Opening ceremony kicks off 2014 Saskatchewan Games

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Athletes from around the province arrived in Prince Albert on Sunday for the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games.

Around 800 fans, coaches, spectators and dignitaries were on hand at the Art Hauser Centre for the athlete’s parade and the lighting of the Olympic flame just outside.

Those in attendance were also treated to performances from some of Prince Albert’s best talent.

“It’s amazing.  Look at the talent that was shown off,” Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne said.  “P.A. Power, all those young men and women out there singing and dancing and entertaining the crowd.  We’ve got a lot of treasures in our community and I’m just so glad that we get to show them off.”

Dionne was one of several dignitaries in attendance that night.  Several also gave speeches, including Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport for Saskatchewan, Kevin Doherty.

The speeches focused on the importance of fair play and sportsmanship at the games.  Several speakers also emphasized the importance of healthy competition, especially if athletes hope to compete at higher levels.

Of the 16 events to be held during the competition six will get underway on Monday.  One event, hockey started yesterday, where the host Lakeland team lost 3-2 to Parkland Valley.

Fans, athletes, and even the mayor are eager to get started.  He says he’s particularly excited by the biathlon, which starts on Thursday.

“I’m a hunter, so the shooting part really interests me,” Dionne said.  “I’m really looking forward to that.”

This is the second time Prince Albert has hosted the Saskatchewan Winter Games.  They city hosted the third-ever Saskatchewan games back in 1982.

 

Check out the Games slideshows! 

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Organizations: Prince Albert, Art Hauser Centre

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Lakeland, Parkland Valley

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