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2017 Invictus Games in Toronto

September 22, 2017 

Governor General to Officially Open Invictus Games Toronto 2017

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will attend the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto on September 23 and 24, 2017. The Governor General will open the Games during the Opening Ceremony, as well as attend sporting events. 

Below is Their Excellencies’ itinerary for both days. 

Saturday, September 23  

6:15 p.m.
Meeting with His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales
Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to meet with Prince Harry.
Fairmont Royal York
OPEN TO ACCREDITED POOL MEDIA ONLY  

7:30 p.m.
Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017
Their Excellencies will attend the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games, during which His Excellency will officially declare the Games open.
Air Canada Centre
OPEN TO ACCREDITED MEDIA 


Sunday, September 24
 

Throughout the day, Their Excellencies will meet with competitors and volunteers, and attend the following events. Follow them on Twitter @GGDavidJohnston: 

7 a.m.
Breakfast with Invictus Games Competitors and Families
Her Excellency will have the opportunity to meet with Invictus Games competitors and their family members, as well as with volunteers who are contributing to the success of these Games.
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY

9 a.m.
Wheelchair Tennis Preliminary Competition
Their Excellencies will attend the matches of Canada versus the United Kingdom and the Netherlands versus New Zealand.
Nathan Phillips Square
OPEN TO ACCREDITED MEDIA 

11 a.m. 
Track and Field Competition 
Their Excellencies will attend the competitions. At approximately 12:30 p.m., they will present medals to the top 3 competitors in the men’s and the women’s 100-metre race.  
York Lions Stadium
OPEN TO ACCREDITED MEDIA

About the Invictus Games
Following a visit in 2013 to the U.S.-based Warrior Games for wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans,Prince Harry was inspired to create an expanded international version. The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in the fall of 2014 and attracted more than 400 competitors from 13 countries. The third Invictus Games, which demonstrate soldiers’ and veterans’ endless drive to overcome and the power of sport on their journey to recovery, will be held from September 23 to 30, 2017, in Toronto.  For more information, visit www.invictusgames2017.com. 

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This itinerary is subject to change without notice.
To obtain the latest updates, please visit 
www.gg.ca. 

Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-0287
613-302-0912 (cell) 
marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca 

Roderick Cumming
Invictus Games Toronto 2017
416-895-7725 (cell) 
rcumming@invictusgames2017.com

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