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FEATURES

February 2011

04 From the Editor 08 Brooklyn Lemon 10 Y’er Welcome Only in Riderville 11 Your Body, Your Mind Resolve to Evolve 13-26 Meet Team Saskatchewan

06 Garrett Mitchell

This Regina Pat is truly homegrown. Garrett Mitchell talks about the Regina Pats as well as his experiences beyond the city and looking towards Washington.

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Saskatchewan teams have prepared hard for the Canada Winter Games in Halifax this February. We learn more about the Games and meet team members.

27 Ski Patrol 28 Focus On Ringette 30 All About TRX

22 Kali Christ

Regina’s Kali Christ is tearing up speed skating ovals around the globe. The 19-year-old is coming into her own in the sport and will soon be a recognizable name on the world scene.

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Issue 15: February 2011 Editor-in-Chief: Julie Folk Admin Manager: Allie Folk Sales & Marketing: Ashley Kasdorf

From The Editor New Year, New Look Saskatchewan is ready to go. Each sport has their athletes identified and prepared. We meet some of the athletes and learn more about the teams this month.

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In addition we have our regular features, and learn more about today’s face of the Regina Pats, Garrett Mitchell. Brooklyn Lemon and her curling team are representing the country at the Universiade in Turkey, and we talked to the team about their journey.

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Many people make a New Year’s resolution that involves health and lifestyle. At Adrenaline, we have started the new year with a new look. We have the same content on our pages, but in an easy-to-read, flowing style. Be sure to let us know what you think! This month, we are focused on the Canada Winter Games. This is a major stepping stone in an athlete’s career, and Team

We hope this year is full of Adrenaline for everyone, and we look forward to an active 2011. Cheer hard,

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FEATURE

Familiar Ice By: Julie Folk

Garrett Mitchell added a “C” to his jersey this year. It’s a role that is quite familiar for the 19-year-old captain of the Regina Pats. In fact, familiarity is common for Mitchell at this point.

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e is playing hockey in the same city he has his entire life. He’s the captain, as he has been on teams many times before. And he plays for the same WHL team he has for the past four seasons, since he played six games with the Pats as a 15-year-old. So when it comes to putting a face to the Regina Pats, Mitchell’s comes into focus for most fans. “I think being a local kid, you go somewhere and people know who you are,” said Mitchell. “There is that extra pressure, that extra spotlight on you. But at the same time, it’s always good. It’s kind of fun to read about yourself in the newspaper – what are they going to say? I just have fun with it.” And having that spotlight as a captain? “I think I’ve always tried to be a leader in whatever I’ve done,” said Mitchell. “I think it’s just part of who I am. I like that pressure. I think it’s a good pressure, being a leader and having people aspire to be like you. It hasn’t changed me much. I just try to be myself; I think when people get into trouble is when they try to change who they are because there’s a letter on the jersey.” With all that being said, Mitchell has no problem adjusting to situations that maybe aren’t as familiar – such as playing with the Under-18 Team Canada in Slovakia, or finding himself in a dressing room with Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

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Mitchell was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 2009 NHL Draft. He watched the first few rounds of the draft on television in his basement, and then he received a text from Brayden Schenn saying, “Congratulations.” Mitchell replied, “For what?” A few seconds later he received a call from his agent, and the well wishes started coming in. He went to Washington for a summer camp consisting primarily of junior players, and then he attended the 2009 and 2010 Washington Capitals training camps. “That was probably the biggest eyeopener for me,” said Mitchell of his first experience with the NHL team. “You watch these guys on the highlights every night, and then all of a sudden you’re putting on your equipment in the same dressing room and talking to them – it’s kind of a surreal experience. The first time I got on the ice, I didn’t want to

screw up. I remember I was on a twoon-one with Alex Semin, and he gave me the puck like he wanted me to shoot. I gave it right back to him because I didn’t want to offend him or anything! This year, going back, I felt a lot more comfortable... A guy like Ovechkin comes up to you and gives you a slap on the back – that’s pretty cool; not a lot of people can say that’s happened to them.” Mitchell recently watched HBO’s “24/7: Penguins and Capitals Road to the Winter Classic,” as did many fans of hockey and the NHL. He said everything viewers saw on the show was just as the players, the team, and the facility really is. Mitchell’s future is, primarily, up to the Capitals. By June, they will either offer him a contract, or he will re-enter the


NHL draft. He is also still eligible to play one more season with the Pats as a 20-year-old.

is like playing in the latter stages of a hockey career by watching players such as Brian Helmer.

“The only thing I can really control is the way that I play,” said Mitchell. “Obviously (Washington) wants me to play like I can – that’s why they drafted me. So I’ve just got to keep working hard, and if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”

When asked about the pros and cons of playing for his hometown team, Mitchell’s answer was the same for each question – living at home. But in his taste of independence, he realized there are a few things he’s lucky to have at home.

Curtis Hunt coached Mitchell when he first played with the Pats at the age of 15. Hunt also coached Mitchell for the 2009/2010 season and then for a third season this year. Hunt saw Mitchell’s potential at an early age and has seen him grow into a leader.

“There’s a couple of things you’re not used to doing on your own,” said Mitchell. “We had to go to a Laundromat to do our laundry, and I had to call my mom and say, ‘Mom, I don’t know how much laundry soap to put in!’ I had never done my laundry before. But it was an awesome experience. It’s a different atmosphere and obviously a step up and a bit of a change.”

“We believed he’d be drafted from the time we saw him play at 15, with his speed and his work ethic,” said Hunt. “He’s a fearless player and selfless player.... He’ll block shots, and he’s one of our better penalty killers that way. He’ll go into the corners and the tough areas of the ice.” After finishing out of the playoffs last year with the Pats, Mitchell had the opportunity to spend a month in Hershey, Pennsylvania, practicing and playing one game with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. He said the experience taught him a lot – from living on his own (he and Swift Current Broncos player Cody Eakin were roommates in a hotel), to what it

Hershey went on to win the Calder Cup for the second year in a row. Mitchell, meanwhile, is back at home with the Pats this season, hungry for a playoff spot. Despite trade rumours over the couple of months before the January 10th deadline, Mitchell was adamant on just continuing to play the game of hockey. With a few trades and revamping of the team, he has a lot of hope for the Pats this season and in years to come. From his experiences at various levels, he’s also been able to look back to where he started.

“I remember growing up, I was always one of the kids that stood at the side of the Pats’ bench,” said Mitchell, who looked up to players like Garth Murray and Rick Rypien. “I understand where those kids are coming from, so I like taking that extra time to say hi to them or to give them a puck.” Mitchell’s understanding of the game bodes well for his future. “I believe he’ll have an opportunity to sign (with Washington),” said Hunt. “It’s great for him, but not so much for us, as Washington typically keeps their 20-year-olds in the American League... I believe if he just stays the course and continues his work ethic, continues to fine tune the little areas of his game, he’s going to have an opportunity to play at the National League level because he can skate, he can think the game at a high speed, he is certainly selfless, and the leadership part gives him a great chance.” Mitchell’s hockey career has grown from cheering on the Pats to minor hockey, a season with the Regina Pat Canadians, and then onto playing with the Pats. While with them, he scored his first goal in the WHL, was drafted to the Washington Capitals, and played with Canada in the Under-18 World Championships in Slovakia and then North Dakota. He’s now looking forward to future experiences as he continues in the sport - with the Pats and beyond.

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FEATURE

Rocking in Turkey When Brooklyn Lemon and her teammates joined forces, they just wanted to have fun in Edmonton at the Canadian University Curling Championships. Not only did they have a good time, but they booked themselves on a trip to Erzurum, Turkey, to participate as Team Canada in the 2011 Winter Universiade from January 27th to February 6th.

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e didn’t know what the calibre of curling was going to be at the university level,” said skip Lemon, who, with her teammates, participated in the Canadian University Curling Championships in March of 2010. “We knew it was going to be tough, but we didn’t really expect we’d end up going to Turkey from it.” Competing for the University of Regina, Lemon and her team extended the final with St. Mary’s University.

“Brooklyn had to draw to the pin, full button, in an extra end for the win,” said Nicole Lang, the team’s lead. The University of Regina team, now representing all Canadian universities, includes Lemon, Lang, third Chelsey Peterson, second Ashley Green, and alternate Sarah Watamanuk. The five curlers all come from very different backgrounds; Lemon from Maryfield, Saskatchewan; Peterson from Estevan; Watamaunk from Crane Valley, Saskatchewan; Lang the one Regina-raised member of the team; and Green from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. What they had in common was an extensive background in curling, and they were all attending the University of Regina last year. Lemon, Lang, and Peterson had curled together on a junior curling team, and then they saw a posting at the university for teams to enter into playdowns for the Canadian University Curling Championships.

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They picked up Green, who they had curled against previously, and Watamanuk as an alternate, and began preparing to go to Edmonton together. “We didn’t curl together much, but we just clicked off the bat,” said Lemon. “It just worked.” There aren’t any leagues or organized curling at the university level. Teams are invited to enter into competition and play off against one another as well as a team representing the University of Saskatchewan to earn the right to represent the province at the national

competition. Recreation Services at the University of Regina helped in providing funding for the team to travel to Edmonton and provided support throughout the season for the team to practice and prepare. The majority of the team is still attending classes at the University of Regina; however there was an interesting challenge in that Green convocated last spring and is working in the Northwest Territories. She flew down to compete with the team in various Saskatchewan Women’s Curling events throughout this season.


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Y’ER WELCOME

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he silence; it was deafening. The President and CEO went to Mexico to catch his breath. The vice president of football operations went under the knife to fix his wonky knees. The general manager made up his list. The quarterback coach grew weary of waiting, and took a job as offensive co-ordinator with the Edmonton Eskimos. The Saskatchewan Roughriders have been in three of the last four Grey Cups, winning one of them. In that time, they have finished first once in the Western Division. They sell out virtually every home game they play and attract big crowds wherever they go to play. They make more money on the marketing side than any other team in the Canadian Football League ever has. They just came off a season in which they celebrated their 100th year, and it couldn’t have gone any better. They are the envy of the Canadian Football League. You would have thought that when Ken Miller closed the door on his coaching career in early December, not long after a second straight loss in the Grey Cup, there would have been a lineup of highly qualified people to coach the Riders, and that the toughest decision facing Taman and Miller and Hopson and whoever else gets their five cents worth would be deciding on who to pick as the new coach. It turned out to be anything but. And nobody could figure out why the Riders didn’t have all their cards in place long before the season ended. After all, they knew – had to know – that 2010 would be the last year Miller would be the head coach. At 69, his time had come. Twice, his team had made it to the Grey Cup, only to lose both times because of what clearly were coaching deficiencies. The first loss came because they couldn’t hold a 16-point lead, and then couldn’t count. The second Cup loss came because their offensive and special teams were woefully under-coached. At the end of the day, the buck stops at the head coach’s doorstep. It’s the nature of the beast. After both those Grey Cup games, they said the Alouettes were the best team in the CFL. Yet, in both those games, the Riders could have beaten them, if only . . . But that was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone. After weeks and weeks of interviewing, the Riders hired Greg Marshall, a journeyman assistant coach, as their new head coach; mostly, it was said, because he gave the best interview. He should

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have given the best interview. The guy has been interviewed eight times for head coaching jobs in the CFL over the years, but always ended up back as a defensive coach with somebody. Once Marshall was in place, many thought it would take him a week or so to get his assistant coaches in place. Not so. It dragged on and on. Old, familiar names like Richie Hall and Steve Buratto kept surfacing through the frozen January snowfalls. Jim Daley and Nelson Martin were told they were no longer wanted. And on and on it went. The thing is, you figured this should have been a smooth transition; almost a seamless one. But, at times, it seemed awkward, almost without a real purpose or plan. The most telling comment came when Miller was asked about the hiring of Buratto, a long time CFL coach with great credentials. Miller as much as said that he figured Buratto would be hired, he just didn’t know what area he would be coaching. In some ways, this has turned into an off-season unlike any of the last four, or at least since the Riders were reborn under Austin and Tillman. Those were always easy transitions. But, this winter there have been bumps on the road to another Grey Cup appearance. Nobody knows what kind of a head coach Marshall will be, if only because he’s never been one at this level. He does have an exceptional background of successes as a defensive coach, but so did Jim Eddy. And his assistant coaching roster, in the main, seems like a who’s who of past CFL coaching journeymen. The thing is, the Riders have had so much success lately that nothing shy of success is acceptable. It’s a tough act to follow, and the pieces all have to be in place for it to happen.

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By Kiley Bourns

It’s February....New Year’s resolutions have been forgotten, achieved, challenged or... never even considered. Each year many of us make and break our resolutions, falling back into old patterns of comfort before the end of January even arrives. In fact, 51 percent of us who make January 1st resolutions believe we will succeed, while in reality less than 12 percent actually do. New Year’s resolutions are often focused around a personal drive to be greater than we presently are. Resolutions around weight loss, improved health, decreased stress, freedom from addictions or personal and professional development are standard. As humans, we have a common goal. We are driven away from suffering, towards something better – HAPPINESS. Once our basic needs have been met, this wish for happiness lies at the cores of our beings and fuels ambitions to accomplish our goals. So why is it still so difficult to keep our New Year’s resolutions? Resolutions have a start and end point, suggesting only “if and when” we reach these goals, we will be successful. Any deviation from the ultimate plan can be perceived as a failure, resulting in disappointment and perhaps letting go of the pursuit. Each time we fail at something we lose confidence in our ability to succeed at a later time. All too often we get caught up in the future and the past and do not give ourselves credit for our current accomplishments. Changing habits and behaviours it is a process, an evolution. Evolution lasts a lifetime.

How do we know if we are evolving? A good question to ask ourselves is, “Am I happier and more satisfied with my life than I was a year ago?” If the answer is “Yes” then you are likely on the path of personal evolution. If the answer is “No,” perhaps a few more good questions are needed to uncover what might be keep you from evolving: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, how would you rate your quality of life right now? Using the same scale, how high will that number rise in your lifetime? If you had all the answers to your problems, how long would it take you to solve them? What is probably not possible to achieve in your lifetime that you wish you could? What is a dream or goal you have given up on? What goal or part of your life have you put on the back burner because the time isn’t right? Is there a part of you waiting for the right person or opportunity to catalyze it? If you had no FEAR, could never FAIL and all the FAITH in the universe, what would you do with it that you aren’t doing today?

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2011 CANADA WINTER GAMES FEATURE

Headed to Halifax By: Adrenaline Staff

The Canada Winter Games are an important step in the journey of an athlete on a high performance level of competition. Many athletes travel the road of athletic development in Saskatchewan and make a stop on the Winter Games team. Patrick Marleau played on the Saskatchewan men’s hockey team, Colleen Sostorics on the women’s hockey team, and Catriona Le May Doan was with the long track speed skating team. All have gone on to successful sporting careers. The 2011 Canada Winter Games take place in Halifax from February 11th to February 27th. Saskatchewan will be well represented in each of the sports taking place in the first and second week of competition. Lorne Lasuita is the Chef de Mission for Team Saskatchewan. For the past four years, he has been at the helm of this event with executive director of the Saskatchewan Games Council Susan Schneider, helping to form the team of 310 athletes and staff in addition to providing all of the services so that the teams can focus on competing. “The Games, to me, are the flagship (of athlete development),” said Lasuita. “I think they are the model to be able to identify, and especially from our point of view, assess and evaluate our team based on this level of competition and going further down the road.” The Saskatchewan Games Council helps facilitate teams’ preparations for the Games. The majority of sports begin a process of athlete development a few years before the Games.

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Each sport creates a four-year planning cycle, which begins with a larger group of athletes that train and develop, of whom teams are later formed closer to the actual date of competition – often one or two months in advance. The Canada Games Council provides technical packages to dictate team sizes and the eligibility of athletes. Each sport has a different age requirement depending on what age in that particular sport athletes reach their peak.

athlete will need, from the sports venues to food services to medical services and entertainment, will all be in walking distance. “This is pretty close to being as good as it was in Regina,” laughed Lasuita, who was part of the 2005 Canada Games staff when the Summer Games were held in Regina.

Lasuita has an experienced background in various Canada Games, and is happy to see a few additions to these Games in Halifax. “There are some exciting things happening,” said Lasuita. “A program has been initiated which allows us to take two female apprentice coaches and two aboriginal apprentice coaches... The other unique thing is these Games, for the first time, are including para events – para-alpine and para-nordic are included, which means we have the opportunity to take para-athletes who again might advance to a higher level of competition. We are pleased with that. Also figure skating is the sole discipline that has Special Olympics.” Saskatchewan typically places between fifth and seventh overall among the provinces at the Games. That being said, there have certainly been strong finishes by athletes and teams in the past, and they are looking for these positive results this year. What has been encouraging to see is that teams are made up of athletes throughout the province, showing a strong development throughout all regions. Also unique for the 2011 Games is the accommodations. Instead of staying in an athletes village, as would typically be the case, athletes will be staying in four major hotels in downtown Halifax. Everything an

While the Saskatchewan Games Council and the mission staff assigned to each Saskatchewan sport team will provide all of the non-competitive needs of the team, from flight transportation to registration and special requests by the athletes, the teams will be focused on goals and medal hopes. We at Adrenaline are excited to bring you more information on the many teams in the pages of this issue. We hope you get to know the athletes better and continue to watch their successes. Be sure to follow the teams and athletes at www.adrenalinereginasports.com


Alpine Roster Matt Dean – Regina Taylor Hahn – Fort Qu’Appelle Sarah Jones – Speers Ty Leger – Aberdeen Carmen Malinoski – Melville Matt Mario – Regina Warren Montgomery – Wapella Kurt Oatway – Saskatoon Evan Rezansof – Saskatoon Martin Steyn – Prince Albert Lauren Thompson – Prince Albert Morgan Waldo – Moose Jaw Coaches/Managers Wendy Lumby – Head Coach Gord Poulton – Coach (Para-Alpine) Gord Thompson – Manager (Alpine) Mark Dean – Manager (Para-Alpine) Dwight Bergstrom – Wax Technician Lionel Oatway – Athlete Assistant

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The Alpine Ski Team was selected at the end of December, but preparations have been ongoing since the spring of 2010, when over 20 athletes submitted their applications to compete for one of ten spots available. Athletes participated in a fitness testing camp, an intensive training program, and camps in Canada and the U.S. Two days of time trials were held at Panorama, B.C. on December 27th and 28th, where athletes with the best times in the slalom run and Giant Slalom run were selected to the team.   Saskatchewan will be fielding several strong contenders in addition to a few possible dark horses.   Morgan Waldo was looking forward to success in the 2009/2010 season when she

Archery The Saskatchewan Archery Team headed to the Canada Winter Games Saskatchewan has drawn athletes from all over the province. The group has been training for the Halifax Games for over three years. The selection process began with 110 athletes. In addition to individual training, athletes have attended high performance camps every third month. The four competing athletes were chosen last month. Focused on the Games, they are looking forward to the experience.

There is a female and male athlete in each of the two styles, compound and recurve, which are two types of bows used in modern archery. Jenah Smith, Michael Kupchanko, and Kayla Fawcett are all making their second trips to the Games, having competed in 2007. Smith won a bronze medal that year at the Games.

broke a leg. After recovering, training, and rebuilding, she is back on the snow, focused and determined. Matt Mario has been training in Alberta and B.C. for the last few seasons and has been steadily improving in his results on the FIS race circuit. Matthew Dean is competing in the paraalpine event. After suffering an injury in a motorcycle accident in May of 2007, Clayton Gerein introduced the athlete to a sitski. Since that time, Gord Poulton has been coaching Dean to a competitive level. Saskatchewan’s alpine ski team finished fifth at the 2007 games, which was a remarkable placing and a goal for this year as well.

Roster Male Compound Michael Kupchanko - Regina Recurve Conner Sorely - Saskatoon Female Compound Jenah Smith - Prince Albert Recurve Kayla Fawcett - Melville Coaches/Managers Ken Chipley - Head Coach Juanita Fawcett - Manager

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Artistic Gymnastics athletes. There were 88 female and 27 male athletes interested in the team; by December of 2010, the teams were narrowed down to 12 men and women; two competitions were held to choose the final seven athletes.

Roster Female Courteney Biever - Regina Madison Brannen - Saskatoon Breanna Franklin - Regina Karisa Groff - Regina Monica Ouelette - Saskatoon Danielle Reed - Regina Charlie Wright - Saskatoon Male Keith Boyle - Saskatoon Joel Gagnon - Regina Curtis Graves - Saskatoon Teague King - Saskatoon Tyler Montgomery - Saskatoon Tanner Samwald - Regina Wyatt Tyndall - Saskatoon Coaches/Managers Chris Baraniuk - Coach (Women’s) Jessica Fritshaw - Coach (Women’s) Welsey Chirimia - Coach (Men’s) Mark Kurmey - Coach (Men’s) Natasha Sirenko - (Women in Coaching)

Photo of Danielle Reed Photo by Gord Mellor

Gymnastics Saskatchewan athletes have performed well at recent national events leading up to the 2011 Canada Winter Games. The national artistic gymnastics competition includes females born between the years of 1992 and 1998, and males born between the years of 1993 and 1998. In 2008, Gymnastics Saskatchewan hired two part-time Canada Winter Games coaches. Jessica Fritshaw and Mark Kurmey were hired to oversee the athletes’ development. They have worked with club coaches to prepare the athletes. Preparation began in the fall of 2008, at an identification camp for all age-eligible

All athletes will compete in the Team Final on Day 1 of the Games competition. The male athletes will compete in floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, and high bar. The women will compete in vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise. Team scores are made up of the four best scores on each apparatus. The top 36 athletes all around individually move on to Day 2, while the top 8 individuals on each apparatus compete in the finals. At the end of competition, there will be two team medals, two all around medals, and ten apparatus medals are awarded. The athletes have the potential to represent Saskatchewan on future national teams. Almost all of the athletes attending the Canada Winter Games also competed in the 2010 Canadian Gymnastics Championships. Curtis Graves won the gold medal on Men’s High Bar; Madison Brannen, the gold medal on Women’s Floor; Karisa Groff, the bronze medal on Balance Beam; Tanner Samwald, the bronze medal on Men’s Vault; and the Men’s Youth Team took the bronze medal. They are looking forward to continued success at the Canada Games.

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Biathlon Roster Female Rebecca Bend - Regina Natasha Boyes - La Ronge Brynn Hartley - Livelong Kayla Hartley - Livelong Male Evan Bonk - Regina Matthew Hudec - N. Battleford Patrick Hudec - N. Battleford Devon Sylvester - N. Battleford Coaches/Managers Doug Sylvester - Head Coach Jacqueline Akerman - Coach Vanessa Bonk - Manager Annik Levesque - Wax Tech

Biathlon is a sport of opposites. It requires a person to cross-country ski 15 km like a rabbit with a heartrate of 180 to 200 beats per minute, and then suddenly turn to stone to shoot at metal targets the size of a loonie. Accuracy is extremely important as missing the target means extra penalty loops. Training at the higher level, as the athletes competing in the Canada Winter Games are, requires eight to ten sessions every week, including workouts on snow and in the weight room, in addition to practice with the rifle. Patrick Hudec, competing at the Canada Winter Games in biathlon and a student at the University of Saskatchewan, describes the sport: “Biathlon is so challenging that it helps make everyday life situations a lot easier - if you can do this sport you can do anything.”

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Badminton Roster Male Dylan Grane - Regina Jon Harack – Saskatoon Sean Lamb – Regina Taylor Moar – Canwood Henry Pan – Saskatoon Female Tracy Fehr – Rosthern Elisa Lamb – Regina Alana Nelson – Trossachs Jenna Shirley – Saskatoon Alison Tomiyama – Saskatoon Coaches/Managers Frank Gaudet - Head Coach Tomoko Lamb - Manager

The Saskatchewan badminton team is looking to compete well at the 2011 Canada Games. They have high hopes for their team, led by Henry Pan, the 2010 under-16 badminton national champion.

The badminton team will compete in the following competitions: male single, female single, male doubles, female doubles, and mixed team.

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Boxing Roster Zach Campbell - Regina Drew Cogger - Lumsden Neil Gohrke - Gravelbourg Ryen Gohrke - Gravelbourg Marco Muller - Regina Brody Pigeon - Regina Coaches/Managers Frank Fiacco - Coach Morgan Williams - Coach Ross Anderson - Manager Saskatchewan has a young boxing team, but as head coach Frank Fiacco said, they have the drive to succeed at the Canada Winter Games, and that can make a huge difference in competition. The boxers come from clubs throughout the province, but have come together in preparation, attending training camps in Alberta and Nova Scotia. They are also working hard

on preparing for the games experience, in ways such as learning how to choose proper nutrition and coming together as a team. Marco Muller in the 69 kg division and Brody Pigeon in the 49 kg division each have plenty of experience at the national level of competition and are going for gold this year. Ryen and Neil Gohrke, twins from Gravelbourg competing in the 75 kg and 81 kg divisions respectively, have a wrestling background so they

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Games. Selections for the Saskatchewan team headed to Halifax were determined through four races held in La Ronge in late December. There were 22 skiers vying for places on the 13-member team.

Saskatchewan’s cross country ski team is excited about a change in format this year. For the first time in Canada Winter Games history, Para Nordic skiers (athletes with disabilities) will be competing in the event. This year, there will be ten able-bodied skiers and three Para Nordic skiers participating in the Canada Winter

In Halifax, able-bodied athletes (aged 14 to 22) will compete in four races over six days while Para Nordic athletes (aged 17 to 30) will compete in three races over six days. The team has goals of medaling in Para Nordic events and finish in the top 30 in the able-bodied events.

understand what a national competition is all about. Drew Cogger also has a sporting background, as his high school team won the provincial championships. He’ll be boxing in the 64 kg division while Zach Campbell is in the 60 kg division. Campbell did well at junior nationals last year and he’ll bring that experience with him to the Canada Games.

Photo of Marco Muller and Zach Campbell

Roster Male Andrew Brisbin - Saskatoon Colin Fraser - Saskatoon Scott Fraser - Saskatoon Nelson Martell - Saskatoon Ragnar Robinson - La Ronge Female Sarah Champagne - Saskatoon Alana Closs - Shellbrook Adrienne Dunbar - Saskatoon Haley Robinson - La Ronge Emma Smallwood - La Ronge Para Nordic Andrew Benning - Humboldt Chad Layton - Saskaoton Kelsi Paul - Saskatoon Coaches/Managers Kevin Robinson - Head Coach Alison Meinert - Coach Jeff Whiting - Coach (Para Nordic) Nathan Sedgewick - Manager Barret Dunbar - Wax Tech Karen Layton - Athlete Asst.

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Curling Women‘s Roster Skip - Rae-Ann Williamson Third - Callan Hamon Second - Amanda Kuzyk Lead - Katherine Michaluk Coaches/Managers Wayne Michaluk - Coach Carol Ferris - Women in Coaching

Skip Rae-Ann Williamson and her Regina team began their journey to the Canada Games eight months ago when they won the silver medal at the Saskatchewan Winter Games in Moose Jaw. This led to an opportunity through the Saskatchewan Curling Association to participate in a high performance program.

The Winter Games Trials for the Saskatchewan team took place in Saskatoon in December of 2010. There, the Williamson team won the berth to represent Saskatchewan in Halifax. Photo L-R: Williamson, Hamon, Kuzyk, Katherine Michaluk, Wayne Michaluk

Men‘s Roster Skip - Brady Scharback Third - Quinn Hersikorn Second - Jacob Hersikorn Lead - Brady Kendel Coaches/Managers Dwayne Yachiw - Coach

Brady Scharback’s team came together three seasons ago as a foursome competing towards the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Since that time, the curlers have had multiple successes. In the 2009-2010 season, they were the Under 17 Super League Champions, won a silver medal at the 2010 Saskatchewan Winter Games, qualified for the Under-20 Junior Provincials, took third place at the Ramada Juvenile Provincials, and were the silver medalists at the Optimist U18 International Tournament. Through qualifying at the Winter Games Trials in Saskatoon, the team became Team Saskatchewan for the men’s curling competition at the Canada Winter Games.

Photo L-R: Scharback, Quinn Hersikorn, Jacob Hersikorn, Kendel, Yachiw

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Figure Skating Roster Jace Adamson - Makawa Lindsay Ast - Regina Wyatt Cowell - Star City Jaden Duong - Regina Justin Duong - Regina Shelby Hall - Frobisher Tara Hancherow - Tisdale Rhys Jones - Ottawa Justin Kascmar - Esterhazy Jocelyn LeBlanc - Tisdale Shaelyn Olafson - Moosomin Victoria Sarty - Regina Jenelle Thomas - Saskatoon Elisa Von Holwede - Spiritwood Coaches/Managers David Czerniak - AWAD Coach Susan Nagy - Coach Beverly Pangracs - Coach Sylvie Wandzura - Manager

The Skate Canada-Saskatchewan team heading to Halifax consists of 14 skaters ranging in age from 13 to 18 years old, competing in categories of Pre-Novice, Novice and Special Olympics. The team was selected in the fall of 2010 after almost a year of evaluating skaters based on their training, competition results, and commitment. Almost all of the skaters selected for the Canada Winter Games team have been on the Provincial High Performance Figure Skating Team for the past few years. The program was started in 2008 to put a much higher focus on helping the athletes improve their skills and competition standings nationally. After two years of having the program in place, younger skaters are skating at a higher level than ever in recent years.  The team is looking to leave the Canada Winter Games with a few medals. To watch is Wyatt Cowell and Jocelyn LeBlanc, who began skating as a pair in August of 2010. In a short time together in the competitive world, they have been very successful and look forward to the Canada Winter Games competition.

Photo of Wyatt Cowell and Jocelyn LeBlanc

Freestyle Skiing Freestyle skiing means moguls, aerials, dual moguls, and half-pipe. This is only the third time freestyle skiing has been part of the Canada Winter Games, and Saskatchewan has four athletes looking forward to the competition. Five athletes worked towards the four positions on the team; the final selection took place after a provincial level competition in Alberta on January 22nd and 23rd. Preparation for the Canada Winter Games includes year-round training for the athletes. Summer means personal training, group training camps, fitness testing, and water ramps in Red Deer for aerials training.

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In the winter, every weekend included time on the snow, whether at the home hill of Table Mountain or out west at Canada Olympic Park or Sunshine Village. While Saskatchewan is sending a supportive freestyle skiing team to the Canada Winter Games, the skiers often end up competing against each other, in particular in the dual moguls event. Each athlete has their own goals in each discipline, with the team looking to finish in the top 15.

Roster Liam Bundschuh - Saskatoon Aiden Merryweather - Lloydminster Nolan Merryweather - Lloydminster Matt Paslawski - Saskatoon Coaches/Managers Brian Gurney - Coach Nathan Bundshuh - Manager


Hockey The path to making the Canada Winter Games female hockey team began in February of 2010, when zone teams were made from the six areas of the province to compete at the Saskatchewan Winter Games in Moose Jaw. From there, the top 80 players were chosen to attend a five-day summer camp at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, SK. The players were put through fitness testing and several on ice sessions and scrimmages. The number was then whittled down to 30 players, who competed in the Mandi Schwartz Challenge in September of 2010. After two games and three practices, the players were then scouted through play with their club teams for the first two months of

the season. From there, the 20-player roster was selected. The team met again in November for an RBK Female Fun Day in Moose Jaw, the first time the official Team Saskatchewan came together. After one practice, the team took on Moose Jaw’s Bantam AA Boys; that weekend they also skated with and signed autographs for many young, aspiring female players. The team met again to practice and play from January 29th to 30th in Saskatoon while also attending the Team Saskatchewan Pep Rally with all other sports. The final departure camp takes place in Regina from February 16th to 18th before the team leaves for the second week of the Canada Winter Games, where they will go for gold.

Female Roster Forwards Paige Anakaer - Moose Jaw Emily Clark - Saskatoon Marley Ervine - Kindersley Jocelyn Froehlich - Moose Jaw Sara Greschner - Dodsland Olivia Howe - Moose Jaw Ellen Lind - Langham Brooklyn Moskowy - Regina Kennedy Ottenbreit - Grayson Jessica Sibley - Luseland Sarah Spence - Moose Jaw Taylor Woods - Wilcox Lauren Zary - Saskatoon Defence Alexis Larson - Weyburn Hanna McGillvray - Saskatoon Jocelyn Sabourin - Oxbow Brooke Wilgosh - Regina Cara Zubko - Preeceville Goaltenders Krista Funke - Regina Samantha Langford - Pense Coaches/Managers Blaine Stork - Head Coach Doug Folk - Asst. Coach Tegan Schroeder - Assistant Coach Barret Kropf - Assistant Director of Operations

Photos by Jocelyn of Biggar, SK

Male Roster Forwards Austin Calladine - Saskatoon Jarrett Fontaine - Humboldt Alex Forsberg - Waldheim Carter Hansen - Craven Craig Leverton - Debden Zac MacKay - Swift Current Tim McGauley - Wilcox Ty McLean - Redvers Cory Millette - Storthoaks Tyson Predinchuk - Regina Justin Spagrud - Gull Lake Jordan Tkatch - Prud’homme Defence Kayle Doetzel - Rosetown Tanner Faith - Wilcox Colby Harmsworth - Saskatoon Tyler King-Cunningham Pilot Butte Branden Scheidl - Saskatoon Colby Williams - Regina

Goaltenders Brett Lewchuk - Saskatoon Daniel Wapple - Saskatoon Coaches/Managers Ed Zawatsky - Head Coach Mike Dumelie - Assistant Coach Shaun Priel - Assistant Coach

The Saskatchewan Male Under-16 Hockey Team was selected through the Sask First Program of Excellence. The process began in February of 2010, when the players competed with their zone teams at the Sask First Zone tournament. The top 40 selected players then attended a summer camp at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, and from there the team was reduced to 34 players who competed in a November camp in Regina. The final 20 roster players were then selected to make up Team Saskatchewan. The 20 players represent 15 communities across Saskatchewan, a unique feature that shows a high level of development in many areas throughout the province. The team meets again for four days before departing for Halifax for the Games.

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Judo Roster Jesse Caron - Fillmore Nicole Dyck - Young Gaelan Morrison - Saskatoon Alex Poliakiwski - Vermillion Sydney Poliakiwski - Vermillion Emily Schaan - Young Warren Seib - Young Kenadee Thompson - Regina Haley Walz - Moose Jaw Andrew Yuen - Regina Coaches/Managers Ewan Beaton - Head Coach Kate Schneider - Coach T.V. Taylor - Manager The Saskatchewan Judo team attending the 2011 Canada Winter Games is a young team with a lot of talent. Every athlete on the team has done well on the national stage and is looking forward to the challenge of the Canada Games Competition. A couple of the athletes to watch: Alex Poliakiwski captured the Under-17 52 kg weight division at the 2010 Youth National Championships. She has progressed as an athlete in the last two years, winning many of the major competitions in Canada. Her older sister Jordan Poliakiwski won a gold medal at the 2007 Canada Winter Games, and Alex is looking to continue on her family’s success. Alex is one of four Poliakiwski sisters who participate in the sport at the Lloydminster Judo Club and are coached by former Senior National Heavyweight Champion Dean McGarry. Alex balances judo with playing elite level junior hockey. Emily Schaan of the Watrous

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Judo Club lost the finals of the U17 63 kg national championships in a close overtime match to Catherine Pinard-Beauchmine from Quebec. Schaan also began wrestling in 2010, and won provincial championships, national championships, and the Pan-American Championships; often winning with a judo shoulder throw. Schaan has excelled at the inter-provincial, national, and international level, winning competitions in Canada and in France. This will be her first year competing in the U20 division at the Canada Winter Games.


mission staff Lorne Lasuita Chef de Mission Michelle Dezell - Asst. Chef de Mission Susan Schneider - Team Operations Manager Briana Bolduc Communications Ross Lynd - Govt of SK; Gymnastics; Alpine Julie Brandt - Medical Liason; Squash; Snowboarding Lisa Benz - Sport Science Consultant Jan Hanson - Office Mgr Andrea Muir - Wheelchair Basketball; Table Tennis

Ringette The Canada Winter Games Ringette program began three years ago when Marcel Garnier was selected as the head coach. About 60 athletes attended the first three tryout camps; the roster was then reduced to 34 athletes, and after additional camps, 26 athletes were chosen in May of 2010 to attend a mini tournament and national camp held by Ringette Canada at Carlton University in Ottawa. There, the Saskatchewan athletes were divided into two teams; the event included mental training, fitness testing, team building, exercises, practices, and ringette games. After the camp, the roster was reduced to 19 athletes. In August of 2010 the athletes came together for a team building event at Waskesiu Lake, which included fitness testing, team building exercises, and time on the lake canoeing. The team later participated in CWG tournaments in Calgary and Regina. From there, the final roster of 16 players was determined. The team has been practicing hard for the upcoming Winter Games, and has also played exhibition games against the Saskatoon Wild of the National Ringette League for preparation. In addition, athletes have also been focused on their club team play; they play on either the Saskatoon Wild or the U19AA Regina Bandits.

Roster Forwards Ashley Cassano - Regina Amanda Dacey - Regina Kailee Karchewski - Regina Courtney Kelly - Regina Jordan Kelmpp - Saskatoon Ashtyn Livingstone - Saskatoon Alysha McEachern - Regina Karlee Rhodes - Regina Stephanie Zimmer - Regina Defence Amanda Andercheck - Saskatoon Madison Dedekker - Regina Alicia Seitz - Regina Brianne Uhryn - Saskatoon Brittany Walker - Saskatoon Goaltenders Carmen Agar - Emerald Park Kaitlyn Juba - Regina Coaches/Managers Marcel Garnier - Coach Darrell Leibrecht - Coach Jill Reynolds - Coach

Darrell Baker - Biathlon; Curling (M) Travis Laycock - Boxing Larry Lafrentz - Ringette; Badminton Della Roupp - Curling (F) Daniel Langman - Archery Rory Park - Freestyle Skiing; Judo Scott Frizzell - Hockey (M) Kelsie Graham - Hockey (F) Meta Woods - Target Shooting; Synchronized Swimming Anne Weisgerber - Long Track Speed Skating; Figure Skating Rod Schmidt - Short Track Speed Skating; Cross Country Skiing

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YGET TO KNOW

Kali Christ Above: Kali Christ. Right: Keegan Christ leads the pack. Photos by Arno Hoogveld When Kali Christ began fighting the winds at the Mount Pleasant Oval over ten years ago, she never imagined herself gliding along the international scene. Now the 19-year-old speed skater is fitted into a Team Canada skin suit, and has set her goals high for the future. A member of the Regina Speed Skating Club, Christ now trains in Calgary with the Oval Program. In 2010, she finished in 17th place at the World Junior Championship in Moscow, and at the Junior World Cup Final in Berlin she finished 14th in the 3,000 m, 7th in the 1,500 m, and third in the team pursuit. At the Junior World Cup in Calgary she won the 1,500 m, was third in the 500 m and the 3,000 m, setting the Saskatchewan junior women’s provincial record. Christ skated at the Junior World Trials late in January, and will either compete at the Canada Winter Games or the Junior World Championship in February. Adrenaline Regina Sports: From speed skating in Regina to international events in Europe; is this the path you had always set for yourself? KC: When I started, I wasn’t thinking too far ahead. Then I made the Canada Games team in 2007, and that kind of set my path;

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I came out with a silver medal in the 1,500 m and a gold medal in the team pursuit. I decided that I wanted to move out to Calgary to train. The international scene is very different. I’ve done North American Championships before, but when I got to Berlin, I was very nervous trying to settle in. I was like, wow, I’m racing against people my age from all over the world. It was the first time I travelled outside of North America for skating. It was all being paid for and in my mind, I felt there was a lot expected from me. After the first race, it went pretty well. ARS: Is it exciting to represent Canada? KC: Very. I never thought I’d be able to have a Canada skin suit of my own. I keep it; it’s mine. I can train in it, race in it whenever I want now. It’s pretty cool. ARS: Have you had a defining moment? KC: There have been a lot of races like that. The most recent one was in Quebec at Canada Cup 1 at the beginning of December; it was an open event, so all ages were competing. One of the girls racing in a pair ahead of me had actually broken the track record. I started my race and thought, ‘This is a 1,500 m, it’s my distance, and I

just want to go and give everything I’ve got.’ After I came around the opening lap, I could hear the announcer; he was so enthusiastic, yelling that it was the fastest opener so far. I heard that and said, “OK, I’m going to go for it.” Every time I came around after that I kept hearing I was still in the lead and going for the track record. When I finished and broke the track record, it was like, wow. It was really cool. ARS: How did you begin speed skating? KC: My parents always wanted my brother Keegan (now 16) and I to learn how to skate, and then we had to do a winter sport. We were taking skating lessons, and my brother didn’t want to play hockey anymore. He saw the speed skating World Cup on TV and wanted to try it, so I said I would too. I would have been about 8 when I started; Keegan has kept skating and is on the Canada Games team, and my dad (Bill) skates and coaches as well. For a few years, I was skating within the province, and then one year I went to the Canadian Championship in Winnipeg. I ended up beating another girl from the Regina club who up to that point had been doing better than me. After that, everything started falling into place.


ARS: How has your base in Regina helped you? Saskatchewan seems to produce high quality speed skaters. KC: The outdoor surface in Regina is open, and because it’s Saskatchewan, it’s windy and cold all the time, which has actually helped me. I’m very powerful on my straightaways because of it; I’ve had a lot of people comment on that power, and it’s from fighting the wind and the cold. The Regina Club is wonderful. It’s really a team atmosphere and very friendly. ARS: What are your goals now, both short and long term? KC: For this season, my biggest goal is to try to make the National Development Team for the really good, hard, wonderful training next year. After that, a couple of years down the road, I’d like to be making World Cup circuits.

Speed Skating Roster Long Track Katie Babich - Saskatoon Ryan Bernhard - Calgary Kali Christ - Regina Ana Conly - Grasswood Hillary Fast - Saskatoon Axel Morin - Saskatoon Pieter Stoffel - Saskatoon Michael Wrubleski - Regina Coaches/Managers Sandra Nase - Head Coach Larry Fast - Manager Short Track Morgan Boutin - Saskatoon Keegan Christ - Regina Alex Horst - Regina Stephanie Kendall - Kelowna Taylor Leugner - Regina Michael Marsh - Saskatoon Lucas Morin - Saskatoon Jesse Slusar - Nipawin Katie Kokotailo Waterer - Saskatoon Madeleine Yager - Saskatoon Coaches/Managers Bryan McSorely - Head Coach Verna Kergan - Manager

Saskatchewan speed skaters are a tough bunch. Long track speed skaters brave the Saskatchewan temperatures all winter long, while short track speed skaters continue to dominate nationally as well. Whatever it is that creates our success, Saskatchewan speed skaters have found a lot of it. Saskatchewan has produced many Olympic athletes, including Lucas Makowsky, gold medalist in 2010, Justin Warsylewicz, silver medalist in 2006, and Catriona Le May Doan, a multiple Olympic medallist and world record holder. A stepping stone for these athletes is the Canada Winter Games. Regina will be well-represented, with four skaters and two alternates on the long and short track teams. With a record of success, the Long Term Athlete Development Program, which is promoted by Speed Skating Canada, has been incorporated into Saskatchewan speed skating’s practices and competitions. The program is internationally renowned and tailors training to the athletes’ stages of physical development.

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Squash Roster Male U-19 Chris Tunniclife - Regina U-17 Matthew Mutschler - Regina Benjamin Foreman - Saskatoon Thomas King - Regina Female U-19 Brooke Shmon - Saskatoon Rebecca Kohlruss - Saskatoon U-17 Neekha Patel - Regina Zoe Hanson - Regina Coaches/Managers Chris Martin - Coach Laurie-Ann Martin - Manager

The Saskatchewan Squash team is made up athletes from Regina and Saskatoon; each training with their respective clubs of either the Regina Junior Squash Program or the Bridge City Junior Squash Program. Chris Martin, the coach of the Saskatchewan Canada Games team, coaches the Regina club while Bob Wyma is the head coach of the Saskatoon program. Each coach has worked with their players over the past three years to develop them to compete at the Canada Games level. The Canada Winter Games requires each province to send a team of two males and two females under 19 years of age, and two males and two females under 17 years of age, as of February 19th, 2011. Provinces are ranked and athletes are separated into two pools, and will play at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Saskatchewan has had a few challenges over the past three years, including the loss of courts in Regina and the difficulty in fielding an elite girls team. Brooke Shmon of Saskatoon has come out of retirement to play for the Winter Games team this year. Both the male and female team are composed of athletes who excel in both squash and additional sports, and they look to compete well in Halifax.

Photo : Matthew Mutschler (left).

Synchronized Swimming Roster Andrea Bellerive - Regina Meagan Burbridge - Saskatoon Morgan Clifford - Saskatoon Kaelyn Drumm - Regina Cloie Janzen - Saskatoon Claire LeBlanc - Regina Koralee Lindquist - Regina Emma New - Regina Jamie Smith - Saskatoon Erin Tonita - Regina Coaches/Managers Tina Chernoff - Coach Tiffany Smith - Apprentice Coach Lesley Wright - Manager

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Synchro Saskatchewan is sending a team of the 10 best Saskatchewan synchronized swimmers to the 2011 Canada Winter Games. The athletes are competing in all the events, which include figures, solo, duet, and team. These athletes have been training together since June, working to perfect a “Hollywood Horror” themed team routine.

Members of this team hail from Saskatoon, Regina, and Yorkton and train together once or twice a month at training camps. The team is hopeful for medals in solo and duet, and is going for a top five finish in the team event.


Table Tennis Roster Female Alayna Chan - Saskatoon Vanja Golubovic - Regina Chuling Ye - Saskatoon Male Benjamin Chi - Regina Hong Jian Huang - Saskatoon Kavin Song - Saskatoon

Saskatchewan’s Table Tennis team for the 2011 Canada Winter Games was selected in November of 2010 and has been working hard to prepare for the Games.

Kavin Song

After a training camp in December, the team travelled to Montreal for a tournament on January 29th and 30th, and will then travel to Edmonton from February 5th to 6th as a warm up for Halifax.

Coaches/Managers Jiangang Guo - Head Coach Sylvia Chan - Manager

Snowboarding Roster Tyler Lightfoot North Battleford Craig McMorris - Regina Ryley Mitchell - Battleford Coaches/Managers Russell Davies - Coach Jen Dreger - Manager Brent Larwood - Wax Tech Snowboarding was first introduced to the Canada Games in 2007, and continues to grow and develop as a sport. Competitions will include halfpipe, parallel giant slalam, and snowboard cross. Saskatchewan looks to field a strong, competitive team, coached by Russell Davies, an experienced Saskatchewan snowboard coach.

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Target Shooting counts to an individual score, and once to the team of two score.

Roster Air Pistol Sasha Chester - Prince Albert Tasha Chester - Prince Albert Jeremy Gyoerick - Prince Albert Drew Nevland - Birch Hills

Shooting makes demands on the body’s aerobic energy system. The athlete must have good muscle tone and well developed fine motor skills, in addition to balance, flexibility, and mental preparedness.

Air Rifle Aerial Arthur - Saskatoon Mack Kohl - Montmarte Clayton Schlosser - Rivers West Cassandra Wilson-Anderson Naicam

In air pistol, shots are taken with a two pound pistol with one hand only. Saskatchewan’s air rifle team includes 2007’s gold medalist, Cassandra WilsonAnderson. After gruelling trials, the air rifle team competed in a warmup match at the 2011 Grand Prix in Toronto. They placed first in both the men’s and women’s team events and would like to take that success into the Canada Games.

Coaches/Managers Cory Niefer - Coach Lisa Borgerson - Manager

Saskatchewan’s target shooting team for the 2011 Canada Winter Games is made up of both the air rifle and air pistol aspects of competition. Each province will have two females and two males compete in pistol, and two females and two males compete in air rifle. Each athlete shoots twice – once

Photo : Cassandra Wilson-Anderson

Wheelchair Basketball Roster Ashley Baerg - Dalmeney Mitch Bossaer - Saskatoon Adam Bryant - Regina Evan Fenrich - Regina Nikola Goncin - Regina Gregg Johnstone - Regina Jaime Lammerding - Saskatoon John Leoppky - Martensville Kyran Miller - Regina Adam Okell - Regina Reid Richard - Tyvan Gabby Roberts-Winter - Regina Coaches/Managers Stewart McKeown - Coach Joelle Buckle - Asst. Coach Ross Harrower - Manager The Saskatchewan Wheelchair Basketball team is made up of 12 players from around the province. Most practice and preparation has been with their club teams, while the provincial team meets one or twice a month in either Regina or Saskatoon to train together. Players are from either the Regina

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Paratroopers, who are coached by Mark Winter, or the Club 99 team of Saskatoon, coached by Rob Sajtos. Together with Winter Games coach Stewart McKeown and his coaching staff, they are developing conditioning, skill development, and general game strategy.

and age is in place. Team Sask carries two able-bodied players, one male and one female; the rest of the player’s disabilities vary from those with Spinal Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, and amputees. This is the first time Saskatchewan has sent a team that doesn’t have a player with a spinal cord injury.

At the national level, Wheelchair Basketball consists of players 24 years of age or younger, both men and women, with and without a physical disability. A point system based on the players’ disabilities, gender,

Saskatchewan is fortunate to have some of Canada’s top junior players playing on the team. The 2007 Games team finished with the bronze and the 2011 team is also aiming high.


FEATURE

Cold Weather Friends By: Dan Cameron

Out at Mission Ridge in Fort Qu’Appelle, it’s very common to see a blue and yellow jacket headed up or down the hill, providing a friendly smile, assistance, or a hand up. Locally the Qu’Appelle Zone is a component of the Saskatchewan Division of the CSPS. Fifty members patrol the hills and Mission Ridge, and also provide first aid at off-snow events, such as the MS Bike Tour, the MS Walk, and the JDRF Walk. If you’ve ever been to the annual Ski Swap in Regina, you’ve been supporting Zone services. Sid Gaudry, president of the Saskatchewan zone, said the purpose of the CSPS is to serve the skiing and boarding public by contributing to a fun yet safe skiing experience and, when required, provide assistance to injured skiers. “In reality, a very small proportion of our on-snow time involves the latter. However, when required, such services are provided without charge.” Who Can Join The CSPS?

Fun is a must for skiers and snowboarders, but safety is also a concern. That’s where the Canadian Ski Patrol System (CSPS) comes in to help skiers and boarders enjoy the day and the hill. For a region with some of the flattest terrain around, the Canadian Ski Patrol System (CSPS) has a very active membership in the Regina area. There are 5,000 CSPS highly trained volunteer and professional members from coast to coast, providing services at approximately 200 Canadian ski areas, including some of Canada’s destination ski resorts, such as Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, and Big White. Recently CSPS Patrollers provided volunteer first aid and rescue services at the 2010 Olympic and Para Olympic Games in Vancouver.

The Mission Ridge Ski area has recently received a facelift, including an expanded lodge and new lifts to the top of the hill. This has led to more skiers, meaning the CSPS requires more members. “Basically, we are a service group as well as a great social organization and a way to enjoy skiing and snowboarding on a regular basis,” Gaudry said. “Ski Patrollers come from diverse backgrounds.... teachers, students, nurses, engineers, retirees...you name it.” The common links are a love for skiing or snowboarding and a desire to help others. Anyone who is 18 years old or over and is a strong intermediate alpine skier or snowboarder is eligible to join. Training takes place in the fall but applicants can ski for a day with the CSPS through the winter. The CSPS Experience The CSPS training program encompasses 60 hours of emergency first aid care as well as training in lift evacuation, safe skiing protocols, portable radio communication

and rescue toboggan handling. Ski and snowboard evaluations, outdoor accident simulations and toboggan training take place as soon as conditions allow. Members are assigned to teams and designated to patrol on specific weekend days or nights. Members can also ski free at other times, and receive benefits where they patrol. Patrollers also have access to “pro deals” through its national body, such as brand name skis, clothing, and more. Other opportunities include travel and the ability to see various mountains, through providing service at major events such as the Nor-Am and western World Cup races. Patrollers must re-certify every year to ensure they are up to date on both new and existing treatments. CSPS first aid program and operating procedures are reviewed on an ongoing basis by emergency medical professionals. The Patroller’s Day Picture your day as a ski patroller. You’re first up the hill when the lifts open. You sweep the trails to make sure they’re safe by clearing lumps of snow, removing fallen branches, and reporting on trail conditions. You’re also the first to ski the powder. Throughout the day you patrol the trails systematically, providing advice to skiers about trails, and help a few up, brushing off the snow after a tumble. If there is an accident, then you use your first aid skills to make sure the person is transported off the hill, and if necessary, receives advanced medical care. At the end of the day, you’re the last down, “sweeping” the hill to make sure no one is left on the trails. For more information, contact any member of the CSPS or go to the CSPS web site at www.sask.skipatrol.ca or www.skipatrol.ca

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Ringette By: Julie Folk

Alex Cassano and Michaela Windl put on equipment, lace up their skates, grab their sticks, and hit the ice flying – doing their best to put the ring in the net.

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ow junior players in Regina Ringette, they have both played for ten years. In those years, they have heard many views about ringette from their peers – how easy it is, or that it is a knockoff of hockey.

“It’s a lot different than hockey, and they don’t realize it,” said Windl of her friends’ opinions. “It’s also a lot harder than hockey is.” “That’s extremely true,” added Cassano. “At school, we had a bet going that ringette was harder than hockey. All the guys didn’t believe it so we went to the outdoor rink and had a game of ringette. After they realized that it was true! With ringette, you have to focus on when you’re going to stab the ring, and shooting.” Ringette, played on ice with five players and a goalie on each team at a time, uses straight sticks without a blade to play with a blue rubber ring. The rules of ringette make it a genuine team sport. Its origins go back to 1963, when it was created in Ontario. There are a few significant rules, such as players cannot carry the ring over the blue line – they must pass it to another player; and the line at the top of the defensive circles is the “Free Play Line” or “Ringette Line,” inside which only three players from each team are permitted. “It is very fast, requires excellent hand-eye coordination, and is very team-oriented,” said Chris

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Buzdich, president of Regina Ringette and also coach of two teams in the city. “The ring has to be passed over each blue line, so it forces the whole team to become involved.” Buzdich became involved in the game nine years ago when one of his daughters began playing ringette. He learned the sport, and is now part of a development program the Regina Ringette board has put into place, in which experienced coaches mentor newer coaches. For girls who haven’t tried the game before, there are also many different opportunities to become involved – at any age level, from Under-9 to the Masters division, as ringette is a game that can be played from the age of 5 to any age the body allows. “A popular program is ‘Come Try Ringette,’” said Buzdich. “We send invitations out to local schools and put information in the rinks and we allow girls who have never played before to just come out and skate

with a ring in a stick. Some of the older girls, the junior players, come out and skate with them and show them how the game works. It’s worked very well.” Within the age divisions, beginning at U-16, the teams are broken up into B, A, and AA teams. Any player also has the opportunity to play in provincials in their respective category, and every team makes the playoffs. While the numbers in ringette were on the decline, they have begun to grow again, with over eight teams in each division at the younger ages in Regina. Regina Ringette also plays with the Buffalo Plains Ringette Association, made up of teams from Pilot Butte, White City, and Edenwold. Those involved in the close community of ringette are always trying to increase awareness of their sport and recruit new people. The players perhaps are the best advocates.


“I’ve gotten a couple of friends to try it when we were younger, and they’re still in it to this day and they just love it,” said Windl. “It’s definitely worth it for any kid,” added Cassano. “One of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life is to stay with it. Just try it.”

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Body weight for resistance By: Chantel Barton and Patrick Ash, YMCA Many experienced fitness enthusiasts and even those just starting out with a new fitness program look to traditional equipment, such as dumbbells, barbells, and machines to help shape their bodies. Another traditional mode of training has recently gained significant popularity for its ability to provide a great workout with minimal equipment requirements. It uses your body mass and position to supply the resistance; it’s called TRX, which stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise (a.k.a., suspension training). The TRX® Suspension Trainer™ is ideal for gentle rehabilitation, hardcore athletic training, and everything in between. Suspension Training® allows for complete ranges of motion while training and therefore a more functional workout routine. The TRX® allows the user to have control over the amount of bodyweight resistance and stability challenge by simply controlling the angle in which they place their body and choice of foot placement (wide stance, narrow stance, single leg, etc.). This means it can very well be used for a wide variety of user groups from professional or performance athletes to those who are deconditioned.

How does TRX® training compare to traditional weight training? Traditional weight training often only works one muscle group at a time, which is contradictory to the normal coordinated muscle effort used to complete most activities. Focusing on only one muscle at a time is more likely to lead to overuse injuries and muscular imbalances, as well as potentially limit strength and movement gains. TRX® training works in multiple planes of motion and uses multiple muscles and joints simultaneously. What does a typically TRX® training session entail? A 20 to 30 minute training session on the TRX® is a great place to start. Adding sets, reps or additional exercises will allow you to slowly increase your workout time if you are looking to increase the intensity. What is most important to remember is that doing even 10 minutes of activity is much better than nothing at all. At the YMCA of Regina, our trainers provide TRX® training as part of scheduled class every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Downtown location. We also incorporate it into personal or group training sessions. Please give us a call at 757-9622 or visit our website at regina.ymca.ca. Reference http://www.trxfitness.co.uk/suspension-fitness/

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