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Canada summer games will leave a legacy in Niagara

Canada summer games will leave a legacy in Niagara

The varsity sports program at Brock University, in particular, and the entire Niagara Region stands to benefit bigtime from the facilities built on the edge of campus for the 2022 Canada Games.

The university provided the land on which Canada Games Park was built. It includes a massive building containing two hockey-lacrosse rinks, two volleyball courts, a 200-metre indoor practice track and a Sports Abilities Centre.

A 400-metre outdoor track is located beside the building.

The complex will be the new home for the Badger hockey teams.

While the sports pages of what’s left of southern Ontario newspapers were filled stories about the Leafs and Raptors, Brock’s teams very quietly won a national championship in men’s lacrosse, Ontario titles in men’s basketball, women’s hockey, men’s rowing and women’s volleyball.

The women’s basketball team and men’s hockey team also finished as Ontario finalists and became eligible for nationals. 

Nova Scotia fans support their volleyball team.

For the past two weeks young athletes from across the country have been competing at the Canada Games while being housed at the university’s residences.

Winning medals is nice, but more important are the friendships made with athletes from other provinces that will last a lifetime. There’s nothing more heartwarming than seeing Manitoba’s basketball team come out to the ballpark to cheer for their baseball team or Newfoundland’s volleyball team waving the provincial flag in the stands at track and field.

A spectacular closing ceremony, including fireworks, is planned for Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls, overlooking the falls, Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m.. The falls will be specially illuminated for the event.

B.C. has the lead at the final baton-pass in the 4×100 men’s relay heats.
Ontario’s Fehin Awodobu, who also plays for the University of Waterloo, goes airborne in a volleyball match with Nova Scotia.

Story and Photos by DENIS GIBBONS

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