince Harry wel­comed 550 ath­letes from 17 dif­fer­ent coun­tries to the In­vic­tus Games in Toronto, Canada.

Founded in 2014 by the prince, the In­vic­tus Games gives wounded war vet­er­ans the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in 12 sports in­clud­ing ath­let­ics, pow­er­lift­ing, wheel­chair bas­ket­ball and swim­ming. The eight days of events en­cour­age those who have fought for their coun­tries to take pride in their achieve­ments.

Dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony, Prince Harry made an emo­tional speech about the deter­mi­na­tion and courage of the com­peti­tors. “I hope you are ready to see courage and deter­mi­na­tion that will in­spire you to power through the chal­lenges in your own life,” he said.

The open­ing cer­e­mony also in­cluded per­for­mances by lots of Cana­dian singers and dancers, in ad­di­tion to a speech by the Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

One of the com­peti­tors was for­mer UK army ma­jor Bernie Broad, who served in the Gre­nadier Guards for 30 years. Ma­jor Broad lost both of his legs due to in­juries. He com­peted in golf, sit­ting vol­ley­ball, swim­ming, wheel­chair bas­ket­ball and wheel­chair rugby.

Prince Harry, who served in the mil­i­tary be­tween 2005 and 2015, de­cided to cre­ate the games af­ter be­ing in­spired by a sim­i­lar event in the US in 2013. “These games show the very best of the hu­man spirit,” he said. The games were due to end on 30 Septem­ber.

Some of the UK In­vic­tus ath­letes.

Prince Harry.

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