Summer Sports

Setting the stage for the next generation of Canadian leaders

Athletics, Para-Athletics and Special Olympics

Athletics, or Track and Field, is a staple sport at any multi-sport competition worldwide. Athletics has been a part of the Games since the inaugural Summer Games in 1969. In 2021, there will be opportunities for para-athletes and Special Olympic athletes to compete as well. Athletics will be held at the new Canada Games Park.

  • Jillian Richardson | 1981
  • Bruny Surin | 1985
  • Lisa Franks | 1997
  • Diane Cummins | 1997
  • Andre de Grasse | 2013
  • Greg Joy | 1973
  • Angela Chalmers | 1981
  • Heather Moyse | 1997
  • Canada Games Park, Thorold

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Baseball

Although the first official set of rules were pubished in New York, an early version of baseball was first played in southern Ontario, giving the sport strong Canadian roots. Debuting in 1969 with the Montreal Expos, baseball has prospered in Canada in terms of popularity when the Toronto Blue Jays were introduced in 1977. With games set to be played at the Welland Sports Complex and Oakes Park and Oakes Park in Niagara Falls, baseball continues to be an important part of the Summer Games.

  • Corey Koskie | 1993
  • Jeff Francis | 2001
  • Adam Loewan | 2001
  • Russel Martin | 2001
  • Corey Koskie |
  • Dave Pagan |
  • Welland Baseball Stadium, WellandOakes Park, Niagara Falls

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Basketball

Basketball is a sport with deep, historic Canadian roots, being invented by Dr. James Naismith, who hailed from Almonte, Ontario. Canada has always enjoyed a strong women's program, with the men's program experiencing a resurgence in recent years, producing top talent to the NCAA, NBA, and WNBA. The Meridian Centre in St. Catharines will host all basketball games during the Niagara 2021 Games.

  • Dianne Norman | 1987, 1989
  • Steve Nash | 1993
  • Todd MacCulloch | 1993
  • Philip Scrubb | 2009
  • Anthony Bennett | 2009
  • Bridget Carleton | 2013
  • Shay Colley | 2013
  • Meridian Centre, St. Catharines

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Beach Volleyball

One of the many sports to be featured at the newly built Canada Games Park, beach volleyball was first popularised in Canada in the 1950s along the shores of Lake Ontario. The sport was first introduced to the Games in 2001. After a brief hiatus, beach volleyball returned to the Games in 2009, and has been a fixture ever since.

  • Annie Martin | 2001
  • Josh Binstock | 2001
  • Sophie Bukovec | 2013
  • Sergiy Grabovskyy | 2013
  • Canada Games Park, Thorold

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Goalie and team surrounding net

Box Lacrosse

Box lacrosse will be making its proud return to the Summer Games in 2021 for the first time since 1985, with games slated to take place at the Canada Games Park. Known as Tewaarton and Baggataway by Indigenous communities, box lacrosse will be played on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Ojibway/Chippewa and Haudenosaunee peoples.

Canada Games Park, Thorold

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Canoe-Kayak

Internationally, canoe-kayak has been one of Canada's top performing sports, and are long time events at the Canada Summer Games. Taking place at the picturesque Welland International Flatwater Centre, there will be multiple events across a variety of disciplines, showcasing the best Canada has to offer.

  • Hugh Fisher | 1973
  • Chelsea Kirkby | 1997
  • Christina Schwarz | 1997
  • Adam van Koeverden | 1997
  • Trista Neilly | 2005
  • Stacey Nahachewsky | 2005
  • Michael Drouin | 2005
  • David Lemay | 2005
  • Jonathan Lewington | 2005
  • Blaine Patriquin | 2005
  • Todd MacDonald | 2009
  • Brian Stever | 2009
  • Welland International Flatwater Centre, Welland

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Cycling

Cycling is a staple of the Canada Summer Games, and in 2021, Niagara is set to host a series of individual cycling events, one of which will be road racing. This event will pit rider versus rider, taking them on an endurance course throughout the town of Pelham.

Another cycling event to take place during the Niagara 2021 Games is criterium. A wildly entertaining event, and a crowd-favourite, criterium has cyclists complete multiple laps for a shorter race, versus a direct opponent. Criterium will be held downtown St. Catharines.

In time trials,individual riders racing against the clock to earn the best time. The rider with the shortest time wins. The event will be held along the Welland Canal in Port Colborne with the start and end point at HH Knolls Park.

Mountain biking is a fairly new sport, rising in popularity in the mid 1990s when it was first added to the Olympic Games. Races are typically off road and involves a moderate degree of technical riding, with the Niagara 2021 Games hosting the event near Brock University on the Niagara escarpment.

  • Brian Walton | 1985
  • Guillaume Boivin | 2009
  • Hugo Houle | 2009
  • Raphael Gagne | 2009
  • Andrew L'esperance | 2009
  • Denise Ramsden | 2009
  • Gillian Carleton | 2009
  • Leah Kirchman | 2009
  • Lex Albrecht | 2009
  • Karlee Gendron | 2009
  • HH Knolls Park, Port Colborne PelhamDowntown St. Catharines

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Diving

Diving will offer spectators captivating competition at the Niagara 2021 Games. Platform diving, known for it's jaw dropping feats of athleticism, will be hosted outside, with the picturesque Welland International Flatwater Centre setting the backdrop for this event. The springboard and synchronized diving events will be held at Brock University's Eleanor Misener Aquatics Centre, and are fan favourites for their aesthetically pleasing and graceful nature.

  • Alexandre Despatie | 1997
  • Meaghan Benfeito | 2005
  • Jennifer Abel | 2005
  • Riley McCormick | 2005
  • Anne Montminy | 1989
  • Annie Pelletier | 1989
  • Paige Gordon | 1989
  • Jason Napper | 1989
  • Michel Larouche | 1977
  • Janet Nutter | 1973
  • Linda Cuthbert | 1975
  • Welland International Flatwater Centre, WellandEleanor Aquatics Centre at Brock University, St. Catharines

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Golf

One of the world's most popular sports, golf will feature two events at the Niagara 2021 Games. Both the team event and individual event will be played at the Legends on the Niagara Battlefield Course in Niagara Falls with four rounds of play.

Legends on the Niagara - Battlefield Course, Niagara Falls

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Rowing

First making it's appearance at the Canada Summer Games in 1989, rowing has grown from five men's only events to 6 disciplines contested by men and women. Taking place at the Royal Henley Rowing Course, the Canada Games regatta is a benchmark event for many provinces and territories, and serves as a stepping stone to Canada's National Rowing team.

  • Kirsten Barnes | 1985
  • Darren Barber | 1985
  • Fraser Berkhout | 2005
  • Hilary Whetung Cole | 2005
  • Royal Henley Rowing Course, St. Catharines

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females playing rugby

Rugby 7s

One of the oldest sports to be featured at the Niagara 2021 Games, rugby 7s has exploded in recent years, partly due to the success of the national Canadian women's team. Hosted on Field 2 at Brock University, 2021 will be the inaugural rugby 7s competition for the Canada Games.

Field 2 at Brock University, St. Catharines

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Sailing, Para-Sailing

Sailing is one of the Summer Games original sports, debuting at the inaugural Games in 1969. Taking place at Fort Erie's Buffalo Canoe Club, sailing will have events for both able-bodied and para-athletes.

  • Paul Thompson | 1981
  • Ross MacDonald | 1985
  • Richard Clarke | 1985
  • Penny Stamper | 1985
  • Paul Hannah | 1985
  • Jeff Eckard | 1985
  • Brian Storey | 1985
  • Rod Davies | 1989
  • Murray McCaig | 1989
  • Shona Moss | 1989
  • Marty Essig | 1993, 1997
  • Nikola Girke |
  • Buffalo Canoe Club, Fort Erie

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Soccer

The world's game, and all its popularity will accompany Canada's best soccer players to Niagara in 2021, showcasing the countries best young talents. Soccer has been a part of the Canada Summer Games since they were first held in 1969. Games will be played at Youngs Sportsplex in Welland.

  • Sam Lenarduzzi | 1973
  • Ian Bridge | 1977
  • Drew Ferguson | 1977
  • Mark Watson | 1989
  • Andrea Neil | 1993
  • Ante Jazic | 1993
  • Janine Wood Helland | 1993
  • Randee Hermus | 1997
  • Karina LeBlanc | 1997
  • Patrice Bernier | 1997
  • Dwayne De Rosario | 1997
  • Patrick Leduc | 1997
  • Kevin McKenna | 1997
  • Diana Matheson | 2001
  • Kara Lang | 2001
  • Erin McLeod | 2001
  • Carmelina Moscato | 2001
  • Rhian Wilkinson | 2001
  • Nik Ledgerwood | 2001
  • Kaylyn Kyle | 2005
  • Desiree Scott | 2005
  • Allysha Chapman | 2005
  • Doneil Henry | 2009
  • Karl W. Ouimette | 2009
  • Shelina Zadorsky | 2009
  • Youngs Sportsplex, Welland

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Softball

Softball, played at the inaugural Canada Summer Games of 1969, will continue to be played at Niagara 2021, after coming back from a brief hiatus in 2017. The fast-pitch variety and its quick natured pace-of-play, will see Canada's best players compete against one-another, in-front of a region known for its passionate softball community.

  • Sheen Lawrick | 2001
  • Danielle Lawrie | 2005
  • Robin Mackin | 2005
  • Jennifer Sailing | 2005
  • Jennifer Yee | 2005
  • Southward Community Park, Grimsby

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Swimming, Para-Swimming and Special Olympics

Swimming has come a long in recent years, and now is an exciting time for Canadian swimmers across all the provinces and territories. One of the original sports of the modern Olympic games, swimming has been a staple in the Canada Summer Games since their inception. The event has grown at the Games to include not only able-bodied swimmers, but also para-athletes and special Olympians. Swimming events will be held at Brock University at the Eleanor Misener Aquatics Centre and at the Welland International Flatwater Centre.

  • Anne Ottenbrite | 1981
  • Marianne Limpert | 1989
  • Michael Mintenko | 1993
  • Brent Hayden | 2001
  • Jillian Tyler | 2005
  • Erica Morningstar | 2005
  • Joel Greenshields | 2005
  • Ryan Cochrane | 2005
  • Alexa Komaryncky | 2005
  • Genevieve Saumur | 2005
  • Stephanie Horner | 2005
  • Mathieu Bois | 2005
  • Valérie Grand'Maison | 2005
  • Kylie Masse | 2013
  • Eleanor Aquatics Centre at Brock University, St. Catharines Welland International Flatwater Centre, Welland

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Female tennis player hitting ball

Tennis

Niagara is deeply engrained in the history of tennis in Canada, and was one of the first communities to form a tennis program and send athletes to the inaugural Canadian Championships in 1890. For Niagara 2021 Games, tennis will be taking place at The Club at White Oaks and at Youngs Sportsplex, where Niagara will continue to develop their proud tradition of excellence in tennis.

  • Frédéric Niemeyer (1993) | 1993
  • Marie-Eve Pelletier | 1993
  • Stephanie Dubois | 2001
  • Frank Dancevic | 2001
  • Rebecca Marino | 2005
  • Melanie Marois | 2005
  • Gabriela Dabrowski | 2009
  • Filip Peliwo | 2009
  • Carol Zhao | 2009
  • Eugenie Bouchard | 2009
  • Brayden Schnurr | 2013
  • Erin Routliffe | 2013
  • The Club at White Oaks, Niagara-on-the-LakeYoungs Sportsplex, Welland

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Triathlon

Canada has a proud history in the sport of triathlon, growing the first provincial, national, and international governing bodies for the sport. First taking place at the Canada Summer Games in 2009, the sport consists of an endurance race comprised of swimming, cycling and running, performed in a continuous format. Triathlon will be held at the Welland International Flatwater Centre.

  • Sarah-Anne Brault | 2009
  • Ellen Pennock | 2009
  • Matthew Sharpe | 2009
  • Welland International Flatwater Centre, Welland

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Volleyball

Initially played at both the Summer and Winter Canada Games starting at the inaugural Games in 1967, volleyball has since found it's home with the Summer Games. With Scotiabank Convention Centre and Canada Games Park set to be the stage in Niagara 2021, one of the world's top 5 most popular sports is guaranteed to provide entertainment with its unpredictable nature.

  • Fred Winters | 2001
  • Louis-Pierre Mainville | 2005
  • Marie-Pier Murray-Méthot | 2005
  • Marc Howatson | 2009
  • Justin Duff | 2009
  • Dane Pischke | 2009
  • Taylor Pischke | 2009
  • Chris Voth | 2009
  • Max Burt | 2009
  • Lisa Barclay | 2009
  • Tesca Bryn Andrew-Wasylik | 2009
  • Gord Perrin | 2009
  • Blair Benn | 2009
  • Rudy Verhoeff | 2009
  • Brett Walsh | 2013
  • Nick Hoag | 2013
  • Margaret Casault | 2013
  • Alissa Coulter | 2013
  • Alexa Gray | 2013
  • Brianna Beamish | 2013
  • Nikki Cornwall | 2013
  • Alicia Ogoms | 2013
  • Danielle Brisebois | 2013
  • Marie-Alex Bélanger | 2013
  • Elizabeth Wendel | 2013
  • Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls Canada Games Park, Thorold

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Wrestling

Originally a winter sport, wrestling was featured at the first Canada Games in 1967, with women's wrestling joining the competition in 2009. For Niagara 2021, the wrestling events will take place at the new Canada Games Park, which will continue a long tradition of wrestling excellence in Niagara and at Brock University.

  • David Tremblay | 2005
  • Leah Callahan | 2005
  • Sunny Dhinsa | 2009
  • Riley Otto | 2009
  • Dorothy Yeats | 2009
  • Allyssa Cleaves | 2009
  • Canada Games Park, Thorold

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