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2023 Pan American Games commence in Santiago this week

October 17, 2023

After months of announcements, the action of Santiago 2023 Pan American Games will officially commence with the Opening Ceremonies on Oct. 20. 

Fourteen athletes, one coach and four mission and support staff and one official with ties to Saskatchewan will travel to Chile as part of Team Canada. There are 473 athletes set to represent Canada in the Games, spanning 47 teams and many of the athletes will be working to qualify themselves and/or Canada for a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympics 

Here’s more on the athletes, coach and mission/support staff with ties to Saskatchewan: 

Tristian Moran, Archery, Individual Compound Bow

Moran is making his debut at the Games but is familiar with achieving success in international competition. Attending from Prince Albert, he is bringing a quiver of ability which brought him a medal at the 2017 Youth World Championships. 

Moran is set to compete in the four-person compound squad.

RoundDateSask. TimeChile TimeResult
Men’s Team Compound
Ranking Round
Wednesday, Nov. 111:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.14:00 – 16:006th – 1389 points
Men’s Individual Compound
Ranking Round
Wednesday, Nov. 111:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 14:00 – 16:0016th – 689 points
Men’s Team Compound
Quarterfinals
Wednesday, Nov. 11:20 p.m.16:20El Salvador def.
Canada 158-153
Men’s Individual Compound
1/8 Elimination Round
Thursday, Nov. 26:56 a.m. – 7:52 a.m.9:56 – 10:52Kris Schaff (USA) def.
Tristan Moran 149-148

Blaire McDowell, Women’s Water Polo 

McDowell, who is from Regina is a familiar face for Team Canada, recently competing at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships, where the team finished seventh. They’ll look to upgrade that standing at the Games with a spot on the podium.

RoundDateSask. TimeChile TimeResult
Preliminary vs. ArgentinaMonday, Oct. 308:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.11:00 – 12:20W 14-9
Preliminary vs. CubaTuesday, Oct. 315:00 a.m. – 6:20 a.m.8:00 – 9:20W 24-3
Preliminary vs. MexicoWednesday, Nov. 15:00 a.m. – 6:20 a.m.8:00 – 9:20W 32-7
Quarterfinal vs. ChileThursday, Nov. 28:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.11:00 – 12:20W 33-2
Semifinal vs. BrazilFriday, Nov. 39:30 a.m.12:30W 21-4
Gold Medal Final
vs. United States
Saturday, Nov. 49:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.12:30 – 13:50L 20-11
Claimed silver medal

Brody McKnight, Men’s Water Polo 

Regina product McKnight is coming in fresh after representing Canada at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Japan. He has returned from back-to-back seasons of playing professionally in France and Croatia earlier this year and spent his summer training in Montreal. 

RoundDateSask. TimeChile TimeResult
Preliminary vs. ChileMonday, Oct. 304:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.19:30 – 20:50W 28-4
Preliminary vs. CubTuesday, Oct. 311:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.13:30 – 14:50W 24-6
Preliminary vs. ArgentinaWednesday, Nov. 11:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.13:30 – 14:50W 14-7
Quarterfinal vs. MexicoThursday, Nov. 24:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.19:30 – 20:50W 20-5
Semifinals vs. BrazilFriday, Nov. 33:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.18:00 – 19:20L 13-12
Bronze Medal vs. ArgentinaSaturday, Nov. 44:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.16:00 – 17:20L 12-10

Carissa Norsten, Women’s Rugby 7s 

Norsten, who hails from Waldheim, is a recent Canada West First Team All-Star and two-time Dream Team honouree, titles earned at the Edmonton and Vancouver stops this season. She has competed in four different competitions in 2023 and is making her Team Canada debut at the Games. 

RoundDateSask. TimeChile TimeResult
Preliminary vs. ChileFriday, Nov. 38:15 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.11:15 – 11:40W 36-0
Preliminary vs. MexicoFriday, Nov. 312:50 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.15:50 – 16:15W 69-0
Preliminary vs. BrazilFriday, Nov. 34:10 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.19:10 – 19:35W 29-21
Semifinals vs. ColombiaSaturday, Nov. 48:40 a.m.11:40W 45-14
Gold Medal
vs. United States
Saturday, Nov. 42:40 p.m.17:40L 19-12
Claimed silver medal

Richard McBride, Skeet Shooting 

Three-time Canadian Olympic-style skeet shooting champion and 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, McBride, is making yet another appearance at the Pan American Games appearance since first representing Canada in 2007 . The Saskatoon product will carry his prior success into this competition.

RoundDateSask. TimeChile TimeResult
Qualification Round 1Saturday, Oct. 216:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.9:00 – 11:3015th – 68 points
Qualification Round 2Sunday, Oct. 226:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.9:00 – 12:0023rd – 42 points
Finished 20th overall,
did not qualify for finals

Ashley Leugner, Wakeboard 

After an injury halted her wakeboard career in 2016, Leugner is set to make a comeback appearing in her first-ever Pan American Games. The Fort Qu’Appelle local is a seven-time National Champion, World Championship silver medallist, Bronze World Cup finisher.

RoundDateSask. TimeChile TimeResult
Semifinal Saturday, Oct. 2110:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.13:30 – 15:30Scored 58.33 points,
Sent to LC qualifier
Last Chance QualifierSunday, Oct. 2212:40 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.15:40 – 16:30Scored 75.00 points,
Qualified for final
Final Monday, Oct. 231:10 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.16:10 – 16:45Scored 40.00 points,
Finished fifth overall

Tammara Thibeault, Boxing, 75-kilogram

Thibeault made her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 and excelled to match Canada’s best-ever Olympic result in any women’s boxing event. The Regina boxer will be making her second appearance at Pan American Games, last attending in Lima where she captured a bronze medal that was later upgraded to a silver. 

RoundDateSask. TimeChile TimeResult
Preliminary RoundFriday, Oct. 208:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.11:15 – 13:15def. Milena Jimenez Castillo
Quarterfinals Tuesday, Oct. 249:15 a.m.12:15def. Maryelis Yriza Burguillos
SemifinalThursday, Oct. 269:00 a.m.12:00def. Citlalli Vanessa Ortiz
FinalFriday, Oct. 279:45 am. – 10:00 a.m.12:45 – 13:00def. Atheyna Bibeichi Bylon
claimed gold medal

Kenzie Priddell & Sydney Carroll, Artistic Swimming 

After attending the  2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo as an alternate, Priddell will once again be leaving her hometown Regina to represent Canada once more at the Pan American Games. She is recently back from the 2023 World Aquatics Championships. 

Saskatoon’s Carroll will be making her first Pan American Games appearance alongside Priddell. She has spent her summer training in Montreal and has recently returned from the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Japan. 

RoundDateSask. TimeChile TimeResult
Team Mixed – Technical RoutineTuesday, Oct. 316:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.21:00 – 22:003rd – 233.2679 points
Team Mixed – Free RoutineThursday, Nov. 26:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.21:00 – 22:003rd – 230.1042 points
Team Mixed – Acrobatic RoutineFriday, Nov. 310:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.13:00 – 14:003rd – 198.6800 points
Finished third overall
Claimed bronze medal

Rylan Wiens, Diving, Men’s 10-metre synchronized

2020 Olympian and two-time Commonwealth Games silver medallist Wiens will be attending his first Pan American Games in the men’s 10-metre platform event. The Pike Lake diver is no stranger to the world stage and will aim to use his attendance of the Games to qualify for his second Olympics in Paris 2024. 

RoundDateSask. TimeChile TimeResults
Final RoundSunday, Oct. 224:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.19:00 – 20:15Earned 404.04 points,
Claimed silver medal

Fynn Mansbridge-Fafard, Fencing, Men’s Team Epee

Originally born in Lumsden, Fafard is making his Pan American Games debut. He made his first international appearance at the 2022 World Fencing Championships in Cairo, Egypt. 

RoundDateSask. TimeChile TimeResults
QuarterfinalThursday, Nov. 26:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.9:00-10:00Canada def. Cuba
45-41
SemifinalThursday, Nov. 28:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 11:30 -12:30Canada def.
Argentina 45-30
Gold Medal (TBD)Thursday, Nov. 22:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 17:00 – 18:00Canada def. by
United States 42-41
Claimed silver medal

Nikole Todd, Squash, Women’s Doubles & Team

Todd made her first major debut at the 2015 Olympics in Toronto. The Regina-born squash player will be attending her second Pan Am Games after claiming silver with her team at the 2014 Games. She won bronze at the 2013 Canadian Championships and will aim for the podium once more in Chile.

RoundDateSask. TimeChile TimeResult
Women’s Doubles
Quarterfinal
Thursday, Nov. 27:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.10:30 – 12:00Canada def. by
Colombia 2-1
Ranked 5th
Women’s Team
Quarterfinals
Friday, Nov. 37:00 a.m.10:00Canada def.
Ecuador 3-0
Women’s Team
Semifinals
Saturday, Nov. 49:15 a.m.12:15Canada def.
Colombia 3-0
Women’s Team
Final
Sunday, Nov. 57:00 a.m.10:00Canada def. by
United States 2-0
Claimed silver medal

Blake Tierney, Swimming 

Saskatoon product, Tierney made his international debut at the World Aquatics World Cup in 2022 and was a finalist in the 100-m backstroke. He is fresh off a second-place finish at the 2023 Canadian Swimming Trials and will be able to bring that competitive spirit to his first attendance of a Pan American Games.

RoundDateSask. TimeChile TimeResult
Men’s 4x100m
Freestyle Relay Heat
Saturday, Oct. 2107:24 a.m.10:24Time 3:20.33
Advanced Canada to final
Men’s 4x100m
Freestyle Relay Final
N/AN/AN/ABlake did not race with Canada
in the final, but the team (and Blake)
earned a bronze medal
100m Backstroke HeatMonday, Oct. 236:57 a.m.9:57Time 54.68 seconds
Qualified for final
100m Backstroke FinalMonday, Oct. 232:15 p.m.15:15Time 54.25 seconds
Claimed bronze medal
Mixed 4x100m
Medley Relay Heat
Monday, Oct. 237:45 a.m.10:45Time 3:53.39
Advanced Canada to final
Mixed 4x100m
Medley Relay Final
N/AN/AN/ABlake did not race with Canada
in the final, but the team (and Blake)
earned a silver medal
Men’s 4x200m
Freestyle Relay Heat
Tuesday, Oct. 248:08 a.m.11:08Time 7:25.45
Advanced Canada to final
Men’s 4x200m
Freestyle Relay Final
Tuesday, Oct. 24N/AN/ABlake did not race with Canada
in the final, but the team (and Blake)
earned a bronze medal
Men’s 4x100m
Medley Relay Final
Wednesday, Oct. 252:57 p.m.18:57Time 3:35.72
Claimed bronze medal

Kelsey Wog, Swimming 

Originally from Regina, Wog is no stranger to major competitions and attended the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and qualified for semifinals in the 200-m breaststroke. She has a history of collecting medals at world events, taking bronze at the Swimming World Cup in 2022. 

RoundDateSask. TimeChile TimeResult
200m Breaststroke HeatMonday, Oct. 236:24 a.m.9:24Time 2:25.96
Qualified for final
200m Breaststroke FinalMonday, Oct. 231:25 p.m.16:25Time 2:23.49
Claimed silver medal

Coaches 

Lisa Borgerson, Coach – Shooting 

Attending from Fort Qu’Appelle, Borgerson has coached athletes through two Olympic Games and will be able to bring her arsenal of guidance to the Santiago Games as coach of Canada’s shooting team. Canada will compete in the rifle, pistol and shotgun categories. 

Mission and Support Staff 

Jan Hanson, Mission Staff, Media Attache – Racquetball 

Hanson resides in Saskatoon and has various skills in communications and media relations which will be an asset when attending the Pan Am Games as mission staff. She was recently appointed to the Racquetball Canada Communications and Safe Sport position in 2020. 

Lisa Hoffart, Mission Staff, Mental Health Lead – Team Canada 

As a registered psychologist, mental performance consultant and Game Plan advisor, Hoffart, who hails from Regina, will be assisting the entire Team Canada delegation ahead of and throughout the Pan American Games. 

Graham Olson, Support Staff – Race Analysis  

The Saskatoon product has a background in swimming and will be attending the Pan Am Games for a second time, first appearing at the Toronto 2015 Games as the Sport Technologist.

Monty Churchman – Mission Staff, Health Services – Team Canada

The Saskatoon massage therapist will be travelling to Chile to assist the Canadian athletes.

Officials

Kristine Lovatt – Official – Women’s Rugby 7s

As a player turned official, Wilcox’s Lovatt will bring her her year’s of experience in both roles to Santiago while she officiates women’s rugby 7s.

Floyd Fry – Official – Canoe/Kayak

Fry, who hails from Regina, will be returning to the Games as an official for canoe/kayak after last attending in Lima 2019.

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