Sports in Brief: month of July

Commemorative Spikeball tournament at Richardson Stadium to honour Gage Foster

On Aug. 10, Richardson stadium will play host to the First Annual Gage Foster Memorial Spikeball tournament. Foster, a first-year receiver on the Queen’s Football team, passed in a tragic car accident last summer.

His keen athleticism made him a standout in his hometown of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Pat Sheahan, former Queen’s Football head coach, spoke at Gage’s funeral and referred to him as one of the town’s “golden boys.”

The day will kick off at 10:00 a.m. and will feature live music, pizza, drinks, along with prizes for the top teams. All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Gage Foster Athletic Scholarship Fund, created by Gage’s family to honour his memory. 

Imperium Social, a digital marketing company, is hosting the event. Those who are interested in registering for the event are encouraged to visit www.gagefostermemorial.ca for more information.

—Matt Funk

 

Kingston to host two Sailing World Championships

Later this summer, Canadian Olympic-training Regatta Kingston (CORK) will host two sailing World Championships. The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) Laser Radial Youth Worlds will take place July 24-31 at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour followed by the ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds from August 16-23. 

All told, CORK will host more than 500 athletes and coaches from 42 countries. 

“With two major youth World Championships, you will be seeing the future of sailing,” says Randolph Bertin of the ILCA.

Founded in 1969, CORK has been the host of many international competitions—most notably the 1976 Olympics. However, this summer’s competition bears a special significance, as it’s the regatta’s 50th anniversary.

Aside from offering a great spectacle for the city, CORK also yields economic impact. 

“This summer, we estimate these events will provide $4.5M in total economic impact to Kingston and $6M to Ontario,” Megan Knott, executive director of Visit Kingston said.

 “CORK has been a major contributor to sport tourism in Kingston for 50 years, and what a way to celebrate by hosting two world championships.”

 

—Matt Funk

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