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Sport Manitoba – Women in Sport: Celebrating Manitoba Women Past, Present and Future

Friday, March 8, 2019, 11:00 a.m.

  • 11:00 a.m. – Media conference and greetings from the province and the city
  • 11:15 a.m. – Olympic guests Hot Stove Panel
  • 11:45 a.m. – Light lunch and refreshments to be served

Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame
Canada Games Sport for Life Centre, 145 Pacific Avenue

Media are invited to join us as we open our newest feature exhibit. To celebrate Manitoba’s great female athletes and their contributions to sport, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame is showcasing Women in Sport: Celebrating Manitoba Women Past, Present and Future. This exhibit includes artefacts such as Clara Hughes’ complete Olympic medal collection, memorabilia from the All-American Women’s Baseball League, which had 12 players from Manitoba and blazed the trail for women in professional and semi-professional sports, and pieces from Cindy Klassen’s incredible career as a multi-sport athlete. 

Rick Brownlee, Sport Heritage Manager, Sport Manitoba
Honourable Cathy Cox, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage, Province of Manitoba
Mayor Brian Bowman, City of Winnipeg

Hot Stove Panel:
Susan Auch – 5-time Olympic speed skater and 2-time silver medalist in the 500m (1994, 1998) and bronze medalist in the 3000m relay (1988) 
Michelle Sawatzky-Koop and Wanda Guenette – Olympic volleyball team members, the first Canadian women’s team to ever qualify for Olympic competition (1996)

Several other honoured members whose artefacts and stories are throughout the exhibit cases have been invited and will be in the attendance.



Women in Sport: Celebrating Manitoba Women Past, Present and Future will be on display at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, located in the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre at 145 Pacific Avenue, from March 8 through August 2019. 
The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame’s mandate is to collect, preserve, showcase and celebrate the history and heritage of sport excellence in Manitoba.

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 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Clinic, Performance Centre, Fitness Centre and Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching



For more information please contact:

Rick Brownlee
Sport Heritage Manager, Sport Manitoba
Office: 204.925.5736 Cell: 204.612.7272