2019 Western Canada Summer Games begin Aug. 9

Team Sask has announced the names of the 435 participants that will represent the province at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current.

Additionally, Team Sask has named Regina canoe kayak athlete Christian Patterson as flag bearer who will lead Saskatchewan into the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 9. The games will run until Aug. 18.

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The full contingent named to represent Team Sask at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games is comprised of 346 athletes, 69 coaches, managers and technical staff, and 19 mission staff. Athletes will compete in 16 different sports. There are 82 communities across Saskatchewan represented by Team Sask participants.

From this area, Abby Rutley of Unity and Leah Weinkauf of Macklin will be part of Team Sask softball, while Unity’s Reece Gilbert will be part of Team Sask triathalon.

Wilkie’s sibling duo of Kaiden and Carissa McGinnis will be part of Team Sask wrestling.

Denzil’s Kali Krieger will be part of Team Sask volleyball.

From Baldwinton Nicholas Bertoia will compete in discus and hammer throw.

From North Battleford, Madison Higgs is in swimming, Katie Rathwell is in basketball, and Paul Sarsons is coaching volleyball.

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 fourth-place overall finish and medal count of 127 at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games in Wood Buffalo, Alta. Approximately 1,600 of Canada’s top amateur athletes from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories will compete at the games.

At a media conference on July 30th at Regina's Sportplex-Fieldhouse, 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 this major stage,” Bracken said. “These games will be an opportunity to build lifelong memories, meet new friends from across the western provinces and northern territories, and enjoy the incredible experience that only a major multi-sport games can offer.”

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