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It was announced on Wednesday that Brockville will be hosting the first ever Canadian Snowball Throwing Championship this September.

As part of the announcement, held at main sponsor EXIT Realty’s north-end location, there was a demonstration of the snowball throwing setup complete with radar gun and bullseye target.

The championship will be on Sept. 1, the final day of the new Big River Festival that runs August 23 – Sept. 1.

“On behalf of the residents of Brockville and Brockville Tourism, we are excited to have been selected,” said Lesley White, manager of strategic initiatives for the City of Brockville, in a prepared statement.

“We look forward to the championship growing in magnitude and notoriety in the years to come and believe that it will surely enhance the annual Brockville Big River Festival.”

Organized by Brockville native Duncan MacDonald, the championship will crown a man and woman champion, who will then move onto the World Snowball Throwing Championship held in Ottawa in 2020.

“Who doesn’t want to try out for a Canadian championship of any sport?” said MacDonald. “We’re known for our snow, so let’s brag about it.”

The competitors will be judged on three skills: Distance, velocity and accuracy. The championship will be held at Fulford Ball Park.

MacDonald said he hopes to have between 30 to 40 competitors in the field for the inaugural event, but believes it will only grow with time.

“We’re not expecting this to bring in people from B.C. to Newfoundland in the first year, but with time and energy, we can really grow this into something that brings people into Brockville from all over,” said MacDonald.

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MacDonald said that, along with the main competition, people are invited to come to the park and try out their snowball throwing skills. The cost would be $5, with money going towards Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville and EXIT Realty Eastern Ontario matching each $5.

Being a former Brockville Bunnies player, MacDonald said he had a challenge for alumni of the team.

“I challenge every former Brockville Bunnies player to come out, sign up for the championship and show what we are made of.”

The entry fee for the championship is $67, with details and how to sign up at www.snolympiad.com.

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