May 17, 2022
Saskatchewan diving trio brings home multiple medals
Rylan Wiens added another medal to his collection, as the Pike Lake product earned a second-place finish at the Futures Cup in Plymouth, United Kingdom this weekend.
Wiens’ silver medal was one of nine Canadian finishes from the weekend, as his score of 453.54 points edged out fellow Canadian Matt Cullen for second place in the 10-metre event. After making his Olympic debut in Tokyo, the next big events on Wiens’ calendar are the 2022 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Also reaching the podium were Regina’s Bjorn Markentin and Margo Erlam, who trains with Wiens under Mary Carrol in Saskatoon. Markentin, who was making his first international appearance for Canada, claimed a silver medal in the men’s 3-m springboard event with 365.25 points.
Meanwhile, Erlam made it a trio of Saskatchewan divers to reach the podium, as she won a bronze medal in the women’s 3-m event with 309.40 points. Erlam and teammate Mia Vallée also teamed up for a gold medal in the 10-m synchro event with a score of 305.70.
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Frotten, Nicholls set to represent Canada once again
Team Canada will have some Saskatchewan flavour when they travel to the United Kingdom for the 2022 Commonwealth Games this summer, as both Jessica Frotten and Carla Nicholls will be a part of Canada’s contingent.
Frotten, a 2020 Paralympian who trains in Saskatchewan, is a 1,500-metre racer and one of six athletes named to the roster as she gets set to make her second Commonwealth Games appearance.
Meanwhile, Nicholls will guide Frotten and Team Canada once again. The Regina product, who has held the role of Lead of Paralympic High Performance since 2018, was named as Head Coach for the Games, which are set to get underway on July 28.
Chantal Boudreau earns national award
Regina’s Chantal Boudreau was bestowed recognition from Canada Soccer, as she was one of three referees honoured with the association’s International Achievement Award.
Boudreau, who has been on the FIFA List of Referees and Assistant Referees since 2015, represented Canada as an official for women’s soccer at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo this past summer and has also been shortlisted for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.
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Goncin, Ostepchuk named to Team Canada training camp roster
A pair of Regina products in Nik Goncin and Garett Ostepchuk are set to show their stuff against the nation’s best this summer, as they were among 13 athletes named to Canada’s Senior Men’s wheelchair basketball team’s training camp roster in Toronto, which runs from May 16-20.
Goncin and Ostepchuk were both members of Team Canada’s men’s wheelchair basketball team at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and are both looking to make the Canadian roster for July’s 2022 Americas Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which will serve as the qualifier for November’s IWBF World Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Thibeault podium bound in Turkey
Tammara Thibeault, who spent time growing up in Regina, is guaranteed her second-career world championship medal, as she advanced to the semifinals at the 2022 Boxing World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
Thibeault won her quarter-final match against Australia’s Anna Barker in the 75 kg weight category and will now face Mozambique’s Rady Gramanein on Wednesday, with a berth in the championship fight on the line.