The East Coast Games is Saint John's major tournament weekend and Atlantic Canada's largest annual sporting event.
Amid the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have decided to reevaluate the East Coast Games in June. With the news about the Canadian Olympic Committee deciding to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer, we had to make a decision on holding the games this year. At this time, given the circumstances, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 East Coast Games in Saint John.
This was not an easy decision but our number one priority is the health and safety of all those involved with the games including athletes, spectators, volunteers, and organizers. Social distancing will be recommended for the coming months, meaning It would be very difficult to put on our event with so many athletes and spectators. The East Coast Games board of directors pride ourselves and our tournament directors on delivering a high-quality event that has become Atlantic Canada’s largest annual multi-sport tournament. Planning capabilities of our organizers have been lowered by distancing and we will not have the opportunity to provide you with the best quality event we can for 2020.
Remember to stay informed and react appropriately to all of the recommendations given to us by our government and health care professionals. The more we practice social distancing and washing our hands, the sooner this will all be over.
All the best,
Your East Coast Games Board of Directors
Bill MacMackin 506-647-4931 firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Raynes 506-333-3218 email@example.com
Nathan Wiggins 506-333-6252 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Mcpherson 506-643-8197 email@example.com
Brad Jennings 506-6090-1477 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brendan Christian 506-721-6713 email@example.com
“I can’t say I have ever seen a tournament, especially one of this scale, pulled off so effectively. The organizers, volunteers, and referees were top-notch, the complex was phenomenal, and you could really feel the excitement around the city. It’s always great when rugby is given positive publicity, and the East Coast Games really showed what the sport is all about; the competition was fierce, the atmosphere was exciting, and it truly was an elite level venue. I know all of us from PEI were truly impressed, and you’ll definitely continue seeing a PEI team going forward.”
Coach of the PEI Mudmen (Rugby)
“It’s a new avenue and it’s something that we’re excited about in terms of creating an event that people in the city get behind. It’s an exciting event that we are happy to be part of.”
Coach of Saint John Track Club and UNB Varsity Reds
“I think the whole concept of developing the East Coast Games is a real plus for Saint John. It’s the biggest thing since (the 1985 Canada Summer Games) with regard to the number of athletes coming into the city. We will have over 1,000 athletes participating.”
Head Coach Saint John Labatt Trojans Rugby Club