More than 4,000 athletes and coaches from across the country will head to Winnipeg for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
Running July 28 to August 13, the games feature 16 sports and are the largest multisport event for young athletes in Canada. The Saskatchewan Games Council will formally announce Team Sask as well as unveil the Team Sask ceremonial walk-out uniform and team pins on Saturday, July 22, at a media event Mosaic Stadium. Later that day, during the International Friendly soccer match between Valencia CF and the New York Cosmos, members of Team Sask will be recognized during a half time event: “Salute to Team Sask”.
“I look forward to Saskatchewan’s participation in the Canada Summer Games and Jeux du Canada Summer Games Festival in Winnipeg,” Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport Ken Cheveldayoff said. “In addition to our talented athletes and coaches competing at the games, some of our sport history will be on display and performances will feature some of Saskatchewan’s favourite musicians. This will be an excellent showcase of our homegrown athletic and artistic talent.” This year marks 50 years of the Canada Games and coincides with celebrations for Canada 150. The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Jeux du Canada Games Festival at Winnipeg’s The Forks, which runs July 29 to August 12, is a celebration of culture across Canada, with each province and territory having the opportunity to act as host for a day. Sunday, August 6, is Saskatchewan Day and will feature performances by The Pistolwhips, Buffy Sainte-Marie and The Sheepdogs. The travelling Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame exhibit will also be on display at the event. In addition to the exhibits of Saskatchewan’s sport and culture, the festival offers goods from local artisans, food and beverages as well as sponsor giveaways and activities. Each concert will close with a firework display. All aspects of the Jeux du Canada Games Festival, including Saskatchewan Day, are free and accessible. Since 1967, alternating bi-annually between summer and winter games, amateur athletes representing all Canadian provinces and territories have competed at the Canada Games for the Canada Games Flag and Centennial Cup.