Winnipeg is proud host of 2017 Canada Summer Games

 

The 2017 Summer Games are coming to Winnipeg  from  July 28 – August 13, 2017.   The  event has  special significance as  it will be held during Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations and  marks  the 50th anniversary of the games.   It will feature  16 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival. 

The 2017   Canada games w ill welcome  4,000 athletes and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors.     Manitoba last played host to the Canada Summer Games in 1997, when the games were held in Brandon.

The most significant capital legacy project  for the city  is  the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre  that will    feature  a full range of facilities and services for the all Manitobans, from young children to elite athletes poised to own the podium.   Today, a  grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Qualico Training Centre  in Winnipeg   was hosted by Sport Manitoba.

 

Winnipeg on the Map

 

In earlier  events,  Winnipeg Mayor Brian  Bowman  said  “We’re going to show the rest of Canada who we are and all of the great this this city has to offer to athletes and tourists,” Bowman said. “I can’t wait to show Winnipeg off to Canada and to welcome everyone here. We want to thank everyone who is working to host Canada here on Treaty One land in the traditional home of the Métis nation.”

 

 

Torch Relay

More than 200  individuals  across Manitoba have been selected as torchbearers.  Torch  relays take place from June 23 to July 28 and  had a  kick-off with a run through Steinbach Friday morning   It was  first lit at Parliament Hill earlier this month.

 

Manitoba Hydro CEO Kelvin Shepherd at the announcement of the 2017 Canada Summer Games torch relay route in Winnipeg. Photograph By 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society

 

 

 

Following Steinbach,  torch  will move on to other communities over the next month, traversing 3,500 kilometres in total.    Rounding out the relay schedule will be: Kenora (June 24), Morden (June 29), Gillam (July 1), Thompson (July 6), The Pas (July 10) Sagkeeng (July 14), Gimli (July 15), Brandon (July 20) and finally Winnipeg (July 26).

 

Morrison, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and Winnipeg Centre member of Parliament Robert-Falcon Ouellette will be taking part on the final day of the torch relay in Winnipeg.

 

Jeff Hnatiuk, president and CEO of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society, said more than 650 torchbearer nominations were submitted.

 

The University of Manitoba campus will transformed into a home away from home for the teams and athletes

 

For a complete and more detailed run down of events and games, please check :

http://www.canadagames.ca/2017/content/canada-games-festival

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