Soccer teammates and sisters Brittney and Taylor Townsend were all smiles yesterday as they helped celebrate the kick-off of the 56th annual CANUSA games, taking place in Hamilton between August 9th-11th. Since 1958, the games have brought together amateur athletes from Flint, Michigan and Hamilton, Ontario to compete, demonstrate goodwill, and develop lifelong friendships.
North America’s largest and longest running international games, the CANUSA games have grown from 200 athletes competing in 7 sports, to over 1400 athletes participating in 15 sports. Basketball, gymnastics, skeet, golf and tennis are just a few of the sports athletes will be competing in this year at various sports parks and recreation centres within Hamilton. Kathy Cooper, president of CANUSA Games Hamilton, stated that hockey will be one of the events that should be a nail-biter, as both Hamilton and Flint have been known to have strong teams. Soccer is another event she recommends to keep an eye on, as past years have shown wins for both Flint and Hamilton and this year should also have some close matches.
Youth aren’t the only ones who will be competing at this year’s games though – both cities mayors will also be sporting pinnies as they compete in the annual “Mayors Miracle Metric Mile.” The race is definitely one of the most anticipated events at the CANUSA games, and this year’s race will see Hamilton’s Bob Bratina challenge Flint’s mayor, Dayne Walling in a 1500m run. The race will kick off at 10:00a.m on Saturday, August 10th and will take place at Mohawk Sports Park track on the east mountain.
Athletes are still needed for a number of teams that will be competing at this year’s CANUSA Games including: Girls Softball – 16U Team, Flag Football, Track & Field, 10 Pin Bowling, Gymnastics, Boys Baseball, Boys Soccer – 12U Team, and Tennis. Interested athletes are asked to contact Katie Kish at 905-546-2424, extension 2537, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the CANUSA games, and this year’s schedule of events, visit: http://www.canusagames.ca
Good luck to all of the athletes (and our mayor!) competing at this year’s games!!