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TPS motor squads honoured by Invictus Games

Broadcast time: 15:27
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Corporate Communications

The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 formally thanked the Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police for their efforts ensuring the safety and security of those involved in the Invictus Games in September. The organizing committee presented the TPS and the OPP each with a set of ceremonial Invictus medals to honour their contributions to the success of the games.

The third edition of the Invictus Games hosted more than 550 competitors, from 17 nations, competing in 12 adaptive sports during eight days of transformative competition. The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 inspired the world with displays of remarkable grit, camaraderie and heartfelt stories of recovery, an encouraging reminder that one is not defined by their injury. Toronto Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police motor squads worked tirelessly to ensure that the competitors and their families and friends were safely transported throughout the city of Toronto.

“The women and men who keep our streets safe – the Toronto Police Service and the OPP – share a unique kinship with Canada’s service members,” said Michael Burns, CEO, Invictus Games Toronto 2017. “That relationship, which is founded in respect and comradeship, greatly contributed to the success of the Invictus Games this year. In fact, one of the most visible and memorable elements of the Games were the daily motorcades, as the Toronto Police Service escorted the competitors and their families to and from the events—safely and securely. We want to thank you for making the Invictus competitors feel like the rock stars they are. We hope you know that your professionalism, caring and expertise had a lasting impact on the lives of all our competitors, and their friends and family members.”

“The Toronto Police Service was honoured to have played such an important role in the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. All of our members, especially the motor squad teams, executed their responsibilities professionally, with the utmost respect for the athletes and their fans. On behalf of all members of the Service who were involved in the Games, I happily accept this acknowledgement and I am grateful to Mr. Burns and his colleagues for taking the time to recognize our efforts,” said Chief Mark Saunders.

“Our organization was both privileged and proud to work with all of our partners to support the safe transit of participants and attendees to the various host venues for the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto,” said OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes. “To be associated with this event is an honour and will be among the great personal and career memories for our members.”

About the Invictus Games Toronto 2017

The Invictus Games use the power of adaptive sport to help wounded warriors on their journey to recovery. Established by Prince Harry, the inaugural Invictus Games took place in London, England, in September 2014. The second, and equally successful, Games took place in Orlando, Florida, in May 2016. The Toronto Invictus Games took place from September 23-30. The 2018 Invictus Games will be held in Sydney, Australia.

The Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, City of Toronto as well as Presenting Partner Jaguar Land Rover funded the Invictus Games Toronto 2017.

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Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications