Special Olympics Manitoba is sending its provincial team to Vancouver this week to compete at the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.
Team Manitoba will have 124 athletes in action July 8-12.
Competitors were selected through their performances at the 2013 Spring and 2013 Summer Provincial Games. The 11 sports that Team Manitoba will be participating in are power lifting, soccer, softball, rhythmic gymnastics, bocce, athletics, swimming, basketball, golf, five pin bowling and 10 pin bowling.
A cavalcade of semi trucks are fuelling up for the sixth annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy on Saturday.
An international project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the trucks will make a loop around the Perimeter Highway beginning at the Oak Bluff Recreation Centre at 11 a.m.
Last year, the Manitoba convoy raised $65,000 for Special Olympics Manitoba with the help of 141 trucks.
Once the convoy has completed its run, the participants will be welcomed at the Oak Bluff Recreation Centre by Special Olympics Manitoba athletes, family, friends and law enforcement personnel for lunch and a presentation.
The Special Olympics Manitoba Provincial Summer Games will get underway today, as 500 athletes compete in six different sports around Winnipeg this weekend.
The opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. will be held at the Metropolitan Theatre, as the Games prepare athletes to compete on the provincial team during the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver.
Athletes will be competing in track and field (University of Manitoba stadium), rhythmic gymnastics (Lavallee School), golf (Meadows Golf Course), bocce (Bowls Manitoba), and softball and soccer (Norwood Community Centre).
As the 2013 Special Olympics Manitoba Provincial Summer Games approach later this month, the Flame of Hope will be lit on Monday on the steps of the Manitoba legislature.
The Manitoba Law Enforcement Torch Run will be igniting the flame, in advance of more than 500 Special Olympics Manitoba athletes who will be competing in seven different sports at venues throughout Winnipeg June 21-23. The games will be used to select athletes to be part of the provincial team competing at the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver, BC.
The lighting ceremony will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Members of Winnipeg’s media got down and dirty Wednesday night in support of Special Olympics Manitoba.
The popular Media Grape Stomp event — part of the 12th annual Winnipeg Fine Festival — was held at McPhillips Station Casino. The upcoming festival (April 28-May 4) is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization.
Two teams battled it out on stage to see who could produce the most grape juice by stomping in a round bucket full of the fruit. After pairs of purple-covered bare feet were cleaned off, it was time to mingle and sample some of the many wines on display.
Wednesday night saw the wines of Chile in the spotlight as part of the public event. More tastings are planned throughout the next week at a handful of venues across the city — many of which are already sold out. However, tickets are still available for the always popular public tastings at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.