(JAN 10) Great news for
Canada’s boxing stars and administrators with confirmation
tonight that women’s boxing will be included in the 2023 Canada
Games to be held on Prince Edward Island (P.E.I).
It is the first time that women’s boxing has been included in
the Winter Games and Boxing Canada has been fighting hard for
its inclusion. A statement from the Canada Games organisers
tonight confirmed the news and the process.
“The Canada Games Council (CGC) is pleased to announce the final
sports and disciplines selected for the 2023 Canada Winter Games
that will be hosted in Prince Edward Island (PEI).
The CGC’s Sport Committee adhered to a transparent and objective
sport selection process in which it analysed all sports and
disciplines that wished to be included in the 2023 Canada Winter
Games. The total number of sports/disciplines selected for the
Games are based on a participant quota that each Games must
“The Canada Games play a vital role in the growth of Canadian
sport and have evolved to the point where more sports vie for
inclusion than any specific Games could possibly include,” says
Tom Quinn, Chairman of the Canada Games Council. “The Canada
Games looks forward to continuing to build great partnerships
among the governing bodies of the sports on the program as we
plan towards the 2023 Canada Games.”
The CGC ran a sport selection process that included a core sport
review following the 2015 Canada Winter Games, and an assessment
sport selection process, in order to determine the final sport
program for the 2023 Canada Winter Games.
The core sport review is designed to ensure that the Core sports
remain aligned with the mission, vision and values of the Canada
Games and the Canadian sport system. Core sports generally meet
all of the goals of the Canada Games sport program and provide
the Canada Games and the Provincial/Territorial Governments with
a stable sport program. The core sport program accounts for up
to 70% of the overall Games quota.
The assessment sport selection process is designed to identify
sports that generally meet most of the goals of the Canada Games
sport program, but that lack alignment in a minority of areas
that don’t allow it to achieve core status. The assessment
process provides sports not previously on the Canada Games sport
program the opportunity to be selected for the program through
an objective evaluation. The assessment sport selection process
is used to select the remaining 30% of the Games quota.
The two new events are the women’s boxing program and mixed
Curling. More news here on WBAN when we have it as to which
weights will be on the program for these prestigious
Championships. You will recall that P.E.I. last hosted the Games
in 2009 for the summer edition. Those Games left the Island with
a legacy of new and improved facilities, enhanced volunteer
resources, financial returns from more than 15,000 visitors, and
$81.5 million in economic activity.
“Hosting this prestigious national event creates numerous
lasting benefits for a community,” said Tom Quinn, Canada Games
In addition to the Canada Games, 2023 also marks Prince Edward
Island’s 150th Anniversary in joining the Confederation.
“2023 will be a year of celebrating our history and our culture
in true Island style,” said Premier MacLauchlan. “The 2023
Canada Winter Games will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate
this important moment in our history, and a great way to kick
off the yearlong anniversary celebrations.”
So WBAN congratulations not only the Games organisers and the
people of Prince Edward Island but also Pat Fiacco and his team
at Boxing Canada in recognising the ever increasing popularity
of women’s boxing which will bring new hope to Canadian women of
today and those who will by then be preparing too for the 2024
Olympic Games at a venue yet to be announced.