The 2023 World Police & Fire Games will occur over a total of 10 days and run from July 28 – August 6, 2023.
WPFG 2023 Opening Ceremonies will be held on July 28 with the location to be determined and shared once all details are confirmed.
The Closing Ceremonies will take place on the final day of competition, August 6th, and are scheduled to take place at The Forks, the host site for Athlete Village.
Yes, all sport competitions, opening and closing ceremonies are free for family and friends to attend. The Games will be offering a family and friends pass that provides additional access to athletes family and friends to many Games services and events including Athletes Village.
All sports are carefully selected in partnership with the World Police and Fire Games Federation (WPFG) based on historical participation, demand, the region of the host community, available facilities and the delivery of the highest athlete experience. Any suggestions will be required to undergo the same review and selection process.
Registration fees are established and collected by the World Police & Fire Games Federation (WPFG). The fees are set after the previous WPFG are held, in this case Rotterdam 2022. These fees will be determined and communicated post Rotterdam 2022 when Registration opens for the 2023 Winnipeg WPFG.
Sport/Team costs are determined by the Host Organizing Committee and approved by the World Police & Fire Games Federation. These costs/fees are confirmed and communicated at the same time registration fees will be after the conclusion of the 2022 Rotterdam WPFG. Please check the individual sport page on the Winnipeg 2023 website for these fees when registration opens.
Age brackets is the process of developing competition categories for participating athletes based on their age as of the first day of the WPFG. The first day of the WPFG is defined as the beginning date of all competition in the WPFG. Age brackets differ for each sport and will be determined by the World Police and Fire Games Federation and communicated in early 2022.
The World Police and Fire Games Federation calls the process of registering as an individual for team/partner/doubles events “pooling”. Each athlete has the opportunity to sign for partner, doubles or team events as an individual. In sports that allow pooling, a competitor may enter the “pool” if they have entered the WPFG in another non-pooled sport/event. In such cases, entrants must identify their specialty(s), but are not guaranteed that specialty. Submitting a pool request does not guarantee entry into that Doubles/Team event. There may not be an available team/partner. In this case, fees for the pooled event will be refunded. A request for a specific partner in the “pool’ will not be considered. Athletes will be put onto teams or paired with a partner in doubles events based on registered athletes in the pool.
Eligibility is determined by the World Police and Fire Games Federation. Eligibility rules and criteria can be found here on their website: https://cpaf.org/wpfg-eligibility/
At this time, volunteer firefighters are not eligible to participate in the 2023 World Police and Fire Games.
The Host hotel is the Delta Hotel by Marriott Winnipeg. The Delta Hotel is located in the downtown core in close proximity to numerous competition venues and the Athletes Village. The Host hotel is also connected via skywalk to the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg which will host up to 10 sports, athlete registration and non-sport events.
The Winnipeg 2023 WPFG has partnered with over 30 hotels to place booking holds on thousands of hotel rooms across the city for participants and their families. The booking for these hotels will be available once registration starts at the conclusion of the 2022 Rotterdam Games. Participating athletes and their families can access these booking discounts via the accommodations page on the Winnipeg 2023 website. Participants are responsible for contacting hotels directly to secure their rooms, the 2023 WPFG Host Organizing Committee is not responsible for booking individual hotel rooms, just placing booking holds to ensure these rooms are held for the athletes to book.
Athletes Village is located at Winnipeg’s historic The Forks site that is located in the downtown core adjacent to where the Red River and Assiniboine River meet. The Forks is Manitoba’s number one tourist destination, attracting more than four million visitors annually. The 54-acre site offers year round shopping at The Forks Market and Johnston Terminal, along with a variety of dining experiences, including organic bakery goods, ethnic cuisine, casual restaurants, fine dining and a food court as well as a picturesque festival and event site that host countless events and festivals each year.
The 2023 World Police and Fire Games estimates it will need over 4,000 volunteers to deliver the games in 2023. In the spring of 2023, the Games will be putting out the call for volunteers to register through the Games website and will begin screening and registering volunteers at that time. If you would like to keep up on all the news and updates with the 2023 WPFG please follow us on the social channel links below or sign up for the newsletter that will begin being distributed in early 2022.
The 2023 WPFG will be hiring a full complement of staff in all areas of the Games planning process. Jobs will be posted on all major job boards and the Sport Information Resource Council (SIRC.ca). These jobs will be posted as the planning process progresses over the next two years. If you would like to submit your resume to be considered for future opportunities, please submit your resume to email@example.com and indicate what functional area/department you would like to be considered for.