Manitoba Summer Games kick off in Steinbach
Thousands of people ready to compete
Busloads of people pulled in and out of the Steinbach Regional Secondary School on Sunday as athletes from across the province arrived to compete in the 2016 Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games.
The games are bringing around 7,500 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers to the community, located about 58 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg.
Volunteer recruiter Rachael White-Simard said they've been preparing for the games for more than two years but they are a great way to show off the community.
"It helps people get to know smaller communities and what it is they can offer," she said.
The games are the largest ongoing multi-sport program and are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter.
It's the first year golfers Kylie Lesuk and Amber Laliberte have gone.
"[I'm expecting] to hit the ball good," Laliberte said, adding she's only been in one prior competition.
"It's going to be exciting," Lesuk added.
"[I'm excited to] find out different stuff about different regions and how they've prepared."
The opening ceremonies were on Sunday night and the games run until Saturday.