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150 years of sports to be documented

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 05/14/2019 1:04 PM

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In conjunction with Manitoba’s 150th birthday in 2020, Sport Manitoba is teaming up with Winnipeg author Sean Grassie to create a book featuring 150 iconic Manitoba sport stories. The book project is being developed in support of the KidSport Manitoba charity.

The book will be titled Iconic Stories from 150 Years of Sport in Manitoba, with all proceeds going to KidSport Manitoba. The project is being funded through a grant from the 2017 Canada Summer Games Legacy Fund.

"This is an incredible opportunity to involve Manitobans in a project that captures the spirit of sport in our province," said Jeff Hnatiuk, President & CEO of Sport Manitoba. "Not only will this book allow Manitobans to learn about and reflect upon our amazing sport heritage, but the money raised will also help give children across the province the chance to get off the sidelines and experience the joy of sport."

Although many of the stories have been determined and the writing and research for the book is already underway, story suggestions are now being accepted from the public in order to round out the list of 150 stories. To make a story suggestion email by May 31.

The final list of stories will be chosen by a Story Selection Panel, which will include author Sean Grassie; Rick Brownlee, Sport Heritage Manager for Sport Manitoba; and representatives from the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

The book will be available for purchase for $20.20, beginning in December 2019, and right through the 2020 calendar year.

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