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Manitoba Winter Games Update at City Council

The Manitoba Winter Games held in Thompson last year were a huge benefit to the city.


Thompson jumped in to replace Virden as the host due to a lack of volunteers in Virden.


Here Games’ co-chairs Murray Kissick and Sandra Ross-Hitch talk about the legacies left by the Games.


“So when you consider just roughly the 260-thousand of the physical legacy and the approximate 140-thousand financial, a $400-thousand legacy to Thompson and area. And then of course with the study - the impact study - of $1.1 million, so let’s just round it off to $1.5 million to the community in regards to hosting the Manitoba Games on very short notice.”


Kissick also talked about some of the Games’ physical legacies in a report presented to City Council at Monday’s meeting.


“Under Villages, the $32-thousand for the shower upgrades, that was value-in-kind from the School District of Mystery Lake. You can see yourself from the City of Thompson, one of those is bleachers for the Gordon Beard. You can see some of the Sport areas and what they received and the things that were left at the end of the Games and where they were dispersed. That is what we will submit to Sport Manitoba in regards to what is called our physical legacy.”


Ross-Hitch and Kissick said the final audit will likely be complete sometime this fall.


They said verifying the value-in-kind funding is one of the reasons the process has taken as long as it has.


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