May 6, 2014 2:30 pm

Province honours 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic athletes

Olympic slopestyle bronze medallist Mark McMorris heads home to Regina tomorrow and says he's bracing for a big welcome from fervent fans.

Nathan Dennette / The Canadian Press

REGINA – On Tuesday the province and Sask Sport recognized Saskatchewan’s 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches, and officials.

Thirty-one Saskatchewan athletes, coaches, and officials attended the games in Sochi, Russia.

“Thank you to our 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers,” Premier Brad Wall said.  “Your passion, talent and work ethic are exceptional.  You are wonderful ambassadors for our growing province.You motivate; you inspire.We are so proud of you.”

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In total, five Saskatchewan athletes won medals at the events including Ryan Getzlaf (Regina), Patrick Marleau (Aneroid) and Chris Kunitz (Regina) who won gold medals in men’s hockey. Haley Wickenheiser (Shaunavon) won a gold medal with the women’s hockey team, and Mark McMorris (Regina) won a bronze medal in slopestyle snowboarding.

“An Olympian is an ordinary person who is able to combine the encouragement, effort and support of many people around them into success,” Olympic Biathlete Scott Perras said.  “It is because of the support of the people and organizations throughout Saskatchewan that I was able to focus and achieve my goal of becoming an Olympian.  This accomplishment is as much mine as theirs.”

After the athletes were honoured in an official ceremony in the rotunda, students from Albert Community School got to get autographs and photos with the Olympians.

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