Canada Summer Games

Canada Games Park


 Coming to Thorold:

 Athletics, Para-Athletics and Special Olympics

 Picture of athlete competing in high jump.


Athletics joined the Canada Games program in 1973, the second installment of the Canada Summer Games, and has been on every Summer Games since. Initially featuring only able-bodied athletes, Athletics incorporated events for athletes with a physical disability in 1993, and then added events for Special Olympic athletes in 2009. Athletics has a proud tradition of being one of the most inclusive sports on the Canada Games program. 

Athletics and the various events under it were a part of the very first ancient Olympic Games, and have been a part of the program of each edition of the Games of the Olympiad since 1896.


 Beach Volleyball

 Image of athlete playing beach volleyball.



Beach Volleyball made its debut in both Men’s and Women’s categories at the 2001 Canada Summer Games in London, ON. Beach volleyball returned to the program in 2009, and has been on every summer program since.

Its Olympic debut came at the 1996 Atlanta Games, where Canada’s John Child and Mark Heese defeated Portugal’s Joao Brenha and Miguel Maia 2-0 to claim bronze.


 Box Lacrosse

 Image of athletes playing Lacrosse


Men’s and Women’s Box Lacrosse returns to the Canada Summer Games program after originally being on the program from 1969-1985, and will be featured at the 2021 Canada Games taking place in the Niagara Region from August 6 to 22, 2021.


 Image of athletes playing volleyball.


Indoor volleyball has been on the Canada Games program since the very first Canada Games in 1967 in Quebec City, QC, and is one of the few sports that has been featured on both Winter and Summer Games programs. Indoor volleyball was on the Winter program from 1969-1987, and transitioned to the Summer program at the 1985 Games in Saint John, NB.

Indoor volleyball made its Olympic debut in 1964. Canada has competed in the men’s Olympic volleyball tournament at four Games, posting its best result at Los Angeles 1984 with a fourth-place finish. The Canadian women’s team has competed in three Olympic tournaments, most recently at Atlanta 1996 after finishing eighth at Montreal 1976 and Los Angeles 1984.



 Image of athletes wrestling


Wrestling has been on the Canada Games sport program since the inception of the Games in 1967. Originally on the winter sport program, Wrestling moved to the summer sport program for the 1989 Games and added women’s events for the 2005 Games.

Freestyle wrestling first appeared on the Olympic program at the 1904 Games in St Louis. It was not included in the 1912 Games, but since the 1920 Games in Antwerp, it has been present at every edition of the Olympics. Canada’s recent history in Olympic wrestling is quite impressive, with 11 of the country’s 17 medals coming since Los Angeles 1984.




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