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Sports

For any questions, collaboration proposals or additional information, please, contact our Sports project manager in Valmiera Municipality Mr. Rihards Zalte, e-mail: rihards.zalte@valmiera.lv.

In Valmiera, sports and an active lifestyle have historically been one of the city’s main priorities. Over 40 sports organisations operate in Valmiera representing more than 30 different sports. The Valmiera Children’s Sports School with over 1,200 pupils is the fourth biggest sports school in Latvia.

In the 1932 summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Jānis Daliņš won a silver medal – the first ever Olympic medal won by Latvia. In honour of the athlete’s achievements, in 1938 Valmiera Stadium was named after Jānis Daliņš. Many Olympians have come from Valmiera including BMX riders Ivo Lakučs, Edžus Treimanis, Rihards Veide and a two-time Olympic champion Māris Štrombergs. In turn, Jolanta Dukure, Arnis Rumbenieks and Aigars Fadējevs are race walkers, whose sporting roots can be found in Valmiera, as is the case with the initial sporting careers of bobsleigh racers Oskars Ķibermanis and Oskars Melbārdis.

Extensive sports infrastructure is available in Valmiera, including Jānis Daliņš’ Stadium, Māris Štrombergs’ BMX “Valmiera” track, the Vidzeme Olympic Centre, “Krāces” rowing base, Valmiera Swimming Pool and outdoor running and Nordic walking tracks.

Most popular sports

  • BMX
  • orienteering
  • basketball
  • swimming
  • track-and-field athletics
  • floorball
  • tennis
  • volleyball
  • football
  • ice-hockey

Strong annual sport traditions

  • State President’s Award in Athletics (for Baltic states)
  • Annual Valmiera Marathon (one of the few in Latvia)
  • "Latvijas valsts meži" MTB Marathon
  • Ultra-Race "Riga - Valmiera" 107 km
  • Home of European BMX Championship 2019
  • "Valmiera Summer CUP" International Youth Basketball tournament
  • Latvian Open Floorball Tournament
  • the European Championship Qualification Games in Men’s Handball
  • Various local, national and international competitions and sports camps