Alberta Winter Games 2024

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The 2024 Alberta Winter Games are a huge event in Canada’s sporting calendar to be celebrated in Grand Prairie. This event is more than just a competition; it is a celebration of youth sports, community spirit and sporting excellence. A long-time promoter of talent and sportsmanship, the Games have become a cornerstone of sporting development in Alberta, offering a unique platform for young athletes to prove themselves.

Grand Prairie is getting ready for the February 16-19, 2024 Alberta Winter Games, a multi-sport event that will showcase the talents of young athletes from across Alberta. The games, which will include 18 sports, are expected to bring together more than 2,600 athletes, coaches and officials, transforming the city into a vibrant center of sporting activity. The event not only highlights sports prowess, but also promotes the values of fair play and teamwork.

Historical Evolution

The Alberta Winter Games have evolved significantly since their beginning. Originally a small event, they have become a major sporting celebration that reflects Alberta’s commitment to nurturing young athletes. For many athletes, the Games have become a stepping stone to national and international competition, highlighting their importance in Canada’s sporting landscape.

  1. 1974

    Calgary hosts the inaugural Alberta Summer Games, featuring athletes from various zones for the first time.

  2. 1976

    Banff becomes the venue for the very first Alberta Winter Games.

  3. 1980

    Up to this point, the games had included all age groups, with some events allowing participants over 55 years. This year, Camrose held the first Alberta Seniors Games.

  4. 1986

    The Alberta Sport Council introduces a new strategy, focusing on the development of athletes, typically aged 11 to 17, through a “New Concept for Games in Alberta.”

  5. 1994

    The Alberta Sport Council merges with the Alberta Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation on July 1, forming the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation (ASRPWF).

  6. 2000

    From this year onwards, both the Alberta Winter and Summer Games are scheduled biennially in the same year. This change aligns them with the Canada Games cycle and offers more opportunities for athletes aiming for national and international levels.

  7. 2009

    The first Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games take place. The Alberta 55 Plus Summer and Winter Games, formerly known as the Alberta Seniors Games, are scheduled in odd-numbered years.

  8. 2019

    The debut of the Alberta Masters Games, replacing the Alberta 55 Plus Summer and Winter Games, and set to occur in odd-numbered years.

  9. 2020-2021

    The Alberta Summer Games are postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  10. 2023+

    Resumption of the Winter Games in Alberta

Highlights of the Event

The Importance of Zonal Playoffs and Selection Competitions

 Zone playoffs and qualifiers are crucial to the Alberta Winter Games. They serve as the primary method of selecting athletes,so that only the most skilled and prepared participants represent their zones. This process fosters a competitive spirit, and guarantees a high level of performance at the Games.

Information About Athletes and Sports

The Games provide detailed information about each sport, including technical support and rules. This is important for athletes to understand the competition structure and selection criteria. The information is designed to help participants prepare effectively, so they perform to the best of their ability.

How to Participate

To participate in the Alberta Winter Games, athletes must qualify through zonal playoffs or selection camps. This process is managed by provincial sports organizations that guarantee fair and transparent selection. It is a pathway that requires dedication, skill and hard work, which emphasizes the commitment required to reach this level of competition.

Sports Events and Rules

The Alberta Winter Games include many different sports, each with its own specific rules and technicalities. The variety of competitions offers something for every sports enthusiast, as there’s everything from alpine skiing to volleyball. All participants are aware of the rules and regulations, which helps to create a fair and competitive environment.

Sport Website Tech Package Zone Playoffs Schedule – Draft
Alpine Skiing ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Archery ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Artistic Gymnastics ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Artistic Swimming ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Badminton ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Biathlon ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Cross Country Skiing ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Curling ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Fencing ✔️ Update 9/8/23 ✔️
Figure Skating ✔️ Update 9/8/23 ✔️ ✔️
Freestyle Skiing ✔️ Update 10/31/23 ✔️ ✔️
Hockey – Female ✔️ Update 9/5/23 ✔️
Hockey – Male ✔️ Update 9/5/23 ✔️
Judo ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Ringette ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Snowboard ✔️ Update 9/28/23 ✔️
Speedskating ✔️ Update 10/12/23 ✔️
Volleyball ✔️ Updated Aug. 17 ✔️ ✔️
Wrestling ✔️ Update 10/30/23 ✔️

Volleyball Sport

Volleyball was created in 1895 in the United States in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was the invention of physical education teacher William Morgan, who wanted to create a game that would be less traumatic and more accessible than basketball. In the initial version of the game, it was called “mintonet” and it had some differences in rules compared to modern volleyball.

Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players try to send the ball over the net so that the opponent cannot send it back to their side of the field. It is a dynamic game that requires players to be quick to react, coordinate, and work together as a team.

Curling Sport

Curling has its origins in Scotland and has a long history dating back to at least the 16th century. It was originally a game played on ice or frozen lakes where players tried to get stones closer to targets on the opposite side of the ice. Over time, this game became more organized and received modern rules.

Curling is a sporting game in which two teams of four players throw stones across an ice floe toward a target, trying to place them as close as possible to the center of the target, called a “house”. Players throw the stones by contributing to their direction and rotation to control their trajectory. The main strategy is to place the stones so that they are more favorable for your team and make it more difficult for your opponents.

Ringette Sport

Ringette originated in Canada in the 1960s. It was created as a female version of hockey that would be less contact and more focused on speed and technique. The game became popular among girls and women, especially in North America and Scandinavia.

Ringette is a team sport where players try to score a ball, called a “ring,” into an opponent’s goal using sticks. The game differs from ice hockey in that it has some unique rules that make it more strategic and less contact-based. Ringette is often considered a sport aimed at developing speed, skill and technique.

Figure Skating Sport

Figure skating has its roots in recreational practices that date back centuries. However, as a sporting discipline, it emerged in the 19th century in Europe, especially in the UK and France. The first figure skating competitions were held in the UK in the 1850s.

Figure skating is a sporting discipline in which skaters perform a variety of tricks and elements on ice skates on an ice floe. These elements may include spins, jumps, lifts, and complex combinations. Performances are usually judged on technical difficulty and artistic expression. Figure skating is divided into two main types: single skating and pair skating. In singles skating, one skater performs a program on skates, while in pairs skating, two skaters work as a team, performing tricks and elements together.

Alberta Winter Games Schedule

February 16 – February 19, 2024

  • Day 1 (Friday)

    • Arrival & In-person Registration
    • Opening Ceremonies
    • Sport Technical Meeting
  • Day 2 (Saturday)

    • Sport Competitions (Full Day)
  • Day 3 (Sunday)

    • Sport Competitions (Full Day – Note: social functions)
  • Day 4 (Monday)

    • Sport Competitions (Morning)
    • Afternoon departure
  • March 2024 (Part 1)

    • Sport Liaison Meeting #3
    • PSC debrief
  • March 2024 (Part 2)

    • Review Games evaluation
    • Recommendation(s) for future Games
  • March 2024 (Final Part)

    • Invoice Provincial Sport Organizations for Alberta Games participation fee

Alberta Winter Games Alumni

The Games have become a platform for many athletes who have achieved national and international fame. Among the alumni are Olympians and Paralympians who first demonstrated their talents at these Games. Their success stories serve as inspiration for new generations of athletes.

Success Stories from Past Games

The past Winter Games in Alberta provided numerous success stories, with athletes achieving outstanding results in a variety of sports. These stories highlight the level of competition, and also the role of the Games in nurturing future champions. They illustrate the transformative power of this event in athletes’ careers.

  • Brian McKeever

    • Alberta Winter Games 1993/1994
    • Subsequent Achievements 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022 Paralympics
  • Marc Kennedy

    • Alberta Winter Games 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998
    • Subsequent Achievements 2010 (Gold), 2018, 2022 Olympic Games
  • Kurt Browning

    • Alberta Winter Games 1980
    • Subsequent Achievements 1988, 1992, 1994 Olympics
  • Chandra Crawford

    • Alberta Winter Games 1996/1998
    • Subsequent Achievements 2006 (Gold), 2010, 2018 Olympics
  • Gilmore Junio

    • Alberta Winter Games 2006
    • Subsequent Achievements 2014, 2018, 2022 Olympic Games
  • Adam Runnalls

    • Alberta Winter Games 2012
    • Subsequent Achievements 2022 Beijing Olympic Games
  • Jocelyn Peterman

    • Alberta Winter Games 2010
    • Subsequent Achievements 2022 Beijing Olympic Games
  • Madison Pearman

    • Alberta Winter Games 2008
    • Subsequent Achievements 2022 Beijing Olympic Games
  • Conner Howe

    • Alberta Winter Games 2012
    • Subsequent Achievements 2022 Beijing Olympic Games
  • Amy Fraser

    • Alberta Winter Games 2008
    • Subsequent Achievements 2022 Beijing Olympic Games

Alberta Games Zone Map

In preparation for the Winter and Summer Games, Alberta is divided into 8 special “zones”. Athletes will represent their zones according to their place of residence. Each zone has a unique color to make it easier to identify during the competition:

Zone 1 – Sunny South, Zone 2 – Big Country, Zone 3 – Calgary, Zone 4 – Park Zone, Zone 5 – Black Gold/Yellowhead, Zone 6 – Edmonton, Zone 7 – North East, Zone 8 – Country of peace.

2018 -2020 Alberta Winter Games: Wins by Zone

Year Zone Sport Participants Gold Silver Bronze
2018 Zone 3 Hockey – Female, Ringette, Snowboarding, Speed Skating 7 42 34 34
2018 Zone 2 Alpine Skiing, Artistic Gymnastics, Badminton, Hockey – Female, Hockey – Male 13 21 26 21
2018 Zone 6 Badminton, Hockey – Male 4 19 27 18
2018 Zone 5 Artistic Gymnastics, Ringette, Volleyball – Female 7 23 18 18
2018 Zone 4 Hockey – Male, Snowboarding 2 12 8 18
2018 Zone 8 Hockey – Male, Volleyball – Male 2 13 11 8
2018 Zone 1 Volleyball – Male 1 7 10 11
2018 Zone 7 Speed Skating 6 6 8 8
2020 Zone 3 Alpine Skiing 412 40 35 30
2020 Zone 2 Alpine Skiing 104 26 27 21
2020 Zone 6 Alpine Skiing 160 21 25 21
2020 Zone 5 Alpine Skiing 124 22 17 16
2020 Zone 1 Alpine Skiing 16 7 9 20
2020 Zone 4 Alpine Skiing 20 8 12 13
2020 Zone 8 Alpine Skiing 40 7 5 9
2020 Zone 7 Alpine Skiing 44 3 4 3

How to Register for the Alberta Winter Games

  • Preliminary Registration

    To register for the Alberta Winter Games 2024 in Grande Prairie, from FRIDAY, February 16 to MONDAY, February 19, you’ll have to complete the registration form similar to the one provided below:

    • Personal Information: Fill in all the fields with your personal details. Be sure to upload a completed and duly signed informed consent form.
    • Email Requirement: A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS is essential for registration.
    • Official Registration: Your registration becomes official once you qualify in your sport’s zone playoffs/selection, and it’s confirmed/activated by your provincial sports organization.
  • Waiver Requirement

    • Prior to Registration: Scan or photograph your waiver before starting the registration process.
    • Uploading Process: The waiver file needs to be uploaded and saved on the registration page. Registration cannot proceed without uploading the waiver file. Acceptable file formats include .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .gif, .png, .pdf, .doc, .docx. Utilize free ‘Scan to PDF’ smartphone apps for convenient uploading.
  • Personal Information

    • Role: Select ‘athlete’ or ‘coach’.
    • Personal Details: Enter your surname, first name, and date of birth.
    • Gender Identity: Specify your current gender identity.
    • Address: Provide your address, including province (Alberta), city/town, and postal code.
    • Contact Information: Enter your home and mobile phone numbers (10-digit format) and parent’s email address. Confirm the email address for verification.
  • Emergency Contact

    • Relationship and Contact Number: Provide details for emergency contact, including relationship and a 10-digit contact number.
  • Health Information

    • Medical Condition: Indicate if you have any medical conditions.
    • Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: Specify any food allergies and/or dietary restrictions.
  • Transportation

    • Bus to Games: Specify if you need a bus to the games.
    • Bus from Games: Indicate if you need a bus from the games.
  • Alumni Status

    • Alberta Games Graduate: Indicate if you are an Alberta Games graduate.

    This comprehensive registration process ensures that all participants are well-prepared and informed for their participation in the 2024 Alberta Winter Games in Grande Prairie.