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Andy McCreath (far left) with Prince Harry at the launch announcement of the 2017 Invictus Games.

Invictus inspiration

“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” This line from the poem Invictus by English poet William Ernest Henley is the ethos of the Invictus Games, the brainchild of Prince Harry of Wales.

The Invictus Games is an international athletics competition for active duty and veteran service members who have become ill or injured during, or resulting from, their service. Featuring 12 sports including powerlifting and wheelchair tennis, the Games are an Olympics-style event for adaptive sport athletes. Hosted in Toronto, the Games will welcome more than 550 competitors from 17 countries, including Canada.

The indomitable spirit of these men and women has always been an inspiration for Andy McCreath (BA'99), co-chair of this year's competition in Toronto. In his role, McCreath is leading fundraising efforts and sponsorship of the Games.

McCreath's devotion to servicemen and women is nothing new. For several years, he was involved with the True Patriot Love Foundation, a national charity which raises funds for veterans and their families. In 2014, McCreath and his business partner Christian Darbyshire spearheaded efforts to raise $1.2 million for the foundation through a charity dinner in Calgary.

McCreath is proud that it was ultimately the work done by the True Patriot Love Foundation which attracted interest from the Invictus Games organizers to host the event in Canada.

"The True Patriot Love Foundation is something very close to my heart, as my grandfather served our country," he said. "The countless sacrifices made by our Canadian armed forces, be it physical or mental, should be highly recognized by Canadians everywhere."

Sharing the common bond of supporting and celebrating the resilience of the Invictus Games competitors, McCreath met Prince Harry at the launch announcement of the 2017 Games.

"He was very humble," McCreath said of the prince. "It was great that he was able to make it out for the launch. He should be very proud of what he has created."

The Invictus Games take place Sept. 23-30, beginning with the opening ceremonies. The closing ceremonies on Sept. 30 will feature performances by Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson and more.

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