Waterloo Region Canada Games

December 19, 2016

Waterloo Region Canada Games 2021 Bid Committee - The Waterloo region is rallying behind a bid to bring one of Canada’s premier sports events that helps youth from across Canada reach their potential — the 2021 Canada Summer Games.

Last week, city councilors in Cambridge joined their colleagues in Waterloo and Kitchener in giving their unanimous support for the bid to host the games.

The bid committee is made up of a mix of volunteers and sport administrators including community leaders, sports leaders, experts who have helped organize multi-sport games and Olympic boxer Mandy Bujold who comes from Kitchener.

“There’s no pulling any punches.  Our region is the perfect size to host these games and this is the perfect time as the games return to Ontario after 20 years. ” says Bujold. 

She points to the fact that the cites of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo are able to embrace and celebrate a small-town feel while collectively representing a region of a half a million people -- one of the fastest growing regions in Ontario.

 “The Canada Games have traditionally looked for host cities that embrace the games and get behind the athletes. Nobody does a better job at that than the people in the Waterloo region,” Bujold says.

The Canada Games will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year and has helped propel star athletes to greatness including hockey star Sidney Crosby, boxing legend Lennox Lewis and most recently, track sprinting sensation Andre De Grasse.

While the games have enjoyed a successful past, the bid committee says the three urban centres of the region would help the Canada Games by looking to the future.

Waterloo Region is known worldwide for being an innovation hub and incubating talent especially in high tech.  The bid committee has plans to work with leaders in Canada’s Silicon Valley to help take the games to new heights.

Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and the surrounding area have a strong record of incubating amateur sports.

One of those athletes is middle distance runner Nate Brennan from Cambridge.  He won a silver medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and is a three time Olympian. He sums it up this way:

“In Waterloo Region, people see the potential in young people or new ideas. They support you all the way.”

The unanimous votes at all three municipal councils reflect the significant benefits to the region that will come from hosting the games:

  • Recent Canada Games have generated more than 100 million dollars in economic activity.
  • Existing sports infrastructure will receive much needed upgrades with significant capital money provided by the federal and provincial governments to host cities.
  • There will be an arts and culture festival.
  • There will be an important component in schools promoting physical activity around the games to help battle childhood obesity.

The next stage in the application process is the submission of the final bid package on January 31, 2017 followed by a visit to the region on February 28, 2017 by the Canada Games bid evaluation committee. Individuals are encouraged to get involved to demonstrate to the Canada Games officials how people rally around events like this hosted in the region as they’ve done for the Memorial Cup and other national events hosted with pride and enthusiasm.  You can send an e-mail to the bid committee at canadagames@waterlooregion2021.ca  to indicate how you would like to get involved as a volunteer, sponsor or supporter.

Sign up now to get involved canadagames@waterlooregion2021.ca

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Media interested in setting up an interview with Mandy Bujold or another member of the Waterloo Region Canada Games 2021 Bid Committee, please contact Teddy Katz at tkatz.2015@gmail.com or on his cell at 416 523 3188.

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