Kenric Exner was elected Chair of Sask Sport Inc. at the organizationâ€™s Annual General Meeting on June 15.
Exner has been a member of Sask Sportâ€™s Board of Directors since 2017, when he was nominated by the Saskatchewan Hockey Association. At the AGM, the sport federationâ€™s membership also elected four new members to its Board of Directors:
Kim Wudrick (Football Saskatchewan)
â€śIâ€™d like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their outstanding efforts, as well as all of the volunteers who contribute to amateur sport,â€ť outgoing Chair Leslie Blyth told delegates at the meeting.
â€śAll of you play a crucial role in developing and delivering quality sport for people and communities across Saskatchewan. Sask Sportâ€™s key accomplishments from this past year are largely a result of your teamwork and passion for sport.â€ť
In total, the Board of Directors consists of 13 volunteer board members who help frame Sask Sportâ€™s values, vision and mission and identify the priority needs of the organizationâ€™s members.
Salina Barry, a long-time Sask Sport employee and member of the organizationâ€™s executive team, is leaving after three decades of dedicated service.
Barry, Chief Financial Officer, retired from the organization on June 30.
â€śIâ€™m proud to have helped retain the lottery as the fundraiser for sport, culture and recreation and contribute to the reputation of Sask Sport as a reliable, accountable organization,â€ť said Barry, who started as a Financial Supervisor in the late 1980s.
Renewed Lottery Agreement to Benefit Saskatchewan Communities
The Honourable Gene Makowsky, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister, announced a renewed lottery agreement today, ensuring that sport, culture and recreation organizations will continue to receive and benefit from Saskatchewan Lotteries proceeds over the next five years.
â€śWe fully support the new lottery agreement, and look forward to another five years working with our partners to build active, healthy communities in Saskatchewan,â€ť Sask Sport Chair, Leslie Blyth said. â€śLong-term planning is essential to non-profit organizations and their ability to deliver quality, sustainable programs, services and events. This agreement will continue to positively impact our communities and provide more opportunities for all. Together, we all win!â€ť
Athlete of the Year recipients announced
Rising local stars, international standouts and high-performance competitors are among the recipients of Sask Sport Inc.'s 2018 Athlete of the Year Awards.
They include Kurt Oatway, a Paralympic gold medallist from Regina, and Shelby Newkirk, a para swimming world record holder from Saskatoon.
Complete details about the Female and Male, Youth-Female and Male, Master and Team award winners are available below. Each recipient will be honoured March 28 at the Saskatchewan Sport Awards alongside previously announced Coach Dedication, Coach of the Year, Official and Volunteer award recipients.
Sask Sport Inc. Announces the May Athlete of the Month Award Recipient
Rylan Wiens of Pike Lake is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. May Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by Dive Saskatchewan.
Wiens began the month by winning two gold medals and setting two provincial records at the Toon Town Western Classic. He followed that performance with another gold medal at the Canadian Senior Summer Diving National Championships. He defeated 13 competitors at the Nationals including the long-reigning champion in a dramatic fashion. He received five out of seven â€ś10sâ€ť on his final dive to take the lead. His final score was 102 points, which is the most points attained on one dive ever at a Senior National Championships, and enabled him to bring home Saskatchewanâ€™s first gold medal at these championships.
Making a Difference through Adaptive Sport in Saskatchewan
Working Together, for All
Sask Sport Inc. is investing in the future of Adaptive and Parasport in Saskatchewan. Throughout the coming months, Sask Sport will collaborate with provincial sport governing bodies and identified affiliate stakeholders to explore ways to champion efficiency and sustainable practices in the Saskatchewan adaptive sport system. This joint effort aims to create a strong and sustainable Adaptive Sport Strategy that supports the goals and objectives of the 2017-2021 Sask Sport Strategic Plan, notably the areas of enhanced participation, excellence, capacity and collaboration in Saskatchewan sport.
Canada's First 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Early Years
Canada's first-ever 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for children in their early years - aged four and under - are now available for parents and caregivers. These guidelines show the interrelationship between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep, and make recommendations on the amount of each that is needed for a child's optimal health.
ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY SPORT DEVELOPMENT GRANT CREATES NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Sask Sport is helping to make the hoop dreams of children in central Saskatchewan come true. Over a dozen schools in Saskatoon and North Battleford with a high First Nations and Metis-student base have been using the Sask Sport Aboriginal Community Sport Development Grant Program to increase levels of physical activity among their students.
The grant program, which is funded by Sport Canada Bilateral Program and the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation, is designed to support the development and implementation of community sport programs. Using the grant funds, these schools have been able to partner with Wild Youth Sports Management to organize basketball programs in their schools and communities.