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NIAGARA BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU OPEN

In 2012 and 2013, the Niagara Sport Commission has partnered with Modern Vision Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness to present the Niagara Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open, a tournament whose goal is to raise awareness of the sport in extended communities and outline the benefits of the discipline of Brazilian Jit-Jitsu. The one-day event has been held in March in the spacious Bob Davis Gymnasium at Brock University in St. Catharines, and has attracted 1,000 participants over the past two years. Many division winners and top performing athletes receive prizes from Niagara Businesses, encouraging people to experience areas of Niagara they may not have been familiar with before, or never took the time to enjoy!

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NIAGARA SPORT INDUSTRY CONGRESS

The Niagara Sport Commission hosted the Inaugural Niagara Sport Industry Congress in March of 2013. Over 300 high school and university students aspiring to work in the field of Sport and Sport Management attended a two day congress at the Four Points Sheraton St. Catharines in Thorold. The congress featured Industry Leaders and Experts, National Sport Organizations, Provincial Sport Organizations, Collegiate and University Athletic Directors, and Entrepreneurs in Sport.

Ian Troop, CEO of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, and Tom Wright, Director of Operations UFC Canada, and Brent Barootes, President of The Partnership Group, were the keynote speakers at the event.

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ONTARIO BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS

For the past three years, the Niagara Sport Commission partnered with the Niagara Falls Red Raiders to host various Ontario Cups – Provincial Basketball Championships to the Niagara Region.

In 2013, over 1,500 players participated in the Major Atom Under 12 Boys Basketball Championships and the Juvenile Under 17 Boys Basketball Championships. The action took place in 11 gymnasiums thoughout the Niagara Region.

Ontario Cup Tip Off, Division 1 Gold Medal GameOttawa Guardsmen - 2013 Ontario Cup Under 17 Juvenile Boys Basketball Championsadvantage_titans_champs

Ontario Cup Free Throw Shot

 

 

 

 

 

ROYAL CANADIAN HENLEY REGATTA

For the past two years, the Niagara Sport Commission have assisted with the logistics for the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.

In 2013, over 3,000 participants including rowers, coaches, organizers, and volunteers enjoyed the amazing weather and rowing conditions during the annual event that took place August 4 – 11 in Port Dalhousie.

Henley RaceNicole Thebaud presenting medals to the Senior Women Quad ChampionsHenley Podium

GRANFONDO NIAGARA FALLS

GranFondo Niagara Falls, a 125-kilometre ride through Niagara, took place on Saturday, September 14, 2013 with over 1,000 riders participating in the inaugural ride that drew high praise from riders from around the world. Loosely translated from Italian, granfondo means “big ride” or “great endurance.” There were riders from across North America, and from a far a field as the United Kingdom and Japan.

The ride began shortly before 7 a.m. on the Niagara Parkway in front of Niagara Falls, with the route taking riders through Niagara Falls, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Pelham, Thorold, and then back to Niagara Falls ending at Queen Victoria Park.

There was a dedicated traffic-free lane for the entire course, allowing participants to ride at their own pace.

After the conclusion of the ride, the participants were treated to a free concert by Juno Award winning musicians Barney Bentall and Jim Cuddy, who also rode the 125km route of the inaugural GranFondo Niagara Falls.

Overhead Shot of GranFondo Start with Niagara Falls in the backgroundCyclistsBarney Bentall and Musical Guests

11GLOBAL TRIATHLON

In September 2012, the Niagara Sport Commission presented the 11Global Niagara Falls Triathlon, an Olympic distance triathlon that started in the waters of the Welland International Flatwater Centre with a 1.5km swim, followed by a 40km bike ride from Welland to the Niagara Parkway, and concluding with a 10km run to the finish line located adjacent to the majestic Niagara Falls.

This Olympic distance triathlon was for athletes 18 years and older and sanctioned by Triathlon Ontario.

The event consisted of four divisions:

  • Age Group
  • Clydesdale & Athena
  • Paratriathlete
  • Relay Teams

ELEVEN triathlonKristen Tamburrino

03
FEB
2014

1st Niagara Winter Games A Big Success!

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    Niagara Winter Games Attracts Over 1,000 participants and visitors Like a racing thoroughbred, the Niagara Sport Commission burst out of the gates in 2014 by introducing the 1st Niagara Winter Games over the last two weekends in January. The new multi-sport festival that...
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06
NOV
2013

Rugby 7’s Festival Another Success For Niagara

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November 22 and November 23                               The Niagara Sport Commission (NSC) and the Niagara Wasps Rugby Club presented the 2nd Annual Niagara Rugby Sevens Festival that took place on November 22 and November 23, 2013. The tournament field of 29 teams featured the...
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SEP
2013

GranFondo Niagara Falls…GRANFASTICO!

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GranFondo Niagara Falls, a 125-kilometre ride through Niagara, took place on Saturday morning with over 1,000 riders participating in the inaugural ride that drew high praise from riders from around the world. Loosely translated from Italian, granfondo means “big...
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AUG
2013

131st Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

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131st ROAL CANADIAN HENLEY REGATTA          From August 4 – 11, the City of St. Catharines rolled out the welcome mat for the best in rowing as they celebrated 131 years of competition and tradition. The Regatta accomplished its goal of offering the best experience for all...
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05
AUG
2013

2013 ICF Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships

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2013 Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships From August 1 – 4, the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC), located in the heart of the Niagara Region, was thrilled to be host the 2013 Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships. The...
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AUG
2013

Canoe Niagara, 2013 ICF Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships

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CANOE NIAGARA           August 1 – 4 2013 Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships The Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC), located in the heart of the Niagara Region, is thrilled to be hosting the 2013 Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships!...
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    06
    JUL
    2013

    2013 Sport Niagara Awards Breakfast

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    Thursday, June 6, 2013 The Niagara Sport Commission hosted the 1st Annual Sport Niagara Awards Breakfast on Thursday, June 6 at the Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre in St. Catharines. Five major awards were handed out to recognize the 2012 achievements of...
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    MAY
    2013

    2013 Ontario Cup Under 17 Juvenile Boys Basketball Provincial Championships

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    May 24 – 26 During the final weekend of May, Niagara hosted a second Ontario Cup in as many months. Over 60 basketball teams, 750 participants, competed for three days at eight gymnasiums spread throughout the Niagara Region. We would like to congratulate the Ottawa...
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    APR
    2013

    Ontario Minor Field Lacrosse League Returns To Niagara

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    There will be eight teams in the Peewee (Under 13) division playing at the Kiwanis Field on Saturday and nine teams competing in the Bantam (Under 15) division on Sunday. In Welland, there will be 13 teams in the Novice (Under 11) division and six teams in the Peewee (Under 13)...
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