Gymnast Rya Wiebe of Martensville won the Bronze Medal in the Women’s Uneven Bars event at the 2019 Canada Games in Red Deer, Alberta on Thursday, February 21.
Wiebe had a score of 9.362 in the event. This marked Team Saskatcehwan’s first Bronze medal of the Canada Games.
“I was feeling a little nervous because I added a couple of extra skills, but I felt it was a fairly clean routine so I thought I might have a chance at landing in the medals,” said Wiebe. “I was pretty pumped [when I knew I was in contention]. I knew that Saskatchewan hadn’t won a medal yet, so I was pretty excited!”
This was the first medal earned by Artistic Gymnastics at the Games, after a tournament that saw competition in All Around, Individual, and Team events.
Wiebe, 18, had a strong overall showing at the Games, placing 5th in the Team Event and 19th in All Around.
Wiebe, who trains with the Marian Gymnastics Club out of Saskatoon under coach Chris Baraniuk, is the 2018 National Champion and Western Canadian Champion in the Uneven Bars. Also in 2018, she placed 3rd in the Team event at the National Canadian Championships
Chloe Lorange of Quebec placed first in the Women’s Uneven Bars while Hannah Scharf of Ontario was second.
Athletes who compete at the Canada Games represent the country’s next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.
Team Sask alumni and Olympic medalists Mark McMorris, Catriona Le May Doan, and Emily Clark can all count their previous Canada Games experiences as a stepping stone to the highest levels of sport.
Throughout the Games, an ongoing Team Sask medal count will be found on the Team Sask website at teamsask.ca, and live results and sport schedules will be found at https://cg2019.gems.pro. Daily content can be found on Team Sask social media: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
The official 2019 Canada Winter Games website is located at canadagames.ca/2019.