The 2021 Canada Summer Games will be held in Niagara Region, Toronto, to celebrate the country’s top young athletes and Niagara’s art and culture. The event is also committed to honoring their Indigenous communities, at the same time showcasing Niagara’s heritage and innovation throughout its history.
The 2021 Canada Games will consist of more than 5,000 athletes and coaches and welcome the country’s next generation of national, international, and Olympic champions since the best young developing athletes from the whole country assemble to compete in its largest multi-sport event.
The event will take place on August 6 – 21, 2021, featuring a total of 18 sports with lacrosse coming back after a 36-year absence and the first-ever rugby sevens competition. In addition, the event will need more than 4,000 volunteers for the success of the 2021 Games.
With the federal government’s financial assistance in public infrastructure such as sport and recreation centers, next year’s event will leave permanent fixtures for residents to enjoy for many years to come.
2021 Niagara is also excited to introduce lacrosse – the nation’s official summer sport – return to the Games, with both men and women’s box lacrosse included as a pilot project, making this the first appearance at the Canada Games since 1985 of lacrosse.
According to the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, the addition of box lacrosse at the 2021 Games is a major milestone to promote Indigenous sport development, which gives young people the opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities as well as celebrates the heritage of this historical sport.
The 2021 Canada Summer Games Mascot
The Rogers Hometown Hockey event in Welland, Ontario, announced that the mascot of the 2021 Canada Games is Shelly – a turtle who was designed and named with the help of local students, Naturelle Gerrard and Juan Josè Arbelaez.
Shelly is significant to Niagara and is a historic symbol to Indigenous Peoples in the region.