A team of all-star girls volleyball players will represent Hamilton at the largest international games for youth in Daegu, South Korea.
The Under-15 team will depart for the 46th edition of the International Children’s Game as part of the Canadian contingent. But Hamilton may also compete against other teams from other Canadian cities during the July 10-17 event. The event will include more than 2,000 participants from 80 cities representing 40 countries, including the USA, Poland, Israel, Switzerland, Russia and the host country.
The volleyball team is Hamilton’s only entry and the team departs on Tuesday (July 10). Hamilton was the first city in the western hemisphere to participate in the games back in 1989. Since that date Hamilton has hosted the games twice, 1994 and 2000.
That year the games and its many celebrations throughout the city was Canada’s largest millennium project and multi-sporting event in the nation.
Hamilton has continued to participate in the games and this year will mark its 23rd appearance in the ICG summer games. Over 500 Hamilton athletes have competed, including such athletes as Hamilton’s track and field star Christian Brenham, Olympian and triathlete Colin Jenkins and Shona Thurburn who will compete for Canada at this year’s London Olympics.
The ICG Hamilton Inc, a. nonprofit organization, will formally announce the delegation traveling for Korea at a press conference Monday, 11 a.m. in the auditorium of the Hamilton Spectator.
Next year’s games will return to Canada as Windsor, Ontario will be host to the 2013 International Children’s Games next August followed by Lake Maguire, Australia in 2014. Windsor is building a major aquatic complex which will serve as next year’s games capital legacy.
The ICG is a recognized member of the International Olympic Committee.
ICG Hamilton became incorporated in 1995 following it’s hosting of the 1994 games. Its responsibilities include the annual fundraising and coordination of Hamilton’s participation at the ICG. This includes sport selection, coaching selection, travel arrangements, uniforms and the chaperone/mission duties required while meeting the needs of competitive athletes during a major multi-sport event.