Valmiera is proud of its fresh air, wonderful nature, convenient sports and training Infrastructure as well as Talented athletes and coaches with high Ambitions and willpower. Several great athletes have spread the word of Valmiera far and wide: Jānis Daliņš, Aigars Fadejevs and the one and only two time Olympic champion in BMX riding Māris Štrombergs are just few of them to be named. Within the city and its neighbourhood excellent sports infrastructure has been created, which has facilitated these results, serving as excellent places for training. Furthermore, Valmiera has hosted several international sports events, e.g., EuroBasket Women, FIBA Under-19 World Championship and other prestigious sport events. The annual SEB MTB race, SportLat marathon, State President’s Prize in Athletics have become traditional sports events held in Valmiera, well known in Latvia and internationally. Currently most important sports development projects are Jānis Daliņš stadium reconstruction to meet IAAF and FIFA standards, and building of the BMX track, to host the 2019 European BMX championships. In september of 2018. new swimming pool was opened and welcomes anyone to swim in FINA certified 8 lane pool or relax at the recreation zone.