Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sask Sport announces award finalists

Sask Sport Inc. today announced the finalists and recipients for the Saskatchewan Sport Awards, which include the 2010 Athlete of the Year Awards, Saskatchewan Coaching Awards, and Saskatchewan Volunteer Recognition Awards. New to this year’s awards ceremony is the Officials’ Awards.

The Saskatchewan Sport Awards are held annually by Sask Sport Inc. to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Saskatchewan amateur athletes and those individuals who provide their support so these athletes can achieve their goals. This year, the committee received 88 nominations for the various award categories.

“Our province is home to many talented athletes who excel at the regional, national and international levels, and this is our opportunity to recognize them for their accomplishments. Our athletes are supported by a vast network of coaches, officials and volunteers and we want thank them for their contributions to our amateur sport system,” said Audra Young, Sask Sport Inc. President.

The finalists for the Athlete of the Year Awards are:

• Russell Hart, Regina, Saskatchewan Rowing Association
• Mike Vincent, Regina, Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
• Hylke van der Wal, Dalmeny, Saskatchewan Athletics

Youth - Male:
• Jarret Kenke, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
• Michael Qing, Regina, Swim Saskatchewan Inc., and Special Olympics
• Sam Valentine, Saskatoon, Dive Sask

Youth - Female:

• Emily Schann, Saskatoon, Judo Saskatchewan
• Renae Barks, Regina, Saskatchewan Rowing Association
• Jessica Campbell, Melville, Saskatchewan Hockey Association

• Ben Hebert, Regina, Regina Sport District Inc.
• Lucas Makowsky, Regina, Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association
• Jordan Eberle, Regina, Saskatchewan Hockey Association

• Colette Bourgonje, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association
• Colleen Sostorics, Kennedy, Southeast Connection Sport, Culture and Recreation
Kaylyn Kyle, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Soccer Association


University of Saskatchewan Huskie Men’s Basketball Team Huskie Athletics
• Team Saskatchewan Male – National Aboriginal Hockey Championships Saskatchewan Hockey Association
• Saskatoon Hilltops, Football Saskatchewan

The recipients of the Volunteer Recognition Award, Coaching Awards, and Officials’ Awards are:

Volunteer Recognition Awards:
• Thomas Victor (TV) Taylor, Warman, Judo Saskatchewan
• Jennifer Ellarma, Kindersley, Special Olympics Saskatchewan

Coach of the Year Award:

• Dean McGarry, Lloydminster, Judo Saskatchewan

Coach Dedication Awards – Male and Female:
• Frank McCrystal, Regina, University of Regina Athletics
• Brenda Bennett, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Baton Twirling Association

Officials’ Awards – Male and Female:
• Blake Lyons, Outlook, Saskatchewan Athletics Association
• Arleen Day, Silton, Saskatchewan Curling Association

Guest speaker will be philanthropist, motivator and former NHL coach, Ted Nolan. The success Nolan has had coaching is substantial, and his accomplishments outside of hockey are equally impressive www.sasksport.sk.ca/SportAwards/guestSpeaker.php.

The Saskatchewan Sport Awards will be held Thursday, April 7th at TCU Place in Saskatoon. Tickets for the evening are available for $75 each, or $600 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, phone 975-0800 in Saskatoon or 780-9300 in Regina, or online at www.sasksport.sk.ca/SportAwards/tickets.php.

Event sponsors include Global TV, McMaster Photographers, Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan, the Coaches Association of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Lotteries. Proceeds from the event will support the Sport Legacy Fund’s Future Best Program, which assists the next generation of Saskatchewan’s national team athletes.

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