Team Canada takes home 22 medals from Invictus Games in Florida
Published Friday, May 13, 2016 7:37AM EDT
Canada's 28-member team walked away with 22 medals at this year's Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida.
Canadian athletes competed in seven adaptive sports in the Paralympic-style event and took home 10 gold medals, eight silver medals and four bronze medals.
Prince Harry of Wales launched the Invictus Games for injured service personnel and veterans in 2014. He said the games help end the stigma around injured vets, and uses sports and competition to help the athletes in their physical and mental recovery.
Canada's delegation to the games included five members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 23 veterans.
Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr said the games are a testament to the character of Canada's service men and women.
"Over the past few days, our veterans demonstrated incredible bouts of sportsmanship and athleticism," he said in a statement. "They competed with the same pride and honour with which they served and continue to serve our country."
The four-day event wrapped up on Thursday with a closing ceremony that featured performances from Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Flo Rida, country music group Rascal Flatts and "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips.
Toronto will host the 2017 Invictus Games, which is set to be the largest event to date. Next year's games are expected to include more than 600 athletes from 16 countries participating in 12 sporting events.
The 2017 Invictus Games will run from Sept. 26-30.