County contingent set for Canada Winter Games

Curtis Stange runs with the Canada Winter Games Roly McLenahan Torch across the Walterdal Bridge in Edmonton. The torch is on its way to Red Deer for the Canada Winter Games which are from February 15 until March 3. Greg Southam/Postmedia Network

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A group of Sherwood Park athletes headed to the biggest sporting event of their young careers will at least have the opportunity to bring along plenty of supporters.

Six Sherwood athletes and two coaches will represent Alberta at the upcoming Canada Winter Games, taking place just down the road in Red Deer from Feb. 15 to March 3.

On the official list as competing for Alberta from Sherwood Park are athletes Alyssa Nedohin (curling), Alexandra Sarmiento Diaz (figure skating), Kennedy Hickey (ringette), Benjamin Côté (short-track speed skating), and Reed De’Aeth (wheelchair basketball).

Also on the Team Alberta women’s curling squad is Quinn Prodaniuk — an Ardrossan product who started her junior curling in Sherwood Park, won silver as skip for Bev Facey at high school provincials last year and is in her first year of University at MacEwan.

Heading to Red Deer as well are figure skating coach Terri Gallant and ringette coach Kari Sadoway.

“Team Alberta’s athletes come from communities throughout Alberta and have worked hard and made personal sacrifices. We are proud to have them representing our province,” said Dr. Stephen Norris, Chair of the Alberta Sport Connection. “These gifted and resilient athletes have progressed through our sport system and have been successful at the provincial level, and for many of them, the Canada Games represents the next step in their journey to compete internationally.”

“Alberta produces some of Canada’s best athletes, coaches and mission staff. I am so proud of the young men and women chosen to represent Team Alberta at the Canada Games this year,” added Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, responsible for sport in Alberta. “Our athletes and staff continue to be shining examples of sport excellence. Combined with our long history of hosting successful sport events like the 2019 Canada Winter Games, Alberta continues to be a leader in Canadian sport.”

The team is comprised of 250 athletes, representing 46 Alberta communities, competing in 19 sports. They will be supported by 72 coaches and managers, along with 19 mission staff. The flag bearer for Team Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games is Elijah Thompson from Calgary, a member of the artistic gymnastics team.

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