The International Children’s Games invitation is a Mayor to Mayor request for participation. As such, a city must be involved to accept the invitation to participate. Prior to 2008, city of Kitchener staff organized participation in the Games. A decision was made to formulate an ICG committee made up of staff and volunteers to develop a structure and process to send delegations to these games each year. The committee was struck, and as a majority of affiliated minor sports groups are Regional or are organizations that span both Kitchener and Waterloo, city of Waterloo staff was also invited to the table to participate.
As an affiliated minor sports group, the Kitchener-Waterloo ICG Board is recognized as the exclusive committee to work with the City of Kitchener, City of Waterloo and the associated minor sports groups in sending participants to future games.
Local youth, aged 12-15, have competed in the following ICG games:
• Innsbruck, Austria, 2016
• Alkmaar, Netherlands, 2015
• Lake Macquarie, Australia, 2014
• Windsor-Essex, Ontario, 2013
• Daegu, South Korea, 2012
• Lanarkshire, Scotland, 2011
• Athens, Greece, 2009
• Vevey-Montreux, Switzerland, 2009
• San Francisco, California, 2008
• Reykjavik, Iceland, 2007
• Coventry, England, 2005
• Cleveland, Ohio, 2004
• Hamilton, Ontario, 2000
The Games this year are in Kaunas, Lithuania
Kaunas, the provincial capital, is the second-largest city in Lithuania with about 350,000 people and has historically been a leading center of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. Kaunas, the most student-centered city in Lithuania, is located in the central part of the country and is surrounded by the country’s two largest rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris. Kaunas is known for its colorful history, cozy parks, remarkable and wonderful Old Town and interwar spirit.
The city is the hometown of Rūta Meilutytė, the London 2012 gold-medal winner in the 100-metre women’s breaststroke, who started her winning story at the 2010 ICG event in Manama, Bahrain.
Kaunas is also a host city of many international sports events dating back to 1939 when it hosted the European Basketball Championship. We invite young basketball players from all over the world to the same historic Sports Hall to have their competitions during International Children‘s Games in 2017.
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