Winnipeg – Event Info


Who participates in the Manitoba Games?
Athletes between the ages of 10 years and 18 years from each of the seven sport regions in the province as defined by Sport Manitoba. The athletes has to be 10 years of age and under 18 years of age at the time of the Games.

What is the focus of the Manitoba Games program?

The focus of the Games is the development of Manitoba athletes by providing them with skill development opportunities and a multi-sport experience and help them to prepare for higher levels of competition like the Canada Games, Western Canada Games and national and international championships in their sport.

How are the Games sports determined?
Sport Manitoba determines the size of the Games (i.e. the number of participants) and the number of sports to be included. Provincial Sport Organizations apply to be in each set of Games and are measured against specific criteria.

What are the age categories?
Age classifications for the Games are determined by the sport. Age categories must be within the minimum and maximum age ranges set by Sport Manitoba and reflects the fit of the Games in the sport’s Long Term Athlete Development plan. Age categories and eligibility are outlined in the sport Technical Package.

How are the athletes selected?
Athlete will be selected at a qualifying event. Requirements for each sport are outlined in the sport’s development and selection plans.

How are the coaches selected?
Coaches and managers are selected by the provincial sport association. Interested coaches can contact the office at 204-925-5647 for more information on selection procedures and certification requirements. Coach eligibility is also outlined in the sport Technical Package.

What is the cost of participating in the Manitoba Games?
Athletes will pay a registration fee of $30 for the regional qualifying event.  Once regional teams have been determined, additional fees may be required at specific training camps. When regional team selection is complete, athletes will pay the provincial registration fee of $150 set by Sport Manitoba. The provincial registration fee will defray the cost of all meals, accommodations, transportation to and at the Games and team uniforms. As such, the only cost to the participant while at the Games will be for personal items and souvenirs.

Where are the Manitoba Games held and who decides?
Communities across the province bid to host the Games based on their ability to stage the sport competitions, accommodate and feed 1,800 participants, provide 1200 volunteers and generate the required financial resources to operate the Games. Sport Manitoba and the Manitoba Games Council conduct bid and site evaluations and make recommendations to the Board of Sport Manitoba.

In 1972 the Provincial Government approved the initiation of a Provincial Games Development Program, which would give rural Manitoba an equal opportunity to participate in amateur sport.
The first province-wide Manitoba Games was held in Winnipeg in late December as part of the city’s 1974 Centennial Celebration. These Games were used to identify and select Manitoba’s 1975 Canada Winter Games teams. Neepawa was chosen to host the 1976 Manitoba Summer Games and the 1978 Manitoba Winter Games were held in Dauphin. After a hiatus, the Manitoba Games program was reinstituted in 1986 and has been held every two years since.

• 1986 Winter – Flin Flon
• 1988 Summer – Beausejour/Pinawa
• 1990 Winter – Carman
• 1992 Summer – Minnedosa/Neepawa
• 1994 Winter – Thompson
• 1996 Summer – Morden
• 1998 Winter – Gimli
• 2000 Summer – Virden
• 2002 Winter – The Pas/OCN
• 2004 Summer – Dauphin
• 2006 Winter – Beausejour
• 2008 Summer – Carman
• 2010 Winter – Portage la Prairie
• 2012 Summer – Swan Valley
• 2014 Winter – Morden, Stanley, Winkler
• 2016 Summer – Steinbach



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