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Invictus Games 2017 - Toronto
« Reply #525 on: September 26, 2017, 10:38:24 »
With the Invictus Games in full swing, I'm surprised there has been no queries, comments or interest on the site ahead of the games or after the Opening Ceremony. I know some CAF members who were approved "Community Service" special leave in order to volunteer at the games. So the level of support from the military is quite high. Most events are free or cheap to attend. They've even brought in brand name stars for both ceremonies. No, the IG are not as big league as the Olympics, but the message the games sends to injured and ill members / veterans is a strong one.

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Re: Soldier On Sports Recovery/Rehabilitation Fund
« Reply #526 on: September 27, 2017, 09:24:27 »
The low attendance at the Opening Ceremonies despite the entertainment and the minimal tv coverage is unfortunately sending a message that although these Games are important to the participants, much like CISM or even the Special Olympics this does not have the same special meaning to the general public.  The continuing emphasis on PTSD of which more than half the Canadian team suffers is sending a mixed message. I am not aware of an international sporting competition dedicated to people with depression and heart disease.  I know some of the international participants at IG are cancer survivors or were injured in non-duty accidents so this too puzzles me.  Before anyone get excited and scream that I am comparing IG to Special Olympics, I am knowingly using it as an example of a special interest group that does not receive general public and media attention.
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Re: Soldier On Sports Recovery/Rehabilitation Fund
« Reply #527 on: September 27, 2017, 11:14:33 »
I'll probably get slammed for this but I saw an interview on the bus to TO and the person was reaching for a box on a shelf and it slipped and hurt her neck/back.

Well I'm sure  there's no games for hundreds of WSIB injured reaching for something on a shelf.......
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Re: Soldier On Sports Recovery/Rehabilitation Fund
« Reply #528 on: September 27, 2017, 11:28:19 »
I agree with the comparisons:
- CISM athletics have led to Olympics,
- Invictus athletics compared to Para-Olympics.

I know the corporate funding (advertising, television etc...) is magnitudes lower for these games. With few exceptions, most Invictus events are free for the public, something rarely seen so broadly applied at Olympic level events. Even the recent Pan Am games (semi-professional feeder team) sold tickets to the public in Toronto, "at a low rate".
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Re: Soldier On Sports Recovery/Rehabilitation Fund
« Reply #529 on: September 29, 2017, 19:29:33 »
I like seeing that final events are sold out.

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