The CANUSA Games Organizing Committees from Hamilton and Flint announced today that the 59th CANUSA Games will take place in Hamilton, Ontario, this year on August 5th-7th. The games had originally been scheduled to take place in Flint, Michigan this year, but the ongoing water crisis in the region has resulted in the change of venue.
The CANUSA Games is an annual amateur sporting competition which has taken place since 1958 between the communities of Greater Hamilton and Flint & Genesee County. The communities alternate hosting each year and this will be the first time that one city has hosted the event in back to back years.
The 2016 CANUSA Games were scheduled to be hosted by the Flint & Genesee County community from August 5th – 7th, however with the City of Flint focused on dealing with recent water supply challenges, it has been decided the Greater Hamilton community will host this year’s Games. The Games are expected to draw over 1,200 athletes competing in 15 sports. Athletes range from youth to adult, with the majority between the ages of 10-17.
“The CANUSA Games Organizing Committee and the City of Hamilton, Ontario have demonstrated our motto by their willingness to host this summer’s games in light of the challenges our City faces at this time,” said Tony Sitko, Flint CANUSA Games Director. “We look forward to the continuation of the Games and the opportunity to host the CANUSA 60th Anniversary in Flint, Michigan in the summer of 2017.”
“During this unique situation we support our Flint friends and welcome them back to Hamilton this summer for the 59th Games,” said Sheila Drury, Hamilton CANUSA Games President. “We know our gracious local families will once again open up their homes to the visiting athletes to help ensure the long-standing CANUSA tradition continues.”