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
With one gold and two bronze captured by Saskatchewan athletes at the Beijing Olympic Games, we’re hoping Saskatchewan’s Paralympians add to the medal total at the Paralympics.
The 15 individuals who attended the Olympics on behalf of Saskatchewan and Canada brought their best to Beijing, competing as athletes, assisting as coaches and working behind the scenes as support and mission staff. Their efforts did not go unnoticed and we join the rest of the country in celebrating all of their accomplishments. Each of them has made us Sask Proud!
Now we look forward to the Paralympics and the small, but mighty contingent that will represent Saskatchewan at the Games, including two athletes and two coaches.
Prince Albert’s Brittany Hudak, who won a bronze medal in PyeongChang, will compete in her third Paralympic Games in multiple Para Nordic events, while Biggar’s Lisa DeJong will make her Paralympic debut in Para snowboard.
On the coaching side, Saskatoon’s Ken Babey will lead the Para hockey team throughout the competition, while Kaspar Wirz of Saskatoon will work with the Chinese Para Nordic team.
Follow along with each athlete and coach through the daily Paralympic recaps and keep track of when everyone is competing by visiting the Scheduled & Results page.
Many of these athletes and coaches had support from Sask Lotteries, which serves as the main fundraiser for more than 12,000 sport culture and recreation groups in Saskatchewan. Our unique, volunteer-led system creates an environment where athletes of all levels, including world-class competitors, can pursue their dreams.
On behalf of the Sask Sport Board of Directors, I congratulate each of you on reaching your goals and wish you the best of luck as you compete on sport’s grandest stage. Please join me in cheering on Saskatchewan’s Paralympic contingent during the Games from March 4-13.
Chair of Sask Sport and Sask Lotteries