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Waterloo Region’s Canada Games 2021 Bid – With the decision just over two months away, several high profile athletes are throwing their support behind the Waterloo Region’s bid to bring the 2021 Canada Summer Games to the area. And, they are calling on everyone in the region to get behind the bid right away.

That includes Olympian and captain of Canada’s National Senior Women’s Sevens rugby team, Jen Kish, who helped Canada win a bronze medal at the recent Rio Games.

“Waterloo is one of the fastest growing regions in the country and I have no doubt having the games in the region will help elevate our sport to even new heights,” says Kish, who started playing rugby sevens when she was 18 and is excited that her sport will be included in the games.

She adds, “The 2021 Games will help a whole new generation of youth reach their potential, especially in the Waterloo region – a region known worldwide for spotting talent and helping nourish it so it shines on the world stage.”

Former Toronto Blue Jay player Rob Ducey grew up in the area. He says he would love to come back to be part of the games and to showcase the region to the rest of Canada.

“As a past member of the Canadian Olympic Baseball Team, many of my teammates shared their experiences about playing in the Canada Summer games and what a tremendous experience it was. I only wish that I had that opportunity to participate in it as well,” Ducey says.

The Canada Games is where greatness begins.  Now in its 50th year, it has spawned the careers of top athletes including sprinter Andre De Grasse, hockey star Sidney Crosby and boxing legend Lennox Lewis.

Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Games are Canada’s largest multi-sport event and represent the pinnacle of interprovincial/territorial sport competition.

Sarah Pavan is a professional indoor and beach volleyball player who finished 5th at the recent Olympics in Rio.  She grew up in the Waterloo Region.

“Ontario is home to some of the best athletes in Canada; almost half of all Canadian Olympics in 2016 are from Ontario,” she says.  In addition to that, some of the most beloved and successful Olympians are from our region.  This is an incredible testament to Waterloo Region’s sport culture and pursuit of excellence and what better way to highlight this than to host the biggest youth multi-sport event in the country,” Paven adds.

Pavan and the other athletes encourage the public to rally behind Waterloo Region’s bid by visiting and signing up to show their support. 

Waterloo Region is competing with Ottawa, Sudbury and Niagara Region and the community that can show the most enthusiastic support for the games is likely to come out on top when the Canada Games makes its final decision at the end of March.

Two-time Canadian Ice Dance champion, two time world medalist figure skater Andrew Poje says the region has a great track record of supporting and getting behind big national events and individual athletes.  He says it wasn’t just his love of sport that helped him get to where he is today; it was the support of the community.

“The Canada Games are meant to inspire current and future generations of our country, and with the community backing every athlete and harbouring a genuine love for sport, I’m certain a Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge hosted games would be the most inspiring yet.”

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 and sign up today at #WeRally2021

All Athletes who have joined the  #WeRally2021 campaign can be seen here   Check back every week and follow our social media channels to see what new athletes have joined the rally.

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For more information on Waterloo Region’s Canada Games 2021 Bid, please contact Teddy Katz at or you can reach Teddy on his cell at 416 523 3188.

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