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Commonwealth Games set to get underway in Birmingham

Birmingham, England is the host of 25 sports in the 2022 Commonwealth Games that begin Friday.

Held every four years, the Games are taking place for the first time since 2018, when they were hosted on Australia’s Gold Coast. The opening ceremonies officially commenced the festivities Thursday with weightlifter Maude Charron and wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy serving as Canada’s flagbearers.

There are nine athletes and four staff members with ties to Saskatchewan that will take part in the Games.


  • Alexis Ashworth, Weightlifting
  • Margo Erlam, Diving
  • Jessica Frotten, Para Athletics
  • Michelle Harrison, 100-m Hurdles, Athletics
  • Jordan Kos, Lawn Bowling
  • Garrett Ostepchuk, 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball
  • Anicka Newell, Pole Vault, Athletics
  • Tammara Thibeault, Boxing
  • Rylan Wiens, Diving


  • Mary Carroll, Diving, Coach
  • Carla Nicholls, Athletics, Coach
  • Al Bodnarchuk, Athletics, Massage Therapist
  • Graham Olson, Swimming, Video Analyst

For more on the athletes and when they’re competing, as well as the staff making up Team Canada, visit csc-sask.ca.

CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem will provide live coverage of the Games from Birmingham.