Bruce Springsteen added to Invictus Games Toronto closing ceremony

By Meaghan Wray

Prince Harry has added Bruce Springsteen to the star-studded lineup for the closing ceremonies of Invictus Games Toronto. The concert will be held at the Air Canada Centre on Sept 30, and will also feature performances by Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Bachman & Turner and French-Canadian singer Coeur de pirate. Sarah McLachlan and Alessia Cara have been tapped for the opening ceremonies on Sept. 23.

In a press release, “The Boss” reflected on the Games and its athletes, saying, “It's not just about the hurdles that competitors experienced during competition, but about overcoming the obstacles that life has presented them.”

Over the course of the last several months, a number of high-profile individuals and celebrities pledged their support to the wounded, ill and injured competitors participating in the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. Today, we are thrilled to announce that Retired Army Sergeant @noahgallowayathlete will be one of the Champions. Noah is a retired @usarmy Sergeant who, on his second tour of duty in Iraq, lost an arm and a leg during an IED explosion. After a long recovery and battle with depression, Noah now dedicates his time to helping others through motivational speaking and fitness inspiration. He has been seen on many television programs, most notably as the third place winner on Season 20 of ABC's @dancingabc and the first season of FOX’s @americangritfox, where he led his team to victory. We’re so thrilled to have Noah’s support of the Games.  : #IG2017 #IAM #InvictusGames Au cours des derniers mois, un certain nombre de personnalités et de vedettes ont annoncé leur soutien pour les concurrents blessés et malades qui participeront aux Jeux Invictus de 2017 à Toronto. Aujourd’hui, nous sommes ravis d’annoncer que le sergent à la retraite Noah Galloway sera l’un de ces champions. M. Galloway est un sergent retraité des Forces terrestres des États-Unis qui, pendant sa deuxième affectation en Iraq, a perdu un bras et une jambe dans l’explosion d’un engin explosif improvisé (EED). Après un long rétablissement et une lutte contre la dépression, M. Galloway se consacre maintenant à aider les autres en prononçant des conférences de motivation et en étant une source d’inspiration en matière de conditionnement physique. On a pu le voir dans de nombreuses émissions de télévision, notamment pendant la 20e saison de l’émission Dancing with the Stars, présentée sur les ondes de la chaîne américaine ABC, où il a remporté la troisième place, et au cours de la première saison de l’émission American Grit, présentée sur les ondes de la chaîne américaine FOX, au cours de laquelle il a aidé son équipe à terminer en première place. Nous sommes enchantés qu’il soutienne les Jeux.

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The Invictus Games are a Paralympic-style sports tournament for wounded soldiers. This is Harry’s third instalment of the event, after successful runs in London and Orlando.

The 32-year-old has been dedicated to raising awareness for veterans since he retired from the army in 2015. Much of his charitable work has centred around improving the mental and physical health of those who fought for their countries. The Invictus Games are one way in which the royal hopes to inspire service men and women around the world to conquer any challenges they face following their time in the armed forces.

Prince Harry will kick off the event on Sept 23 in Toronto.

The prince was inspired to create the games after attending the Warrior Games in the US back in 2013. While there, the royal watched wounded service men and women show off their strength while playing a series of sports. Being that the UK didn't have a similar program, Harry decided to spearhead an international version of the sporting tournament. The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in the fall of 2014.

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