The United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals highlight sport as “an important enabler of sustainable development”. It recognizes the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect, and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and girls, young people, individuals, and communities, as well as to health, education, gender equality and social inclusion objectives. Thanks to the generous support of the Government and Canada and our other donors, Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is proud to have been one of the world’s pioneers of international sport for development and sport development work.

Over more than 25 years, Commonwealth Games Canada has built a strong competence in partnership building at international, national, regional, and local levels, to deliver sport for development and sport development programming. These lasting relationships have helped to: empower women and girls, promote gender equality, further community and social development, and build national sport system capacity, throughout the Commonwealth.

While today there are many NGOs working in the area of “social change”, there is no question that CGC’s initial work in development through sport was a ground breaker. CGC proved that sport can play a significant role in effecting social change. Today, the SportWORKS tag line, “Making a Difference and Becoming Different” has been embraced and embodied by all of its volunteers and continues to have an impact internationally.

Ryan Pelley
SportWORKS Program Manager, Commonwealth Games Canada
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