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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 announces the names of over 100 torchbearers

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2019 Canada Winter Games Announce Torchbearers

Over 100 inspiring Canadians have been named as torchbearers in the national MNP Canada Games Torch Relay.

During a press conference, the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society unveiled the first round of torchbearer names.

“Congratulations to these outstanding leaders in youth, sport and community across our nation who are making an impact in our communities,” said Lyn Radford, 2019 Canada Winter Games Board Chair. “The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is an exciting opportunity to bring communities across the country together to celebrate the spirit of the Canada Games movement and recognize the accomplishments of these deserving individuals.”

“MNP congratulates the inspiring 2019 Canada Winter Games torchbearers who will be lighting up the nation with the spirit of the Games during the relay. As a truly Canadian firm with team members and offices in urban and rural communities from coast-to-coast, we are honoured to play a key role in this historic event. We will be cheering you all along the way,” said Jason Tuffs, Chief Executive Officer of MNP.

Over 900 torchbearer nominations were received and reviewed by the 2019 Canada Winter Games between May 14 and June 30, 2018. “The quality and number of nominations was truly impressive,” said Radford.

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The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay officially starts in Ottawa from the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill on October 4, 2018, and visits almost 50 communities across Canada through a series of torch relay and community celebration stops before arriving in Red Deer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Games on February 15, 2019.

Torch relays are hosted in 26 communities, with additional torchbearers being announced in the coming month. Torchbearers for the Red Deer torch relay are announced starting in January 2019, with the final torchbearers revealed at the Opening Ceremony on February 15.

For more details on the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay and torchbearer profiles, please visit canadagames.ca/2019/mnptorchrelay.


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Local Alberta businesses step up to sponsor the 2019 Canada Winter Games

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(Red Deer, Alberta) – Six more major sponsors have stepped forward to support Canada’s largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth – the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

“Today, we welcomed six organizations that all have deep Albertan roots and align in our vision to deliver a life-shaping Games experience,” said Lyn Radford, Board Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society. “Thank you to Finning Canada, Parkland Fuel Corporation, Q2 Artificial Lift Services, Red Deer Orthodontics, Stantec and Woody’s RV World for your contributions to the 2019 Games. An event the scope and scale of the 2019 Canada Winter Games is simply not possible without the support from corporate sponsors.”

Finning Canada joins the 2019 Games as a Gold Sponsor and the presenting sponsor of boxing and judo.

“Throughout our 85-year history, we’ve been proud supporters of communities across Western Canada,” said Juan Carlos Villegas, President, Finning Canada and COO, Finning International. “That’s why we are honoured to sponsor the 2019 Canada Winter Games and be part of the spirit, camaraderie and lasting legacy the Games will have on the city of Red Deer and the province of Alberta.”

As the presenting sponsor of the Fuelling the Games program, Parkland Fuel Corporation also joins as a Gold Sponsor of the 2019 Games.

“Parkland Fuel Corporation is pleased to be a Gold Level Sponsor of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer,” stated Bob Espey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland Fuel Corporation. “Our longstanding relationship and support for the community of Red Deer dates back 50 years and we are very proud to be part of these Games in this great city. We are excited to have our FasGas Plus and On the Run brands “Fuelling the Games” and wish all the participating athletes best of luck at next year’s Canada Winter Games.”

Q2 Artificial Lift Services is a proud Bronze Sponsor of the 2019 Games.

“Q2 Artificial Lift Services is proud to be able to play a small part by being a sponsor in such a big event. Thank you to everyone who has worked hard to secure the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB. We are proud of all the athletes who will be attending and admire the dedication and determination it has taken to get here. Whether you stand on a podium or not during this event, you should all be proud of how far you’ve come. Never give up!” exclaimed Doug Quinn, President and CEO, Q2 Artificial Lift Services.

Red Deer Orthodontics joins the 2019 Games sponsor roster at the Bronze Sponsor level as the presenting sponsor of a ticketing program.

“It is my pleasure to be a sponsor of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. From the start, our mission has been to contribute back to our central Alberta community focusing on initiatives that involves our children and youth. The goal for the winter games was to reach as many children as possible and ensure they had the opportunity to attend the Games live and experience sports. I feel sports and physical activity at a young age helps develop discipline, great work ethic, teamwork, and develops neuromuscular development. When children recognize the benefits of sports and start participating in any capacity this helps build a stronger community. Sports bring families, friends and the community together. We are so fortunate to be the hosts of the 2019 Canada Winter Games and plan to make it the most successful games thus far,” said Dr. Cheba, Owner, Red Deer Orthodontics.

Stantec is the presenting sponsor of festival fireworks and a Bronze Sponsor of the Games.

“Stantec is proud to partner with the 2019 Canada Winter Games,” said Stantec Executive Vice President Russ Wlad. “Our company is dedicated to supporting the communities we serve. Stantec has committed to not only be a sponsor of the Games and celebration plaza, but we’ve played a large role in designing the facility that will enhance sport at Red Deer College and throughout central Alberta for years to come, the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.”

The presenting sponsor of the festival family zone, Woody’s RV World also joins the the Games sponsor roster as a Bronze Sponsor.

“It’s about excelling, effort, enjoyment and all about family and community support – things we stand behind as well. We are proud to be a part of the Games,” noted Woody Paylor, Founder, Woody’s RV World.

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