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Canada Games exhibit unveiled at Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

The torch used in the first Canada Summer Games in 1969. .
The torch used in the first Canada Summer Games in 1969. . Josh Arason / Global News

The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame has opened the doors to a new exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games.

More than 15 cases of memorabilia will be displayed during the exhibit’s year long run. Among the items featured are medals from the first Canada Games in 1967.

“You don’t think of it when we won it, you’re not thinking “it’s the first” or “you’re going to be here 50 years later showing it off”,” Silver medalist Betty Hird said. Hird was on the podium with her mixed curling team in 1967 and was at the exhibit Tuesday.

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Also featured at the exhibit is the torch used at the first Canada Summer Games in 1969. It took curators eight months to collect all the memorabilia.

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“Hearing the stories behind these medals and items are fascinating,” Rick Brownlee of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame said.

“Whenever a major event like the Canada Summer Games comes to town, we try to match the theme with our exhibit.”

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The inaugural Canada Games was held in Quebec City during the winter of 1967 as part of the country’s centennial celebrations.

Winnipeg will host the 2017 Canada Summer Games between July 28 and August 13.

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