Good Games sports fest brings good family fun to U of Guelph

GUELPH – It’s billed as “Canada’s biggest festival of sport,” and it’s expected to bring more than 1,500 athletes to the University of Guelph to compete this summer.

The GOOD Games, which takes place July 6 and 7, is focused on “making sport accessible, vital, and fun for anyone and everyone, at any age,” says a media release.

Originally named the Guelph Games, the event is now in its third year, and welcomes athletes 20 years old and up of various skill levels to compete in a diverse range of sports.

“Building on the burgeoning Masters sports movement, the GOOD Games provides a platform for individuals to rediscover their passion for sports and forge new connections,” the release said.

Registration is open online at for 12 different sports, ranging from trail running and soccer to cornhole and arm wrestling.

Among the athletes expected to be attending is former Olympic beach-volleyball player Kristina May, who competed for Canada in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. 

Spiderman joined in the fun with some kids at the family-friendly event in 2023. Submitted photos

You don’t have to be a competitor to take part in the festival. It also offers a variety of free, family-friendly activities for people of all ages.

Some of these include a 175-foot inflatable obstacle course, axe throwing, three-legged races, musical entertainment, food trucks, and more. Through a partnership with the Indigenous Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario, the GOOD Games will also include Indigenous sports like lacrosse and high kick, with chances to learn about Indigenous culture and heritage.