Written by: Caitlin C
Cheer. Spirit. Community.
These three things come together at sporting events throughout the city all year long. Guelph is hosting some HUGE sporting events this year and we are ready to hit a grand slam showcasing the Guelph spirit.
Let’s rewind the tape and take a look at some of the great sporting events Guelph has played host to this year so far:
Rogers Hometown Hockey
Guelph was the second last stop on the travelling Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour on April 1 and 2. The event in Market Square this was one of the largest events to be hosted in the downtown space, with an estimated attendance of over 12,000 people each day. Hockey fans from Guelph and the surrounding area gathered to play kid friendly events,
watch live music and the broadcast of the NHL game, and of course to meet NHL alumni such as CuJo, Rich Peverly, and Rick Vaive. To top off an amazing hockey filled weekend, 22 local teams took to Carden Street in the Parade of Champions to kick off the live broadcast of the NHL game. The smiles on the player’s faces, the proud supporters cheering them on, and the community coming together made for a quintessential Guelph experience.
2017 Canadian Women’s & Men’s Master Curling Championships
Over 60 of Canada’s top curlers swept into to town to compete for the title of Canadian Champions. Fans were invited out to the Guelph Curling Club to take in all the action. Athletes participating also took some time to celebrate Canada 150 while being entertained by the comedic folks at the Making Box.
Royal Brawl Roller Derby
This high energy invitational tournament took place at the Centennial Arena and delivered some incredible bouts. Teams from
across Canada came to compete over the 2 day tournament on May 12 & 13 at Centennial Arena.
*Side note: Did you know that there is a junior roller derby league in Guelph? Open to ages 9 to 17. Check out http://www.royalcityrollergirls.com/junior-derby-is-coming-to-guelph/ for information.
Let’s take a look at the lineup of sporting events still to come in Guelph
- Tour de Guelph – June 25
- Canadian Women’s Amateur Golf Championship – July 24-28
- World Dwarf Games – August 5-12 (The largest games to date!)
- Canadian Horseshoe Pitching Championships – August 8-12
- Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game – January 25, 2018
Finally let’s give a big cheer to the boys of summer, the Guelph Royals that will play their home opener on May 20th, with the first pitch at 2pm. The Guelph Royals call Hastings Stadium home and it’s your chance to take in some local ball and grab some ball park snacks.
Be loud. Be #GuelphProud.