The Winnipeg Police Association (WPA) are proud sponsors of the 2023 World Police & Fire Games and played an instrumental role – together with the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg – in securing the Games for Winnipeg.
“This is the first time Winnipeg will host the World Police and Fire Games in the event’s 38-year history,” said Moe Sabourin, President, WPA. “With nearly 10,000 athletes participating from over 70 countries, it’s the second largest event of its kind next to the Summer Olympics.”
Athletes representing police and fire departments, correctional institutions, and border patrols will compete in 60 different sporting events. “These are some of the finest athletes in the world,” said Sabourin. “As First Responders, their physical and mental training for public safety purposes is already rigorous. Add to that specific training in their respective sports and it’s clear Winnipeg audiences will witness elite level athletic competition.”
Games of this kind have a huge positive impact on the economy and it’s anticipate over 10,000 spectators from around the world will visit Winnipeg during the 10-day duration of the Games.
No new sports facilities are planned at this time as Winnipeg has a strong legacy from past Games such as the Pan Am Games (1967 & 1999) and Western Canada Summer Games (1990). The 2023 World Police and Fire Games’ Athletes Village will be located at The Forks and the opening ceremonies will be held at IG Field.
The Games Chair is Chad Swayze, Executive Board Member with United Firefighters of Winnipeg and proud member of the Winnipeg Fire Department. The Games Chief Operating Officer is Mike Edwards – a veteran organizer of numerous large-scale events in Canada. Major sponsors include the Winnipeg Police Association, United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Police Service, Winnipeg Fire Department, City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba and Government of Canada.