“The very course you guys did out around Hampton for the road race the first year was fantastic. Really enjoyed that course, had a bit of everything.”

Judson Vandine
Athlete (Cycling Road Race)

“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.”

Geoff Kowalski
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.”

Jason Reindl
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.”

Dave McPherson
Head Coach Saint John Labatt Trojans Rugby Club

“It is really exciting for us, as a small association, for us to participate in something as big as the East Coast Games. I think that it really shows how far we’ve come and how much we’ve grown. For most of our players, it’s the first opportunity to do something on this scale. Having something like the Games right in our own backyard is pretty great.”

Jennifer Gendron
President, Kings County Lacrosse Association

“We recently attended the East Coast Games and had a fantastic tournament. Both the players and coaches think it was the best tournament we attended this summer. The level of competition and the organization of the tournament was in my opinion second to none. Considering this was the first year for the tournament I would say this took an extreme amount of effort, dedication, and passion. We have taken the message back to the Basketball Nova Scotia office and hope to return next year with as many provincial teams as possible. The tournament has a Nationals ‘feel’ which the athletes loved. The level of competition was great to prepare the boys for the challenge ahead. Thanks again for a fantastic job well done!”

Bruce Carson
NS U17 Basketball men’s team manager

“The East Coast Games Rugby 7s was extremely well done. With this venue (UNBSJ) and organizing committee, this tournament has the potential to be one of the best in the country. Rugby 7s is growing in popularity across the country and this tournament will make sure that the East Coast is keeping pace. I look forward to participating again and watching this tournament grow.”

Chauncey O’Toole
Former Rugby Canada National 7’s Player

“Thank you for a very professionally run East Coast Games Rugby 7’s tournament!!! We BELLEISLE ROVERS had a fantastic day of fun rugby !!!! And we even scored a few trys and got a W. The BELLEISLE ROVERS will always attend the East Coast Games Sevens and anything else you set up !!!! For rugby”

Grant Beckingham
Belleisle Rovers 7’s Player