Team Sask Announces Full Contingent for the 2019 Canada Winter Games
REGINA, SK (January 31, 2019): Team Sask has announced the full contingent of 311 that will represent the province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB from February 15 - March 3.
With 215 athletes, 72 coaches, managers and technical staff, and 24 mission staff, Team Sask is ready to compete against Canada's best amateur athletes in 19 sports. There are 58 communities across Saskatchewan represented by Team Sask participants, making this a truly provincial team.
With strong medal contenders in many disciplines, and national and provincial champions in their respective sports found among the team’s ranks, Team Sask will aim to improve upon its fifth-place overall finish and medal count of 28 at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC. Approximately 3,600 of Canada's top amateur athletes from every province and territory will compete at the Games.
At a media conference on January 31st at Regina's Co-operators Centre, Team Sask Chef de Mission Mark Bracken formally announced Team Sask's full contingent to media and addressed the crowd of over 100 athletes, coaches, staff and parents in attendance. “Every one of our teams has put in a tremendous amount of preparation to get ready for their moment on the national stage,” Bracken said. "What makes the Canada Games such an incredible experience is that you're no longer soley representing your sport; you'll be a part of one team, made up of athletes representing many different sports, coming from all over the province. One team: Team Sask."
Sask Sport Chair Leslie Blythe addressed the crowd on behalf of Sask Sport Inc. and Saskatchewan Lotteries, the key funding partners of Team Sask, and acknowledged the importance of the support system surrounding the athletes of Team Sask. "Parents, coaches, officials and volunteers -- without your commitment and dedication, events and opportunities like the Canada Games wouldn't be possible."
Honourable Gene Makowsky, Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport brought greetings on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan. On January 30th, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the renewal of the five-year Lottery Agreement of Sport, Culture and Recreation. Saskatchewan Lotteries is the main fundraiser for over 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups in Saskatchewan, including the Saskatchewan Games Council and Team Sask.
The media conference also saw the unveiling of the ceremonial uniform kit, supplied by Kenora Designs and PEAK Sport. PEAK is an international sportswear brand which currently outfits 13 National Olympic Committees, including those of New Zealand, Brazil, and Ukraine; Team Sask is proud to be a part of PEAK Sport's official launch in Canada. "Working with our Olympic division, Team Sask and premium brands such as lululemon athletica and Champion, we are thrilled to release a kit today that equips Sask athletes from head to toe," said Trevor Walsh, PEAK Sport Canada President.
The full team roster, which can be sorted by sport and by community, can be found here.
The following sports will be contested during the 17 days of the Games:
Athletes who compete at the Canada Games represent the country’s next generation of national, international and Olympic champions. Team Sask alumni and Olympic medalists Mark McMorris, Catriona Le May Doan, and Emily Clark can all count their previous Canada Games experiences as a stepping stone to the highest levels of sport.
Throughout the Games, an ongoing Team Sask medal count will be found on the Team Sask website atteamsask.ca, and live results and sport schedules will be found at https://cg2019.gems.pro. Daily content can be found on Team Sask social media: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
The official 2019 Canada Winter Games website is located at canadagames.ca/2019.
For more information, please contact:
Games Services & Communications Lead
Saskatchewan Games Council
w: (306) 780-9387 | c: (306) 529-3120