The Saskatchewan Games Council recognizes the accomplishments of individual athletes and District Teams through the bestowment of several awards during and after each installment of the Saskatchewan Games.
The Games Flag
The Games Flag is a prize given to the District who earns the most flag points at a Games. The amount of flag points a District team collects is determined based on the scoring system.
The scoring system works as follows: nine flag points are awarded to the athlete or team that wins first place; eight flag points go to second place; seven flag points go to third place, and so on. The amount of flag points an athlete or team earns decreases the further they finish away from first place.
At the end of the Games, all flag points for each District team are tallied to give every District a final flag point score. The District team that scores the most flag points wins the prestigious Games Flag.
Team Saskatoon was awarded the Games Flag at the 2023 Saskatchewan Winter Games in Regina.
For past Games Flag results click here.
Joe Griffith Trophy
The Joe Griffith trophy represents overall district improvement. District Teams looking to win the trophy need to have the highest percentage of improvement when their total district team Flag Points are compared with their previous Games statistics. Check out the example below for further explanation.
Let’s take a look at how the imaginary District 99 won the Joe Griffith Trophy in 2016. In 2012, District 99 came in 9th place with the least amount of Flag Points at the Saskatchewan Summer Games. Four years later, District 99 came in 3rd place with the 3rd most Flag points at the Saskatchewan Summer Games. So District 99’s final Flag Point standing in 2016 improved by 33 percent when compared with their previous final Flag Point standing in 2012. That 33 percent may not seem like a lot, but it doesn’t have to be. The reason District 99 won the Joe Griffiths Trophy is because their 33 percent improvement was higher than all the other Districts' percentages of improvement.
Don’t forget, the comparison between final standing points is made on a winter-to-winter and summer-to-summer basis. The cool thing about the scoring system is that it’s designed so that the District team with the most athletes participating in and doing well at a Games is usually the team that wins the trophy. This encourages each District to have as many athletes in each sport as the rules allow!
Team South East was awarded the Joe Griffith Award at the 2023 Saskatchewan Winter Games in Regina.
For past Joe Griffith results click here.
The SaskMilk District Spirit Award
The SaskMilk District Spirit Award is presented at each Saskatchewan Summer and Winter Games to one male and one female athlete who best combine competitive performance, strong leadership skills, good sporting conduct, and a spirit of fair play, cooperation, and friendship.
Team North was awarded the SaskMilk District Spirit Award at the 2023 Saskatchewan Winter Games in Regina.
The Lorne Lasuita Saskatchewan Games Athletic Award
The Lorne Lasuita Saskatchewan Games Athletic Award is presented following each Saskatchewan Summer and Winter Games to one male and one female athlete who best combine competitive performance, strong leadership skills, good sporting conduct, and a spirit of fair play, cooperation, and friendship. The Award provides an athletic bursary intended to assist the recipients with their ongoing participation in sport.
The recipients of the 2023 Lorne Lasuita Saskatchewan Games Athletic Award are Leo Emond of Team North and Aya Burrell of Team Parkland Valley. Read more here.