Just a few weeks remain now until the Jeux de Canada Games 2015.
Established in 1967, the games were the first large sporting event ever to feature 1,800 athletes from 10 provinces and two territories to compete in 15 sports, and have continued to take place bi-annually ever since Canada's Centennial Celebrations.
Better known as the Canada Winter/Summer Games, the games alternate on the season depending on the year. 2015's events kick off in Prince George, British Columbia, on 13th February, running throughout the month until 1st March.
With just a month to go, sporting pundits are already claiming that the standard of talent this year is akin to that of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games five years ago. 2010 was the year in which we saw Canada prove itself as a powerhouse in winter olympic sports. The nation was just one medal short of its best performance ever in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but in 2010 it broke records, coming home with an incredible 26 medals.
Certainly, bookmakers such as Betsafe have got their eye on the young star. Meanwhile, members of the Moose Jaw Kiwanis Speed Skating Club have been spotted training in Calgary in preparation for the forthcoming events. Graeme and Lindsay Fish, Olivia Moyse and Gabrielle Sanson took part in the Canada Cup #2 event earlier this year at the Olympic Oval.
Saskatchewan Speed Skating provincial coach Tim Comfort said: “For young elite skaters it's kind of the next step up for them in their development.
“Not only are they preparing themselves for the Canada Winter Games in Prince George next month but they are also getting a chance to see what it's like to match up against the elite skaters in Canada.”
Sports aside, this year's Winter Games look set to be some of the most exciting yet, with entertainment confirmed in the form of an all-Canadian line-up. The BCLC Centre Stage will pay tribute to Canada's most talented artists as Alan Doyle, Chad Brownlee and Radio Radio all prepare to perform.
With just a few weeks to prepare now, Canada is without a doubt counting the minutes until one of the nation's biggest events kicks off again.