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Barry Heck - CEO & President - WinSport

Barry Heck
President & CEO, WinSport

On November 13th Calgarians have a very important and exciting decision to make. You can cast your vote in the city’s plebiscite which asks Calgarians whether you support Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This decision will shape the future of our city.

As an organization that has proudly upheld its Olympic legacy of the 1988 Winter Games for over 30 years, WinSport is in full support of bringing the Games back to Calgary and the Bow Valley corridor in 2026 and we are asking for your support.

Calgary 2026 Bid Corporation (BidCo) has released the draft hosting plan concept for the 2026 Games. This bid is on Calgary’s terms and makes sense from every angle – economically, culturally and socially. The plan leverages the legacy assets of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games and ensures their longevity for decades to come.

A summary of the key benefits for Calgarians can be found here »The full draft host plan can be found here » Click here for the Olympic funding summary »
If it were not for the Olympic Games in 1988, WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park along with the other highly utilized legacy facilities in Calgary and the Bow Valley Corridor would not exist today. The ‘88 Games have given us the opportunity to grow and evolve to become a fixture of the Calgary community for over three decades. As a community, we continue to experience the direct benefits from hosting the ‘88 Games and have full confidence that bringing the Olympics to the city again would allow WinSport and the rest of Calgary and Alberta to renew and grow our living legacy so it can thrive for the next 40 years. 

Since 1988, WinSport has successfully upheld its Olympic legacy and evolved into a world-class organization that helps Calgarians discover, develop and excel in sport. Through continued investment and our push to be better, we are focused on developing the whole person. To see the impact that WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park and our 1988 living Olympic legacy has had on Calgary:
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Aside from this physical, social and emotional impact we have on Calgarians, our contributions to the economy are equally significant. A recent economic impact study (2016) indicates that WinSport’s operations at Canada Olympic Park contribute $120 million to the Calgary economy every year and provide the equivalent of 1,200 full time jobs.  

Despite the tremendous success we have had since the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, we face significant challenges ahead. As you can imagine, it costs a significant amount of money to maintain our facilities to a world-class standard. This is especially challenging because we do not receive funding from any level of government for our day-to-day operations. In addition, some of the Legacy facilities – the ones built for the ’88 games which are still in use – are near the end of their life cycle. Therefore, maintenance costs will only increase in the years ahead. Bringing the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Calgary will result in a much needed renewal to Canada Olympic Park and all of the other '88 legacy facilities, so we can continue to provide award-winning recreational and fitness programming to the hundreds of thousands of Calgarians in our community.

On November 13, I sincerely ask you to vote “yes” and join us in supporting the bid to bring the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to our great city.

It's our time - it's our turn!

Barry Heck

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I came to Calgary because of the facilities and the resources at our disposal here. All of that is in place because of the ’88 Olympics. It has been turned into the one the best, if not the best, training facilities in the world for winter sport.

- Justin Kripps

Gold medallist in two-man bobsleigh, 2018 Winter Olympics, March 2018

We are lucky in Canada to have this (facility). People in Calgary are pretty lucky. I wish we had one in Montreal, too.

- Mikael Kingsbury

Two-time World Champion, Olympic silver medallist, freestyle moguls, January 2015

Having this kind of world-class facility in Canada is such a significant asset to Canadian halfpipe skiing and snowboarding, not only in regards to high-performance programs, but in sport development areas as well.

- Trennon Paynter

Canadian national halfpipe coach, January 2015

We’re so fortunate to have (WinSport) for the development of athletes but it’s also a place to have a social connection where you can train and make friends at the same time.

- Rosalind Groenwoud

Two-time X-Games gold medallist, 2014 Olympian, halfpipe skiing, February 2017