“These Games have shone a spotlight on the ‘unconquerable’ character of service men and women and their families and their ‘Invictus’ spirit. These Games have been about seeing guys sprinting for the finish line and then turning round to clap the last man in. They have been about teammates choosing to cross the line together, not wanting to come second, but not wanting the other guys to either. These Games have shown the very best of the human spirit.”
– Prince Harry, Patron of the INVICTUS GAMESTORONTO (April 29, 2016) – Bell Media announced today it has reached an agreement to become the exclusive Canadian broadcast partner of the INVICTUS GAMES, including INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 and the upcoming INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016. Established by Prince Harry in 2014, the INVICTUS GAMES is the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured, and ill active duty and veteran service members. Prince Harry visits Toronto on Monday, May 2 – marking his first visit to the city in 25 years – to officially launch the countdown to INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017. Bell Media covers the day’s special launch events with exclusive access, beginning with the official Launch Ceremony live at 10:30 a.m. ET (see below for more details). Taking place in September 2017, the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 will be broadcast exclusively on TSN – the latest addition to the network’s diverse roster of championship events. TSN will also broadcast exclusive coverage of this year’s INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016 from May 8-12 (see below for more details). “As the official broadcast partner of the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017, Bell Media is proud to play a leading role in bringing this international sporting event to viewers across the country,” said Randy Lennox, President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media. “We are deeply humbled to showcase the unbreakable spirit of those who bravely serve their countries.” “The INVICTUS GAMES embody the transformative power of sport, and TSN is proud to be the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of such an inspiring event,” said Stewart Johnston, President of TSN. “We are proud to say that Champions Live Here on TSN, and today, this takes on a whole new meaning with the addition of the INVICTUS GAMES. The courage and resiliency of these extraordinary service members makes them the ultimate champions.” INVICTUS GAMES Launch On Monday, May 2, Prince Harry will participate in a series of special launch events for INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 hosted by Bell Media personalities:
- 10:30 a.m. ET: TSN’s Brian Williams hosts the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 Launch Ceremony at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel, where Prince Harry will join dignitaries, Michael Burns, CEO of the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 and members of the Canadian 2016 Invictus Team.
- 12:15 p.m. ET: TSN’s Cabral “Cabbie” Richards and THE SOCIAL’s Melissa Grelo host a scrimmage with the Canadian national sledge hockey team at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre. Prince Harry is joined by special guests including Marc Kielburger of Free The Children, motivational speaker Spencer West, and a special interview with athletes Natacha Dupuis and Steven Daniels, who will compete for Team Canada at the INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 2016, airing exclusively on TSN.