After winning 17 medals during the first half of the Canada Winter Games in PEI, Team Sask added three medals in the second half to bring the overall total to 20 medals.
Ashton Debruyne and Josiah Hallett collected bronze medals in Judo, while Krystle Shewchuk won bronze in the female Para Nordic sit-ski five-kilometre interval start. After the event, Shewchuk was named Team Sask’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies.
“I was a little bit shocked,” Shewchuk said on the Team Sask website. “I wasn’t expecting it, but it’s awesome.”
Shewchuk is a four-time Canada Games participant who has also competed in Para sailing. Over her Canada Games career, she has won five medals, making her a deserving candidate according to Team Saskatchewan Chef de Mission Mark Bracken.
“When you look at opening or closing ceremonies flag bearers, it’s about performance, but it’s also about somebody who is a role model,” said Bracken on the Team Sask website. “Somebody who has shown that they are committed to Team Saskatchewan and sport in the province. So, she just rose to the top for week two as somebody who should lead our contingent in for closing ceremonies.”
With 20 medals in 2023, Team Sask improved the total from the last Canada Winter Games in 2019, when the group finished with 17. Team Sask finished sixth overall among the 13 provinces and territories.
Saskatchewan’s 2023 Winter Games medallists
- Rylee Miller, gold in artistic gymnastics – female floor, silver in female beam, bronze in female uneven bars
- Luca Veeman, gold in long track speed skating – male mass start, silver in male 1,500-metre, bronze in male 5,000, bronze in male 1,000m
- Jordan Carroll, gold in artistic gymnastics – pommel horse male
- Bon Lowe, silver in speed skating – male 5,000m
- Team Saskatchewan, silver in gymnastics trampoline – synchro female
- Team Saskatchewan, silver in gymnastics trampoline – synchro male
- Team Saskatchewan, silver in male long track speed skating team pursuit
- Team Saskatchewan, silver in male hockey
- Rhiann Arnold, bronze in biathlon – female 6km sprint
- Serena Dallaire, bronze (two) in long track speed skating – female 1,500m and female 3,000m
- Team Saskatchewan, bronze in female ringette
- Ashton Debruyne, bronze in male judo
- Josiah Hallett, bronze in male judo
- Krystle Shewchuk, bronze in female Para Nordic sit ski 5km