2018 – The Year of Exciting Sport
Exciting Sport – 2018 has already been an exciting year for sport, both around the globe and in Montreal itself. With the World Cup in Russia recently drawing to a close, and Britain’s most famous tennis tournament, Wimbledon, over for another year, what is left to be excited for in the second half of 2018?
Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon
The annual Montreal marathon will be under starters orders in September. Hopefully this year’s race won’t be cancelled due to hot weather! The Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon is a multidisciplinary event with options of a 5km, 10km, half, or full marathon. There’s also a special 1km race for younger runners.
Whilst the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix has already been and gone, there are still plenty of races left this season. The 2018 season is likely to go to the wire, with nothing between World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
Wimbledon might be over, but the US Open in New York will be kicking off this August for its 50th anniversary. The 2017 US Open was the first tennis tournament to offer total prize money of over $50 Million. Since the 2018 competition is expected to exceed this, the 50th US Open will certainly be a high stakes competition.
World Women’s Volleyball Championship
Now in its 18th year, the 2018 World Women’s Volleyball Championship will be held in 6 Japanese cities between 29th September and 20th October. Defending champions the United States will be up against 23 other teams, including Canada, Germany, Kazakhstan and Cuba.
European Poker Tour
With two events already played, and three still to go, the 2018 European Poker Tour heads to Barcelona in August this year. The EPT has been running for 14 seasons, and stops have been made in major European cities like Russia, Monaco and Prague.
An 11-day athletics competition, the European Championship 2018 will be held in both Berlin and Glasgow. Nearly 5000 athletes will compete in a range of sports including triathlon, aquatics, cycling, golf, rowing, gymnastics and athletics. The competitions will be split between the two host cities, with those in Glasgow using the facilities built initially for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where Canada ranked third in the medal table.
If you’re looking for something a little more extreme, the X Games 2018 will be the 24th year of the competition. Produced by sports broadcaster ESPN, the X Games features events such as skateboarding, BMX and “Moto X” a competition of motorcycle stunts. Minneapolis became the host for the 2017 X Games, and is set for hosting duties again in 2018..
Taking place in St Louis, Missouri, the 2018 PGA Championship will mark the 100th anniversary of the event. Running for a week from the 6th August, there will be three days of practice, followed by four days of competition. The PGA Championship is one of just four major golf tournaments that take place every year, the others including The Open Championship and the Masters Tournament.
Rugby World Cup Sevens
The Rugby World Cup Sevens is a stand-alone, international Rugby Union Sevens competition with separate tournaments for both male and female players. This year, the competition will be held at the AT&T Park in San Francisco. Although usually held every four years, the 2018 competition is the first to take place since 2013 due to the sport’s inclusion in the Olympic calendar at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. As a consequence, the schedule was changed and Rugby Sevens championships will now take place biennially, either as part of the Olympic Games or as a World Cup event.