Nunavut’s largest team ever heading to Canada Summer Games
More than 60 representatives will head to the Niagara region in August
Nunavut will send its largest delegation ever to the Canada Summer Games after the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the event by one year.
Community and Government Services Minister David Joanasie announced Monday that up to 65 representatives, including athletes, coaches, youth ambassadors and support staff, will attend the games in the Niagara region of Ontario from August 6 to 22.
The Canada Games, which host summer and winter editions, are considered to be the highest level of competition available for amateur athletes in Canada. The last summer games took place in 2017 in Winnipeg.
Joanaise said this year’s delegation from Nunavut will include the new team additions of beach volleyball and indoor volleyball. Team Nunavut only sent a wrestling team to the previous Canada Summer Games.
Joanasie said the debut of volleyball teams “reflects the development in the Nunavut sport sector.”
The Canada Summer Games were originally scheduled for August 2021, but organizers decided to hold off on the event due to ongoing concerns around COVID-19.
“After two years of limited competition and travel opportunities due to the public health measures in place, I have no doubt this will be a very exciting debut of Team Nunavut and encourage all Nunavummiut to follow along and cheer on our athletes from afar,” Joanasie said.
The sport and recreation division of the Department of Community and Government Services co-ordinates Team Nunavut’s participation in major games programs like the Arctic Winter Games, Canada Games, North American Indigenous Games, and the Western Canada Summer Games.