Benefit #3: Inspiration and opportunity for our next generation

One of the most important legacies of the 1988 Games is the continued availability of first-class facilities for use by members of the community. Thousands of families have used these facilities for sport and recreation. Furthermore, hundreds of world class athletes and coaches chose to train and live in Calgary. Their presence is an inspiration to our kids.

Children involved in sports – at a recreational or elite level – learn more than how to win medals. They acquire life skills such as teamwork, time management, discipline, goal-setting and strategic planning and healthy lifestyles

Because they have access to role model athletes, they have mentors and they have encouragement. Whether they win a medal at a future Olympics is not the point. The point is that the legacy of the Games gives Calgary kids options that chart a healthy life path.

For every athlete that wins a medal at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, hundreds compete internationally, thousands nationally, tens of thousands compete locally and hundreds of thousands get training opportunities.

We can keep this going for Calgary’s children for another 30 or 40 years.



Read about all of the key benefits

There are six key reasons we believe that hosting the Games will be good for Calgary and for Canada. Learn about all of them:

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