The town of Morden and the RM of Stanley-Winkler promise to be hopping places this winter as they are the hosting communities of the Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games.
The Power Smart Manitoba Games were first held in 1974 and continued until 1978, alternating every 2 years between summer and winter games. They were re-introduced in 1986 and have continued since. They are hosted in different rural communities of Manitoba every two years and are for athletes ranging in age from 10-21.
The Games are the province’s largest multi-sport event and the 2014 Winter Games will include athletes competing in eight different sports — and ringette is thrilled to be one.
The ringette competition will take place over the weekend of March 3-5 and will consist of seven teams from all over Manitoba. The teams will be made up of players in the U14 age-group and will represent the areas of Norman, Interlake, Central, Eastman, Westman, Winnipeg East and Winnipeg West.
The teams will be made up through a separate try-out process for each region which will allow for the top athletes from each region to compete against each other in tournament-style play.
The on-ice action will be very exciting for both players and spectators but players and coaches will get to experience competition at a higher level, complete with an athlete’s village for accommodations, opening and closing ceremonies, and medal ceremonies. For many of our ringette players this will be a true experience to remember.
The entire ringette community is eagerly awaiting the formation of the teams as well as the games themselves, as many will only have the opportunity to take part in them once.
We wish all of those players trying out good luck and we look forward to a great competition!!
For more information about the Power Smart Manitoba Winter games please check out the website here.
Suzanne Dyck is a community correspondent for River East.