April 12, 2015
Up to 1,200 athletes from all over Atlantic Canada will descend on fields and courts around Saint John June 26-28, 2015, for the first-ever East Coast Games. The games will feature seven sports including swimming, soccer, rugby, basketball, softball, track & field, and lacrosse, and is open to athletes from Atlantic Canada and the Northeastern United States. The idea for the Games was conceived in Saint John and is one of the largest multi-sports tournaments to be held in Saint John since the 1985 Canada Games.
“We’re really excited about this “made-in-Saint John” sports event,” says Bill MacMackin, Event Organizer. “The positive response we’ve received from around the region is very promising. With so many teams and athletes coming to our city to compete, it’ll be an exciting event and a boost to the local tourism business that weekend.”
With an estimated economic impact of over $400,000, the East Coast Games is the perfect model of a home-grown sports tourism product. “Rather than competing with other eastern Canadian destinations for existing events and tournaments, our local champions saw an opportunity to create an event in Saint John to boost the local economy, grow our local athletes and coaches while showcasing the city’s sports facilities and venues,” says Jillian MacKinnon of Discover Saint John. “It’s through the commitment and hard-work of local volunteers, that we can continue to grow sports tourism in the city. “
The Games is an opportunity for athletes aged 15+, participating in different categories from amateur to master level with national and international level participants, to come together here and compete at home.
“The Saint John Fundy TIDE Swim Club will be welcoming a whole new demographic of competitive swimmers to this area as they swim in what we feel is the best 50m pool in Eastern Canada, “ says Gary Losier, East Coast Games Swim Chair. “The Masters swim meet encourages competitors of all ages with divisions from 18 all the way to 94! It allows competitors to enjoy the sport at all stages of their life.”
The Committee is asking for all Saint John residents to get involved and be a part of making the games a real success and are thrilled to have both Commercial Properties, Canaport LNG and Emera New Brunswick on board as Founding sponsors.
“I’m delighted that we’re able to host an event like the East Coast Games here in Saint John,” says Dave McPherson, East Coast Games – Rugby Chair. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase Saint John, promote our region for future sporting events, and encourage participation in sport. I encourage everyone to participate whether that’s as an athlete, volunteer, or spectator. This is really going to be a great event.”
The games will also include a Coaches Symposium on Friday, June 26th. Athletes can register by visiting www.eastcoastgames.ca . For more information on the event or volunteer opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .