SaskSport has named Wolseley curler Gil Dash March’s Athlete of the Month. 

Dash experienced a successful month, taking home silver as the second for Team Canada at the 2024 World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Gangneung, South Korea at the start of the month, and earning a gold medal as skip for Saskatchewan 1 at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Moose Jaw at the end of March. 

His team at World’s had an 8-3 record at the end of the round robin, beat Sweden 4-2 in the semi-final, and lost the final to Norway, 6-2. With a silver medal, Canada qualified for the 2026 Milano-Cortina Paralympics.  

At the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Moose Jaw, Dash’s team had an 8-2 record at the end of round robin play and beat Newfoundland/Labrador 7-6 in an extra end at the final. This win was a record fifth Canadian title for Dash. 

Dash said both competitions were tough. “We started out well in both of them – had to basically buckle up a bit in the mid-week because competition was pretty tight, and then be resilient, and make it through the long week, which is like a marathon in both of the competitions.” 

“There was lots of ups and downs, and we managed with both teams to really bear down and come through doing quite well.” 

Dash reacted to being named March Athlete of the Month, saying he felt jubilation at being recognized. “It helps so much, in the feeling of the hard work that I put in, that it’s worthwhile.” 

“It also bodes well to my teammates that helped get me there, my coaching staff, my family that have helped me to reach these goals.” 

He added that he’s put in plenty of work to perfect his game. “It’s a lot of miles on the highway, it’s a lot of time at the curling rink, it’s a lot of time and the gym, it’s a lot of time at physio appointments. It’s a lot of time away from home. So it’s very nice to get recognized.”