"I went summer 2017 to Lithuania for Children's Games. We started off touring the area and saw many historical sites and experienced the city, the food and the culture. It was a great experience to see another part of the world BUT the best part were the actual games. During this event I met kids from all over the world. Even though we often did not speak each other's language we still laughed, had fun and made new friends. Competing in Basketball was a definite highlight for me and my team. It was an experience I will always remember."
"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to compete in the International Children's Games in Lithuania this summer. I had a really good time thanks to your generous donations. It will be an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. My team from Kitchener Waterloo consisted of four swimmers, four table tennis players, three boys basketball players, four girls basketball players, four coaches and a Head of Delegation. We visited many unique and amazing places for the few days we had before the Games started. I had a lot of fun at the Games. I made new friends from all over the world and I had fun competing during the Games. [More]
My favourite place that we visited in Kaunas (where the Games were held) was the Kaunas Castle because of the interesting history and amazing medieval architecture. Another place I liked that we visited was the old town Kaunas. It had a a lot of cool cobblestone streets and cute souvenir shops with cool architecture. The most unique thing I saw was an old gothic church that was all wood on the inside. I found this cool because of the amazing wooden sculptures in the chapels.
When we got to the Games, we had the Opening Ceremonies which was a great demonstration of Lithuanian culture, full of dancing and music. They also recognized each delegation so we got to see a lot of different countries delegations.
During the Games, I swam four events over three days. On the first day, I swam the 50m fly, got a personal best time and placed 23rd. I also got fifth and a personal best time in the 100m back the first day. On the second day, I swam the 50m back and got fifth place again with a personal best time. On the final day, I got 10th place in the 200m back. I was happy with my results and placed higher than last year in Taiwan where my best place was 10th in 50 Back.
Back at the university, the organizing committee had planned many fun things for us to do. We had two dances and a foam party which were lots of fun. The closing ceremonies included lots of good music and videos showing highlights of the week. It was also a great time for trading our swag. I ended up trading shirts, jackets, sweatshirt with other athletes. I came home with a Polish mug, shirts from Austria, Scotland, and LIthuania. I also got jackets from Mexico and Bangkok. Trading was fun. Our Canada shirt was very popular. I made a lot of friends at the Games from all over the world, most of which I am still in contact with. I plan to keep in contact with them.
Thank for the support and the donations." [Less]
Dear Robbie and Kathy
I would like to sincerely thank you for all you guys have done for the KWICG's athletes and families. It was a great honor to have my child travel to compete in such a great event, and this wouldn't be possible without all of your support. Devanshi and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our heart for giving us an amazing time and also a great memory.
The Kumar family
"My name is Matthew Berton and I am 12 years old. I represented Waterloo and Canada in New Taipei, Taiwan at the international Children’s Games for swimming in July 2016. It was an honour to have been selected to the delegation. I met some amazing athletes and made some good friends.
I had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the culture. I tried some neat foods and travelled around. My favourite tour was to Taipei 101. We went up the tower and it was the tallest building I have ever been in.
I had three out of four personal best times in my swimming events. I met a lot of swimmers from around the world and we traded pins, swim caps and shirts. It was amazing. I will remember this experience forever."
Thank-you for the opportunity,
Going to the 2016 International Children's Games in New Taipei, Taiwan, was truly a memorable experience. Having the chance to compete alongside some of the top athletes in my own sport, as well as watch others in their events was both humbling and amazing at the same time. Aside from just the competition, being able to explore the local culture, try new things and even just share the experience with your teammates and other athletes was quite unique. The Games provided such a special and unique experience that I won't forget, and was all in all one fantastic trip.
All the best,