Saskatchewan is home for many talented athletes who are vying to represent Team Canada at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer.
Those spots don’t come easy and it’s an incredible accomplishment to even be in contention. But if you need more reasons to applaud, just take a closer look at where they’re from, how they got here and where they’re going.
1. Regina, Saskatoon and beyond
In 2020, Saskatchewan’s Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls come from more than a dozen Saskatchewan communities that touch almost every corner of the province — from Meadow Lake all the way down to Weyburn, over to Swift Current and back up to Prince Albert, just to name a few.
So no matter where you are in Saskatchewan, there’s a good chance there’s a local hero nearby for you to root for!
2. Grassroots support
Every year, people across Saskatchewan help athletes of all ages and abilities through their support of Saskatchewan Lotteries, which is the main fundraiser for more than 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups in the province.
In the amateur sport community, this one-of-a-kind fundraiser assists non-profit organizations that deliver high-quality sport experiences. It also provides critical resources to coaches, officials and other volunteers and funds high-performance programs that help athletes take their game to the next level.
In 2020, be sure to give a round of applause to all of our athletes. Then give another one to our vibrant amateur sport community, which gave many of them their start and encouraged them to pursue their dreams!
3. Watch history in the making
Saskatchewan is a little province with a big history in amateur sport.
From Ethel Catherwood’s gold-medal high jump at the 1928 Olympics to Brianne Theisen-Eaton’s bronze medal-winning performance in the 2016 Olympic heptathlon, we have a lot to be proud of.
Schmirler rink, anyone? Or how about the world-class achievements of winter Olympian Catriona Le May Doan, dual-season Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser and dual-season Paralympian Colette Bourgonje?
In 2020, a new class of athletes will make their own history. On the road to Tokyo, there will be comeback stories and incredible tales of hard work and dedication. We’ll also get a first look at some young standouts who will be competing on the world stage for years to come.
There might just be a future hall of famer in the ranks. Stay tuned!
Photo Credits: Canadian Olympic Committee/Christopher Morris, Canadian Paralympic Committee/Matthew Murnaghan, Softball Canada, Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Archives, Public Archive of Canada, University of Saskatchewan – University Archives & Special Collections – Photograph Collection, Team Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Games Council.
Saskatchewan Lotteries is the main fundraiser benfitting more than 12,000 sport, culture and recreation organizations every year. It’s made possible through an agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan, which licenses Sask Sport to operate Saskatchewan Lotteries. Proceeds from the sale of these lottery products, such as DAILY GRAND, LOTTO MAX and LOTTO 6/49, are dedicated to eligible sport, culture and recreation organizations to benefit communities across Saskatchewan
Learn more about Saskatchewan Lotteries and its non-profit beneficiaries at sasklotteries.ca.