Western Canada Summer Games
A multi-sport event, the Western Canada Summer Games are designed to provide development opportunities for amateur athletes and to help them advance their skills in a competitive, but friendly environment. The games also serve to broaden the exposure of talented athletes and provide a training ground for national and international level competitions.
Social and cultural elements round out the sporting events for athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators. The four western provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) and the three northern territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut) send teams to these games which are held every four years.
The Western Canada Summer Games were first held in 1975 in Regina, Saskatchewan with the four western provinces ~ British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba ~ competing. In 1983, Yukon and the Northwest Territories joined in and 2003 saw the addition of Nunavut.
In August 2019, over 1700 of western Canada’s youth will have the opportunity to shine in Swift Current as we host the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games (WCSG). The participants from six provinces and territories will be joined by over 400 officials, media and VIPs, nearly 2000 volunteers and thousands more visitors for the ten-day event. Featuring 16 sports and an arts and cultural festival, the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games will be the largest event in Swift Current’s history.
Team Manitoba Finishes in Third Place in 2011
The 2011 Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops concluded with Team Manitoba finishing in third place. Manitoba accumulated a total of 166 Flag Points – based on a ranking and scoring system in each individual sport – to maintain its standing from the previous Games in 2007. British Columbia placed first with 213 points. Alberta was second with 187. Saskatchewan placed fourth with 159 points, followed by the North West Territories with 33, Yukon with 30 and Nunavut with 6.
Manitoba also won a total of 107 medals over the ten days of competition – 22 gold, 40 silver and 45 bronze. Gold medal performances by Manitoba’s two Closing Ceremonies Flag Bearers – Alia Ross from Gymnastics and Anna Schappert from Cycling – highlighted the final day of competition.
Posted: August 14, 2011