History of Canada Summer Games
The first Canada Games were held in Quebec City in 1967 and were an outstanding success. They paved the way for what is now Canada’s largest multi-sport competition for young athletes. As the best in their age group, amateur competitors from all over Canada come to the Canada games from 13 provinces and territories across the nation and compete for the Canada Games Flag and Centennial Cup.
“Together, we’ll build a strong, healthy Canada through engagement in sport, united in celebration of our many cultures and shared national heritage.”
2017 Canada Summer Games
The Canada Summer Games are this country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes and this year will celebrate their 50th anniversary and Canada’s 150th birthday. Winnipeg, Manitoba will host Canada Summer Games July 28 – August 13th 2017 and will feature 16 sports, over 250 events, a major cultural festival and will welcome over 4,000 athletes/coaches and more than 20,000 visitors. The Games will leave a lasting legacy of new and enhanced sport facilities, volunteer and leadership development that will benefit athletes and the broader community for years to come.
Tennis at the Canada Summer Games
Tennis originated from a 12th century French game called paume (meaning palm); it was a court game where the ball was struck with the hand. Paume evolved into jeu de paume and rackets were used. The game spread and evolved in Europe. In 1873, Major Walter Wingfield invented a game called Sphairistike (Greek for “playing ball”) from which modern outdoor tennis evolved. Tennis was part of the inaugural Canada Summer Games in 1969, and has been a regular event over the years.
The Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club will be hosting the 2017 Canada Summer Games Tennis Event, August 5th-13th. Founded in 1881, the club has 11 plexipave hard courts with professional lighting for evening play. In preparation for the Canada Summer Games, new renovations included three electronic scoreboards and upgraded LED lights. The Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club underwent a dramatic facelift in preparation for the Pan American Games in 1999 including the building of a new clubhouse and resurfacing/expansion of courts, creating a club facility that is second to none in Manitoba.
Tennis Alberta will be selecting eight athletes, four males and four females, to attend this year’s Canada Games and represent their province competing against the top players around Canada. Two females and two males will be selected to compete in the Doubles Event, one male and one female will compete in the Single’s Event, and all players will compete in the Team Competition.
For further information regarding the Selection Package and important dates leading up to the 2017 Canada Summer Games click CSG Info Package for Alberta- June 2nd.