Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 04/26/2013 2:11 PM | Comments: 0
It’s finally official: Winnipeg is going to host the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
Calling it an "enormous opportunity" for the city, chairman of the Canada Games Council Tom Quinn made the long-expected announcement at The Forks this afternoon. The two week experience will draw approximately 5,000 of Canada’s top amateur athletes, coaches and sport administrators to the city, with another 20,000 people expected to visit because of the games.
The University of Manitoba is expected to be the main hub for the event. Both the opening ceremonies and the athletes village will be housed at the south Winnipeg campus.
The Keystone province last played host to the Canada Summer Games in 1997, when they were held in Brandon. Manitoba’s second-largest city was vying to be the host for the 2017 games but its bid was rejected by the Canada Games Council in December 2012. Not wanting to see Manitoba pass over a chance to welcome Canadian amateur athletes, the provincial government asked for a little more time to rework the bid with Winnipeg as the host.
The 2017 Summer Games should carry some extra ceremony, too. Not only will the year celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday but it will also mark the 50th anniversary of the games.
The 2013 Canada Summer Games are in Sherbrooke, Que. Aug. 2-17.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Polish defender adds flair to Toronto FC
Hope Solo could be left off US World Cup roster
P.E.I.'s Suzanne Birt joins Scotties field
CP NewsAlert: Bouchard out at Australian Open
Nadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia
Flyers F Rinaldo suspended for 8 games by NHL
AP source: Yanks thinking of not making $6M payment to A-Rod
New Whitecaps looking forward to opportunity
Beeston will remain Jays president through 2015
Manfred knows he'll get hit as commish - his name is on ball
Oduro throws down the hair gauntlet
B.C. women advance at Canadian juniors
Full jury seated to hear murder trial of Hernandez
Phaneuf out week-to-week with injury
Richards waived by champion Los Angeles Kings
CFL, NFL have similar protocol regarding footballs
Evidence complete in Guy Lafleur civil trial
Foley anxious to about return to Argos
Toronto adds to defence, but who will be skipper?
'Hockey Wives' reveals full cast
Roughriders re-sign safety Brackenridge
Dutch football association chief to challenge FIFA's Blatter
What Canadian teams must do to make playoffs
Columbus forward Johansen named first star
Kings place Mike Richards on waivers
Toronto acquires defenders Perquis, Zavaleta
Williams sisters advance to quarterfinals at Australian Open
Canada's Bouchard out at Australian Open
Watt gets 2 turnovers, dances in friendly Pro Bowl
Coyotes star had emergency surgery at HSC
DeRozan leads Raptors past Pistons 114-110
Former skaters fondly remember Cranston
Team Jones claims seventh provincial curling title
Brazilians to miss start of Toronto FC camp
Predicted blizzard already impacting Rangers' plans
NHL all-star game breaks goals record
Chan says he'd love to do another Olympics
Coach K gets 1,000th win as No. 5 Duke tops St. John's 77-68