In just 303 days, athletes from all over the province will invade Dauphin and area for the 2020 Manitoba Summer Games.

This event will feature many athletes from right here in the Parkland and the Host Society is continuing to prepare for the event. On Tuesday, they held an inter-dependency meeting. That brought together the entire Host Society organizational charts and that's about 80 people. 

"We talked about what all of the individual committees are doing and we just connected," said Alicia Zurba, Games Coordinator. "Additional meetings were also scheduled."

"It was an extremely productive meeting," continued Zurba. "It was fantastic to see everyone come together. The room was buzzing, it was great."

The committee is now working with its partners to assure that all of the facilities that will be used are up to scale. 

"Track and field at the high school will be getting a bit of a face-lift and we're also looking at Vermillion Sportsplex to see what needs to be added," continued Zurba. "We're planning on what can be finished prior to the winter and then we'll pick back up in the spring."

A lot of their planning also runs through you. The committee is looking for 800-to-1000 volunteers. That can include you doing an hour shift for one day or volunteering eight hours of your time every day of the week. 

"We're looking for anyone to help out big or small next August," continued Zurba. "We're looking to create a positive impact on the calibre of athletes moving forward. This next generation of athletes are coming to Dauphin and we want them to feel welcome. They're going to give it all they can and we plan on doing the same."

In her return to the Parkland, Zurba was brought on as the Games Coordinator back in August. She, alongside the entire committee can't wait to get things going.

"The Host Society volunteers are just buzzing," she concluded. "They're so excited and they're working so hard to make sure this event is a success. It's going to be great to see everything executed."

If you're looking to help out during the 2020 Manitoba Summer Games, head to Volunteer Opportunities.