Opening Ceremonies Officially Kick off the 2016 Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games in Steinbach
Sport Manitoba – STEINBACH, MB – In a night that featured music, dancing, success stories, and of course a torch and cauldron, Sunday evening’s Opening Ceremonies saw over 700 of Manitoba’s finest young athletes gather outside the Steinbach Regional Secondary School to celebrate the official start of the 2016 Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games in Steinbach.
As the province’s largest ongoing multi-sport event, these Games will feature 1,700 athletes, coaches and managers competing in 12 different sports throughout August 7-13, and with Phase 1 beginning Monday morning, the Opening Ceremonies was an opportunity for athletes to stay loose and be inspired the night before competition heats up.
“You represent the future of sport in Manitoba, and the next wave of excellence that we look forward to cheering for, not only at these Games but in future national and international stages,” said Sport Manitoba Interim CEO Laurel Read, reminding athletes of the many success stories of Power Smart Manitoba Games Alumni. Athletes like Sam Renooy (ringette), a two-time Manitoba Games athlete, Canada Games gold medalist and world champion who joined a team of Eastman athletes in the torch lighting ceremony.
Link to torch bearer names and bios
Leading their teams out to the field were the exceptional athletes selected as flag bearers, which included:
• Team Central’s Hailee Morisseau (Triathlon – Portage la Prairie)
• Team Eastman’s Dawson Tanner (Baseball – Marchand)
• Team Interlake’s Amanda Coutu (Special Olympics Golf – St. Laurent)
• Team Norman’s Carissa Kennedy (Athletics – Thompson)
• Team Parkland’s Erica Forsyth (Basketball – Swan River)
• Team Westman’s Jayde Hansen-Young (Sailing & Volleyball – Brandon)
• Winnipeg Blue’s Taylor Scott (Special Olympics Golf)
• Winnipeg Gold’s Alex Krykewich (Baseball & Volleyball)
Phase 1 runs from August 7-10, while Phase two of the Power Smart Manitoba Games will run from August 10-13, with Closing Ceremonies taking place on Saturday at 2:30 pm. For more information, visit our website at manitobagames.ca.
The Power Smart Manitoba Games are the province’s largest ongoing multi-sport event bringing together participants from across the province. The Games are held every two years and alternate between summer and winter sports events. Each set of Games involve upwards of 5,000 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. Steinbach’s successful bid to be the Host Community for the 2016 Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games was announced in June 2014. On July 15, 2016 Virden was announced as the host of the 2018 Power Smart Winter Games.
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 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, Fit Kids Healthy Kids and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Centre, Sport Performance Centre, and Sport Resource Centre.
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- Link to 2016 PSMG Media Kit
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