One-year countdown to Invictus Games 2017 begins in Toronto

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Invictus Games Team Canada co-captains, Natacha Dupuis & Simon Mailloux, officially kick off by laying the first block during the Invictus Games Toronto 1-year countdown event at Nuit Blanche in downtown Toronto overnight on October 1 to 2, 2016. Photo: Corporal Ari Pacpaco, 4th Canadian Division Public Affairs Photo: Caporal Ari Pacpaco, Affaires publiques de la 4e Division du Canada LX01-2016-00-00
Canadian Army soldiers participate in the Invictus Games Toronto 1-year countdown event at Nuit Blanche in downtown Toronto overnight on October 1 to 2, 2016. Les soldats de l’Armée canadienne participent à l’activité marquant le compte à rebours d’un an en vue des Jeux Invictus de Toronto lors de Nuit Blanche au centre ville de Toronto du 1er au 2 octobre 2016. Photo: Corporal Ari Pacpaco, 4th Canadian Division Public Affairs Photo: Caporal Ari Pacpaco, Affaires publiques de la 4e Division du Canada LX01-2016-00-00

Invictus Games Team Canada co-captains Master Corporal (Ret) Natacha Dupuis and Captain Simon Mailloux laid the first blocks in a 9 metre-by-9 metre “I AM the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul” structure built during Nuit Blanche in downtown Toronto overnight on October 1, 2016. The event marked the one-year countdown to the 2017 Invictus Games, and nearly 5000 members of the public helped create the structure using black and yellow blocks. Established by Prince Harry in 2014, the Invictus Games is the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, ill, and injured active duty and veteran service members. The 2017 Games will be the third and largest Games yet and will see 550 ill, injured, and wounded servicemen and women from 17 allied nations compete in 12 adaptive sports.

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