06 Aug Commonwealth games officials feel ‘excitement and energy’ in Hamilton visit (CBC Hamilton)
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Commonwealth Games officials wrapped up a three-day whirlwind tour of Hamilton Friday as the community continues its campaign to bring the event back to the city where it all began for its 100th anniversary.
The 2030 games mark a milestone for both the games and Hamilton, the city where the first-ever version of the games, then known as the British Empire Games, back in 1930.
Since then, every attempt to spark enthusiasm around hosting the games again has fizzled. But this time a community group called Hamilton100 is leading the pack with a focus on engaging the community and building excitement around the games.
That passion wasn’t lost on David Grevemberg, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation during his visit to various venues across the city this week.
During a media conference he spoke of a “fantastic swell of enthusiasm, excitement and energy” and said the city could be a “real contender.”
“We’re really proud to call Hamilton a proud city of the Commonwealth, because the citizens and communities are really benefiting from the power of sport,” Grevemberg added, saying the city is home to world-class venues that are already being used to attract business.