Angel Besskkaystare is Saskatchewan’s newest flagship.
On July 26, Team Saskatchewan officially announced who will represent the province at this year’s Canada Summer Games in Niagara, Ont.
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“It was shocking,” Biskestare said when she found out she would be the flag bearer at the opening ceremonies. “But I was excited at the same time because it’s a big thing to lead all of the Saskatchewan athletes.”
Besskkaystare is currently committed to racing at the University of Saskatchewan. He began his time on the mat in high school, after moving from Wollaston Lake to Prince Albert. It was in Prince Albert that she went to her first racing practice.
After sleeping on the floors of friends’ houses only to continue competing in the area, Besskkaystare continued to improve his skills and climb the ranks.
The St. Mary’s High School grad recently won provincial gold in his final school season, and he said he was happy to represent his hometown and province at the Games.
“One day I really want to go out to the northern communities and show them what wrestling is all about and just be a good role model,” she said. “Because none of the kids around Woolston know what wrestling is.”
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The Games are the largest multi-sport event in Canada and will take place from August 6 to August 21.
Saskatchewan will send 377 athletes from across the province, who will compete in 19 different events at the Games.
Team Sask chief de mission Mark Bracken said he has high hopes for the local athletes on and off the podium.
“Medals and performance are obviously what all or most of these athletes are shooting for, but the Canadian Games are so much more than that,” he said.
“I tell a lot of people that this is really Canada’s version of the Olympic Games. So, starting the closing ceremonies, being in an athlete’s village, just a big team coming together to represent the green and white. Is.”
Along with 377 players, 86 coaches, managers and technical experts, and 25 mission staff will visit Ontario.
“The opportunity to go to these games and see our young, developing athletes compete against the best in the country on a national stage, it’s just chilling,” Bracken said.
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