Local athletes reach podium in Red Deer

Photo courtesy of Team Sask Prince Albert’s Kryztle Shewchuk has picked up three bronze medals in para-nordic skiing events at the Canada Winter Games.

Athletes from Prince Albert and the surrounding area have done their part in helping Saskatchewan earn 14 medals so far at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.

Kryztle Shewchuk has led the way with three medals to date in the para-nordic skiing sitting competitions.

After finishing in third place in the 2.5 kilometre female race Tuesday, she matched that result Wednesday in the sprint event and then picked up a third straight bronze medal result Thursday in the 5km race.

Prince Albert’s Janessa Keays also picked up a bronze medal on Wednesday in the +70 kilogram female judo event, as she outlasted Emilie Townsend of Nova Scotia.

Meanwhile, 12-year-old Ashlyn Schmitz reached the podium in the pairs pre-novice figure skating competition as she picked up a bronze medal with her partner Tristan Taylor of Wolseley.

The Saskatchewan female hockey team, which includes Prince Albert’s Abby Soyko and her Prince Albert Northern Bears teammates Kate Ball, Miranda Heidt and Jadyn Kushniruk of Saskatoon, dropped a 5-2 decision to Ontario in a quarter-final game Thursday night.

Heading into the final two days of the Winter Games, which comes to an end on Saturday, Estevan’s Hunter Chipley and Regina’s Logan Pletz have captured gold medals for Saskatchewan.

Chipley picked up a gold Thursday in the Archery Recurve event, while Pletz reached the top of the podium last week in the 12.5km biathlon race.