Photo By: Mackenzie Gerry

One of the most unique aspects of this upcoming school year is the ongoing partnership between Brock University and the 2022 Canada Summer Games. Seeing as the Games are going to be held in Brock’s backyard, the university is set to play a major role in facilitating the Games. 

The Canada Games, which are held every two years and alternate between summer and winter, are the country’s largest multi-sport event. These Games were initially supposed to be the 2021 Games and were to begin right about now, but the pandemic forced them to be pushed back. Now they are set to take place across the Niagara Region in just over one year’s time. 

“Brock University has been involved in the Niagara Games since discussion to bid on the multi-sport event began in 2015,” said Dr. Julie Stevens, Special Advisor to the President of the Games and an associate professor of sport management. “The university is a committed partner to support academic innovation to enhance student learning experiences related to curriculum, research and community engagement.”

Events such as swimming, women’s rugby, mountain biking and diving will be held on campus, while beach volleyball, wrestling, lacrosse, indoor volleyball and athletics are set to be held at Canada Games Park, a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility currently being built across the street from Brock’s main campus.

“Canada Games Park is a new complex that includes the Walker Sports and Abilities Centre, the outdoor athletics facility and beach volleyball courts,” said Dr. Stevens. “Construction is ongoing and will be completed before the Games.”

Dr. Stevens says just how Brock students may access the facility is still under discussion.

“Our campus will also support Games operations, as the university will be the site for the Athlete Village and sport competitions,” said Dr. Stevens. “Altogether, these multiple roles demonstrate a significant contribution to ensure the Games have a positive and sustainable legacy within the Brock community and for the Niagara Region as a whole.”

Seeing as so much activity will be held at and around Brock next summer, the need for volunteers is ever present — more than 4,000 volunteers will be needed over the course of the two-week event, many being Brock students. The Games are a great way to get involved in the Brock and Niagara communities, in addition to providing valuable experience in a smattering of roles and positions.

“Students can visit the Brock-Canada Games website for stories and information on what is happening at Brock through the University’s partnership with the 2022 Niagara Canada Summer Games Host Society,” said Dr. Stevens. “I encourage students to visit the Brock University Volunteer Association (BUVA) site on ExperienceBU to learn about how to join, ways to volunteer and the social and professional training sessions that are available. You may also visit the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games’ website to sign up for Games-time volunteer opportunities.”

For more information about Brock’s partnership with the Games, visit the embedded links above. To stay up to date with the 2022 Canada Summer Games, follow @2022CanadaGames on Twitter.