The 2017 Invictus Games are right around the corner, running from September 23-30 in Toronto, and the city prepares to welcome over 550 competitors from 17 countries. Of the 12 adaptive sports being played over the course of the week, wheelchair tennis is one of the sports that will be kicking off the festivities as it takes centre stage in the city this weekend.
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On the roster for this weekend’s wheelchair tennis event is Leading Seaman (Retired) Pearce Bourassa, Corporal (Retired) Phil Badanai, Corporal Kelly Scanlan, and Corporal (Retired) Elizabeth Steeves. Tennis Canada national wheelchair coach, Kai Schrameyer, rounds out the group as coach. Training camps over the course of the year have prepared Team Canada for the upcoming games.
One of the city’s most recognizable venues will be transformed for the September 23 start date, as Nathan Phillips Square will be used to house the tennis portion of the event. During the 2017 Invictus Games, there is no admission cost for fans to come and take in the competition at the iconic downtown hotspot.
The schedule for the entire event is as follows:
Preliminaries – Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 12 pm – 3:30pm
Preliminaries – Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 9 am – 6 pm
Finals – Monday, September 25, 2017 from 8 am – 6:30pm
First matches are Saturday at noon, as Canada takes on their neighbour to the south, the United States followed by Canada then takes on the Netherlands. Pool play continues into Monday morning, with the semifinal and finals starting at 1:45 pm.
The participation of Team Canada at the Invictus Games is made possible through the Canadian Armed Forces’ Soldier On program, in partnership with Invictus Games Toronto. Approximately 40 events are organized by Soldier On each year to support veterans and serving members with a permanent mental health or physical injury. Using the transformative power of sport, Soldier On has supported more than 3,200 members since its inception 10 years ago and remains committed to helping its members adapt to their new normal, overcome their challenges and Soldier On in life.
You can catch the tennis at Nathan Phillips Square from Saturday – Monday. Admission for the event is free, and no ticket is required. The 2017 Invictus Games run from September 23-30 in Toronto. For more information, please visit the official website.