The East Coast Games are back for their 3rd year in 2017 with 12 sports involved!
(June 23-25, 2017)
Saint John, NB – The East Coast Games, Atlantic Canada’s largest annual multi-sport games, are back in Saint John for a 3rd consecutive year. The 2017 Games will see nearly 1,800 athletes participating in more than 12 sports including rugby, basketball, softball, ultimate Frisbee, track & field and more.
“We’re excited with how the Games have grown and how in just 3 years, we’ve doubled in size. We’re on track to sustain, if not continue to grow participation in 2017 through the expansion of existing tournaments as well as the addition of new sports like baseball, karate, Cross-Fit and a triathlon,” says Event Co-Chair, Keith Raynes. “We are also thrilled to continue our partnership with our Presenting Sponsor, Emera New Brunswick. Their support has been invaluable to us in the development of these Games,” adds Raynes.
“We’re pleased to be returning as Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 East Coast Games,” says Emera New Brunswick General Manager, Frank Campbell. “By supporting events like the East Coast Games and investing in infrastructure like the Emera New Brunswick Field at Shamrock Park, we proudly contribute to active and healthy living in the communities that are home to the Brunswick Pipeline. These Games are not only exciting for the participating athletes from around our region, but also for spectators who gain access to top sporting events.”
This year in particular, is an exciting for the East Coast Games as certain tournaments align with Canada Games Selection Trials. Track & Field’s three-day meet is one sport set to grow as a result of the trials. “Our event provides opportunities for athletes of all levels,” says Jason Reindl, Meet Director and Canada Games Head Coach. “The Trials, however, enhance our meet by bringing NB’s best Games-eligible athletes to our city over this weekend. It’s an opportunity we only see every few years.”
Over the past two summers, approximately 2,500 athletes have descended on the fields and athletic centres around Saint John as a result of the East Coast Games and in 2017, the impact is growing. Sports tourism is big business for the city, says Victoria Clarke, Executive Director of Discover Saint John. “With an estimated economic impact of over $500,000, hotels, restaurants, retailers and attractions will reap the benefits of the Games. It’s through the commitment and hard work of local volunteers that we continue to grow sports tourism in the city and drive economic growth in the tourism sector.”
The committee has launched a new website to better promote the games further updates available there on a regular basis. The Games schedules will be released in the coming months but be sure to mark your calendars for June 23-25, 2017 to see some exciting sporting events and talented athletes.