Swimmer and past Games alum Quinlan Roberts (La Salle) has officially been named Team Manitoba’s flag bearer for the opening ceremonies of the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
“From being 14-years-old and one of the youngest athletes on the team at the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Vancouver to now being selected as the flag bearer for Team Manitoba for the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games, it is such an honour,” said Roberts. “I am really excited for the Games and I am looking forward to racing, getting to know my teammates even better, seeing the sights around Swift Current and overall just having a great time.”
Roberts is one of over 300 athletes who will compete for Team Manitoba at the Games August 9 - 18. Roberts’ story of hard work, dedication and talent is what makes her a stand-out of the many outstanding stories of the athletes that make up Team Manitoba.
Forty-four coaches, 14 managers, 21 mission staff, and four tech support will join her and participate in 19 sports over the duration of the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games.
“All the hard work from the athletes, coaches, volunteers and Games staff has led up to this moment,” said Sport Manitoba President & CEO Jeff Hnatiuk. “We are very excited to cheer on Team Manitoba as they compete at these Games and we will support them every step of the way.”
Roberts has been swimming for nine years and she brings a plethora of experience to the team. To name a few, she has participated in the 2014 Special Olympics National Summer Games in Vancouver, medalled in four events at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta, medalled in two events at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg and medalled at four events in the 2018 Special Olympics National Summer Games.
Along with being named the flag bearer for the opening ceremonies, Roberts has also been named one of the team captains for the swim team.
She will compete in the first week of the Games, in the 50-metre freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 50m fly. Out of all the events Roberts will compete in, the 50-metre free is her favourite because she gets to glide in the water.
Chef de Mission Patrick Kirby has been involved in multiple Games for over 30 years and these Games mark his first year as a Chef.
Kirby said that the choice to name Roberts as flag bearer was an easy decision to make.
“Quinlan’s leadership, hard work and dedication to her sport solidified her as an excellent representative for Team Manitoba at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games’ Opening Ceremonies,” said Kirby. “Our team has been training extremely hard in preparation for these Games. We’re proud of our Herd and are excited to see the results of their hard work in Swift Current next month.”
Team Manitoba’s walkout uniform for the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games was also unveiled. Mondetta Clothing, Team Manitoba’s official uniform provider, designed seven pieces for this year’s squad: a jacket, two t-shirts, pants, shorts, a baseball hat and backpack that will have the Herd the best outfitted team at the games.