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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Message from the City of Windsor
Mayor Francis As residents of Windsor, we stand together proudly as your hosts for the 2013 International Children's Games. Windsor is one of the most diverse communities in Canada, home to 100 different heritages from around the globe. Your participation at the ICG enriches our diversity of traditions, as we couldn't be happier that you've chosen to visit.

Three years ago, we began our ICG journey with only a dream, in a small hotel in Athens, Greece. Our vision, to welcome the world to Windsor, the community we know and love, was in its infancy. Fourteen of Windsor's youth ambassadors joined me to tell the world why our hometown was the next home for ICG.

From that fateful day, we've been immersed in the wonder, the amazement, the camaraderie, and the pride of these games. Windsor has now fielded teams in three Summer Games and one Winter Games.

Over the six days of competition, you'll experience the premier sports facilities that our community has to offer. You'll enjoy the near-urban wilderness charm of Mic Mac Park, the McHugh Soccer Park next to the Ganatchio Trail, and, most visibly, the pride of our community, the new Family Aquatic Complex. We know that you'll enjoy it, and will be the lasting legacy of these games.

While you're here, enjoy all that our city and region have to offer. We're one mile across the Detroit River from our good neighbours in the City of Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. We're a single day of travel from half of the population of the entire continent. We have an incredible assortment of tourism services and cultural attractions with the city and in its backyard.

Within 1,200 volunteers support this event who we cannot thank enough for their service, ICG athletes and out-of-town visitors will get a worry-free introduction to our community. Thank you!

Message from the County of Essex
Warden Bain On behalf of Essex County Council ad the seven local Essex County municipalities, I welcome all athletes and coaches, visitors and volunteers to the 2013 International Children's Games.

Essex County is so very proud to collaborate with the City of Windsor in hosting this year's Games.

Determination and commitment are the hallmarks of these Games. Be it athletes in training to deliver their best possible performances, to the local organizing team planning and coordinating the athletic and entertainment events, to the volunteers preparing to lend a hand to ensure everything runs smoothly, all involved are eager to make the 2013 Games the most successful to date.

The rich cultural diversity of our region will no doubt make one and all feel right at home, whether you are visiting for the first time or are a lifelong resident.

Unparalleled hospitality is certain to greet you. I know the experience of the Games is one that will remain with you for years to come.

There are friendships to be developed, relationships to be forged and memories to be created as the world comes to Windsor-Essex.

We are honoured to be your host and look forward to offering an unforgettable celebration of sport and camaraderie. Best wishes to all athletes, visitors, and participants.

ICG World News


Windsor-Essex Ready to Welcome the World!
On behalf of the ICG Windsor-Essex Games Organizing Team, we would like to wish all of our visitors a safe trip to Windsor-Essex. We look forward to welcoming you and making memories for years to come. Let the Games begin!

Windsor-Essex Tours and Excursions
If you're visiting Windsor-Essex this summer, our friends at Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island have put together a great list of tours and excursions happening during ICG. Click here for list of tours and excursions. 
Visitor tours and excursion updates are continuously being updated. Please make sure to check back to www.icg-windsoressex2013.com for updates. We look forward to welcoming all of our world visitors to Windsor and Essex County this summer. Learn more about Windsor and Essex County visiting Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island by clicking here. Watch "One Region. Countless Stories" video! 





ICG Windsor-Essex News


ICG Fun FactsExplore fun ICG facts with our Windsor-Essex ICG 2013 infographic - tons of fun 2013 ICG facts and figures, including Windsor facts, sports venues, and participants.

Opening Ceremonies Information (SOLD OUT)
Click to view CTV Windsor coverage of ICG Opening Ceremony preparation.
The 47th International Children's Games Opening Ceremony is an artistic multi-faceted spectacle showcasing Windsor-Essex culture and talent and featuring the Parade of Athletes, live music, dance, aerialists and specialty performers including local young people in most of its segments, reflecting the "In Sport We Are One" legacy.

The entire event will also be broadcast LIVE on TVCOGECO starting at 7pm on Thursday August 15th. Repeat broadcasts will also be available during the following schedule: Friday August 16 at 1pm, Friday August 16 at 8pm, Saturday August 17 at 10am, Saturday August 17 at 7pm, and Monday August 19 at 7pm.

Want to sign along to the official ICG Theme Song? Learn the lyrics and listen here.

The Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County (The MCC) presented by WFCU are proud to host the Passport to the World, August 16, 2013 - 6pm - 11pm at the Riverfront Festival Plaza.
Passport to the World Presented by WFCU
The Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County (The MCC) presented by WFCU are proud to host the Passport to the World, August 16, 2013 - 6pm - 11pm at the Riverfront Festival Plaza to allow the community to welcome over 1,600 athletes from all over the world.

The MCC is hosting the athletes, their delegates and guests at this cultural festival located at Riverfront Festival Plaza and the community is welcome to this free event to meet the athletes and share food and cultural performances.

Along with a variety of cultural food vendors available such as Mexican, Filipino, Croatian, Greek and Japanese the TO2015 Pan Am Games and The Sandbox Project will be participating in this exciting event. There is no admission to this event and it is open to the public.  Cultural food tastings will be available for a low cost. Join us and meet the athletes, enjoy a tasting of diverse cultural foods and entertainment that celebrates the diversity of Windsor and Essex County.

The Diplomats perform in Walkerville
The Diplomats to Perform During Parade of Athletes/Closing Ceremonies

The Diplomats Drum & Bugle Corps was founded in April 2012. Currently the corps has 50 members aged 8 to 20. The Diplomats' five-year goal is to reach a membership of 150 young musicians and to represent Windsor Essex in the very prestigious Drum Corps International Championships.

The Diplomats Drum & Bugle Corps is truly music in motion, and an example of elegance, power and precision. Since their founding only a year ago, they have had the honour of performing at more than 70 prestigious events. Half of these appearances were performed at no charge in order to help organizations reach their own goals of helping others. Read more.

Friends and Boaters of Lakeview Park Marina Invited to Participate in ICG Parade of Boats
 You are invited to participate in the Closing Ceremonies of the 2013 International Children's Games!! The Games committee is looking for boats decorated in a Canadian theme  to participate in a "Bon Voyage Party" for athletes and delegates in a parade past the Riverfront Festival Plaza. Boaters with their decorated boats are asked to congregate on the water side of the Riverfront Festival Plaza, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Sunday, August 18th, 2013. 

ICG Sport News

The medals for the upcoming children's games are unveiled at city hall in Windsor on Friday, August 9, 2013. (TYLER BROWNBRIDGE/The Windsor Star)
ICG Windsor-Essex Medals Unveiled
The medals for the upcoming children's games were unveiled by Mayor Eddie Francis at City Hall in Windsor on Friday, August 9, 2013.

Swimmers Feel Need for Speed at Windsor's "Awesome" New Pool 
Matthew Laschuk from the Windsor Essex Swim Team competes in the first swim meet at the Family Aquatic Complex (JASON KRYK/The Windsor Star)
(Source: The Windsor Star) No sooner had her slim, torpedo-shaped body hit the water for the first time inside Windsor's new Family Aquatic Complex than competitive swimmer Leili Tilvaldyeva knew she was lapping toward a personal best. "It's a fast pool ... the water just carries you through," said the 16-year-old competitor with the Windsor Essex Swim Team. "There will be records here," said Tilvaldyeva.  

There appeared little doubt of the record-breaking potential among the athletes granted first access Thursday to the natatorium, the competitive portion of the city's new $78-million aquatic facility. Two local swim clubs held an inaugural meet to test the waters ahead of the International Children's Games in two weeks. Read more.

Sporting Event Schedule and Map
All ICG Sporting Events are FREE to the Public

We are literally only days away from hosting the 2013 International Children's Games. Thousands of athletes, coaches, officials and spectators will descend upon Windsor-Essex from August 14 to 19. Tentative schedules are now in place for all eight sporting events. Please take some time to plot out the events, sports and ceremonies that most interest you by visiting www.icg-windsoressex2013.com today.


There are schedules, venue locations, a growing list of local player profiles and all the other information you need to know to take part. 

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see an Olympic recognized competition right here in Windsor-Essex. Please be sure to come out and support the athletes and show our visitors how welcoming WE can be.

  

Coach Spotlight: Team Windsor Essex Gymnastics
In anticipation of the Games, the ICG Organization Committee will be featuring Team Windsor-Essex coaches. Each month we will be featuring a new set of coaches, so make sure to keep an eye out!  

Gymnastic Coach: Diane Deslippe
Graduated from Seneca Coaching School and is a certified NCCP Level 3 coach with a partial Level 4 which she is pursuing to complete. She has produced National level athletes for the past 15 years who have won numerous medals and University scholarships. Diane has over 50 years experience coaching with her husband Tom.

Coach Spotlight: Team Windsor Essex Girls Basketball
In anticipation of the Games, the ICG Organization Committee will be featuring Team Windsor-Essex coaches. Each month we will be featuring a new set of coaches, so make sure to keep an eye out!  

Girls Basketball Coach: Kendyl Rizea
Hometown: Windsor, ON
Experiences: Vincent Massey Secondary School Sr. Girls Basketball- Assistant Coach 2012, South Windsor Warriors Girls Basketball- Assistant Coach 2010, Les Aigles Girls Basketball-Assistant Coach 2009, Windsor Valiants Girls Basketball- Assistant Coach- Summer 2007-2009, and Glenwood Elementary Girls Basketball- Assistant Coach 2006-2007.
Certification: Iowa Coaching Endorsement- Graceland University 2012
Accomplishments: St Clair College Womens Varsity Basketball Team 2012-2013, 
2012-2013 OCAA 1st Team All Star, 2012-2013 CCAAAcademic All Canadian, 2012-2013 St Clair College Women's Basketball Team MVP, 2012-2013 St Clair College Female Athlete of the Year, 
and Graceland University Women's Varsity Basketball Team 2007-2011.

ICG Volunteer News



In This Newsletter


Quick Links
ICG Update Video 
Tours and Excursions

ICG Special Feature

Click image above to view ICG Special Feature on windsorstar.com

ICG Questions

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Have a Question? Getting connected to ICG is as easy as calling 311 or e-mailing 311@city.windsor.on.ca. Not from Windsor? Callers from Essex County can call 519-255-CITY (2489). Long-distance callers can call 1-877-RING-311 (746-4311). TTY: 1-866-488-9311.

ICG Sponsors



ICG Snapshots

ICG Windsor-Essex Games Organizing Team (GOT)
The Windsor-Essex ICG Games Organizing Team poses after a great meeting with ICG officials on July 11th, 2013. 

Team Windsor Essex Swimming Celebrity Servers at Boston Pizza
Team Windsor Essex Swimming attend Boston Pizza's on Celebrity Server night on July 31st. All proceeds benefited Team Windsor Essex Swimming.

Sport Visits Family Aquatic Centre

Sport poses with the Family Aquatic Centre's Manager, Don Sadler during test run of the new facility held on August 1st.

Two Thumbs Up for Family Aquatic Centre
ICG Sport Mascot is nothing but smiles at the new Family Aquatic Centre during the test run of the new facility held on August 1st.

Sneak Peek at Team Windsor-Essex Girls Soccer Uniforms
Official Windsor-Essex ICG soccer uniforms modelled by Sarina Pasciuta and Brianna Laitinen. 

Sport Hangs Out with Arms

ICG mascot 'Sport' joined CTV Windsor's Arms Bumanlag at the Aquatic Centre Friday, August 9th for his weekend forecast.

ICG Around the World

2013 ICG Team from Sparta and Patras, Greece

   

2013 ICG Team from Lake Macquarie, Australia
   

2013 ICG Team from Lahore, Pakistan

   

2013 ICG Team from  Kecskemet, Hungary
  

2013 ICG Gymnastics from Team Marion, USA
  

2013 ICG Soccer from Team Bangalore, India
  

2013 ICG Team from Halifax, Canada

2013 ICG Team from Florence, USA
  

2013 ICG Team from Szombathely, Hungary
  

2013 ICG News
08/06
Friends and Boaters of Lakeview Park Marina!You are invited to participate in the Closing Ceremonies of the 2013 International Children’s Games!!
07/30
Baseball Coach Glenn Gault will have the team ready for their first game against Detroit, Aug.15 at 12:30 at Cullen Field.
07/30
Don't miss your chance to be part of history during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2013 International Children's Games at the WFCU Centre on Thursday August 15th at 6:00pm.
07/30
Tennis coach Marius Mag will have his team ready for action at the Parkside Tennis Club come August 16, when the first matches begin.  The ICG begins on Aug. 14.
07/25
ICG Basketball Coach Barry Amlin will have his boy's ready for tip off on August 16, when team Windsor-Essex will open up play against Innsbruck Austria.  See the
07/24
ICG Soccer Coaches JJ Downham and Daniel Mendonca have whittled down a fantastic field of athletes to form their ICG team and will be ready to go August 14 to 19 at the McHugh Park Soccer Complex.<
07/24
ICG Soccer Coaches Cathleen Mulvey and Stacey Ditchfield have their squad of local soccer stars picked and ready to go at the McHugh Park Soccer Complex August 14 to 19.
07/24
The International Children's Games will be in Windsor August 14 to 19, bringing hundreds of athletes together in eight different sports.  Here's a preliminary schedule sneak peek:
07/24
The International Children's Games will be in Windsor August 14 to 19, bringing hundreds of athletes together in eight different sports.  Here's a preliminary schedule sneak peek:
07/22
The International Children's Games will be in Windsor August 14 to 19, bringing hundreds of athletes together in eight different sports.  Here's a preliminary schedule sneak peek:
07/22
The International Children's Games will be in Windsor August 14 to 19, bringing hundreds of athletes together in eight different sports.  Here's a preliminary schedule sneak peek:
07/22
The International Children's Games will be in Windsor August 14 to 19, bringing hundreds of athletes together in eight different sports.  Here's a preliminary schedule sneak peek:
07/22
The International Children's Games will be in Windsor August 14 to 19, bringing hundreds of athletes together in eight different sports.  Here's a preliminary schedule sneak peek:
07/22
The International Children's Games will be in Windsor August 14 to 19, bringing hundreds of athletes together in eight different sports.  Here's a preliminary schedule sneak peek:
07/22
The International Children's Games will be in Windsor August 14 to 19, bringing hundreds of athletes together in eight different sports.  Here's a preliminary schedule sneak peek:
07/21
Team Windsor-Essex Coach Andrei Semenov will have his swimmers ready to represent at the ICG August 14 to 19.  Make sure to cheer them on at the new Windsor Aquatics Complex.  
07/08
The Windsor-Essex International Children’s Games, in partnership with windsoriteDOTca is happy to announce that the submission deadline has been extended for the <
06/26
The Windsor-Essex International Children’s Games is creating an opportunity for local dancers to showcase their ability in front of an audience of thousands.
06/24
The Windsor-Essex International Children’s Games Volunteer Recruitment Committee, led by the United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County has reached its goal of 900 Volunteers.
06/19
Bigg Wiggle Fest 5 will hit the Riverside Sportsmen’s Club on Saturday, June 29, and all proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the 2013 International Children’s Games (ICG)
06/10
The Windsor-Essex International Children’s Games, in partnership with windsoriteDOTca presents the Create a Postcard for Windsor-Essex contest.
06/05
Windsor-Essex ICG Athletics Coaches Jennifer O'Brien and Jamie Adjetey-Nelson are happy to announce their 2013 Team:
06/04
WINDSOR, June 4, 2013 – Scotiabank today announced the Bank will contribute $50,000 to the 2013 Windsor-Essex International Children’s Games.
06/04
Why Volunteer with the Windsor Essex 2013 International Children’s Games?
05/24
A special thanks goes out to everyone who tried out for the boys basketball team.
05/22
The 2013 Windsor-Essex International Children’s Games Committee opened up a Theme Song contest back in March open to all local residents requesting a 90 second submission of creative lyrics a
05/21
Thank you to all the athletes for coming out to the ICG boys basketball team tryouts.
05/17
Dear Soccer Community and ICG Fans:
05/17
Congratulations to our Theme Song Competition Finalists who will be performing on May 20th at the Civic Birthday Celebration!
05/17

When:      Saturday May 18th, 2013
Where:     Rose City Islamic Centre (old St. Joe’s HS)
05/15
Windsor, ON, & MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 15, 2013 -- Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis held a press conference today at the BASF Canada Windsor Paint Plant to announce plans to make the 2013 International
05/10
The Government of Ontario is putting its support behind the 2013 International Children’s Games.
05/06
The “Spell It Out WE: 100 Days to Game Day” campaign is underway IN A BIG WAY!
05/05
If you're visiting Windsor-Essex this summer, our friends at Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island have put together a great list of tours and excursions happening during ICG.
05/05
Why Volunteer with the Windsor Essex 2013 International Children’s Games?
04/30
The fourth and Final ICG Soccer tryouts are now confirmed for Tuesday May 7, 2013.
The Girls tryout is from 6 to 7:30pm, the boys from 7:30pm to 9pm.
04/15
Wet fields equals an awesome opportunity for soccer athletes!
04/11
Due to extremely poor weather, the International Children’s Games 2013 Soccer tryouts are moving from the Fogolar Furlan Club this weekend, April 13th, to
04/04
Why Volunteer with the Windsor Essex 2013 International Children’s Games?
04/03
(Athletes must be 12 years of age by January 1, 2013 and not older than 15 years of age on December 31, 2013)
03/25
WINDSOR, ON – The Windsor Essex International Children’s Games ‘theme song contest’ has 4 finalists for lyrics and melody writing.
03/05
For Immediate Release
March 5, 2013
Boys and Girls Soccer Team Tryouts
02/24
TRIOs College Community Service Worker Class
March 4, 2013
9:00pm – 11:30pm
7610 Tecumseh Road East
01/09
Dear ICG Friends,
09/10
The Windsor Spitfires Foundation will launch it's inaugural Breakfast with the Spits charity event fundraiser on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
07/17

Final Day of Competition for Windsor-Essex Swim Team,
06/15
The 2013 International Children’s Games Co Chairs, Mayor Eddie Francis and Warden Tom Bain, will sign the official host city agreement with ICG President, Torsten Rasch.   This form
06/12
WINDSOR, Ontario - Five local organizations are diving into the sponsorship pool to help ensure the 2013 International Children’s Games will be a huge success.
03/05
Windsor has made official its $900,000 commitment to bringing the 2013 International Children's Games to our region.
The money will be invested in annual installments of $300,000 over three years.
It's expected that the city's money will combine with $600,000 total from the county and $200,000 from the regional tourism bureau.
Preliminary estimates on the event's full budget are between $2 million and $2.5 million.

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