The Canada Games Sport for Life Centre
The Canada Games Sport for Life Centre is a hub for amateur sport in Manitoba. It houses all of Sport Manitoba's programs and services plus over 60 sport organizations which collectively serve over 190,000 athletes, 100,000 program participants, and approximately 25,000 volunteers, coaches, and officials.
Services and Programs
Education and Training Space – Classrooms, meeting rooms, theatre, and conference centre all located primarily on the lower level.
Sport Resource Centre – The Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching brings together the educational resources of provincial sport organizations, Sport Manitoba, and the sport
science and medical communities. The Resource Centre offers new educational programming to sport and community leaders, students, and athletes.
Sport Medicine Clinic – The Sport Medicine Clinic is a 5,226 square foot facility that is fully outfitted with state of the art equipment that supports a wide spectrum of patients of all ages, for both sport and non-sport injuries. This includes: workplace injuries, repetitive strain injuries, recreational participants, amateur and high performance athletes. No referral required for appointments with a sport medicine physician, chiropractor, physical therapist, athletic therapist, massage therapist, dietician, or sport psychologist.
Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame – Dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and showcasing the history and heritage of sport excellence and achievement in Manitoba, the Hall of Fame inspires our next generation.
Gymansium - The second level features multi-use court space: three full size/four cross court sized basketball courts, three full size/four cross court sized volleyball courts and 12 badminton courts. Great for sports camps or community sport programs...the configurations are limitless.
Performance Centre - has quickly become Manitoba’s premiere training centre for the province's top athletes. Hundreds of athletes, ranging from amateur to professional, from over 30 sports utilize the Performance Centre's services. Services open to the public include strength & conditioning, testing and physiology, training plan development, performance nutrition, sport psychology and sport medicine. The third floor also includes a multi-use flex space that is approximately 1,200 square feet and comes complete with padded walls and nets, perfect for athletes honing their skills in golf, softball, baseball, and cricket…just to name a few.
Fitness Centre - is a state-of-the-art gym offering classes, programs and membership to the public. It features a three-lane, 160-metre track with sprint lanes encircling the entire building overlooking the court space below. A dance studio with hardwood floors, mirrors and dance bars anchors the south-east corner. On the far side, you'll find strength and conditioning areas, as well as weight, cardio, and core equipment to help you achieve health and wellness. And a dedicated spin studio rounds out the options for every taste and ability....discover more on the other side of this link!
60+ Provincial Sport Organizations – These organizations collectively serve over 190,000 athletes, 100,000 program participants, and approximately 25,000 volunteers, coaches and officials.
Parking - Over 80 indoor parking spaces with allotments for 50 on an hourly basis for facility users.
The Canada Games Sport For Life Centre is a 200,000 square foot renovation and addition built in two main phases. The first to open was the administrative offices in spring 2010. The last to open was the Fitness Centre in the summer of 2017.
2017 Games Legacy
The most significant capital legacy project for the 2017 Canada Summer Games was the construction of the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre. The 124,000 square foot Qualico Training Centre features three fully convertible court spaces, strength and conditioning areas, aerobic training space, plyometric training and testing, and an indoor training track.
Why Was it Built?
In early 2003 Sport Manitoba's Board of Directors were informed that their rental lease agreement at 200 Main Street would not be renewed. The board took the opportunity to vision a new future for amateur sport. Out of many provincial consulatations, strategy sessions and planning the dream of a Sport for Life Centre grew. Today, the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre provides seamless transition between training, coaching, testing, and therapy, which is a first in Canada.
A Community Resource for All
The Canada Games Sport for Life Centre focuses on learning, sharing, mentoring, and growing. From the development of basic skills for kids and families, to the training of Manitoba's "Own the Podium" athletes, the Centre serves as a hub for education, skill-building, and research.
Growing Healthy Kids
Kids in the inner city, as well as those in remote and rural areas, lack access to programs and mentors. Through the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre, new outreach programs serve the neighbourhoods in greatest need. Other schools and youth groups participate in programs at the Centre. For example, our new neighbour, Argyle School, has never had access to a gym. This is a place they can call their own.
We anticipate that more than 23,000 school children every year will be introduced to innovative new programs. On a visit to the Centre, kids can participate in a program designed to provide basic movement skills, then meet with a nutritionist to learn about how to fuel their engines, and wrap up with an inspiring look at Manitoba's great athletes.
Developing Leaders and Champions
Developing a new generation of leaders and champions is a key element of the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre. Our communities desperately need more coaches to support programming and services. Our centralized learning facility provides the best research and education on sport and activity for grassroots volunteers, leaders, athletes, coaches, and officials.
The Heart of Sport Research, Practice, and Education
By bringing together health and education professionals with sport and physical activity experts, we are creating a forum to develop new programs, partnerships, and synergies. Manitobans now have one-stop access to: physical therapy, sport medicine physicians, chiropractic services, massage therapy, psychology and nutritional counselling, and biomechanical testing.
In addition, thousands of Manitoba Games participants, Team Manitoba athletes, and provincial team athletes have access to much needed sport medicine and science research. New identification, evaluation, and training opportunities will move them seamlessly from the provincial to national training levels. This will result in greater opportunities for Manitobans to live their athletic dreams on the national stage.
A Home for the History of Heroes
Celebrating the achievements of others who have succeeded before us offers endless inspiration. Manitoba has a wealth of sport history and achievement that is preserved and showcased at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, now located in the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre.
A Centre for Lifelong Activity and Wellness
Complete with in-house expertise, a clinic, education areas, and exercise areas, the Centre is an outstanding resource for all Manitobans in the battle against obesity. By increasing activity and making better nutritional choices, our community can take steps to adopt a healthier lifestyle and increase wellness.
Find links to photos, videos and more below.
Blessing of the Land Ceremony (photos)
GroundBreaking Ceremony (photo album, video and news release)