Mark Bracken retires after 38 years in sport and recreation

Mark Bracken has spent the past 38 years dedicating himself to Saskatchewan sport and recreation. After nearly four decades of commitment, Bracken has announced he will step into retirement as of March 31, 2024.  

In 1988, Bracken began what would be a long and successful career in sport and recreation. Working as the Zone 5 Sport Coordinator, he helped prepare teams for the 1988 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Melfort, the 1990 Saskatchewan Winter Games in Melville and the 1992 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Prince Albert. 

Bracken joined the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association after relocating to Regina in 1992 and spent six years as a Recreation Consultant. From 1998-2014 he joined Sask Sport and contributed to various roles within the organization. Over 17 years, he was involved with KidSport, sponsorship, sport funding, sport legacy funding and coaching development, before being named Executive Director of the Coaches Association of Saskatchewan in 2008.  

In 2014, the final step of his career brought him to the Saskatchewan Games Council as Executive Director, where he remained an integral member for ten years.  

Bracken’s passion for sport reaches beyond his career and led to his involvement with numerous volunteer opportunities. He attended 12 Canada Games where he served various times as Chef de Mission, Assistant Chef de Mission and mission staff. Since 1988, he has assisted in 10 Saskatchewan Games, attended the North American Indigenous Games and several editions of the Tony Cote Games.