In celebration of the 2017 Canada Summer Games, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame opened an interesting new exhibit featuring our country’s Canada Games' history. Today’s grand opening of the exhibit included an introduction by Olympic medalist, Canada Games medalist and 2017 Canada Summer Games coach, Janine (Hanson) Stephens.
The 50 years of Canada Games Exhibit 1967-2017, presented by MLT Aikins, takes you on a journey through time as you explore significant photos and artifacts from every province and territory in the nation. Highlights include medals, artifacts, uniforms and more from the first Games in 1967 all the way to the most recent Games in 2015.
- Montreal Canadiens’ legend Bob Gainey’s 1971 Games jersey from Team Ontario
- 1976 Olympic medalist Nancy Garapick’s swimsuit and medals; Garapick competed for Team Nova Scotia at the 1973 Canada Games
- Paul Kariya’s 1996 Team Canada jersey; Kariya competed for Team BC in the 1991 Canada Games
- Three-time Olympic sprinter Bruny Surin’s track suit; Surin competed for Team Quebec at the 1985 Canada Games
Also included are Desiree Scott, Todd MacCulloch, Corey Koskie, Toller Cranston and much more, all Canada Games’ alumni and on all on exhibit at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame
“The “50 years of Canada Games” exhibit is one of the many exciting ways we’re able to celebrate this major milestone anniversary,” said Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society. “The cultural fabric that is Canada is to be found throughout the displays as we honour Games participants by featuring their artifacts and memorabilia from the past 50 years.”
"This exhibit was fascinating to build. A collaborative effort with help from sister heritage institutions from across the country as they and former Games alumni have loaned us their treasures to help tell the story of a half-century of Canada Games’ history." says Rick Brownlee, Sport Manitoba's Sport Heritage Manager. "Special thanks go to our exhibit designer Candace Hogue and all of the Hall of Fame staff who helped on this project including Jordan Roy, Desmond Sackey and our Collections Manager Andrea Reichert."
The exhibit opens today. Admission is by donation.