One of Canada's greatest athletes will be front and centre this weekend at the Outlook Mainline Ice Hawks Sportswomen's Banquet & Casino Night.
Three-time Olympic speedskating medallist Catriona Le May Doan will be the master of ceremonies for the Saturday evening event that will feature a supper, auction, a fun casino, autograph session, and a fireside chat with a trio of Olympians.
Joining Le May Doan on stage and for one-on-one chats with attendees will be former Canada women's national ice hockey alumni Sami Jo Small and Colleen Sostorics.
"What I love is that we're coming together to celebrate community and we're coming together to celebrate female hockey but we don't just have to be hockey, we can be all sport and all genders," Canada's chef de mission for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics said. "We're celebrating sports and community building and how to build that."
The 4-7-1 Ice Hawks are one of the six teams that helped form the Saskatchewan Junior Female Hockey League this past season for players under-22. The offer from the team to be a part of the inaugural season by MCing the gathering, was one the Saskatoon-born athlete jumped at.
"It's such a great event with having this league starting up in Saskatchewan," she said. "[I'm] just wanting to help build attention, funds, and build up the young women who are a part of it and who will be a part of it in the future."
The 53-year-old ensured she will be bringing her Olympic medals alongside her for the evening for people in attendance to check out. However, the medal only represents a few seconds of years of training and its more about what you do after being victorious she believes.
"When we're a part of something, what our role becomes is that its inspiring that next generation," she said. "It's about encouraging people regardless of age, industry, or location and that's the impact you can have. That's what I love about these events."
Le May Doan was hesitant to share exactly she'll speak to the crowd about but did say part of it will include how to handle responsibility, failure, and success.
"I want them to realize this is a huge honour and opportunity that they have this [league]," she said. "It's also a responsibility. It's about representing your province, sport, community, and yourself as you take that next step."
The doors open to Outlook Civic Centre at 4:30 p.m. with cocktails and a gathering, followed by the banquet (supper buffet) and guest speakers, autograph and photo op, fireside chat, and the casino night to wrap it up.
Ticket information can be found here.