June 6, 2019
Buydens honoured with award     
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan recently recognized Saskatoon lawyer — and current Sask Sport board member — Jessie Buydens as one of its Lady Justice recipients.

The award recognizes Buydens’ advocacy for marginalized women. In addition to this work and her legal career, the former rugby, football, track and field and powerlifting athlete remains active in the amateur sport community.
Congratulations Jessie!      
Call for Nominations:
Sask Sport Board of Directors     
Interested in joining Sask Sport's professional team of volunteer Board Members? Four three-year term positions are available. If you’re a strong leader that believes in the benefits of sport and is passionate about integrity, innovation and community development, you are invited to submit a nomination form to Donna Schmidt

Voting will occur June 15 at Sask Sport Inc.'s Annual General Meeting in Regina.
The Coaches Associaton of Saskatchewan, in partnership with Sask Sport, will host a presentation on the Responsible Coaching Movement by Shelly Coolidge from the Coaches Association of Canada (CAC) in June in both Regina and Saskatoon.

Regina — Tuesday, June 18, 3 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton -1975 Broad Street – Moose Jaw room

Saskatoon — Wednesday, June 19, 9 am
Administration Center, 510 Cynthia Street – Room 122/123 

The workshop is targeted to all staff of PSOs, MSOs and Districts, including Executive Directors, Technical Directors, Provincial Coaches and sport-specific coach developers. However, the workshop is also open to others from the wider sport community to attend, if interested.  
The Responsible Coaching Movement is a multi-phase, system-wide movement, co-ordinated by the CAC and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport to enhance Safe Sport environments for athletes and coaches. A National Safe Sport Summit was held in May in Ottawa. It was considered an important next step to the Responsible Coaching Movement. After the summit, the National Sport Organization Safe Sport Working Group announced seven core components and related consensus statements to support the development of a universal code of conduct in Canada.


2019 SaskTel Indigenous Youth Awards  
Twelve enterprising young people were recently honoured at the 2019 SaskTel Indigenous Youth Awards.

The annual awards program, established by the Wicihitowin Foundation, celebrates the outstanding achievements of individuals in 10 categories, including male and female awards in sport and recreation.

Those awards were presented to Jaira Cross Child and Cole Sanderson by Angella Pinay of the Sask Sport Board of Directors and Audra Young of the Indigenous Sport Leadership Council.

Congratulations to all of the recipients!
Congratulations, Colette Bourgonje   
Long-time Saskatchewan high-performance athl ete, Paralympian, mentor and coach Colette Bourgonje is one of eight new inductees into Canada’s Sports H all of Fame.

A 10-time Para Nordic Skiing and Wheelchair Racing Paralympian, Bourgonje is the only Canadian female athlete to compete in the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and the first to medal in dual events. She has been a Saskatchewan Sport Award Female Athlete of the Year finalist four times and received the honour in 2010. 
She is also a member of the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame, the Saskatoon Hall of Fame and the University of Saskatchewan College of Education Wall of Honour. Additionally, she was awarded the Breakthrough Award by the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS). 

Off the race course, Bourgonje is an advocate of active lifestyles and accessibility, as well as a mentor for Saskatchewan athletes.

The 2019 Induction Festival and Formal program is October 23 in Toronto. 
Athlete of the Month
Shelby Newkirk of Saskatoon has been named Sask Sport’s Athlete of the Month for April. 

At the Canadian Swimming Trials, the para swimmer placed first and set a new world record in the S7 100 m backstroke. 

Newkirk, a member of the Canadian World Para Swimming Team, also placed eighth in the S7 200 m backstroke and broke a world record in the preliminary competition while winning a bronze medal in the S7 100 m freestyle.
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