First of London’s back-to-back Ontario Summer Games wraps up – The London Free Press



One down, one to go.

The first of London’s back-to-back biannual Ontario Summer Games came to a close on Sunday.

Almost 3,500 people, including about 2,500 athletes aged 12 to 18, participated in four days of competition over the weekend.

About 1,500 medals were awarded across the 21 different sports.

All events, including the opening ceremonies last Thursday, were free to attend.

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Athletes line up to shoot during Archery round-robin matches on Sunday at Crumlin Sportsmen’s Association. (SHANNON COULTER, The London Free Press)

Meagan Hobson of Waterloo drives up the field during a game of field hockey on Friday. Her team, Ontario West, went on to win gold at the Ontario Summer Games. (SHANNON COULTER, The London Free Press)

Nicola Golen (left) and Emma Mazzei, both of Toronto, practice drills while warming up before a game on Saturday at North London Athletic Fields. (SHANNON COULTER, The London Free Press)

Zack Reimer of Beamsville serves the ball during a beach volleyball match on Saturday at the new courts at North London Athletic Fields. (SHANNON COULTER, The London Free Press)

Fredrick Zhang of Oakville prepares to return the ball to his opponent during a table tennis match in Carling Heights Community Centre. (SHANNON COULTER, The London Free Press)

Players from the London Badgers attempt to pour water over their coaches after their gold medal victory at the Ontario Summer Games on Sunday. (SHANNON COULTER, The London Free Press)

The London Badgers with their gold medals from the Ontario Summer Games at Labatt Park. (SHANNON COULTER, The London Free Press)

Ben Granger (left) jumps in the air with Trent Sillet to celebrate their gold medal victory on Sunday at Labatt Park. (SHANNON COULTER, The London Free Press)

Eastern Ontario Baseball Association’s Tyler Robichaud tries to outrun the throw to London Badger’s Trent Sillet at first base during the gold medal match on Sunday. (SHANNON COULTER, The London Free Press)

Spectators flocked to all of the 25 venues to take in the Games, watching possible future Olympians competing against the province’s best.

Tents and lawn chairs lined the new beach volleyball courts at North London Athletic Fields so spectators could watch the competitions. The 10 new courts were the only new facility built for this year’s Ontario Summer Games.

Local athletes had a chance to show off their skills on home turf. At the last event of the Games, the London District Baseball Association, represented by the London Badgers, were crowned champions over the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association in the gold-medal game. The final score was 3-2 for London.

London will host the second of its back-to-back Ontario Summer Games in 2020. This year’s estimated $6-million economic boost is expected to be similar for the next Games.

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