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2019 Canada Winter Games

Meet Waskasoo!

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  • Meet Waskasoo, the 2019 Canada Winter Games mascot!

    Waskasoo’s name comes from the Cree name for the Red Deer area. The saying “Waskasoo Seepee” was the name originally given to the area by the Cree, translating to “Elk River.” Settlers of the area called the area Red Deer after mistaking elk for European red deer.

    This deer is full of energy and can’t wait for the Games to begin. Waskasoo is 16 years old, born near Buffalo Lake. He has two older siblings, two brothers named Kerry and Wapiti. Waskasoo’s parents moved the family to Red Deer because they wanted to join a growing community filled with hard-working and welcoming people. The family calls Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary their home now.

    He has 13 blue, red, grey and yellow spots on his head and body that show his passion for Canada. At least one of his spot colours can be found in every provincial or territorial flag. His antlers form a W for Waskasoo.

    The spots were a gift from Mother Nature because of Waskasoo’s kindness towards other – he is a true Canadian. Each spot represents one of the 13 provinces and territories.

    Waskasoo has lots of interests! In the summer, he loves to visit the Westerner Days festival because he likes seeing the parade, going on the rides and eating cotton candy. Waskasoo loves to be active and be outdoors. Each summer, Waskasoo will travel Red Deer’s 110 km trail system.

    Winter is Waskasoo’s favourite time of year! The cold does not scare him, and Waskasoo can be found skiing at Canyon Ski Resort, building snow forts or going sledding at Michener Hill. His favourite sports are hockey and skiing (both cross country or alpine!)

    For food, Waskasoo loves to eat natural. His favourite foods are broccoli and watermelon. Waskasoo will also snack on nuts like almonds and cashews. He has a bit of a sweet tooth and will visit the Little Ice Cream Shop on Ross St.

    What makes Waskasoo stand out is his personality. He is super enthusiastic! Waskasoo is always ready to cheer, dance and get others excited. You will see Waskasoo leading people in activities wherever he goes.

    He is also encouraging. Waskasoo believes in you, and he will be there to celebrate with you when you cross the finish line, win or lose.

    Waskasoo is curious. He loves to meet new people and hear more about them. He can’t wait to meet people from around central Alberta and hear their stories!

    Waskasoo wants to be a sports broadcaster when he grows up. Broadcasting combines his enthusiasm and curiosity with his love for sports, and he has been inspired by watching TV personality Ron MacLean growing up. Waskasoo looks up to MacLean for his on-air skill and sense of humour. Brett Kissel and Deidra Dionne are two more inspirations for Waskasoo. Kissel is a chart-topping country artist from Flat Lake, Alberta, and Waskasoo admires his confidence and outgoing personality.

    Dionne is an Olympian freestyle skier who won bronze in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. A neck injury sustained in 2005 nearly paralyzed Dionne, but through hard work and determination, Dionne recovered and qualified for the 2006 Olympics in Torino. Waskasoo aims to have the same kind of resilience that Dionne does. Waskasoo can’t wait for the 2019 Canada Winter Games to begin.

    He will be visiting communities around Alberta to share his excitement with people and share the news about the Games! If you see Waskasoo, give him a wave and he will be happy to say hello. During Games time, Waskasoo will be traveling to the different venues to cheer on the athletes.


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    2019 Canada Winter Games adds 3 major sponsors

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  • Tuesday, 12th June 2018

    (Red Deer, Alberta) – The 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society is pleased to welcome three sponsors of the 2019 Games festival to the 2019 Games team. As co-presenters of the 2019 Games festival, ATB Financial and ATCO join the Games as Gold Sponsors while Troubadour Event Management joins as a Bronze Sponsor.

    “The 2019 Games festival will be a never-before-seen multi-day winter art and cultural festival and we are incredibly pleased to welcome ATB, ATCO and Troubadour Event Management to our growing roster of sponsors to help us host this incredible event,” said Lyn Radford, Board Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. “The 2019 Games festival will provide a unique platform for Canadian performing and visual artists to showcase their work and for the community to enjoy live entertainment at the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza in downtown Red Deer.”

    “When Alberta gets together to welcome the rest of the country and host an event, you know it will be a good time,” said Dave Mowat, President & CEO of ATB Financial. “ATB will be there with our party hats (and mitts) on to help create an unforgettable experience.”

    “We’re honoured to support the talented and inspiring Canadian athletes at this terrific event being hosted right here in our home province,” said Nancy Southern, Chair & Chief Executive Officer of ATCO. “As a proud and deeply-rooted Alberta company, we know the hospitality, warmth and spirit of Albertans will provide an exceptional experience for the thousands of athletes, volunteers and sports enthusiasts from across the nation.”

    “We’re extremely excited to be a part of such a tremendous event for Red Deer and the province of Alberta. We’re looking forward to two weeks of sport, culture and experience. This is shaping up to be a tremendous festival experience for central Alberta and all of the people who visit for the 2019 Games,” said Keynon Ternovoy, Director of Marketing and Co-Founder of Troubadour Event Management.

    The 2019 Canada Winter Games festival will be a major, multi-day arts and cultural festival, featuring 100 per cent Canadian talent, hosted at the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza for ten nights between February 16 until March 1, 2019.

    Announced in February, Squeeky Kleen Car Wash is also a sponsor for the 2019 Games festival.

    Learn more about the Canada Winter Games.


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    2019 Canada Winter Games announces first ever national torch relay!

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  • For the first time, non participating athletes will be able to take part in the Canada Winter Games without coming to the host city.  The MNP Canada Winter Games Torch Relay will provide an opportunity for hundreds of Canadians from coast to coast to coast to carry the torch that will light the Games Caldron in Red Deer next February.

    MNP together with 2019 Canada Games officials announced the relay at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame this week.

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    Click here if you’d like more information about the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay!

     


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