Thousands of athletes, coaches, managers, mission staff, volunteers and spectators are in Swift Current for the largest event ever hosted in southwestern Saskatchewan.
“The 2019 Western Canada Summer Games has been a long time in the making,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “It is great to see this world class sporting event come to life, thanks in part to the Host Committee, the City of Swift Current and surrounding communities, Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, Lac Pelletier Regional Park, Saskatchewan sport governing bodies and sponsors.”
The opening ceremonies kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 9. The Games run from August 9 to 18, 2019 and will feature young athletes, as well as para sport and special Olympians from six provinces and territories who will be competing in 16 summer sports.
As with many Saskatchewan events, the Western Canada Summer Games would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of Saskatchewan volunteers. Planning and delivery of this event have been in development for many years, with the majority of the plans being handled by volunteers.
“The dedication, passion and sense of community for all the volunteers has been a key ingredient in the planning and success of these games!” Western Canada Summer Games Co-chairs, Melissa Shaw and Mark Benesh said. “As we welcome Western Canada to Southwest Saskatchewan, we are confident that we will provide the participants, volunteers and spectators an event that Saskatchewan can be proud of.”
The Western Canada Summer Games provide experience to amateur athletes in Western Canada and are a stepping stone to national and international competitions. Many athletes featured at these Games will represent their home province at the 2021 Canada Summer Games in Ontario.
The Government of Saskatchewan provided an investment of $1.5 million toward the administration and program delivery of the Games.