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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, February Sun or snow TOMORR Of the 10 stated aims of the Canada Games, probably the two most im- portant and enduring are these which say the pur- pose is to stimulate enthusiasm for amateur sports throughout the country and to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship among athletes from different areas of Canada. Bearing in mind that any effort toward the achieve- ment of these high pur- poses will automatically result in additional physical and social benefits, it is not surpris- ing that the basic concept of an organized, nationwide program of amateur sports activity, culminating periodically in a massive test of skill and endurance such as the Canada Games, has been with us for a long time. Some may ask, with the examples of the Olympics, Commonwealth, and Pan American Games before us why have Canada Games hot been held before this lime? The fact that it took almost four decades from the first official expression of the idea till the starting gun was fired cannot be attributed to a lack of ef- fort on the part of a dedicated few sports minded individuals and organizations actively interested in the field. Rather, the delay may be credited in part to the intervention of an economic depression and a world war, and in larger measure to a level of public interest which tends to pauperise amateur ef- fort while lionizing professional sports. Thus, the staging of the First Canadian Winter Games in the Centennial year and the creation of a specific organizational plan for the holding of regularly scheduled summer and winter Canada Games is an achievement of almost olympian proportions in itself. The first recorded effort in this field may be traced to the annual meeting of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada in 1924. A resolution introduced by the late Norton Crowe to bring about a "Canadian Olympics" was passed un- animously. Though international ;