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
Once again, Saskatchewan athletes have made us proud!
The Paralympic Games are over and what a tremendous performance by the contingent from this province. A Saskatchewan athlete kicked things off by winning Team Canada’s first medal of the Games. Cyclist Keely Shaw won the bronze medal in the women’s C4 3,000 metre individual pursuit.
Swimmer Shelby Newkirk just missed a medal – she finished fourth in the S6 100-metre backstroke by less than a second. Women’s sitting volleyball player Julie Kozun also just missed a medal with a fourth-place finish. Newkirk and her teammate from Meadow Lake Nikita Ens both set Canadian records in the pool.
Saskatchewan athletes also contributed to Canada’s strong showing in wheelchair basketball, fencing and racing.
The performance of Saskatchewan’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes is truly something to celebrate. It’s also a tribute to our lottery-funded, volunteer-driven amateur sport system that provides sport opportunities for people of all ages and abilities and produces world-class athletes like our Olympians and Paralympians.
Now our attention turns to the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. A number of Saskatchewan athletes have already qualified for Team Canada and we expect more to make the cut over the coming months. We have an opportunity to cheer some on in the province at the Curling Olympic Trials in Saskatoon in November.
On behalf of the Sask Sport Board of Directions, congratulations to the athletes who represented Saskatchewan so well in Tokyo, and we can’t wait to cheer on those who will represent us in Beijing. You all make us #SaskProud!
Chair of Sask Sport and Sask Lotteries