Prince Harry's Bobsled Adventure: Meghan Cheers in Canada

Championing inclusivity, Prince Harry and Meghan visit Canada

by Zain ul Abedin
Prince Harry's Bobsled Adventure: Meghan Cheers in Canada
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As the Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler 2025's "One Year to Go" celebration unfolds, the Duke and Duchess of Suss-x, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have captivated the world with their active engagement in the event's winter sports training in Canada.

Thursday marked a momentous day as Prince Harry, demonstrating his adventurous spirit, embarked on a daring skeleton track run at the Whistler Sliding Center. Lying head-first on a skeleton-bobsled, the Duke sped down the icy track, greeted by enthusiastic cheers from the spectators, including Meghan, who was eagerly capturing the moment on her phone.

The couple's week-long visit to the Invictus Games Winter Training Camp is not just a demonstration of their support for adaptive sports but also a testament to their commitment to the Invictus Games community. This camp, held a year ahead of the 2025 Games in Vancouver and Whistler, is a convergence of team managers, coaches, and competitors, preparing for the introduction of winter sports in the next year's competition.

The 2025 Games will mark a historic moment as the first winter edition, expanding its sports repertoire to include alpine skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, Nordic skiing, skeleton, and wheelchair curling. These additions complement the existing core sports like indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball.

Invictus: Evolving and Inspiring

Prince Harry's statement about the Games reflects his excitement and dedication to the evolving nature of Invictus, emphasizing the Games' continual adaptation and growth. His personal involvement and natural rapport with competitors have been a source of inspiration and motivation, as noted by participants like Stefan Nommensen, Rasmus Penno, and Ivan Morera, each sharing their unique experiences and the importance of the Duke and Duchess's presence.

The couple's visit also included a stop at the Mount Currie Community Centre on Lil’wat Nation territory, where they learned about wheelchair basketball programs and received traditional gifts symbolizing strength and gratitude.

This gesture of cultural exchange and respect highlights the deeper connection the couple shares with Canada, a country that has played a significant role in their personal and public lives. As the Invictus Games prepare for their first winter edition, the anticipation and excitement are palpable, not just for the athletes and organizers but for fans worldwide.

This event promises to be a spectacular showcase of resilience, skill, and the unyielding spirit of the human condition, further enriched by the warm and engaging presence of the Duke and Duchess of Suss-x.

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