Who’s supporting the Invictus Games Toronto 2017?
Invictus Games Toronto 2017 is thrilled to have a number of notable people who have pledged their support for the Invictus Games and the ill, injured and wounded warriors competing in the Games this September. Read on to learn more about who’s supporting the Invictus Games Toronto 2017.
Rick Hansen, CC, OBC, is a retired Canadian Paralympian, activist and philanthropist for people with disabilities. He joins the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 as an ambassador, and will play a large part in promoting adaptive sport in schools and youth programming across Canada.
Laura Wright is an English soprano and crossover singer, performing classical, folk and pop music as well as musical theatre. Discovered at age 14, Wright has performed at men’s and women’s rugby matches at Twickenham Stadium in London, as well as various internationally-known sporting events at the highest level. She was the first mezzosoprano to perform at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London for the inaugural Invictus Games.
Retired Army Sergeant Noah Galloway was assigned to the 1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In December 2005, on his second tour of duty, he suffered the loss of his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device attack. Through a long recovery process, Galloway battled serious depression and won by focusing on healthy living and family. Now a fitness fanatic and motivational speaker, Galloway doesn’t take excuses from his clients, fans, or followers. A highly sought after public speaker, Galloway travels the world sharing his story, encouraging and motivating others to offer no excuses.
In 2014, Galloway was the first veteran and amputee to grace the cover of Men’s Health Magazine as the Ultimate Guy. He has been seen on many television programs, most notably as the third place winner on Season 20 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and the first season of FOX’s American Grit, where he led his team to victory. In 2016, Galloway released his first book. Living with No Excuses: The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier. A firm believer in giving back to those in need, Galloway created the No Excuses Charitable Fund, which raises money and awareness for organizations that mean the most to him, including Operation Enduring Warrior and No Barriers. Find out more at www.noahgalloway.com.
General Rick Hillier
General Rick Hillier OC, CMM, ONL, MSC, OF, is a former chief of the defence staff of the Canadian Armed Forces (February 2005 to July 2008) and the highest-ranking Newfoundland and Labrador officer in history.
Jody Mitic is a retired master corporal in the Canadian Armed Forces who lost both of his feet while serving in the Afghanistan war in 2007. He became a motivational speaker and an advocate for wounded veterans and people with disabilities, and appeared on Season 1 of The Amazing Race Canada. His memoir Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper is a perennial bestseller. He currently serves as an Ottawa city councillor.
Bruno Guevremont is a Veteran, Entrepreneur, North Pole Explorer, and Invictus Games Ambassador – among many other things. From leading a team of 30 ill and injured soldiers and veterans as Captain of the Team Canada at the 2016 Invictus Games, to giving clients a new outlook on life through fitness and life coaching – Bruno is dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of the Veteran and Emergency services community.
Jeff Virgo competed in the inaugural Invictus Games in London, UK in 2014 and the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando. After suffering spinal cord injury in 2004, Jeff believes that playing sports has a big impact on recovery and moving forward. Jeff is dedicated to serving his community and is a peer support volunteer, coach and trainer.
Proud supporter Stephan Moreau is a former member of the Royal Canadian Navy and Invictus Games Team Canada who suffers from PTSD. For Stephen, competing in the 2014 and 2016 Invictus Games proved to be an extremely positive, lifechanging experience. After leaving the military, Moreau went back to school in mechanical engineering technology to be able to help people with mobility issues. He is very excited about cheering on all the athletes at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017!
“I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with the 2017 Invictus Games. This incredible organization is going to host the best Invictus Games ever, right here in Canada — and they deserve our support. It will be the largest event ever staged by Canadians for our military, veterans and their families, in a historic year that celebrates our country’s 150th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.”
– Rick Hillier, Invictus Games Supporter, Ret. Chief of Defense, Canadian Armed Forces
“I’m excited to be a part of the Invictus Games not only because they showcase these amazing athletes but also because they bring focus to veterans’ capabilities and accomplishments. The men and women who compete represent what is possible and I’m thrilled to help bring attention to their inspiring stories.”
– Noah Galloway, Champion of the Games