The Canada Winter Games have come to a close from Red Deer Alberta with Saskatchewan showcasing a successful outing at the two-week sporting event.
Team Sask. managed to haul in 17 medals at this year's Games, good enough for 6th place out of 13 in the medal standings. Saskatchewan's three gold medals came from the biathlon, archery and gymnastics trampoline events. Quebec not only had the most gold medals at 65, they also ended the event competition with the most total medals at 146.
Below is a more detailed description of which athletes/teams won medals for the province at the Games.
A few local athletes represented their region and province in hockey, snowboarding and alpine skiing. Unfortunately they were unable to bring home any medals, but what they did gain was the opportunity to take in a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the tools necessary to strengthen their skills moving forward in their respective sports.
Rosetown's Wyatt Ernst was one of Saskatchewan's snowboarders in Red Deer, participating in three events: Half Pipe, Slopestyle and Snowboard Cross. His best result came in the half pipe competition where he reached 12th place out of 19 snowboarders and behind teammate Kaleb Woodworth.
The region had three alpine skiers compete at the Games. Unity's Lexi Elder took part in her first Canada Games by competing in the Giant Slalom, Slalom, Ski Cross and Super G categories. Elder's top run came in the Slalom Female event as she managed to lock in 20th with a time of 1:57.24. 61 skiers were signed up for the competition.
Another Unity skier was on the hills for Team Sask. Ashton Brebner raced in the male events for Giant Slalom, Slalom, Ski Cross and Super G. The 15-year-old had his best showing in Giant Slalom, placing 21st against 69 skiers and punching in a time of 2:01:91 between his two runs.
Harley Harris, a 15-year-old alpine skier from Landis, battled in all four female events as well. She led all Saskatchewan female skiers in Slalom Female with a 15th-place finish, which was her finest result.
Carissa Hogan from Rosetown, who plays forward for the SFMAAAHL's Swift Current Wildcats, wore the province's colours in female hockey at the Games. The girls were able to take 3rd place in pool play between Quebec, Manitoba and New Brunswick, before they lost out in the quarterfinals 5-2 to Ontario. They responded with a 3-1 win against Nova Scotia in the relegation round, and capped off the tournament with a 5-3 loss from Manitoba to take 6th place.
The male hockey team featured Kindersley's Logan Linklater, Joe Arnsten from Dinsmore and Hayden Wilm from Central Butte. Saskatchewan climbed to second place in pool play following their wins over Alberta and Manitoba to start the tournament. In the quarters, a 6-3 victory over Nova Scotia put Team Sask. in the semifinals. Despite a good showing in the semis, Quebec outmatched Saskatchewan in a 6-3 win, which then placed the prairie province in the bronze medal match. There, Team Sask. suffered their largest defeat of the tournament, losing 12-0 to Alberta.
It was an outstanding spectacle showcased in the Alberta city this year, giving youth from coast to coast the opportunity to challenge themselves in the sports they dedicate their lives to every single day.
The province and the rest of the country will get to show their stuff once again in a couple years when the Canada Summer Games take place in the Niagara Region in 2021.