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2017 Canada Summer Games – Canada Games ball boy to receive a surprise visit from athletes at his AAA ball game
Members of the media are invited to take a front-row seat when 2017 Canada Summer Games athletes step off a bus to cheer on 11-year old Luca Fais, a promising young baseball player who volunteered as a ball boy for Team Newfoundland and Labrador this past week at the Games. 

Luca, who is competing in the AAA PeeWee Provincials tomorrow at 1:30 p.m at Optimist Park, struck up a friendship with the athletes over the course of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Baseball tournament. He mentioned to the athletes that his team was competing this weekend, and they decided to surprise him.  

The team’s biggest challenge was finding a way to get to Optimist park, which is over 30 km away from the Athletes Village. When True Sport got wind of their plans, the non-profit dedicated to the notion that good sport can make a great difference offered to sponsor the cost of their transportation. 

Come meet the young people behind this good sport story that truly represents the Canada Games spirit!

LOCATION : Optimist Park, 1600 Summit Rd  


12:45 Scrum: Luca’s parents, coach, and Greg Guenther from True Sport
13:00 Bus arrives, interviews with players and Luca
13:30 Baseball game starts
13:45 End of media event

*There will be no formal release issued


Coming up on Saturday, August 4… Turnaround Day

4,000 athletes. 1,000 volunteers. 1 day.  Want to see what it takes to transition from Week 1 and Week 2 at the 2017 Canada Summer Games? Media will be invited for a sneak peek into the most complex and intense day for the Host Society. 


Events to watch on August 4, 2017..

1. Athletics (University of Manitoba Stadium)

200m (F)

  • Final B – 13:30

  • Final A – 14:20

200m (M)

  • Final B – 13:20

  • Final A – 14:30

Special Olympics 200m (F)

  • Final B – 13:50

  • Final A – 14:40

Special Olympics 200m (M)

  • Final B – 13:40

  • Final A – 14:40

2. Softball (John Blumberg Softball Complex)

  • Gold Medal Match (M) – 15:30


3. Beach Volleyball (Sargent Park Beach Volleyball Centre)

  • Gold Medal Match (F) – 17:00

  • Gold Medal Match (M) – 18:30

4. Baseball (Shaw Park)

  • Gold Medal Match (M) – 19:00

5. Basketball (Duckworth Centre) 

  • Gold Medal Match (F) – 17:00

  • Gold Medal Match (M) – 19:30

6. New Brunswick Night (Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Canada Games Festival)

The Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Canada Games Festival runs for four straight nights!. Head to The Forks for a night of FREE music, culture and family fun from 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. every night. 

17:05 Lanikai
18:00 Raphaёl Butler
18:55 Mike Plume
20:00 Les Hay Babies
21:20 Matt Andersen
22:30 Fireworks

17:35 Folklorama – Winnipeg Steel Orchestra
18:35 Traditional Games of the NWT
19:35 100 Decibles Mime Troupe
20:55 National Film Board of Canada Short Film – New Brunswick

Festival Interview Opportunities

Main Stage

Les Hay Babies: please contact: Sonia Cesaratto, Cesaratto & Co., 514.206.4886 or, Website: @leshaybabies

Matt Andersen, please contact: Eric Alper, True North Records, 647.971.ERIC (3742)  or, Website: @matt_anderson

MacDon Family Zone at Parks Canada Place

Discover marine life on the prairies!  

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre (VAMSC) Education Team will lead a national tour with our celebrated mobile ‘wet lab’ visiting 150 schools, camps and community groups from coast to coast.

Our hands-on AquaVan programs are designed to inspire the stewardship of all aquatic habitats and encourage the discovery of connections between animals, environments and ourselves. AquaVan Educators deliver award-winning aquatic programs, featuring live animals, artifacts and activities in schools and communities throughout Western Canada.
Date:                   August 4 and 5
Time:                   4:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Location:             MacDon Family Zone at Parks Canada Place

For media inquiries, please contact: 
Jasmine Wei
604-329-3074 ou 778-881-7332

Looking for photos of 2017 Canada Summer Games action?

Covering the Games from a distance? Visit the 2017 Canada Summer Games’ Flickr page. You are welcome to download and post the photos or use them in your publication. All we ask is that you credit the photographer (whose name is in the photo’s file name) and 2017 Canada Summer Games. 

Looking for a photo of an athlete from your region in an upcoming competition? Send an e-mail to our lead photographer and we’ll do our best to accommodate you! 

Special thanks to all of our volunteer photographers who make this service possible!

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