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Sports: Sports Teams & Leagues

Here is a quick summary of how to get involved with sports by yourself or with a group. Find out how to join a team or league, and make new friends!

Aerobics
Put on runners and shorts and head to one of the many aerobics clubs and gyms, including the "Y" locations or one of the Leisure Centres.
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Baseball/Softball
This summer, you can watch or play in a baseball game, in one of several leagues. Try Manitoba Minor Softball Association (925-5675), or Baseball Manitoba (925-5763).
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Basketball
Basketball is a year-round sport. There are several organizations promoting the sport in this city: Basketball Manitoba (925-5775), Greater Winnipeg Men's Basketball League (257-9625), Stars Basketball Association(254-4839), Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association(925-5775).
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Bicycling
Ride on the city's many bike pathways and on designated streets. Wellington Cr. And Wolseley Ave are closed to traffic for cyclists each Sunday morning in the summertime. Contact the Manitoba Cycling Association (925-5686) This organization sponsors road, recreation, mountain bike, race and rally events. Races are regularly held at the Pan-Am Velodrome.
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Bowling
Bowling with family or friends is fun at the dozen 5-pin and 10-pin bowling lanes around town. Enquire to join league play!
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Curling
Winnipeg's indoor curling arenas offer this Olympic sport year-round. Check out the Manitoba Curling Association (925-5723), and the Manitoba Ladies Curling Association (925-5723).
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Cricket Cricket is played in Assiniboine Park on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer.

Diving
Dive into the deep end at the Pan-Am Aquatic Centre. Contact the Manitoba Diving Association (925-5654). The city offers introductory diving lessons at swimming pools throughout the city.
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Football
Football leagues are hopping late summer into the fall. Contact Football Manitoba (925-5769) to get involved at the amateur level, or the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (784-2584) to watch professional football action.
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Golf
Grab your clubs and head to the 20-odd public or semi-public golf courses around town. ( Maps of Golf Courses: West | NW | SW | NE | SE). Take a class or enquire about one-on-one instruction from the golf pro. For more information, contact the manitoba Gofl Association (925-5730) or the Manitoba Ladies Golf Association (925-5728).
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Gymnastics
Gymnastics has a high media profile at the Olympics, and has the youngest entry (and retirement) ages. Here some good organizations: Manitoba Gymnastics (Artistic) Association (925-5781) or Rythmic Sportive Gymnasticss (925-5740).
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Hiking
Hiking takes you into the world of nature. This city offers near-nature jaunts along the Assiniboine River, with several splendid Provincial parks not far from the city.
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Hockey
Skates and a hockey stick are all you need to play hockey. Check with Winnipeg's 35 local arenas (Maps of Arenas: West | NW | SW | NE | SE ) for ice times. There are several leagues co-ordinated by Hockey Manitoba (925-5755) and for semi-professional hockey, you can watch the Manitoba Moose (987-7825).
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Horseback Riding
Winnipeg is horse country. You can rent a horse or learn to ride at several ranches and stables around Winnipeg. There are even some dude ranches and farms in the area for a total ranching experience. I you want to learn more about riding, contact the Manitoba Hose Council Association (925-5718). If you prefer to watch horse racing or harness racing, head to Assiniboine Downs, in the western end of the city (885-3330)..

Ice skating
Winnipeg offers ice skating year-round at 35 arenas, plus winter-time outdoor rinks (city rinks listing). In the summer-time, cool of at the city's indoor rinks. To get involved in skating contact the Manitoba Figure Skating Association (925-5707) or the Manitoba Speed Skating Association (925-5657).
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Martial Arts
Learn to defend yourself at over 20 studios, where they train in both the mental and physical skills in the martial arts. Before starting, you should consider WHICH martial art is the one that most suits your interest and temperament.
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Motor Biking
There are several places around town you can do some off-road biking, with some great scenery. Ride with your friends, or join a competitive group. Contact the Coalition Of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups (269-2664) for more information.

Rollerskating
You can go inline blading on any of the city's recreational pathways. Wellington Cr. And Wolseley Ave are closed to traffic for cyclists each Sunday morning in the summertime.
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Rowing
The Winnipeg Rowing Club (204-237-1690), Prairie Fire Rowing Centre (204-253 6804), and Manitoba Paddling Association (204-925-5681) are good places to learn how to row. Its facilities are on Lyndale Drive, on the east bank of the Reed River (just south of downtown) with learn-to-row programs for all ages.
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Rugby
Rugby is about as rough and tough as football. Its probably as much fun to watch as play! Check out the teams and leagues in Winnipeg by contacting the Manitoba Rugby Union (925-5664).
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Running, Track & Field
Run along any of the scenic runs in several of the city's parks, including Assiniboine, Kildonan, andSt Vital. There are many organized races, ranging from 1 mile to a triathlon, and several track & field meets each summer. Contact the Manitoba Running Association (925-5741).
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Skiing, Cross-Country
Winnipeg has several cross-country ski venues in the city's various parks and in the larger parks close by. Trails in the city are lighted, to allow you extra hours of exercise, with the early winter sunsets. Crescent Park and John Blumberg have a clubhouse with washroom facilities. Windsor Park and Kildonan Park has courses that are used for competitive racers to train. For more information contact the Manitoba Cross Country Ski Association *925-5639) or the city's Parks & Recreation department.
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Skiing, Downhill & Snowboarding
While Winnipeg is in the middle of the prairies, there are a number of ski hills a short drive away. Contact the Manitoba Ski Association (925-5715), and the Manitoba Freestyle Ski Association (925-5671).
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Soccer
Winnipeg has several leagues for the world's most popular sport: To get involved, contact the Manitoba Soccer Association (925-5752), which co-ordinates with the elite Super Soccer Alliance, and the Manitoba Central Soccer Association. In the wintertime, soccer is played indoor at the Soccer Spectrum (284-4333) in the city's southwest.
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