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2019 Canada Winter Games

2019 Canada Winter Games announces first ever national torch relay!

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  • For the first time, non participating athletes will be able to take part in the Canada Winter Games without coming to the host city.  The MNP Canada Winter Games Torch Relay will provide an opportunity for hundreds of Canadians from coast to coast to coast to carry the torch that will light the Games Caldron in Red Deer next February.

    MNP together with 2019 Canada Games officials announced the relay at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame this week.

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    Inaugural Canada Games Torch Relay kicks of in Ottawa

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  • First-Ever National MNP Canada Games Torch Relay Kicks Off

    Thursday, 4th October 2018

    (Ottawa, Ontario) – Today, the first-ever national MNP Canada Games Torch Relay kicked off on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, and the Canada Games flag was raised across the country in past Host Communities. As part of Canada Games tradition, the Canada Games Roly McLenahan Torch was lit from the Centennial Flame with guest of honour Minister of Sport, Kirsty Duncan. The Canada Games Torch Lighting is a significant element of the Games and has united communities across the nation for the past 51 years. In celebration of the lighting of the torch, past Canada Games Host Communities raised the Canada Games flag. For the first time in the history of the Canada Games, the Roly McLenahan torch now embarks on a relay across Canada before arriving in Red Deer, Alberta for the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games on February 15, 2019.

    “The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is an exciting opportunity to share the spirit of the Canada Games across the nation,” said Lyn Radford, Board Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society. “We are proud to partner with MNP to deliver the first-ever national MNP Canada Games Torch Relay and celebrate sport and culture in communities across the nation from now until the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.”

    “This inaugural MNP Canada Games Torch Relay will give Canadians across the country the opportunity to experience the true spirit of the 2019 Canada Winter Games,” said the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. “The flame will pass through communities in every region of the country providing Canadians an opportunity to cheer on our athletes as they strive for excellence but also to be inspired by their love of sport.”

    “Alberta is proud to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer,” said Ricardo Miranda, Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism. “We will be eagerly watching the torch as it makes its way across the country before arriving in the heart of Alberta. Good luck to all the torchbearers and we look forward to welcoming you to Alberta soon.”

    “As the torch starts its journey on the road to Red Deer, it provides a unique opportunity for our fellow Canadians to become a part of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in their respective communities,” said City of Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer. “Through the torch, Canadians from coast to coast to coast across our country will become a part of the energy and excitement that Red Deer will experience this February when we welcome the nation to our city”.

    “We are thrilled that the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is now underway and that the iconic Roly McLenahan Torch is set to travel across our beautiful country, galvanizing Canadian pride for youth and sport,” said Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman. “The Torch visits communities that have hosted past editions of the Canada Games and a feeling of nostalgia and effervescence is sure to take over as residents reminisce about how impactful the Canada Games were to their city and community.”

    “For MNP, the opportunity to participate in the coast-to-coast Torch Relay is a real honour and a wonderful way for us, as a ‘Made in Canada’ firm, to celebrate our 60th anniversary,” said Jason Tuffs, Chief Executive Officer of MNP. “We wish all the athletes, their families, Games organizers, leadership and volunteers a fun and successful 2019 Canada Winter Games.”

    The first torch relay stop is Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 9 and then the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay heads west visiting almost 50 communities across Canada through a series of torch relay and community celebration stops before arriving in Red Deer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Games.

    Torch relays are hosted in 26 communities, information on torchbearers is available at canadagames.ca/2019/torchbearers.

    For the complete MNP Canada Games Torch Relay schedule, please visit canadagames.ca/2019/mnptorchrelay.


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    Q & A: MNP Canada Games Torch Relay

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  • Q: What is the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay?
    A: For the first time in the history of the Canada Games, the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay travels from coast-to-coast across the nation. The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay visits almost 50 communities across Canada through a series of celebrations and torch relay stops, with 10 to 15 torchbearers in each torch relay community carrying the torch. Torchbearers across the 26 torch relay stops are selected following a nomination process that opened on May 15, 2018.

    Q: What is the Canada Games Torch?
    A: The Roly McLenahan Canada Games Torch is used to commence each Canada Games Torch Relay and must be used to ignite the official Games flame during the Opening Ceremony of each Canada Games.

    Q: When does the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay start?
    A: ​The relay officially starts in Ottawa from the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill on October 4, 2018, and visits almost 50 communities across Canada before arriving in Red Deer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Games on February 15, 2019.

    Q: What communities is the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay visiting?
    A: In total, 48 communities are visited through the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay, with 26 torch relay stops and 22 celebration stops being hosted across Canada. The list of communities is available below:

    Torch Relay Stops
    ● Ottawa, ON – October 4, 2018
    ● Halifax, NS* – October 9, 2018
    ● Montreal, QC – October 11, 2018
    ● Niagara Region, ON – October 20,
    2018
    ● London, ON* – October 23, 2018
    ● Thunder Bay, ON* – October 25, 2018
    ● Winnipeg, MB* – November 1, 2018
    ● Regina, SK* – November 6, 2018
    ● Saskatoon, SK* – November 10, 2018
    ● Victoria, BC – November 21, 2018
    ● Kelowna, BC – November 30, 2018
    ● Prince George, BC* – December 8,
    2018
    ● Grande Prairie, AB* – January 5, 2019
    Celebration Stops
    ● Markham, ON – October 12, 2018
    ● Toronto, ON – October 12, 2018
    ● Kenora, ON – October 30, 2018
    ● Portage la Prairie, MB – November 2,
    2018
    ● Brandon, MB* – November 2, 2018
    ● Humboldt, SK – November 7, 2018
    ● Prince Albert, SK – November 8, 2018
    ● Surrey, BC – November 23, 2018
    ● Abbotsford, BC – November 27, 2018
    ● Chilliwack, BC – November 27, 2018
    ● Vernon, BC – December 4, 2018
    ● Kamloops, BC* – December 5, 2018
    ● Drumheller, AB – January 11, 2019
    ● Taber, AB – January 15, 2019
    ● Edmonton, AB – January 8, 2019
    ● Lloydminster, AB – January 9, 2019
    ● Medicine Hat, AB – January 12, 2019
    ● Lethbridge, AB – January 16, 2019
    ● Calgary, AB – January 18, 2019
    ● Rimbey, AB – January 23, 2019
    ● Leduc, AB – January 25, 2019
    ● Blackfalds, AB – January 29, 2019
    ● Olds, AB – January 31, 2019
    ● Lacombe, AB – February 2, 2019
    ● Sylvan Lake, AB – February 5, 2019
    ● Ponoka, AB – February 7, 2019
    ● Red Deer, AB – February 15, 2019
    ● Vegreville, AB – January 9, 2019
    ● Stettler, AB – January 10, 2019
    ● Kananaskis, AB – January 21, 2019
    ● Airdrie, AB – January 22, 2019
    ● Rocky Mountain House, AB – January
    24, 2019
    ● Wetaskiwin, AB – January 26, 2019
    ● Maskwacis, AB – January 26, 2019
    ● Innisfail, AB – January 30, 2019
    *Past Canada Games locations

    Q: What is the difference between a torch relay stop and a celebration stop?
    A: Torch relay stops are large scale event, in which the formal torch relay occurs, followed by a community celebration. Each torch relay should be between two to five kilometers and should take between 30 to 45 minutes to complete. Celebration stops are smaller scale celebrations with the torch.

    Q: How were torch relay stops and celebration stops selected?
    A: The locations selected for the stops were chosen due to their past or future involvement with the Canada Games and their community’s alignment with the vision, spirit and values of the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

    Q: What does a torchbearer do?
    A: Each torchbearer walks a leg of the relay, which should be between 160 to 500 meters long depending on the route, carrying the ​Roly McLenahan Canada Games Torch. ​The torchbearer carries the torch for their leg of a community’s torch relay and take part in events, photo-ops and community recognition opportunities.

    Q: How many torchbearers are there?
    A: Communities have 10 to 15 torchbearers from their community or surrounding communities and they can be current or past residents.

    Q: How were the torchbearers selected?
    A: Torchbearers were selected following a nomination process that opened on May 15, 2018.

    Q: Who are the torchbearers?
    A: Information on the torchbearers of each community are available at canadagames.ca/2019/torchbearers. The 2019 Games announce Red Deer torchbearers starting in January 2019.

    Q: Where can I learn more about the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay?
    A: For the most current information regarding the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay, please visit
    canadagames.ca/2019/mnptorchrelay.

    About the 2019 Canada Winter Games

    ​From February 15 until March 3, 2019, the eyes of the nation will be on Red Deer, Alberta as we host the 2019 Canada Winter Games – the largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth in Canada and the largest event to be hosted in Red Deer’s history. Featuring over 150 events in 19 sports and a major arts and cultural festival, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will welcome up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches and more than 100,000 spectators, with a forecasted economic impact of over $132 million. The 27th edition of the Canada Games, the 2019 Games is set to provide a stage for Canada’s next generation of national, international and Olympic champions to compete and will leave a legacy for athletic and leadership greatness in Red Deer and central Alberta. This is our moment.

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