2014 and 2015 Ontario Cup Provincial Basketball Championship
The highlight of the provincial basketball calendar, Ontario Cup serves as the end-of-year championships for OBA and its member clubs. With nine weekends of competition starting in March and ending in June, the event attracts approximately 1,200 teams, 16,000 athletes, 3,000 coaches, 1,200 officials, 2,500 volunteers, local and national media, and thousands of fans annually. Ontario Cup is considered one of the largest basketball events in North America. Tourism London, in conjunction with London Gold Medal Basketball Club, and the London Ramblers Basketball Club, were successfully chosen to host three weekends, featuring the U11, U12, and U15 Girls.
2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
From August 18-24, 2014, London played host to the inaugural Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at the London Hunt and Country Club, which was won by So Yeon Ry, by a score of 23-under-par. Following the conclusion of play on the Sunday, Canadian Pacific announced they will be making a cash donation of $1,100,045 to the Children’s Health Foundation to support continued world class research and treatment for children’s cardiac care at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).
2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup
The 96th edition of the Memorial Cup took place at Budweiser Gardens in London, ON from May 16-25. It was the second time the Knights have hosted this prestigious tournament, which features the OHL, Western Hockey League, and Quebec Junior League Hockey champions fighting to be crowned CHL champion. Along with great hockey, this ten-day festival also celebrated the rich history and tradition of the OHL, by honouring all twenty teams, as well as the hundreds of OHL Alumni who serve as great ambassadors for the league.
2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championship
London had the honour of hosting the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championship from March 10-17, 2013 at Budweiser Gardens. During the seven days of this competition, more 200 athletes from 50 countries were on the ice, including world champions from Canada, Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Italy's Carolina Kostner, and Germans Aliona Savchenko and Robin Skolkowy.
2012 U19 World Ringette Championships
London was the first ever Canadian host of the U19 World Ringette Championships. The event, which was held December 28 2012- January 3, 2013, saw the world’s top ringette athletes in the under 19 age category compete for gold. The event was the first of many events that will be held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ringette’s founding in 1963. It was also a great opportunity for up and coming ringette athletes to complete at the world level. The event was very successful and saw the Canada East ringette team win Gold against Finland in the final game.
2011 Synchro In the City- London SynchroFest International
Tourism London and the John Labatt Centre were excited to host the first ever SynchroFest International with the support of Skate Canada at the John Labatt Centre from December 28th- 29th, 2011 sponsored by Freedom 55 Financial. This competition is the first of its kind and was created as a holiday event where teams competed for $50,000 in prize money. The competition saw eight of the world's top ranked synchronized figure skating teams from Russia, Finland, Canada, United States, and Japan. This was a great opportunity to bring more international events to London and increase the awareness of Synchronized skating.
2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge
The City of London was extremely pleased to host the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge (WSHC) from April 18-23, 2011 at the Western Fair Sports Centre. The tournament brought the top four teams in the sport of sledge hockey (Canada, United States, Norway, and Japan) together to compete and to showcase the sport to London and to Canada. Local spectators were astounded by the high quality of play seen at this tournament. The 2011 WSHC was also a wonderful opportunity to grow the profile of sledge hockey within the community.
Overall, the Host Organizing Committee is very proud of how the event unfolded and wishes to thank everyone involved including team staff and players, Hockey Canada, TSN, our sponsors, and our local staff and volunteers for their contributions to the success of this tournament.
2011 Tim Horton's Brier
The City of London and Tourism London were very honoured and excited about the fact that the Canadian curling Association chose our city to host the 2011 Tim Horton’s Brier. This prestigious event took place March 5- 13, 2011 at the John Labatt Centre marking the 30th time the province of Ontario has hosted the Brier since it began in 1927.
2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games
July 11th-17th, 2011 over 1,400 participants and 1,950 members and supporters converged on London and area for the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games. These games were a resounding success because of the support of the people of the City of London and surrounding area who volunteered, cheered and encouraged the Special Olympic Athletes competing in the games.
2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships
Approximately 150 skaters competed at Senior and Junior levels at the John Labatt Centre and Western Fair Sports Centre January 11-17, 2010 during the BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships and 2010 BMO Skate Canada Junior Nationals. This is the second time that London has successfully played host to the Championships- the first in 2005. London has everything needed to host successful large scale national events and this event was no exception.
The Canadian Olympic figure skating team was chosen at this event to complete in Vancouver, 2010.
2008 Ontario Senior Summer Games - Actifest
Over 1100 active seniors aged 55 + converged on London in August 2008 for their provincial competition. These 1100 athletes competed in 17 sports over a 3 day period ending with an awards banquet at the London Convention Centre. The competition was lively and the competitors enjoyed a great stay in our city.
2008 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge
December 2007 to January 2008 was an exciting time as the world of hockey converged on London and area. The World Under 17 Hockey Challenge was held in London and five surrounding communities making the festive season a little special for these communities. The calibre of hockey was second to none with Team Ontario and Team USA playing for the Gold Medal. Ontario (6-0) became the first team to win all of its games at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge since 2001, when Team USA went 6-0 on route to the title in New Glasgow and Truro, NS. This was Ontario’s sixth WU17 title, a record that includes winning the split championship in 1998. Friday night’s gold medal final set a new record for attendance at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The old record of 6,247 was set in 2004 in St. John’s, NL.
2007 World Synchronized Skating Championships
More than 400 skaters from 16 countries came to London, as well as more than 100 coaches, officials and support personnel as the world’s best synchronized skating teams took to the ice at John Labatt Centre for two days of competition to determine the 2007 world champions. Canada last held the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in 2003 in Ottawa, where team Canada 1 captured the bronze medal. The number of entries for each country is determined by the previous year's championship results. Leaders in the sport include Finland, Sweden, U.S., Russia and Canada. Downtown London Ontario was hopping Saturday morning as many of the 6000 plus ticket holders made their way to the John Labatt Centre to watch the final practices before competition. Once the competition got underway in the afternoon, the crowd expressed their approval and support for all teams, regardless of their country of origin, by encouraging all skaters and applauding teams for the 'wow factor' in unique lifts and daring maneuvers. The ice was their stage, and all twenty-one teams put their long program out there for the world to enjoy. The in-venue commentator kept the audience engaged in synchro trivia, and big red beach balls were circulated throughout the building while the music during the floods contributed to the excitement. The crowd responded with triumphant cheering, working the 'bam bams' and dancing about in their country's colours. At times the support was deafening. First time teams to Worlds, Team Sweden 2 (Team Boomberang), Team Russia 2 (Tatarstan) and Team Japan more than appreciated the crowd's support. Team Japan was so excited after their great skate; they huddled at centre ice and came out waving to crowd. Their way of saying, "thanks for the support". What an emotional high for the Jingu Ice Messengers. There was no doubt going into the program, that Team Sweden 1 was the favourite to win the gold. This was reflected in the final scoring. To finish over 20 points higher than all the other teams was truly remarkable, and proved that this Swedish team was clearly the best in the world. The Swedish formula for success? Hard work, a coach (Andrea Dohany) that knows synchro and a true love of the sport as expressed by Swedish team member, Magdelena Sievertsson. "It is pure love," she reported at the press conference after the competition. Team USA 2, after scoring a 69.75 in the short program, was sitting comfortably in third. They launched themselves into their "Black Magic Woman" routine. "It was like a switch that had flipped, and it seemed to switch on for all of us," stated U.S. skater Ashley Diederich. This momentum won the first medal at Worlds for Team USA 2 (Miami University). Winning the bronze medal made history for Team Canada 1 (Nexxice). A first medal for this team that trains out of the Burlington Skating Centre & the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club. Denver Flintoff, skater from Team Canada 1 told reporters that the tremendous noise and support from the local crowd, "definitely had an impact on how we skated, and we put that energy into our program." Their "Edward Scissorhands" program seemed to calm the crowd into a quiet trance with fluid and graceful movements. Placing sixth overall was Team Canada II, Les Suprêmes. Les Suprêmes, who were seventh in the short program, skated a very strong free skate that brought the John Labatt Centre crowd to its feet. The team was sixth in the free skate to finish the event with a total score of 189.68, placing Canada II sixth overall. All in all this was an evening of outstanding synchronized skating abilities. This team discipline of figure skating truly is making its mark in the world. In a farewell comment by International Skating Union Representative Mr. Courtney Jones, OBE he congratulated Skate Canada and Canadian fans for an unforgettable event and is now wondering how to get all the supporters to Hungary for the 2008 World Synchronized Skating Championships.