Saskatchewan carries a contingent of over 400 athletes into the opening ceremonies of the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg tonight.
The games, which go until August 13, will see Saskatchewan competing in 17 different sports.
Chef de Mission Mark Bracken says Saskatchewan can more than hold its own against other provinces despite our smaller population.
“We tell our teams and our sports not to use the little province excuse as we can go out there, and put it on the line and compete with the best.” Bracken said. “We have one of the best amateur sports systems in Canada, and we can hold our own against provinces like Ontario, Quebec and B.C.
At the last Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec four years ago, Saskatchewan collected 51 medals.
Two athletes who have represented Saskatchewan at previous Summer Games and have gone on to bigger and better are Saskatoon soccer player Kaylyn Kyle and Humboldt track star Brianne Theisen-Eaton who won bronze at the last Summer Olympics in heptathlon.
The over 400 athletes, coaches and staff on Team Saskatchewan represent 73 different communities.