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Webisode Canada Games Mascots
[Narrator - Rylan Strachan]
[Images of athletes on podium and logos]
Since the inaugural Canada Winter Games held in Quebec City in 1967, each Games have featured logos and mascots, which reflect the regional diversity of the host communities across the nation.
[Image of Canada map, athletes on podium]
Held every two years in cities across Canada, and alternating between summer and winter sports, the Canada Games have celebrated youth, sport, culture, and community by bringing together young athletes from coast to coast. The Canada Games are intended to stimulate enthusiasm for amateur sport in Canada while simultaneously acting as a stepping stone for the next generation of Canada's national, international, and Olympic champions.
[Image of 1985 Canada Games logo, fiddle edd mascot and fiddlehead vegetable]
The Canada Games promote national unity, yet also celebrate the great variety of regional diversity. In 1985, the Canada Summer Games were hosted in Saint John, New Brunswick. The chosen mascot, Fiddle Edd, was based on the unique fiddlehead fern grown only in wet areas of Eastern Canada and the Maritimes. The vegetable is only available for a few weeks in springtime, fairly expensive, and difficult to export to the rest of Canada.
[Image of Saint John and athletes]
For two weeks in 1985, Saint John stirred and embraced the Games with enthusiasm. Organizers chose the motto "Canada We're Game" to change the perception that Saint John was a dull place. Amongst the athletes, competition was fierce and a total of eighteen records were set on the new track and field surface. After the Games, the improved facilities created more opportunities for young athletes.
[Image of 2007 Canada Games pin and signage entering Whitehorse]
By 2007, every territory and province has hosted the Canada Games at least once and every host community has added their distinct regional feel to the Games.