History of the Alberta Summer Games:
The Alberta Games began in 1974 as a provincial initiative for amateur sport, providing an opportunity for all Albertans to participate. The Alberta Sport Council governed the Alberta Games until 1994 when it amalgatmated with the Alberta Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation to form the new Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation which stills governs the program today!
The province is split into 8 zones to ensure participation for across the province.
Alberta Games Historical Timeline:
1974 – The 1st Alberta Summer Games with zone particiption occurs in Calgary
1976 – The 1st Alberta Winter Games takes place in Banff
1980 – Until now the Alberta Games involved all age groups including participants over the age of 55. The 1st Alberta Seniors Games takes place in Camrose which coincides with Alberta’s 75th Birthday celebrations! The Alberta Senior Games is held every two years in the summer from this point on.
1986 – The Alberta Sport Council initiates “A New Concept for Games in Alberta” which emphasizes developing athletes, generally 11 – 17 years of age.
2000 – Starting in this year the Alberta Summer and Winter Games are held every two years in the same calendar year. This helped to better align them with the Canada Games cycle and to provide increased opportunity for athletes with the ability and the desire to move onto national and internation sport scene.
2009 – The inaugural Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games are staged in Lethbridge. Alberta 55 Plus Summer and Winter Games, formerly Alberta Seniors Games, are both staged in odd numbered years.
Lethbridge is the only city that has hosted all 4 of the Alberta Games programs since their inception. Lethbridge also hosted the 1975 Canada Winter Games!
Lethbridge will be starting the Alberta Games cycle once again and with their experience and great community spirit they will host a “Games to Remember!”
1981 Alberta Summer Games
1996 Alberta Winter Games
2001 Alberta Senior Games
2009 Alberta 55+ Winter Games
2012 Alberta Summer Games