Working together with partners in sport, WinSport Canada’s vision is to be the acknowledged leader in developing and sustaining the facilities required for Canada to be the number one winter sport nation. WinSport Canada supports national sport organizations, encourages educational opportunities, and subsidizes the operation of unique training and recreational facilities used by the nation’s top athletes and the general public.
Originally called the Calgary Olympic Development Association (CODA), it was founded in 1956 to bid on behalf of Calgary to host an Olympic Winter Games, CODA successfully convinced the IOC membership of Calgary’s merits on its fourth try, winning the bid on September 30, 1981 to host the XV Olympic Winter Games. CODA was then restructured to manage the legacy of the Games. Since then, the legacy of CODA has evolved into a new vision for Canada – WinSport Canada – a vision that will create a more prosperous nation.
The Association’s original mandate was to ensure there would be continuing use of the Olympic venues long after the Calgary Games. Committing the legacy of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games to the complete development of Canada’s Olympic winter athletes and the organizations that serve them, WinSport Canada has evolved into one of the premiere sport institutions in the world.
Unique in its vision and purpose, WinSport Canada, a not-for-profit organization, has become the yardstick by which the world measures Olympic legacies and winter sport development programs.