The Canada Games is a multi-sport youth games held every two years in various medium sized cities across Canada. Alternating between winter and summer like the Olympics, the Games represent one of the the largest multi-sport Games for youth in the world.
Fencing has been lucky to be included in every Winter Games since Prince Edward Island in 1991. An ongoing problem for the Canada Games program is how to include emerging and developing sports into an already packed Games program. A review of all Games sports was done in 2007 to try and remedy this problem. As a result, it was decided to keep a few sports as core sports and begin an application process for the other spots.
Sports are selected to a particular Canada Games program approximately five years in advance of the Games, The Canada Games Council sends a call for applications with a detailed sport selection process,
The sport selection process includes minimum eligibility criteria, including a requirement for at least nine affiliated provincial or territorial sport organizations and a level 3 technical program under the National Coaching Certification Program.
Fencing was fortunate to be selected for the 2013 Canada Summer Games, bringing things in line with our other major games programs: Ontario Summer Games, Summer Olympics, Pan Ams. The site is still to be determined.
Although not yet confirmed, the age range for athletes selected for the 2013 Canada Summer Games is expected to change from Cadet (Y16) to Junior (Under 20).
The Ontario Games/Canada Games programs form the foundation of our athlete development system and as such are vital links to Canadian National Team and International success. The Ontario Canada Games development program will begin in 2010. Watch this site for details.
For more information on Canada Games see here
Ontario Results at the Games see here
The first Canada Games was held in 1967 in Quebec City.
There have been 19 Canada Games.
With Prince Edward Island having hosted the 1991 Winter Games, each province has now hosted the Games at least once, with several having hosted twice already.
An estimated 45,000 young Canadians have participated in the Games. Another 180,000 have engaged in try-outs and qualifying events. Many millions of Canadians have watched the Games either first-hand or on television, and over 67,000 have volunteered.
Over 40 different sports have shared the spotlight in Summer or Winter Games.
Cumulatively, over $230 million has been invested in the Canada Games since their inception.