Did you know that 2015 is the Year of Sport in Manitoba? It’s really just a no-brainer since, along with all our excellent sports teams, we are getting both the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Grey Cup! In honour of the Year of Sport, here is an action-packed list of fantastic sporting events and activities to look forward to…

You ready?

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Ready for a Byfuglien-sized hit of action in 2015?

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We’re really going to kick it, FIFA-style.

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YES! We are getting FIFA action right here in Winnipeg! Catch premier teams from around the globe battle it out in an attempt to win the gold trophy in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015! From June 8 to 16, crowds will be out in full force to cheer on teams from around the world. And not only is Winnipeg going to be front and center on soccer’s world stage, but our Group D is widely considered the Group of Death (and that’s a good thing).

So fist pumps all around.

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We aim to hit it out of the park!

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Root for the home team at Shaw Park during Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball games! The ballpark’s open concourse and luxury sky suites offer superb views, and you can nosh on everything from pretzels to poutine at the concessions. The Clay Oven restaurant overlooking the field serves up some of the city’s best East Indian cuisine. After the final run, head to a nearby pub in the Exchange District or hit up a patio at The Forks for post-game relaxation.

Our boys in BLUE are going to catch the fever.

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… and the only prescription is more TOUCHDOWNS! Are you ready for some football?!! The summer months will once again be all about Winnipeg Blue Bombers football as the team begins its CFL season at Investors Group Field! Thursday and Friday night home games dominate the schedule this year. The regular season runs from June to November, where hopefully *fingers crossed* we’ll be cheering on the Bombers well into the playoffs because…

Because there ain’t no party like a Grey Cup party.

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On November 29, Winnipeg will host Canada’s largest sporting event – the CFL’s 103rd Grey Cup Game! During the week prior to kickoff, the city will come alive with parties, pancake breakfasts and special events. Here’s hoping the Blue Bombers make it to the cup, because 1990 was soooo long ago (just look at those tucked in jackets we were wearing in those days. Yikes).

Many of you will be enticed by the relaxing lure of fishing.

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It’s no wonder anglers fall hook, line and sinker for our many fishing holes. Trophy size catches are common and locals in every region rightly claim their streams offer some of the best fishing anywhere. With more than 100,000 lakes, casual anglers cook their catch of the day over campfires at prime sites from back-country hideaways to easily accessible roadside parks and the vast shores of Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba.

While hitting the links will be par FORE! the course.

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Picking which club to use to get off a better shot than this is much easier than deciding which of Manitoba’s more than 120 golf courses to play. From lakeside links, to fairways next to farmers’ fields, to putting greens nestles along rocky Canadian Sheild outcrops, tee off at top courses surrounded by Manitoba’s natural beauty.

Lake-lovers will hear the water calling their name.

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Water, water everywhere. Whether it’s water skiing, sailing, kayaking or swimming, summer is THE season to get your water sports thrills (and spills) on the many lakes and rivers in Manitoba.

Even our Vikings like to play games.

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…of the killing-sort. Ok, so there is no actual Viking massacres happening in Gimli, but there are Viking games. Every August long-weekend, the Gimli Viking Village demonstrates warfare and tactics during the Icelandic Festival (or Islendingadagurinn). For 2015, portrayals will be focusing on the 850 to 950 period of Viking cultures across Scandinavia, The British Isles, Iceland, Greenland and North America.

Once summer ends, the Jets rev up their engines for takeoff!

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Time to drop the puck! The good ol’ hockey game brings the roar of the crowd to MTS Centre when the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets hit the ice for regular-season games from October to April, and there’s plenty of pre- and post-game action at surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries like The PintShark Club, The Met, and Tavern United.

And remember, the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose are baaaaack! The AHL remains the top developmental hockey league in the world, with more than 88% of current NHL players having developed their skills in the AHL.

Fall is when the sticks come out in full force all around the province.

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The Brandon Wheat Kings suit up for Western Hockey League action at the Keystone Centre, while the Manitoba Junior Hockey League teams score with fans in Dauphin, Neepawa, Winnipeg, The Pas, Selkirk, Winkler, Virden, Swan Valley, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach and Waywayseecappo.

While winter is the best time to Curl up with a good bonspiel.

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Almost every small town is home to at least one sheet of ice, and some of the world’s best curlers – including the reigning women’s Olympic gold medallists – are from Manitoba. From funspiels to elite level curling, hurrying hard is what we do. And yes, our own Jennifer Jones made that shot. She’s the Lebron James of women’s curling.

Because we embrace the winter chill like nobody’s business!

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The cold weather never slows us down. From skiing under wide-open skies and dog sledding across frozen lakes, to horseback riding through pine-scented trails or skating on a frozen pond, there’s no shortage of snow fun to be had here.

Where a snow day becomes the best day.

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February rivals June now for the busiest time of year at The Forks – one of Winnipeg’s loveliest public spaces. Ever since the Arctic Glacier Winter Park and Red River Mutual Trail – the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world – opened, The Forks is the hottest place to play on the ice and enjoy the best of winter activities.

So let’s all celebrate our Year of Sport by bringing planking back!

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Actually, let’s not bring back planking.

Thumbs up to an action-packed year!

A Chuck Norris approved one!

What are your favourite sports to play or watch? Which games or events will you be at this year? Tell us in the comments!