Alberta athletes bring home more gold medals than ever before at 2019 Canada Winter Games
The 2019 Canada Winter Games wrapped up in Red Deer over the weekend and on Monday, the province’s athletes were garnering praise for their performance as they finished with 36 gold medals, more than ever before in Team Alberta’s history at the event.
“Congratulations to all of the athletes, coaches and support staff on Team Alberta, as well as the City of Red Deer, for your historic 2019 Canada Winter Games,” Premier Rachel Notley said in a news release. “The province is thrilled to celebrate your accomplishments and excited for your future success.”
In total, Alberta athletes brought home 100 medals, a figure only surpassed by Quebec and Ontario.
The Canada Winter Games got underway on Feb. 15 and wrapped up on Sunday. The event brought in over 20,000 visitors, which the Alberta government projects will have an economic impact of more than $130 million.
Watch below: (From March 2, 2019) Scott Robinson with the Canada Winter Games joins Global News Calgary to discuss some of the highlights from the big event.
The Games are Canada’s largest multi-sport and culture event for amateur athletes. The event takes place every two years, alternating between winter and summer events.
Team Alberta also took home the Centennial Cup for showing greatest improvement, and the Jack Pelech Award for best combination of good sportsmanship, fair play, cooperation and competitive performance.
“As the minister responsible for sport, I couldn’t be more proud of our athletes’ inspiring display of strength, courage and skill,” said Ricardo Miranda, Alberta’s minister of culture and tourism. “There were many surprises and a few heartbreaks along the way, but our athletes and everyone involved helped make these Games among the best in recent memory.
“This was our moment and you made us all proud.”
For more information on athletes’ results at the Games, click here.
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