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Newton parks to welcome field hockey, ultimate championships in July

First up is the 9-day Junior Pan American Championships at Tamanawis
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Imogen Govan in action in Santiago during the 2023 FIH Junior World Cup field hockey championships.

A pair of Surrey parks will be busy with championship field hockey and ultimate in the first two weeks of July.

Tamanawis Park is where the Field Hockey Canada-hosted 2024 Junior Pan American Championships will be played from July 3 to 12, and plastic discs will fly at Newton Athletic Park during the B.C. Junior Ultimate Championships, July 6-7.

The field hockey event, to feature top-tier talent from around the world in junior men's and women's divisions, is expected to attract 250 athletes and more than 2,000 spectators, according to press release sent from city hall.

The men's division of the tournament will feature the Canadian team, boasting three players from Surrey and one from White Rock, as a top contender alongside teams from Argentina, Chile and the U.S.

Fans should expect "an electric atmosphere with a captivating opening and closing ceremony, community group activations, food trucks and intense on-field action."

The top three teams will secure spots in the International Hockey Federation’s Junior World Cup. Canada's men's and women's teams have qualified for two consecutive Junior World Cups and aim to continue their winning streaks for the third time. Details are posted on surrey.ca/championships.

“We would not be able to bring an event like this to Canada if it were not for the support of the local community,” Field Hockey Canada CEO Susan Ahrens said in the press release.

"With Surrey working with us to deliver an international class event, we are able to showcase our very best in young talent on home soil and at one of our very best and most vibrant communities." 

Elsewhere in Newton, the B.C. Junior Ultimate Championships will involve close to 30 teams and 700 athletes from across the province. The tournament serves as a qualifier for national ultimate championships.

“We are excited to see such a strong turnout for this year's championships," said Brian Gisel, who manages BC Ultimate Society (BCUC).

He called the event in Surrey "one of our most exciting tournaments, bringing together top junior athletes. Increased interest at the high school level has led to more junior club programs targeting BCUC and Nationals as their peak events. We look forward to another great event in 2024.”

Both of the July gatherings are welcomed here by Sport Surrey, which attracts, develops and supports a variety of sporting events. Other events on the July calendar include the Canada Cup softball tournament, Youth Nations Cup soccer in Cloverdale and more.



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