Com­pet­i­tive spirit

Canada Games cel­e­brates fifti­eth an­niver­sary.

Canada's History - - CURRENTS - — Anna Volo­tovska is a Grade 9 stu­dent at Seven Oaks Met School in Win­nipeg.

A half-cen­tury ago, more than 1,800 ath­letes made sports his­tory in Québec City by tak­ing part in the first Canada Win­ter Games.

A cel­e­bra­tion of the coun­try’s best young am­a­teur ath­letes, the games are held ev­ery two years, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween sum­mer and win­ter events.The first games, held in Fe­bru­ary 1967 to com­mem­o­rate the cen­ten­nial of Con­fed­er­a­tion, fea­tured the motto “Unity Through Sport.”

To­day the Canada Games is Canada’s big­gest multi-sport com­pe­ti­tion. Not only do the games tri­umph in bring­ing Canada to­gether un­der the flam­ing spirit of com­pe­ti­tion, they also pro­vide young Cana­dian ath­letes with the train­ing, ex­pe­ri­ence, and step­ping stones they need to suc­ceed in their fu­ture ath­letic en­deav­ours.

The 2017 Canada Sum­mer Games will be held in Win­nipeg from July 28 to Au­gust 13.

Harry Jerome holds the Cana­dian flag at the open­ing cer­e­monies of the first Canada Sum­mer Games at Hal­i­faxDar­mouth, 1969.

Mid­dle right: Prime Min­is­ter Lester Pear­son con­grat­u­lates medal win­ners of women’s gym­nas­tics at the first Canada Win­ter Games at Que­bec City, 1967.

Bot­tom right: Games participants lounge in the ath­letes vil­lage dur­ing the sec­ond Canada Sum­mer Games at New West­min­sterBurn­aby, British Columbia, 1973.

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