While the Pyeongchang Olympic games took place in February and March, Olympians and Paralympics from Saskatchewan were celebrated at the legislature Tuesday afternoon.
23 people, including athletes, coaches, and one official, took part in the games with Saskatchewan roots.
Snowboarding coach Adam Burwell from Regina says he’s grateful for the support from the Saskatchewan government.
“There’s a ton of sacrifice that these athletes, coaches, officials make for their sport, and it’s such a great thing that the government of Saskatchewan would take time out of their day to celebrate those achievements and that time put in.”
Marie Wright is a Paralympic curler who won bronze in Women’s wheelchair curling. She says it was an amazing feeling to win an Olympic medal.
“It was something that I don’t think a lot of people in Canada expected us to do because we were a new team, we had a rookie skip, and to bring the medal home and the excitement that we had from that has just been amazing.”
Speed Skater Marsha Hudey says seeing so many other athletes from Saskatchewan at the Olympics was a proud moment.
“I think across Canada, everyone is very proud of where they come from, and I am proud to be from Saskatchewan,” Hudey says. “This is where my dreaming began, this is where I envisioned myself being on the world stage and competing for my country, so kudos to my province for sure.”
Leaders of both the provincial government and opposition were in attendance, as both premier Scott Moe and NDP leader Ryan Meili both spoke at the event as well.