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HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton100 Commonwealth Games Bid Corporation, Canada’s rights holder for hosting the 2030 Commonwealth Games, is sending a delegation to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, which kicks off next week.

These games will host over 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories and are expected to draw more than 200,000 visitors. It will also have a broadcast audience of 1.5 billion. The Hamilton delegation will have the benefit of full access to the event and its organizers to learn and collect information on all facets of hosting a global event of this magnitude.

The delegation will consist of PJ Mercanti, Bid President, Louis Frapporti, Bid Chair, and Greg Maychak, General Manager. This private sector led group will be joined by Mayor Fred Eisenberger on behalf of the City of Hamilton. Hamilton City Council recently approved the City becoming a key supporter in the advocacy efforts surrounding Hamilton100’s proposal to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games.

Also attending in Birmingham as part of the accredited observer program will be McMaster University’s Trish Chantsehl, Associate Director, Recreation and Healthy Living and Sean Van Koughnett, Associate VP and Dean of Students. McMaster is a key partner in the effort to secure the Games for Ontario in 2030.

The Hamilton 100 Commonwealth Games Bid Corporation will have accredited access in Birmingham and will visit the Athletes’ Village, Commonwealth Games General Assembly, and sporting venues, as well as meet with Commonwealth Games Federation and Birmingham 2022 leaders, local businesses, athletes, and community stakeholders. 

The Hamilton delegation will also visit Manchester, the host city for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Manchester is often cited as a model of a well-executed event, enjoying significant economic and social community benefits from the hosting experience. The delegation will have the opportunity to speak with Manchester City staff, games stakeholders and residents to better understand how this event’s legacy can be leveraged to benefit a host community for years to come.

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“Visiting Birmingham with regional leaders to consult with the Games hosts during the delivery of the 2022 Games is an unprecedented opportunity to assess the operational challenges associated with managing such an event in real-time and to derive inspiration in working to improve our approach to impact and legacy in the finalization of Ontario’s bid.” – Louis Frapporti, Bid Chair, Hamilton100 Commonwealth Games Bid Corporation

“Hamilton is proud to have the distinction of hosting the first Empire Games in 1930. Visiting the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and Manchester with the Hamilton100 Bid Corporation delegation will be educational and informative on the economic and social impacts such an event can provide a host community. – Mayor Fred Eisenberger, City of Hamilton

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