The last half of November is going to be exciting for sports fans because in addition to the regular sports seasons, such as the NHL, there are going to be several national and world championship events taking place. The action will be starting this Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia where the 2003 World Weight Lifting Championships will be taking place from November 14-22. Athletes from over 85 countries will be competing in this event, including several Olympic Champions who are hoping to rank high enough to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens. Canada’s own Olympic Hopeful Maryse Turcotte will be competing in the 58kg category. To learn more about this event and to purchase tickets, visit the events official website at http://ww1.2003wwc.com.
Another event taking place this weekend is the Grey Cup Final, which will be played at Taylor Field in Regina, Saskatchewan at 5:30 p.m. The final will bear a striking resemblance to last year’s game as the Edmonton Eskimos once again take on the Montreal Alouettes. The Alouettes beat the Eskimos 25-16 in the 2002 Grey Cup Final. On Sunday November 9 Montreal beat Toronto 30-26 and Edmonton beat Saskatchewan 30-23 to make it into the final. For more information about the CFL visit their website at http://www.cfl.ca.
Shortly after the Grey Cup, Bobsleigh fans will be making their way to Calgary for the 2003 Bobsleigh World Cup taking place November 17-29 in Canada Olympic Park. Admission for spectators of this event, which will be participated in by 16 nations, is free, so make sure to drop by and check it out. If you would like more details on the event you can visit the Bobsleigh Canada website at http://www.bobsleigh.ca. This event is just the beginning for fans of winter sports because the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup 2003 will be starting on November 29. The Men’s Downhill and Super G will take place November 29-30 and the women will follow shortly after in December. For more information on this event visit the official website at http://www.worldcupwinterstart.com.
The final event is the 2003 Canadian Cross Country Championships taking place on November 29 in Sunnybrook Park in Toronto, Ontario. The event will be hosted by the Toronto Olympic Club which has details about the event on their website http://www.torontoolympicclub.com.
These sporting events and the regular seasons should be more than enough to keep any sports fan busy this month. If you live near one of the cities the events are taking place in, don’t miss the chance to see these top athletes perform in person. If you can’t make it out to see events most of them will be covered on CBC: http://www.cbc.ca.