A group of Winnipeggers has a dream. With a need for more indoor recreational facilities, which typically includes two, sometimes four ice hockey rinks, ICE (Ice Centre for Excellence) 2020 imagines a complex that adds a 400 metre indoor speed skating oval to the mix.
With a historical dominance of Canadian Speed Skating, as well as the world and Olympic stages, Manitobans have long battled the elements in their initial foray into this sport. However, more often than not, the top performers in this sport must leave Manitoba for Vancouver or Calgary to pursue excellence in this sport.
This seems to me, to be an idea whose time has come. With the afore mentioned need for more indoor hockey rinks, it should be high time for at least one of these new facilities to include a sport that Manitoba has built much of its sporting legacy upon. From the two most prolific Canadian Olympians ever, Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen, to Susan Auch and Sylvia Burka, this community needs to embrace its strengths, now as much as ever.
Yeah, I know, times are tough and road infrastructure seems to be the top priority. Duly noted.
However, if any new arena facilities are indeed on the drawing board, and there is reason to believe several new multiplex projects are on the horizon, then wouldn’t it be visionary to include a sport that has been a source great chest thumping and pride? How many more kids would gravitate to this sport with such a facility in place?
Chairperson for ICE 2020, Jarret Hannah brought us inside the plans for this dynamic vision.
See the vision here.