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The Government of Canada has released details of $500 million in emergency support for the culture, heritage and amateur sport organizations, including $72 million specifically for the sport sector. Details are available here, as well as this Q&A.
The Government of Saskatchewan released the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictions over five phases. Information about the plan and its phases is available here. Recent updates to the plan which impact golf, shooting and archery are available here.
Sask Sport COVID-19 Update
March 18, 2020
Sask Sport is taking steps to protect the public, its members and its employees while limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Administration Centre offices are closed to the public, but remain open to employees and sport, culture and recreation residents so they can continue to operate. Payroll and bookkeeping services, mail and courier services and print services also continue to operate.
Boardroom bookings are cancelled and no new bookings will be accepted at this time. Sask Sport has also cancelled or postponed its major events and face-to-face meetings.
Sask Sport will continually assess and extend these measures as needed.
Important information and updates from public health authorities are available at the following links:
Athlete of the Month Award
||World record earns Graeme Fish March Athlete of the Month
Moose Jaw's Graeme Fish set a world record to win a gold medal in the men's 10,000 metres at the World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Utah in February.
Fish crossed the finish line in 12:33.868 to break the world record set in 2015 (12:36.30) by fellow Canadian skater Ted-Jan Bloemen. Fish also captured a bronze medal earlier in the competition in the 5,000-metres race. The medals are the first for Fish at a world championship event.
Saskatchewan Sport Awards celebrate athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers
The Saskatchewan Sport Awards are recognizing the outstanding achievements of 13 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers from Saskatchewan.
All of the award finalists and recipients were to be recognized at a gala event in Saskatoon on March 26. That event, which was cancelled as a response to the COVID-19 situation, is not being rescheduled.
"On behalf of Sask Sport and its membership, I would like to congratulate all of the Saskatchewan Sport Awards finalists and recipients," said Kenric Exner, volunteer Chair of Sask Sport, which serves as the federation for amateur sport in the province.
"While we are unable to celebrate these individuals and teams as we originally planned, that doesn't take away from the incredible accomplishments of these athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers - all of whom have represented their community and province with distinction at home and abroad. Sport has the power to inspire us and build community and their example encourages others to get involved, share their love of sport and enjoy all of the benefits of participation."
Safe Sport Campaign Builds Momentum in Saskatchewan
The Government of Saskatchewan and Sask Sport Inc., are launching the second phase of a joint marketing campaign to ensure a healthy, safe and respectful environment for all participants in amateur sport in the province.
"We are proud to partner with Sask Sport, recognized as a leader across Canada for their dispute resolution services and tools, on this important initiative," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. "Following a growing movement of what is no longer acceptable in sport, this campaign increases awareness of the valuable tools available to assist coaches, athletes and parents."
"Sport enriches lives, teaches valuable life skills, and builds close-knit communities," Sask Sport Volunteer Board Chair Kenric Exner said. "To ensure sport is a positive experience for all, Sask Sport, our members and our many partners have been leaders in preventing and dealing with negative situations when they do occur. We thank the Government of Saskatchewan for working with us on this campaign to keep sport healthy, safe and fun for everyone."
More than a logo: Sask Lotteries unveils new branding
After more than 30 years, Sask Lotteries is getting a refreshed look.
The organization, which serves as the main fundraiser for more than 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups in the province, has introduced an updated brand and visual identity.
The initiative includes a new logo for the organization, as well as a continued pledge to provide Saskatchewan residents with a real, honest chance at winning and a guarantee of supporting your community.
"Sask Lotteries has a proud history within the province and we are excited to team up with our partners in Sask Sport, Sask Culture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association in reminding everyone about the incredible positive impact this fundraiser has," said Jessie Buydens, the volunteer board vice-chair for Sask Lotteries.
"The new Sask Lotteries brand will help us to convey the integrity of our organization, as well as the excitement of lotteries and the thousands of sport, culture and recreation experiences made possible by lottery funding. In the coming months, our new look will begin to appear at events and retail locations across the province, where it will support our ongoing efforts to grow our fundraiser and provide continued support for thousands of non-profit organizations across Saskatchewan."
Sask Sport spruces up
Sask Sport is also unveiling its own refreshed brand and visual identity. Sask Sport operates Sask Lotteries as the main fundraiser for sport, culture and recreation in the province, and serves as the federation for amateur sport in the province. The brands complement each other as a way to illustrate the connection between the Sask Lotteries fundraiser and amateur sport in Saskatchewan.
In the coming months, both the Sask Lotteries and Sask Sport websites will be refreshed to reflect the new brands and provide a better experience for users looking for information.
Sask Lotteries logo files and brand guidelines - as well as additional information about the province's lottery-funded sport, culture and recreation system - are available at sasklotteries.ca.
New timeline celebrates evolution of Indigenous participation in sport, culture and recreation
Sask Sport, supported by the Indigenous Sport Leadership Council, is proud to unveil an interactive sport timeline.
The timeline celebrates and guides visitors decade by decade through the evolution of Indigenous involvement in sport, culture and recreation initiatives throughout the province. It also highlights the important partnerships created to help build programming, resources and funding for Saskatchewan communities.
Although much has been done, the work isn't over. Together, we can contribute to the enhanced participation and sustainable growth.