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 were 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.
Fast-forward to 2020 when the Manitoba Games will return to the city of Dauphin for the first time in over 40 years. For more information about the upcoming Games, visit the City of Dauphin’s website.
Here is the list of past Manitoba Games host communities:
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
2018 Winter - Thompson
Before each Games, we evaluate our eligibility criteria to ensure we’re best representing the diverse range of competitive athletes and sports across our province. This means laying out a clear set of guidelines to oversee who can participate in the Games, as well as how and why we make our decisions.
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Copy: Weather you’re an athlete participating in the Games, a parent cheering on their son or daughter, or just curious about our bi-annual sporting event, we want to make sure you’re armed with the correct information to prepare you for your your game-day needs — whatever those needs may be. Our FAQs page provides answers to everything Manitoba Games for everyone.