Canada Summer Games delivers

St. Catharines native and Olympic gold medalist Kirsten Kit lights the opening ceremonies cauldron at Meridian Centre. Photo credit: Niagara 2022 Host Society 


The first few days of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games have delivered. 

From Olympic Gold Medalist, coxie and St. Catharines native Kristen Kit having the honour of lighting the cauldron to officially open the games to the first two full days of competition, some tremendous story lines continue to emerge. 

It’s been a big year for Kit, who was named co-athlete of the year for the City of St. Catharines in May and received the key to the city from Mayor Walter Sendzik on Friday, then was the final torch bearer Saturday night. 

“It was amazing. I feel so proud to be from St. Catharines,” Kit said, who quickly turned the attention to others. 

“It takes a village.”

Onto the games where for the first time in 37 years, Box Lacrosse made its return, and female lacrosse made its debut. 

Macey Hatfield is now in the Canada Games record book scoring the first ever goal in female box lacrosse at the Games. 

The 16-year Saint John native helped New Brunswick defeat Prince Edward Island 8-1. 

Monday it was Jaida Lee’s turn to make history.

Lee became the first female to pitch in the men’s baseball competition at the Games as her home province Newfoundland and Labrador dropped a 17-7 decision to Alberta. 

Her first pitch of the game was a strike as the ball was removed from the game – destined for a spot in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Competition continues at 18 venues across the region as a total of 31 Niagara natives (listed below) are competing.

# FirstName LastName Sport Representing HomeTown
1 Noah Dommasch Athletics Ontario St. Catharines
2 Matthew Martel Golf Ontario Pelham
3 Sarah Hurley Basketball Ontario Pelham
4 Corrynn Parker Basketball Ontario Pelham
5 Owen Bartel Rowing Ontario St. Catharines
6 Payton Gauthier Rowing Ontario Niagara Falls
7 Stephen Harris Rowing Ontario Guelph (Brock University)
8 Shane Keagan Rowing Ontario Pelham
9 Hailey Mercuri Rowing Ontario Lincoln (Vineland)
10 Teagan Orth Rowing Ontario St. Catharines
11 Shannon  Swinson Athletics Ontario Lincoln (Beamsville)
12 Grace Tennant Athletics Ontario Caistor Centre
13 Trinity Tutti Athletes Ontario Welland
14 Owen Konkle Athletics Ontario Grimsby
15 Aiden Taggart Baseball Ontario Grimsby
16 Nikola Mitrovic Volleyball Ontario Niagara Falls
17 Nikolas Schramm Rowing Ontario Niagara Falls
18 Sarah Guenther Wrestling Ontario Niagara Falls
19 Zubin Gatta Wrestling Ontario Niagara on-the-lake
20 Kai Bartel Rowing Ontario Niagara on-the-Lake
21 Mason Petrucci Soccer Ontario St. Catharines
22 Kennedy Millin Volleyball Ontario St. Catharines
23 Riley Pisek Rowing Ontario St. Catharines
24 Cait Whittard Rowing Ontario St. Catharines
25 Nicholas Murray-
Rowing British Columbia St. Catharines
26 Emily Skulj-
Swimming Ontario Thorold
27 Malarie Jones Rowing Ontario Wainfleet
28 Madeson Scott Rowing Ontario Welland
29 Trinity Tutti Athletics Ontario Welland
30 Stasia Bittman Rowing Ontario Welland
31 Lucas Maroney Rowing Ontario Welland

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