Do you consider yourself the competitive type? Whether you're interested in cheering on the athletes in action, or being one yourself, summer in Vancouver is full of sporting events to enjoy and participate in.
Rugby | Canada vs. Japan on June 11 2016
On the heels of the highly successful international Rugby Seven’s Tournament, which took place at BC Place this past March, Rugby returns to Vancouver. History will be made as the Canadian National team plays at BC Place for the first time. Canada will face Japan in an International Test Match on June 11th
Swim, Bike, Run | Ironman 5150 Series Triathlon on July 10
Ironman brings its first race to Vancouver with the 5150 Series Triathlon. This includes a 1.5 kilometre swim, 40-kilometre bicycle ride, and a 10-kilometre run. Taking place on July 10, 2016, Vancouver terrain offers an ideal setting for this race with the city's proximity to water and scenic seawall. Race participants will experience Vancouver in the way many locals do -- biking, swimming, and running their way through the city. Being held in the peak of Vancouver's tourism season, Ironman Canada expects 2,500 competitors and 10,000 spectators.
Soccer | Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Crystal Palace FC on July 19, 2016
In conjunction with the Vancouver-Guangzhou Friendship Society and Vancouver Chinese Soccer Association, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC will play against English Premier League side and FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace FC in the Vancouver International Soccer Challenge. The match will take place at BC Place on Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. PT.
The international friendly is part of the sixth annual Vancouver - Guangzhou Friendship Cities Cup, a friendly match between a Select XI from the Vancouver Chinese Soccer Association and the Guangzhou Super Football Club to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the sister cities relationship between Vancouver and Guangzhou. The Friendship Cities Cup will kick off at 9 p.m. PT - immediately following the international friendly.
Sport for All | Americas Masters Games August 26 to September 4
The first-ever Americas Masters Games (AMG) will take place August 26 to September 4 at venues across Vancouver. This summer, thousands of amateur athletes from around the world are expected to travel to Vancouver for the nine-day event. AMG is designed to complement the World Masters Games (the world’s largest multi-sport event), offering an opportunity for sports enthusiasts and athletes of all skill levels 30 years of age and older to compete in the Americas region.
Vancouver was selected as host city for the inaugural AMG largely due to leading infrastructure, sports hosting facilities and experience obtained through hosting massive sporting events like the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Canada Sevens.
“The best part about the AMG is that it’s for everyone. The Games invites participants of all skill levels and backgrounds to have a major sports event experience – and that fun and teamwork are truly what sport is all about.” – Charmaine Crooks, retired Olympic athlete