Britain’s Prince Harry praised for Invictus Games
Britain’s Prince Harry has been praised for his “extraordinary” Invictus Games.
The 31-year-old royal – who appeared in Toronto on Monday (02.05.16) to officially launch the games ahead of their September 2017 start date – has received the support from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Justin said: “This is an opportunity for us to recognise the extraordinary service, the extraordinary strength and resilience of those who choose to serve their country.
“For me it’s an extraordinary worthy initiative that we’re very, very glad to be partners in.”
And Prince Harry also issued a plea to the public to encourage them to get involved with the upcoming Paralympic-style event for wounded soldiers.
He shared: “2017 will be your chance, your opportunity to salute those that serve your country; to salute those that put themselves in harms way so you don’t have to.
“On home soil, during this most auspicious of years, as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary and remembers the events and sacrifices at Vimy Ridge, you will have the chance to cheer on the custodians of the Invictus spirit.
“Your support will create a life changing atmosphere for competitors and spectators alike. Who knows, it may even help a Canadian clean sweep of medals!”
Meanwhile, Prince Harry previously spoke of his excitement when he announced Toronto would become the hosts next year.
He said at the time: “I always hoped the Invictus story would continue after the London games. And having seen so many new people benefit from their journey to Orlando this year, I definitely didn’t want it to end here. So today, I am absolutely delighted to announce that the Invictus legacy will continue when Toronto hosts the third Invictus Games in September 2017.
“It is a year steeped in rich Canadian military history, marking the anniversaries of historic battles that shaped and defined the nation. It’s also the year when Canada will commemorate its 150th anniversary of Confederation. I can’t think of a better way to mark this milestone than by paying tribute to the soldiers and veterans who have served their country so bravely and to support them along their journey to recovery.”