December 27, 2019 (Guelph,ON) – Olympic gold medalist, Jamie Salé, and two-time Stanley Cup champion, Craig Simpson, will champion the Masters’ sport movement as sports ambassadors for The Guelph Games: International Masters Multi-sport Festival. The first annual games will be held in Guelph, Ontario June 25 to 28, 2020.

“People have spent the holidays thinking of others, but is there a better gift for yourself than to commit to your own wellbeing?” asks Salé. “Sport for people over 30 is a great way to combine physical activity and time with friends. It’s why the Masters movement is gaining so much traction globally.”

Simpson agrees: “Our generation may never hang up our skates. You see this with lifelong hockey players all the time. People love their sport and the social aspects that come with it.” He adds, “The Guelph Games wants to create this iconic opportunity for athletes at all levels, backgrounds and ages to celebrate sport in an extraordinarily fun festival atmosphere. It doesn’t matter what you play, just get out there and do it.”

Helen Helen Stoumbos with the Mayor of Guelph

The sports legends join The Games CEO and Canadian World Cup soccer great Helen Stoumbos, global business leader John Sleeman, CFL legend and philanthropist Stuart Lang and the stellar team that is behind the four-day, seven sport festival which is expected to attract 1,300 athletes in its first year. Not your typical tournament, Masters’ sport – for those 30 to 103 – is attracting recreational and elite athletes with the promise of equal parts sport and social in what is a rapidly growing global travel and lifestyle trend.

“Canadians know all about the health and social benefits of sport, yet our participation declines drastically with age, especially among women,” says Stoumbos. “The one exception is Masters sport because it’s meeting all the needs of people who want healthier lifestyles: competition, camaraderie and travel to name just three.”

Registrations for The Guelph Games open in January and organizers expect them to fill up fast. Sports include athletics, basketball, beach-volleyball, slo-pitch, soccer, pickleball and ultimate frisbee.

The Guelph Games CEO expects the inaugural games to be the beginning of a significant sport, business and wellbeing venture. An impressive roster of iconic Canadian brands sponsoring the event – including Sleeman Beer, Spring Mill Distillery, Roots, Lululemon, Scotiabank, Royal Canin, Corus Entertainment and DoTerra- seem to agree.

“Between the University of Guelph and our historic downtown, we have a unique North American venue where all venues are within walking distance. That’s unheard of,” says Guelph Games CEO, Helen Stoumbos. “We’re predicting these Games will become the epicentre of the Masters movement in Canada.”

For more information, contact:

Helen Stoumbos, CEO Guelph Games

Cell: 519-820-5279


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The inaugural Guelph Games will take place June 25-28, 2020 in Guelph, Ontario. The four-day, multi-sport, social and cultural event will attract more than 1,300 athletes and their coaches, friends and families.

Seven sports will be featured at the first Guelph Games. Athletics, basketball, slo-pitch, soccer, pickleball and ultimate frisbee will all be within walking distance from one another at beautiful University of Guelph’s state of the art facilities. Beach volleyball will bring excitement to Downtown Guelph’s Carden St. The community is welcome to cheer from the stands and join social events for fun off the courts.

 The Guelph Games growing list of sponsors includes: Spring Mill Distillery, Sleeman Breweries, Lululemon, Roots, Scotiabank, DoTerra, Royal Canin, and Corus Entertainment.

 The annual Guelph Games will also build a lasting legacy for the community and youth sport in Guelph by gifting a percentage of funds from the games to The Guelph Games Sport and Community Fund at the Guelph Community Foundation.


Masters Games are about promoting an active and healthy lifestyle by encouraging athletes ages 30 to 100+ years to continue striving towards sporting success. The ethos of the Masters Games movement is “sport for all”, creating a friendly and understanding environment to encourage athletes of all ages, race, gender, nationality, religion and ability to participate – in support of the philosophy of the Olympic Charter.

  • Only 25% of Canadians over the age of 18 are participating in sport, with numbers declining with age; however,
  • While overall sport participation rates are declining, both the number of seniors who are master’s athletes and tournament participation are going up compared to previous years.
  • The physical and mental health benefits of active lifestyles are well documented
  • When mothers participate in sports in any way their children’s participation rate is much higher (71%) than that of children whose mothers do not (29%).
  • Sport participation breaks down barriers for new Canadians
  • Quality sport helps people of all ages socialize and stay active
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