Last weekend I left the province. I stopped at the border—with teary eyes—and hugged the Saskatchewan sign goodbye. I was en route to Winnipeg for the 50th Anniversary of the Canada Games.
The Games are Canada’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes, featuring 250 events across 16 sports, plus a major cultural festival.
Over 4,000 athletes and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors made their way to Manitoba’s capital to take in the event. The Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter games, just like the Olympics. Instead of representing their country, athletes at the Canada Games represent their province or territory.
On Sunday, it was Saskatchewan Day at the festival, which meant the best of Saskatchewan was on display! Artists like Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Pistolwhips, and The Sheepdogs performed, as well as various other booths and activities related to our beautiful province.
For the day, a co-worker and I set up camp in a booth to chat with festival goers from all over the country about why they should plan their next vacation to the Land of the Living Skies.
The following day I was able to take in a few events before heading home. At the pool, I caught Rebecca Dean and Michael McGillivray (both from Regina), win medals in their freestyle swimming competitions. I was also able to take in a soccer match between Team Sask and Team BC that ended in a tie.
This year, Team Saskatchewan has over 300 athletes participating, and after 9 days of competition, they are currently tied for 6th in the medal standings with 23 medals!