Lacrosse Included in 2021 Canada Summer Games

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Canadian midfielder and face-off specialist Geoff Snider eludes a defender during Canada's 12-6 win at the 2018 FIL Men's Lacrosse World Championship. Credit: Oded Karni

Today, Sport Canada announced that lacrosse will be included in the 2021 Canada Summer Games. The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is excited to be part of this national event and bring together the best youth box lacrosse players in Canada.

 

Lacrosse last participated in the Canada Summer Games in 1985 and the CLA is thrilled to see Canada’s national summer sport make its return to this collaborative multi-sport event. The CLA is ready for this challenge and looks forward to creating legacies.

 

“The CLA and its member associations are proud to showcase the game our indigenous people gave to us—the Creators game, the healing game—at the Canada Summer Games,” said Joey Harris, president of the CLA.

 

“We would like to thank Chief Ava Hill, the 2021 Host Society, Canada Games Council, Sport Canada and the Minister of Science and Sport, Kirsty Duncan, for their continued support and contribution to this historic lacrosse milestone.”

 

The 2021 Canada Summer Games will take place Aug. 6-21, 2021 in Niagara, Ontario.

 

“Adding a culturally vital sport like Lacrosse to the Canada Games sport program is just one way we can contribute to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action related to sport,” said Evan Johnston Chair of Canada Games Council Board of Directors. “We are grateful for the Government’s continued support and look forward to working with our partners across the country to implement this exciting pilot project.”

 

Other sports included in the Canada Summer Games are athletics, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, canoe and kayak, mountain biking, road cycling, diving, golf, rowing, rugby, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, triathlon, volleyball and wrestling.