By Nolan Kowal, Sport Performance Specialist
Hosting Manitoba’s largest ongoing multi-sport event is a venture like no other. It engages not only the athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers, but also people of all ages from across the province who gather for a common experience in the spirit of competition – that’s why the Town of Niverville is buzzing with anticipation to host the 2022 Manitoba Winter Games from February 26 – March 5, 2022.
Games Co-Chairs and Town of Niverville employees Chantel Todd and Angela Janz were tasked with creating the bid for Niverville to host. After a lot of time spent putting together a thorough bid, Niverville was awarded the Games with an official announcement made earlier this year.
“I think our community is very excited to have the 2022 Winter Games, especially with the Community Resource and Recreation Centre (CRRC) opening up next spring. It will be the focal point of the Games for facilities,” said Chantel.
The opportunity to open up and share the versatile sporting facilities with the larger provincial community is one of the many great benefits for a host.
“We’re hoping to winterize some facilities in Hespeler Park for Cross Country skiing. Other venues will also see some upgrades, such as the centennial arena, Morris Curling Club and Springhill Winter Park,” said Chantel.
It may seem far away, but the planning process leading up to the Games is no small task. It takes a lot of dedicated people to make a successful Games come alive.
“Finding volunteers for the board is our first part for planning, then we will be digging right into the finer details.”
Chantel said volunteers are so important as they would not be able to run the Games without them. What’s more, there’s a real sense of pride and a lasting impact that comes along with being involved in a special event like this.
“It will be such a rewarding experience for volunteers to be part of history here in Niverville, plus giving back to the community and building our community, too.”
What is Chantel most excited for looking ahead? Showcasing Niverville to the whole province and demonstrating they have what it takes to host large sporting events, and the experience athletes and volunteers will have at Games time.