A little blast from the past! On January 2, 2010 Warman celebrated the beginning of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver with the Torch Relay that came right through the community. Hundreds gathered on that unusually warm winter day to witness history being made. Canadian athletes made history by achieving 26 medals during that time. As Canadians we all stood so proud each time our national anthem played and our flag was raised high with pride.
Olympics bring excellence in sport and pride in culture. As we watch and cheer our Canadian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we marvel at the caliber of sport, the dedication and passion of the athletes and with the large delegation of Canadian athletes we once again feel Canadian pride. With every show of good sportsmanship we are so proud
to be Canadians.
Go Canada Go!!!
Here in Warman we celebrate and fully support sports and culture. Our Legends Center has become that hub of community spirit and activity. We watch proudly as people of all ages enter the facility and take part in the many activities that are housed under that one roof. The excitement of sport, culture and the contributions of our own athletes and hard work of volunteers have made the long road and many hours of fundraising, planning, meetings, building and completing this fantastic facility all worthwhile.
The idea to build a facility started to move forward with the formation of the Warman Sports & Cultural Village (WSCV) Committee in April, 2003. This organizing committee worked very hard to bring this idea to the forefront as a community priority. The passion by these dedicated volunteers for Sport and Culture never wavered and in August of 2007 the Town of Warman entered into an agreement with AODBT to start the detailed design of the Legends Centre. An opportunity to increase the foot print of the facility presented itself when the Town of Warman joined in another partnership with Prairie Spirit School Division to move towards shared space. So after some negotiating with all partners a Joint project was endorsed and with it shared space and a new Middle Years School was attached to this already fantastic building. This Joint use agreement is a great example of partnership and is starting to be a great model around the province
The Arena in the Legends Centre opened in December, 2011, with the green gymnasium opening at the City Celebrations in October, 2012 and the blue gymnasium opening in April of 2013. A lofty goal of 100,000 square feet of well usable space that was realized in less than ten years.
Paul McGonigal, Recreation & Community Services Manager for the City of Warman has been a key proponent of this project right from the beginning. His administration offices are now almost complete, as well as some of the final touches in completing the Legends Center. Paul's work is far from finished, as he now will manage the facility and keep to a tight business plan of operations. Paul works very closely with the management team of the Warman Community Middle Years School as both the City and school have shared space in each facility.
I asked Paul for his thoughts and he said;
"The Legends Centre represents the many years and many hours of hard work by volunteers and City staff to construct a fantastic recreational facility that will provide the community and surrounding areas with a place to take part in their sport, culture and recreational needs. We take great pride in watching all the various activities and events that take place within the facility throughout the year. As the Legends Centre continues to grow in popularity, we look forward to bringing even more activities and events to our community. It has been a pleasure to work with the Prairie Spirit School Division on this joint venture, with the Warman Community Middle Years School, the Warman Community Library and in the very near future, the Auditorium. It has also been a pleasure to work with the businesses that have joined our team at the Legends Centre: Subway, Crave Yogurt, ProSport, Warman Anytime Fitness, Warman Sport Inc. and coming soon, Twinses Café & Catering."
Some of the events we have hosted are: WSCV Celebrity Dinner, The Community Association’s Craft and Bake Sale, Youth Volleyball Tournament, WHS District Basketball, a number of trade shows, WHL Saskatoon Blades Training Camp & Exhibition Games, SJHL Showcase, The City Celebration and a number of hockey camps, hockey tournaments, gymnastic performances and cheerleading performances.
This is what we have coming in the next few weeks: Eli Wilson Goaltending Clinic February 17, 18, 19, Warman Youth Volleyball Tournament February 22, Warman Minor Hockey Atom Tier II Tournament February 28/March 1 & 2, Warman Cheer Classic February 28 & March 1, Warman Minor Hockey Novice Tier I Tournament March 7, 8 & 9, Saskatoon Men’s Volleyball Association’s Tournament March 15, WSCV Community Hockey Tournament March 21 & 22, Warman Osler Skating Club Carnival March 30.
The Legends Center is the hub we hoped it to be and every time I walk through the front doors I am proud and delighted of this beautiful facility. Thank you for supporting this community dream. We all had a part in its success and its success will benefit Warman and area for years to come.
This is a true example of partnerships, determination and community spirit of the best kind.