Montréal is typically game to play. While the pandemic put a damper on many athletic activities, we’re metaphorically lacing up our shoes, stretching our muscles, and heading back on the court once again. In fact, this summer we played host to some major sporting events!
Here are five noteworthy sporting events—which took place with some modifications to ensure public health safety—that happened in Montréal over the summer months!
2021 Olympic and Paralympic Track and Field Trials
In June, the crème-de-la-crème of Canadian track and field gathered at Montréal’s Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard. The objective: qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. A modified schedule allowed ample time between events, while a limit of total number of people on-site enabled plenty of space for everyone. Additionally, rapid on-site testing ensured the safety of not only athletes, but coaches, officials, and volunteers. While there were no spectators, the event played an immensely important role in making athlete dreams come true.
Learn more: www.athletics.ca
Groupe Copley 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Montréal
Montréal has hosted an annual triathlon for several decades. This year’s event—called the "Groupe Copley"—was adapted to Québec's public health standards. Many modifications were made to the competition site and to the start procedures to deliver a safe event for everyone. We swam! We biked! We ran! And most importantly of all: we stayed safe doing it!
Learn more: www.montreal.triathlon.org
National Bank Open presented by Rogers
One of the biggest tennis events of the world returned to Montréal this summer. The 2021 Canadian Open (branded as the 2021 National Bank Open presented by Rogers for sponsorship reasons) is an outdoor hard court tennis tournament that is part of the US Open Series. The women’s events were held in Montréal. Held at the IGA Stadium, the event implemented several important security measures, in accordance with municipal, provincial, and federal health regulations. In the end, the organizers aced it.
Learn more: www.omniumbanquenationale.com/en
In early September, Montréal hosted a major 3x3 Basketball (pronounced three-ex-three) tournament as part of a larger urban cultural festival called DISTRIX. Hot off its debut as an official medalist sport at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, 3x3 Basketball is a variation of basketball played three-a-side. The events took place in an open-air stadium in the heart of Montréal’s entertainment district: Quartier des Spectacles.
Learn more: www.distrixfestival.com
Défi sportif AlterGo
The biggest multisport event in Canada, Défi sportif AlterGo supports up-and-coming athletes with a variety of functional limitations (hearing, intellectual, motor, visual, autism spectrum, language/speech, or mental health). The 2021 event had nearly 2,000 young people in schools moving with a reinvented hybrid version. The community gathered for a week of activities, that included virtual events broadcast on the organization’s Facebook page. This was an excellent example of potential of a hybrid model!
Learn more: www.defisportif.com/en
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