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We are just 80 days away from the Manitoba Summer Games.

Hundreds of athletes, their families, and friends will invade Dauphin and the surrounding area to be a part of the historic event.

This event will also feature dozens of Parkland athletes including the U16 Dauphin Hawks team that won a tournament in Brandon over the weekend. It's safe to say that as the countdown continues, the buzz continues to build.

"The anticipation is certainly building, we have signage going up throughout the community," said Bryan Mintenko, Games Coordinator. "It's a great time and we continue to work hard to make sure this is an event to remember."

As of right now, the organizing committee is looking for people to carry the torch as a part of the 'Torch Relay'. There are certain criteria to be considered.


  1. A former 2004 Manitoba Games athlete who represented our region, from Dauphin or the surrounding area;
  2. A former Manitoba Games athlete (in any year), who represented our region from Dauphin or the surrounding area; and
  3. A Dauphin or surrounding area celebrity or athlete who achieved a significant level of performance.

If you would like to nominate someone from the community, you can email Bryan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for applications is May 31. 

As we continue to near the Opening Ceremonies, Mintenko says this event is all about showing off our incredible region and the beautiful facilities that will be used.

"It is incredible the amount of support and funding that we have been able to secure," said Mintenko. "This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for so many athletes and that's what makes it so special."


More than 500 people have already registered to volunteer for the week-long event. With this said, Mintenko says more are still needed.

You can register to volunteer by visiting Bryan at City Hall or you can also call him at 204-250-2166 or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"We're still looking, we could use a few hundred more," offered Mintenko. "I'm not sure we will get to our goal of 1000, but if we can get to 800, that would be great."

Every volunteer who registers before June 1 will be put into a draw for a $1000 prize to the Elkhorn Resort and Spa, located in the beautiful Riding Mountain National Park, which is just south of Dauphin.

In some other exciting news, you can get yourself decked out thanks to the Summer Games merchandise store and you can also secure your 50/50 tickets here