January 19, 2017
Winnipeg, MB – The City of Thompson will host the 2018 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games. The Games will be held in early March, 2018 involving up to 1,800 participants and 1,000 volunteers.
On July 15, 2016 Sport Manitoba announced a successful bid from the Town of Virden and RMs of Pipestone, Wallace-Woodsworth, and Sifton, to be the Host Community for the 2018 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games. Virden withdrew December 12th citing a lack of volunteers.
The City of Thompson had previously demonstrated strong interest in hosting a future Manitoba Games. They joined Virden in attending the host bid workshop for the 2018 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games and had previously bid on the 2014 Winter Games.
Sport Manitoba held an informational meeting with the city of Thompson and the School District of Mystery Lake on Jan. 7, 2017 to discuss Thompson hosting the 2018 Games. City Council voted unanimously January 16th to host the 2018 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games. On January 17th the School District also voted unanimously to host the 2018 Power Smart Games.
“We look forward to sharing the breathtaking beauty of northern Manitoba with athletes and visitors alike,” said Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Rochelle Squires. “We also want to thank the community of Thompson for taking on this challenge and we look forward to seeing everything they have in store for the games.”
The Honourable Minister Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage
"The Power Smart Manitoba Games are extremely important to our province, contributing significantly to the development of our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and communities throughout Manitoba. Amongst the participants in Thompson in 2018 will be future Canada Games athletes and hopefully future Olympians. We are excited to have the city of Thompson on board and look forward to working with their team of volunteers over the coming months to develop amateur sport in our province."
Laurel Read, Interim CEO, Sport Manitoba
“Manitoba Hydro congratulates the City of Thompson in their interest and acceptance by Sport Manitoba to host the 2018 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games. “The games are an excellent experience for our province’s young athletes, their coaches, their families and the entire community. We are pleased the City of Thompson is committed to hosting what will be a tremendous event.”
Kelvin Shepherd, Manitoba Hydro President & CEO
“The City of Thompson is honoured and excited by the opportunity to host the Power Smart Winter Games, and to showcase our community and our region to athletes and spectators from across Manitoba. With ideal facilities like the Vale Regional Community Center and our passionate volunteers, the enthusiasm of our residents will be on full display in 2018.”
His Worship Dennis Fenske, Mayor of Thompson
• The Power Smart Manitoba Games are the largest on-going multi-sport event in the Province.
• The program is administered by Sport Manitoba with direction provided by the Manitoba Games Council.
• The Manitoba Games is a major sport development program of Sport Manitoba that follows the Olympic cycle, taking place every two years, alternating between summer and winter events.
• Morden-Stanley-Winkler hosted the 2014 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games.
• Steinbach hosted the 2016 Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games.
• Sporting events in the 2018 Power Smart Games include archery, badminton, cross country ski, curling, figure skating, gymnastics, hockey, ringette, speed skating, wrestling and table tennis.
• This is the first time speed skating has participated in the Power Smart Games.
• The City of Thompson previously hosted the Winter Games in 1994.
• Link to more history
Sport Manitoba is a not for profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located in the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Power Smart Manitoba Games, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Centre, Sport Performance Centre, and Sport Resource Centre.
For more information please contact:
Senior Games Manager