Groundbreaking Ceremony held for Canada Games Sport for Life Centre

WINNIPEG (June 19, 2015) - For many Manitoba communities, schools, athletes, and coaches, excellent training opportunities will soon be more accessible than ever before. Today, representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal government gathered with leaders in the sport and business community to take part in the official groundbreaking of the Qualico Training Centre, phase two of the construction of the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre. The project is the culmination of over ten years of planning and hard work led by Sport Manitoba, and is the signature legacy of the 2017 Canada Summer Games, taking place July 28 - August 13, 2017.

“We’re thrilled to be part of the process that has helped make the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre a reality,” said Hubert Mesman, Co-Chair of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society. “Sport Manitoba has done an exceptional job in bringing the community together around this project, and we are honoured to have been able to contribute to its success.”

Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony included Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Premier Greg Selinger, Mayor Brian Bowman, representatives from Sport Manitoba and Canada Games Council Chairman Tom Quinn.

“The Canada Games Sport for Life Centre is an exceptional state-of-the-art building that will continue to help developing athletes well into the future, long after the 2017 Canada Summer Games flame has been extinguished,” said Quinn. “Congratulations to Sport Manitoba on completing this project that will serve as a showcase venue for the 2017 Canada Summer Games and the city of Winnipeg.”

The Qualico Training Centre will rise next to the first phase of the project that opened in 2010, which brought Sport Manitoba, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, and the majority of the province’s provincial sport organizations under one roof at 145 Pacific Avenue, as well as creating facilities like the Sport Medicine Centre, Sport Performance Centre, and the Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching.

Supported by all three levels of government, and through significant private sector capital contributions, the construction now underway will add three fully convertible court spaces, a 200 metre track, a variety of training and performance spaces, sport medicine research and treatment facilities, all supporting sport and healthy living activities and education. Leveraging the expertise, fitness training and coaching resources already housed in the complex, the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre will make it possible to deliver one-of-a-kind sport and training opportunities for Manitobans of all ages and skill levels, ranging from schools and recreational sport participants all the way up to the elite echelons of athletic development.