After many years in the making, Saskatchewan will once again play host to the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games from August 9 to 18. The event, which takes place in Swift Current, will be the largest event ever hosted in southwest Saskatchewan, with more than 1,700 amateur athletes (including Para and Special Olympics) between 12 and 20 years old from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. This will mark the fifth time our province has hosted these Games throughout its 44-year history.
The Western Canada Summer Games provide a competitive opportunity for developing athletes. For many participating athletes, their next stop will be to compete at the 2021 Canada Summer Games in the Niagara region, and possibly further on national and international platforms. One such example is Saskatoon’s Kaylyn Kyle, who competed in soccer for Team Sask at the 2003 Western Canada Summer Games and at the 2005 Canada Summer Games on her way to Olympic bronze in 2012.
The Games could not happen without 2,000 dedicated volunteers, just like Shelby Budd, Volunteer Co-Director of the Athletes Village. “I want to be part of that moment where we all sit down at the end and say we did that,” Budd says.
Over 425 athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff from every corner of Saskatchewan will be proudly representing their home province in 16 summer sports. Team Sask will have a presence in athletics, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, canoe/kayak, cycling, diving, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, triathlon, tennis, volleyball and wrestling.
Vaughn Taylor is one of the athletes who will be representing Team Sask. Vaughn will be competing in athletics and is no stranger to competing in Western Canada or nationally. In July, Vaughn took home his second national championship title at the 2019 Canadian Track and Field Championship Under 20 400 metre race.
“I am so happy to come back and represent Team Sask at the Western Canada Summer Games and it is just an amazing feeling to be in a position to appreciate other sports other than my own,” Taylor said.
Team Sask will be led by the Chef de Mission, Mark Bracken, as well as the Saskatchewan Games Council and mission staff.
“Team Sask is thrilled to be competing in front of a hometown crowd at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games and to showcase southwestern Saskatchewan to the other five western provinces and northern territories. Our athletes have been working hard for many months and years in order to qualify for these Games. I can’t wait to celebrate our athletes’ efforts on and off the field of play in Swift Current, as well as follow their successes into the future at the next Canada Games, North American Indigenous Games, and beyond.”
Congratulations to the Team Sask athletes for making it this far. Our province is behind you! Thank you to the coaches, mission staff, managers and supportive families for being part of the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games. Go Team Sask! #SaskProud!
For more information on the final standings and medal counts, visit Team Sask's website or follow Team Sask on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
To purchase tickets, stay up to date on what is happening at the games and more, visit the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games or follow the Games on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Live results can be found online during the Games.
Saskatchewan won 213 medals at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games:
Congratulations to Team Sask who placed second at the Games!