Hamilton, Flint stage 54th CANUSA Games

Let the Games begin. And they have.

The annual friendly competition, which began in 1958 between Hamilton and Flint, Mich., takes place this Aug. 5-7 weekend in the Steel City and the sports began on Friday after opening ceremonies took place at Brian Timmis Stadium. Once greetings were exchanged, the athletes dispersed to their billets and game venues. The competitions alternate each year between Hamilton and Flint.

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and Hamilton Councillor Sam Merulla light the CANUSA torch during opening ceremonies for the 54th version of the games. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)


Hamilton Tiger-Cats mascot TC was on hand to welcome participants in this year’s CANUSA Games (Photo: Ron Bernardo)


The CANUSA Games Trophy is lofted by Flint’s Dayne Walling and Hamilton’s Sam Merulla prior to the start of the sports events. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

The two cities will vie for bragging rights in 16 sports played throughout the city with about 1,200 athletes participating. For the initial Games, 200 athletes from each city took part.

Hamilton holds a 25-24 edge in the games with four years ending in ties.

2011 Schedule of CANUSA Events