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Team Sask announces full contingent and opening ceremonies flag-bearer ahead of 2023 Canada Winter Games

Team Sask has announced the full contingent of athletes for the 20 sports that will proudly represent the province at the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island.

Flag bearer, Luca Veeman, long track speed skater from Saskatoon, will lead Saskatchewan into the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, February 18, 2023. The Games will run until March 5, 2023. 

There are 217 athletes, 74 coaches and support staff, 26 mission staff and 26 officials coming from 60 communities across Saskatchewan, forming a full contingent of 343 participants.

Strong medal contenders in many disciplines along with provincial and national champions in their respective sports are found among the team’s ranks. Team Sask is eagerly waiting to compete once again since the last Canada Games in Niagara this past August where 32 medals were brought home to Saskatchewan.

“Every one of our teams has put in a tremendous amount of preparation to get ready for their moment on the national stage,” said Mark Bracken, Team Sask Chef de Mission. “These Games will be an opportunity to build lifelong memories, meet new friends from across the province and country, and enjoy the incredible experience that only a major multi-sport Games can offer.”

“Congratulations to all of the Saskatchewan athletes, coaches and support staff who are representing our province at the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said. “Your hard work, perseverance and determination has given you the opportunity to showcase your abilities at Canada’s prestigious Winter Games. You are role models and ambassadors for Saskatchewan, and we are proud to have you represent our province. Thank you for your commitment to sport.”

Athletes who compete at the Canada Games represent the country’s next generation of national, international, and Olympic and Paralympic champions. Team Sask alumni Mark McMorris, Emily Clark, Rylan Wiens, Shelby Newkirk, Kenzie Priddell, Catriona LeMay Doan, Graeme Fish and Brittany Hudak to name a few, can all count their previous Canada Games experiences as a stepping stone to the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

The full list of athletes, coaches, and staff with breakdown by sport and community can be found here and their bio information here

Team Sask results will be updated daily throughout the Games on the Team Sask website at teamsask.ca and can also be found at cg2023.gems.pro/. The official 2023 Canada Winter Games website is: 2023canadagames.ca/.

There is plenty of online streaming coverage of the 15-day event as well that will feature over 1,200 hours of live event coverage and can be streamed for free on any device at CanadaGames.ca/watch, beginning with the Opening Ceremony, live from the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown on Feb. 18. Viewers of the platform will also be able to enjoy plenty of on-demand content including archived events and daily recap videos.

In addition to this comprehensive coverage, more than 140 hours of live competition and events, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, will stream live on CBC Sports and Radio-Canada Sports digital platforms. Canadians will be able to watch on the free CBC Gem streaming service, cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices throughout the two weeks of the Games. They can also tune in at radio-canada.ca/sports and the Radio-Canada Info app for iOS and Android devices.

Team Sask is also active across social media: TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Week 1 Sports:Week 2 Sports:
Curling (Female)
Freestyle Skiing 
Hockey (Male)
Speed Skating 
Table Tennis
Wheelchair Basketball 
Alpine and Para Alpine Skiing 
Cross Country Skiing and Para Nordic Ski
Curling (Male and Mixed Doubles)
Figure Skating (includes: Special Olympics) 
Hockey (Female)