Saskatchewan athletes earn medals at Parapan Am Games

Saskatchewan athletes returned from Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru with seven medals including one gold and four medals won by a swimmer.

The Saskatchewan athletes won one gold, four silvers and two bronze medals. Saskatchewan’s contingent included six athletes and two coaches as part of Team Canada, as well as three Saskatchewan appointed officials at the 2019 Parapan Am Games from August 23 to September 1.

Erica Gavel (Prince Albert, Sask.) helped Canada defend the Parapan Am gold medal in wheelchair basketball and also helped Canada qualify for the Toyko 2020 Paralympic Games. Krystal Shaw (Moose Jaw, Sask.) returns with four medals in Para swimming in the S7 class winning silvers in the 100-metre freestyle, 50-m freestyle and 100-m backstroke. She added a bronze medal in the 4X100-m medley relay.

Other Saskatchewan medalists included: Nik Goncin (Regina), silver, wheelchair basketball; and Julie Kozun (Melfort, Sask.), bronze, sitting volleyball. Goncin also helped the Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball program qualify for the Toyko 2020 Paralympic Games.

Saskatchewan Athlete Results:

Erica Gavel (Prince Albert) – GOLD, women’s wheelchair basketball

Nik Goncin (Regina) – SILVER, men’s wheelchair basketball

Krystal Shaw (Moose Jaw) – SILVER, Para swimming S7 Class, 100-m freestyle, 100-m backstroke, 50-m freestyle; BRONZE, 4X100-m medley relay; Fourth, SM7 200-m individual medley, 4X100-m freestyle relay; 7th, S7 400-m freestyle

Julie Kozun (Melfort) – BRONZE, women’s sitting volleyball

Wyatt Lightfoot (Wilcox) – 4th, SS6, men’s Para badminton

Mitch McIntyre (Esterhazy) – 4th, Quads Singles, men’s wheelchair Tennis

Saskatchewan Coaches include:

Carla Nicholls (Regina) – Para athletics, Coach

Frank Gaudet (Regina) – Para badminton, Coach

Saskatchewan Officials are:

Shelia Guenther (Estevan) – Para swimming, Official

Simon Merkosky (Regina) – Para swimming, Official

Ryan Gaudet (Bellevue) – wheelchair rugby, Official

Canada captured 60 medals in Lima – 17 gold, 21 silver and 22 bronze.