2019 Canada Games Hopeful to Start Off Dauphin Relay

On July 11, the Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay will bring the excitement of the 2017 Canada Summer Games through Dauphin with the Roly McLenahan torch.

Dauphin is located on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park, 300 kms from the capital city of Winnipeg, with Duck Mountain Provincial Park across the valley and flanked by Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipegosis.  Thanks to an abundance of sunshine it is a prime spot for outdoor exploring and visitors can fish, boat, canoe, camp, or take an architectural walking tour through the city.

Along with gorgeous natural sites, Dauphin has various heritage sites that preserve Ukrainian heritage, the pioneer’s traditional way of life, and culture. For something prehistoric, Fort Dauphin Museum is home to Chris the Croc, a 90-million-year-old fossil of the marine reptile Terminonaris, one of only seven fossils of its kind and one of the oldest fossils found in Manitoba.

Music figures prominently during the summer months. Dauphin’s Countryfest, Canada’s longest running country musical festival, kicked things off in late June with up and coming artists as well as the biggest names in country music.  Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival, marking 50 years this year, takes place August 4-6 and celebrates the vibrant Ukrainian culture of the area.

Eveline Juce will be carrying the torch for the first leg of the torch relay. She currently competes for the University of Alberta’s biathlon team and competed at the World Universiade Games for Team Canada in Almaty, Kazakhstan this past winter. She also competes on the Manitoba Gymkhana Rodeo Association circuit with her three horses.

Juce is proud to be a leader whose job is to continue promoting sport and the ability that sport has to connect all athletes, volunteers and parents worldwide. She said, “To be a torchbearer, to me, means that I have the ability and the responsibility to encourage the movement of sport.”

Part of her University team’s commitment is to volunteer their time to coach upcoming skiers once a week.

“My experience volunteering as a ski coach has made me appreciate skiing more and has also opened my eyes about how important it is to promote sport in youth,” said Juce.

She plans to compete in biathlon in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.

The relay starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Manitoba Hydro building at 480 Whitmore Avenue and ends at CN Park on 1st Avenue NW. After the relay, join us for a community celebration BBQ at 12:00 p.m. The event is open to all, so come cheer on our torchbearers and feel the excitement of the Canada Summer Games in Dauphin!