(Fort McMurray, AB – February 21, 2018) – The 2018 Alberta Winter Games wrapped up in Wood Buffalo Monday, but the legacy will remain in the community.

“My deepest gratitude goes out all of those who came together to make Wood Buffalo shine this weekend,” said Mayor Don Scott. “I’d like to congratulate all competing athletes, and thank all of the visitors who came to our region for the Alberta Winter Games. I’d also like to thank the local athletes, residents, volunteers, sponsors and Games staff who carried our community on their shoulders and exemplified everything that is good about our home.”

“As a Host Society, we are overjoyed by the number of out of town visitors who traveled to the region to attend the Games and the number of residents who came out to support our local athletes,” says Michelle Toner, General Manager of 2018 Wood Buffalo Alberta Winter Games. “The event was a tremendous success and it would not have been possible without the support of our dedicated volunteers, stakeholders, staff and sponsors.”

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo was the proud host region for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games from Feb. 16 – 19, as young athletes from across the province competed in 21 events in 19 different sports.

Highlights of the Games:

  • 67 local athletes competed in the Games
  • 14 local youth and five additional representatives participated in ATCO Torch Relay
  • 1906 volunteers helped to make the Winter Games a success
  • Medals for Zone 7 (Northeastern Alberta, including Wood Buffalo): 6 Gold, 8 Silver, 8 Bronze
  • Approximately 2,440 athletes, coaches, chaperones and officials attended the sold out Opening Ceremonies at Shell Place
  • Best event by local athlete: Sterling McNeilly won gold in snowboarding for both U16 Boarder Cross – Male, and U16 Slopestyle – Male
  • Zone 7 (Northeastern Alberta, including Wood Buffalo) won Minister’s Cup for most improved Zone from previous Alberta Winter Games

Visit albertawintergames.ca to see event results, view photos and see other news related to the 2018 Alberta Winter Games. Residents can also view photos of the event atrmwb.ca/albertawintergames.

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