With optimism and excitement, many within Saskatchewan’s amateur sport community continue to work towards the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Past Chair of Sask Members of Saskatchewan’s amateur sport community have achieved their dream of participating in the Olympic and Paralympic Games after months of hard work, dedication, training and waiting. The Chair of Sask Sport and Sask Lotteries shares his excitement and support to Saskatchewan’s athletes, coaches, officials and support staff and extends a province-wide rallying cry for all of us to “Cheer on Sask.”
A message from the Chair of Sask Sport and Sask Lotteries
Now more than ever it is easy to share my Saskatchewan pride. With days to go until the Olympic Games in Tokyo and just over a month until the Paralympic Games, the Saskatchewan amateur sport community has so much to celebrate.
12! Rylan Wiens, Kenzie Priddell, Jenny Gilbert, Tammara Thibeault, Cole Pratt, Anicka Newell, Lisa Borgerson, Mary Carroll, Lisa Thomaidis, Rhonda Shishkin, Graham Olson, Chantal Boudreau – congratulations!
12 athletes, coaches, support staff and officials will represent Canada and Saskatchewan at the Olympic Games in Tokyo starting July 23 and more names are being added to the Paralympic contingent list as we speak.
This group has been committed to achieving their dream and, despite the challenges in the last 18 months, has found a road to amateur sport’s greatest stage. On behalf of the volunteer board of Sask Sport and Sask Lotteries, I would like to acknowledge the hard-work, determination and drive it took to be named to a Canadian roster. Your strength and work ethic are an inspiration and you are all incredible ambassadors for sport and the province.
Along the road to the Games, many individuals in this group have received important financial assistance from both the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan and Sask Lotteries, the latter of which serves as the main fundraiser for more than 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups in the province. This unique and impactful support system contributes to a high-quality amateur sport system in Saskatchewan that creates safe and inclusive opportunities for athletes of all ages and abilities while helping local high-performance standouts to pursue their dreams on the world stage.
Athletes like Rylan Wiens, who received the lottery-funded Future Best funding four times in his career, are an inspiration to us all, including the next generation of athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers who will continue to advance sport within this province.
Join myself and others in the amateur sport community by celebrating these individuals and be Sask Proud.
Chair of Sask Sport and Sask Lotteries