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Guelph Welcomes International Athletes at The GOOD Games Starting Today

Today, Guelph welcomes over 1,200 athletes from around the globe for The GOOD Games. This exciting event will take place at the University of Guelph throughout the weekend, July 6 and 7.

Athletes of all skill levels will compete in a variety of 12 sports, including beach volleyball, pickleball, rugby, cornhole, and three-on-three basketball, among others. The majority of the events will be held on the university campus, with archery being the only exception. The festival zone will be located in the P14 parking lot near the athletics centre.

Helen Stoumbos, the founder and CEO of The GOOD Games, highlighted the accessibility of the event: “You can literally walk to every single sport competition, except archery.”

The event will also feature two national championship competitions. The Canadian Freestyle Soccer competition will welcome guest judge Laura Biondo, a renowned athlete with multiple championships and 15 Guinness World Records to her name. Additionally, the teqball Canadian championship will be held at the Gryphon Fieldhouse. Describing teqball, Stoumbos said, “Ping pong meets table tennis meets soccer, and it’s the second fastest growing sport in the world.”

One of the unique events is walking soccer, which will include an athlete as old as 90 years. The newly established Canadian women’s pro soccer league, the Northern Super League, will have representatives on site to provide information about the league and distribute free swag.

The event promises more than just sports. There will be a variety of food options and activities, including inflatables and sack races. The opening ceremony this evening will feature athletes being piped in by a bagpiper and marching into the festival area. The night will conclude with a glowstick DJ dance party.

For a complete schedule of events, visit The GOOD Games website.

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