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Team Saskatchewan entered the opening ceremonies with over 1000 athletes, although Team Alberta had approximately 500 more athletes than Saskatchewan, it was apparent from the start that Team Saskatchewan would be a major contender for a third overall championship.
Team Saskatchewan basically dominated every sport, from the first day of the Games. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were very evident around the necks of Saskatchewan athletes. It was about midweek of the Games that Team Saskatchewan were destined to be champions. It was overwhelming by then of the amount of medals won by the Saskatchewan Team. In all, approximately 400 medals were awarded to Saskatchewan athletes, bringing pride and well deserved congratulations from all across our province. Team Saskatchewan is represented by athletes from the far north as well as the south and all points in between.
The success of Team Saskatchewan could not have been accomplished without the support of our elders. Team Saskatchewan brought a delegation of elders as part of the team to provide spiritual guidance as well as discipline when needed. Although incidents were few, the elder's role was integral to Team Saskatchewan wholistically.
Team Saskatchewan were not only visible on the medal podiums but were extremely- well behaved and very respectful when it was called for. From a Team Saskatchewan perspective, our team displayed an air of confidence as well as camaraderie that could not be matched by any other team at the games. Team Saskatchewan was definitely a first class team.
Team Saskatchewan organizers, coaches and chaperons should also be congratulated as without their assistance the success of the overall Games would not have been achieved. When disorganization was at the forefront many of these people stepped in and took the lead role in assisting the host community with much needed experience and expertise in those venues. They also did a superb job in looking after and caring for the Team Saskatchewan athletes.
It is important to note that Team Saskatchewan were the only Province from Canada that received full and complete support from the First Nation and Aboriginal political leadership.
In closing, a well deserved congratulations are in order for every athlete, coach, chaperon and organizer of Team Saskatchewan. Winning for the third time in a row is extraordinary, but winning for the fourth time will be something else. A dynasty in the making? We will see when the next North American Indigenous Games go to Victoria, British Columbia in 1997.
Medal Standing Results on pg. 16
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