August 10 – 25, 2001
In 2001, the London Alliance became the largest city ever in Canada to host the Canada Games. Made up of a partnership of five communities; London, St. Thomas, Woodstock, Grand Bend, and the University of Western Ontario, the 2001 Canada Summer Games were a tremendous success. The theme of the 2001 Canada Summer Gameswas "now is the future. LIVE IT." A total of 13 teams represented each of the 10 provinces and three territories, as Nunavutwas participating in the Canada Games for the very first time. For the first time in Canada Games history, athletes with an intellectual disability competed at the Games in swimming. This made swimming the first sport to include athletes with an intellectual disability, physical disability and able-bodied. The province of Nova Scotia was awarded the Claude Hardy award in recognition of the talents and dedication of their Mission staff, the individuals who work behind the scenes to ensure their athletes, coaches and managers have the best possible Canada Games experience. The team also took home the Centennial Cup. Ontario won the Flag, and Team Saskatchewan won the Jack Pelech Award. The Games received the ‘Ambassador of the Year Award’ at Tourism London’s 2001 Spirit of Excellence Gala.
The magnitude of the event, in terms of visitor spending, capital spending and the operational costs of the Games themselves resulted in significant economic benefits to the London area. Furthermore, many legacy facilities, such as the TD Waterhouse Stadium and the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, will continue to provide residents with future recreational and athletic venues. In addition, the community gained the experience in hosting athletic events of this scope and developed extensive volunteer networks. All these factors made a significant contribution.
The total combination of capital construction, Games revenues and visitor spending resulted in $49.10 million in expenditures. These expenditures generated a total of $93.38 million in economic activity for the province as a whole, $63.48 million within London. It is estimated that the Games provided the equivalent of 662.6 full-year jobs for residents of London as well as another 172.4 full-year jobs for residents in other parts of Ontario. These jobs generated $18.81 million in wages and salaries in London and an additional $7.06 million in other parts of Ontario.
Total athletes: 3350
Total coaches/managers: 650
6,500 volunteers were used during the Games. This helped to create a valuable resource base to draw from for future events.
TD Waterhouse Stadium and the Canada Games Aquatic Centre will give London residents excellent facilities for athletic pursuits in the future.
Regional Pride and Spirit
Hosting the 2001 Canada Games helped to develop London as a sport tourism destination in Ontario, and increasing pride and spirit throughout the community.
The 2001 Canada Games were Chairman Jack Pelech’s 30th and final year with the Canada Games. Through his tireless work and dedication to sport, he has given thousands of young people the gift of sport. Hillary Adams of Saskatchewan won the Roland Michener award and was also an eight-time medallist at the 2001 Games in canoeing. She won 3 gold and a silver in individual races and a silver and 3 bronze in the C2 and C4 races. Nova Scotia was the first time winner of the Claude Hardy award for the provincial or territorial Mission Team who best exhibits leadership, cooperation, integrity and esprit de corps.
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