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
After Canada’s record-breaking performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games, we’re looking forward to another great showing from our Paralympic team.
Congratulations to Saskatchewan’s 13-person Olympic contingent for representing their country and their province so well. This year our Olympians had to contend with some incredible obstacles — from pandemic measures and the lack of spectators to the oppressive heat and humidity in Tokyo. All of this on top of the usual pressure of competition on the world stage.
What a tremendous performance and what a tribute to Saskatchewan’s lottery-funded amateur sport system. You’ve made all of us Sask Proud!
Now our attention moves to Saskatchewan’s Paralympic Games contingent – athletes Nikita Ens, Jessica Frotten, Nik Goncin, Garrett Ostepchuk, Julie Kozun, Shelby Newkirk, Ryan Rousell and Kelly Shaw, and coaches Frank Gaudet, Eric Kramer, and Carla Nicholls.
You’ve overcome the challenges of postponed games, training during a pandemic, and, for Jessica Frotten, a stolen racing wheelchair. Your journey to this point has been inspiring and your province is behind you.
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. Our sport system, along with the talent and determination of athletes like these, is a winning combination.
On behalf of the Sask Sport board of directors, congratulations for reaching your goals and representing Canada and Saskatchewan on the world stage. Let’s cheer them on and be Sask Proud.
Chair of Sask Sport and Sask Lotteries