With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games set to to run from April 4th-15th, we'd like to congratulate the five accomplished Team Sask alumni who will represent Team Canada next month in Australia.
Taryn Suttie will compete in women's Shot Put. Suttie competed for Team Sask at the 2009 Canada Summer Games in PEI, as well as the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops. Following her successes at those Games, she has gone on to compete for Team Canada at both the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games and the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Jessica Frotten will represent Team Canada in the Women's 1500m T54. At the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, she earned 3 bronze medals for Team Sask in the 200m, 400m, and 1500m Wheelchair Para races. After Sherbrooke, she won 2 bronze medals for Team Canada at the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games.
Rick Reelie will coach Athletics for Team Canada. An owner of 9 Paralympic medals (5 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), Reelie has coached Athletics for Team Sask three times: at the 2001 Canada Summer Games, and the 2003 and 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. Reelie was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Samantha Ryan will be part of the largest Para-swimming contingent in Team Canada's history. At the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Ryan won an incredible 5 medals (2 gold, 3 silver) at the age of 14. She has gone on to compete at the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games, winning silver in the 100m butterfly, and the 2016 Rio Paralympics, where she competed in 5 events.
Rylan Wiens competed at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, where he won bronze for Team Sask in the 10m platform and set a new Saskatchewan record. At last year's Junior Elite Nationals, Wiens' performance earned him a berth at the Jr. Pan Am Games. Earlier this year, he won Saskatoon's first-ever gold medal at the Senior National Diving Championships in the men's open platform synchronized event.
Best of luck to Team Canada as they compete for the podium at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games! For full results and more information, visit commonwealthgames.ca/.