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Unity Through Sport

The Canada Games celebrates its 24th edition
  • Jul 31, 2013
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How do young athletes work their way to the top? Blood, sweat and tears is one answer, luck and opportunity another. In Canada, renowned athletes Toller Cranston, Steve Nash, Hayley Wickenheiser and Sidney Crosby may be household names, but they have something else in common: Early in their careers, they competed in the Canada Games, a national multi-sport event launched in 1967 that has proved to be a critical training ground for amateur athletes devoted to making it to the bigger world stage.

Like the Olympics, the Canada Games are held every two years and alternate between summer and winter programs in communities across the country. This year, from August 2 through August 17, Sherbrooke, Quebec, welcomes 4,200 athletes to the Games Village on the campus of Bishop’s University.

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In keeping with the province’s solid reputation as an eco-champion, this year’s games are the first sporting event in Canada to be classified as a Level 1 environmentally responsible event. These sustainable games feature the traditional summer events, from athletics and a range of ball and water sports to triathlon and wrestling. The 20 competitions are held in a variety of nearby locations, including Sherbrooke itself, Magog, Lac Magog and the Borough of Lennoxville.

Over these August days, some 15,000 visitors will arrive to help cheer on Canada’s hard-working athletes as they hone their skills and forge relationships with one another and with the coaches dedicated to supporting them. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, over 5,000 selfless volunteers will make sure all runs smoothly. The Canada Games: It’s Canada’s way of showing our athletes that we’re all in this together.

For more information, visit: www.jeuxducanada2013.ca/en

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