Cintrón SportsFest Niagara Set to Dodge, Volley, Shoot, Tumble & celebrate Niagara sports January 25th - 27th, 2013

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Look no further for family things to do in Niagara this winter, the second annual Cintron SportsFest Niagara features multiple amateur sports competitions and sports programs in January of 2013.

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On Saturday, January 26th, Dodgeball Mania takes over the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls as up to 750 participants will ‘dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge’ for the recreational and competitive division championships.

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The CAA Winter Festival of Lights announced today details of the second annual Cintrón SportsFest Niagara, a multi-sport event consisting of traditional and non-traditional, amateur Niagara sports competitions, including dodgeball, ball hockey, gymnastics, and volleyball taking place at venues throughout the Niagara Region from January 25 to 27, 2013. Cintrón SportsFest Niagara also includes coaching clinics for basketball, rugby, swimming and volleyball.

In 2011, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights received a two-year, $81,400 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, to hire a manager to help develop Cintrón SportsFest Niagara and create one of the most incredible sports programs in Canada.

“Community participation in sport and recreation activities contributes to better health, provides role models for the pursuit of personal excellence, exemplifies the value of teamwork and builds community pride,” said Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls.

The Chinese New Year Women’s Invitational gymnastics meet will be hosted by Gymnastics Energy at their facility in St. Catharines (101 Hannover Dr.). The three-day Niagara sports competition starts Friday, January 25th and concludes Sunday, January 27th with over 350 athletes representing 14 gymnastics clubs competing from across Ontario.

On Saturday, January 26th, Dodgeball Mania takes over the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls as up to 750 participants will ‘dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge’ for the recreational and competitive division championships, where $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

Meanwhile, celebrate a classic Niagara sport with the Niagara Winter Classic, a 4-on-4 outdoor ball hockey tournament will take place at the Ball Hockey International (BHi) St. Catharines facility (1944 Welland Canals Parkway) from January 25th to 27th. Ten different divisions will be offered to allow young and old, as well as male and female competitors to participate.

The Cintrón Court Classic Volleyball Tournament takes place at the Niagara Sport & Social Club (469 Rice Rd.) in Welland on January 26th with co-ed recreational and co-ed intermediate divisions competing in the Niagara sports event.

Niagara sport coaching clinics for Swimming (Jan. 25 – 27, Fort Erie Secondary School, 7 Tait Ave.); Rugby (Jan. 26, Cherrywood Acres School, 4635 Petit Ave, Niagara Falls); Volleyball (Jan 26 – 27, Port Weller Community Centre, 1 Bogart St., St Catharines) and Basketball (Jan. 25 – 27, Westlane High School, 5960 Pitton Rd., Niagara Falls) will also occur during the Cintrón SportsFest Niagara weekend. Lastly, all Cintrón SportsFest Niagara participants are invited to enjoy the Celebration of Sports Party at the Scotiabank Convention Centre beginning at 8pm on Saturday, January 26th. The Party tops off the sports programs and includes a host of activities including a lineup of chart-topping Canadian DJ and electronic dance music acts who will be performing, headlined by the critically acclaimed video set of Skratch Bastid who will be joined by special guests Keys N Krates and BADBADNOTGOOD.
For Niagara sports event registration details, please visit http://www.SportsFestNiagara.com.

About the CAA Winter Festival of Lights
The CAA Winter Festival of Lights attracts over 1.3 million people annually to Niagara Falls, Ontario, and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Internationally Known Events in North America by the American Bus Association. Festivals and Events Ontario has also ranked it among Ontario’s Festivals and Events of Distinction and one of the Top 100 festivals in the province. While just last year Canoe.ca included the CAA Winter Festival of Lights in its Top 10 Canada's best winter festivals. Featuring more than 120 spectacular illuminations, including the world-famous Enchantment of Disney® displays, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights also hosts many other events and activities, including the iconic TD RINK at the Brink, CYTEC Candy Cane Lane 5k Race, Fireworks over the Falls, Cintrón SportsFest Niagara, and much more. The 30th annual CAA Winter Festival of Lights takes place from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. For more information, visit WFOL.com.

About Cintrón SportsFest Niagara
Cintrón SportsFest Niagara is a collaborative effort of the CAA Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Sport Commission and regional sports organizations, supported by The Ontario Trillium Foundation. Cintrón SportsFest Niagara seeks to provide an amazing experience to participants and spectators while highlighting the Niagara Region as a great sports community and increasing visitation during the traditional off-season in support of the regional tourism industry. For further information, visit http://www.SportsFestNiagara.com.

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