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Mayor’s Poetry Challenge shines light on sport, Canada Summer Games

Mayor’s Poetry Challenge shines light on sport, Canada Summer Games

Mayor’s Poetry Challenge shines light on sport, Canada Summer Games

The Mayor’s Poetry Challenge is returning this April with a theme to help celebrate the upcoming Canada Summer Games.

Thousands of young athletes from across the nation will converge on Niagara Region August 6 to 21, for the Canada Summer Games. For this year’s poetry challenge, St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik invites St. Catharines residents to submit an original poem inspired by this multi-sport event – whether it be what makes sport special to you, or a submission that embodies the spirit of the games, which has the theme “Inspire. Transform. Unify.”

All types of poetry will be accepted – from Shakespearean sonnets to a vivid picture told through the simplicity of a few words in a Haiku. Poems should be sent to poetry@stcatharines.ca by April 30 to be considered. The winning poet will be highlighted on the mayor’s social media channels.

“The annual Mayor’s Poetry Challenge is a great way to engage poets in our community to use their creative minds to explore different themes that have an impact on our City,” said Mayor Sendzik. “There is an incredible buzz with the Canada Summer Games taking place later this year. It’s a special event that will not only bring the country together for two weeks but will also leave world class legacy facilities here in St. Catharines, and throughout Niagara, that our community will be able to enjoy for generations to come.”

Legacy facilities will include Canada Games Park and the Walker Sports and Abilities Centre, and the new Henley Rowing Centre at the world-class Henley Rowing Course.

The Mayor’s Poetry Challenge takes place during National Poetry Month in April, which began in 1998 by the League of Canadian Poets to celebrate and appreciate poetry.