Team Sask concludes the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games in second place with 213 medals
SWIFT CURRENT, SK (August 20, 2019): After ten days of intense competition between 1,700 athletes from across Western Canada in 16 different sports, the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games have come to a close. With a total of 213 medals (56 gold, 80 silver, 77 bronze) and 164 game points, Team Sask finished in second place in both medals and game point standings. The team entered the Games with the goal of placing ahead of traditional rival Manitoba, which it did: Team Manitoba earned 171 medals in total 162 game points to place third. Game points are awarded to each team, male and female, based on their final placing in that sport; the accumulation of those placings rank the six western provinces and northern territories on how well each did in all sports throughout the Games.
Athletics, including Para Sport and Special Olympics, led the count for Team Sask, with a total of 75 medals (22 gold, 28 silver, 25 bronze) and 2,161 points. Saskatchewan swept the podium in men's Decathlon (JAKE NEUFELD of Saskatoon, JORDAN DASIUK of Dalmeny and ASAD HUSSAIN of Regina) and the men's 800m (RON MACLEAN and MATTHEW EXNER, both of Regina, and BRAYDEN MYTOPHER of Strasbourg). Though Team Alberta outpaced the other contingents in overall medals at the end of the Games, the Athletics team bested its western neighbour by several hundred points.
Nearly every sport saw Saskatchewan athletes claim medals, with both men's and women's Basketball earning silver; a Bronze medal for Baseball; both men's and women's golf earning Bronze in the team event; silvers for women's and U16 men's Softball, and for U19 men's Softball, bronze; a pair of bronzes for the men's and women's Indoor Volleyball teams; silver for the women's Golf team and bronze for the men's; silver for the Tennis Team Mix event; and silver medals for the Men's and Women's Team Competitions in Wrestling. Many individual and relay or team medals were claimed in Canoe Kayak (including ten golds earned by Saskatoon's JAYDEN HINGLEY), Cycling, Swimming and Special Olympics Swimming, Diving (including a Saskatchewan sweep in the women's 3m Spring by MARGO ERLAM and QUINN GARIEPY, both of Saskatoon, and KELSEY CLAIRMONT, of Regina), Rowing, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, and Wrestling.
The following sports were contested throughout the 10-day duration of the Games:
The 2019 Western Canada Summer Games will stand as the largest to be hosted in Swift Current, and featured approximately 1,700 participants from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon, as well as nearly 2,000 volunteers and many thousands of spectators.
The next roster of athletes representing Team Sask will be in action at the 2020 North American Indigenous Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and at the 2021 Canada Summer Games in the Niagara Region of Ontario.
Athletes who compete at the Western Canada Summer Games represent the country’s next generation of national, international and Olympic champions. Team Sask alumni and Olympic and Paralympic athletes Kaylyn Kyle, Taryn Suttie and Erica Gavel can all count their previous Western Canada Summer Games experiences as a stepping stone to the highest levels of sport.
A Team Sask medal tally, stories and information can be found on the Team Sask website atteamsask.ca, and full results can be found at https://wcsg2019.gems.pro. Daily content can be found on Team Sask social media: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Photo galleries can be found via Desirea Agar/EmClaire Photography, Matty O'Connell/Makewell Media Co., or via the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games.
“I am so proud of our entire team; Saskatchewan’s athletes put it all on the line to represent our province against the best in Western Canada. Thank you to the coaches, managers, technical support personnel and mission staff for supporting our teams so they could perform at their best and enjoy all that a Western Canada Summer Games has to offer. A big thank you to Swift Current, the hard-working host society, and the South West's incredible volunteer base for the enjoyable experience and for creating memories that will last a lifetime for our athletes. Our team wore the green and white with such pride and passion and made me so proud to be from Saskatchewan.” Mark Bracken, Team Sask Chef de Mission
Karen Lawson, Communications Lead
Team Sask/Saskatchewan Games Council