As the Sport for All Games Coordinator, April Tipewan wears many different hats when it comes to the pre-planning and execution of multi-sport games held in Saskatchewan or involving Team Saskatchewan.
In 2018, April assisted in the overall setup of the Tony Cote Winter Games and also acted as the Assistant Games Manager during the event, helping to showcase athletes and teams from across Saskatchewan as they competed in seven different sport events in a variety of different age groups and divisions.
Of the many highlights from those Games, April cited the opening ceremonies as one of her favourites.
“There was such excitement from the youth participants from all over Saskatchewan when they walked in,” she said.
For April, the 2019 Tony Cote Summer Games is on the horizon, and a turn as the Co-Assistant Chef de Mission for the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games as well as the 2020 North American Indigenous Games—both of which will be her first foray in multi-provincial games. She’ll also continue her annual duties with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) youth championships and National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.
To say she’ll be keeping busy may be an understatement, but April wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I enjoy working with people that have the same vision and goals to give our youth great opportunities to participate in sport.”
The coordinator positon is funded by Saskatchewan Lotteries proceeds and the Canada Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement on Sport Participation, and works in partnership with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations to create Indigenous capacity and leadership within sport, culture and recreation opportunities in Saskatchewan.