Regina will be host to the 2022 Saskatchewan Winter Games, the Saskatchewan Games Council announced on Monday.
It’s the first time in their history the winter games are coming to the Queen City and marks the event’s 50th anniversary.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating 50 years of the Saskatchewan Games program in 2022 and look forward to working with the host organizing committee to provide an exceptional experience for our province’s developing athletes, coaches and officials,” Saskatchewan Games Council executive director Mark Bracken said in a statement.
“We’re also proud to be hosting a major event that will aid in our community’s continued recovery post-pandemic by bringing thousands of participants and spectators from every corner of the province here to Regina while enhancing community excitement and pride.”
The event will take place from Feb. 20 to 26, 2022, and feature nearly 1,600 young athletes from across the province competing in 16 sports including alpine skiing, figure skating and curling.
More than 5,000 visitors are expected to attend the event, something the City of Regina said it was excited about.
“Regina has a well-deserved reputation as the best city in Canada to host major sporting events, and the 50th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Games is a perfect opportunity to showcase that ability,” Regina Mayor Michael Fougere said in the statement.
“I am confident that, as we enter a post-pandemic world, our residents will be excited to help make the Games a rousing success.”
The event will require about 1,500 volunteers. To learn more, visit the Saskatchewan Games website.