2001 Athlete of the Month Awards

JANUARY
Catriona Le May Doan

Speed skater Catriona Le May Doan of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. January Athlete of the Month Award.

At the Canadian Long Track Championships, Le May Doan, 29, won a gold medal and set a world record in the 500m, won a gold medal and set a Canadian record in the 1000m, won the overall points and set a new world record in that event, and was named the Canadian Sprint Champion. In World Cup races, Le May Doan won two gold medals in the 500m at Inzell, Germany; and a gold medal and a bronze medal in the 500m at Helsinki, Finland.

The other nominees were: Elizabeth Collins, Regina, swimming; Ryan Henney, Saskatoon, boxing; and Nicole Watt, Melfort, figure skating.

FEBRUARY
Stefanie Miller Curling Team

The Stefanie Miller Curling team, which consists of Stefanie Miller, Marliese Miller, Chantelle Seiferling, Chelsey Bell and coach Bob Miller, is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. February Athlete of the Month Award.

This team finished second at the Karcher Canadian Junior Women's Curling Championships in St. Catherines, Ont., on Feb. 3-11. They received the First Team All-Star Award and the coach received the 3M Coaching Award. The team was nominated by the Saskatchewan Curling Association.

The other nominees were: Elizabeth Collins, Regina, swimming; Kerry Simpson, Melville, speed skating; and Mandi Tasche, Saskatoon, athletics.

MARCH
University of Regina Cougar Women's Basketball Team

This 13-member team led by coach Christine Stapleton won the gold medal at the CIAU National Championships in Edmonton on Mar. 8-11. The competition featured eight teams representing 39 Canadian universities.

This championship marked the culmination of an outstanding season for the Cougars. The team placed first in its conference and won the GPAC Conference Championship. The Cougars' season record was 20 wins and 2 losses.

The other nominees were: Kim Weger, Regina, speed skating; Karla Johnson, Saskatoon, athletics; Shawn Peters, Regina, athletics; Elizabeth Collins, Regina, swimming; Viola Yanik, Saskatoon, wrestling; Regina Aces Ringette Team; Chelsea Stone, Regina, taekwon-do; Erica Pilon, Saskatoon, table tennis; and Casey Berry, Saskatoon, baton twirling.

APRIL
Regina Silver Screen Bruins

The 20-member team, coached by Jeff Nostadt and Ray Bender, captured the gold medal at the Canadian Senior Broomball Championships in Calgary on Apr. 4-7. This is the first time since the tournament began 25 years ago that a western Canadian team has won. The event featured 12 teams from across Canada.

This honor is the latest in a series of accomplishments for the team. Since December it has won the Calgary Tournament, Silver Screen Bruins Tournament, Saskatoon Gold Broom Tournament, Regina Men's Contact League Title (seventh consecutive year) and the Senior Provincial Championships. The team finished the season with an overall record of 39 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie.

The other nominees were: Hilary Adams, Regina, canoe; Tara Kergan, Moose Jaw, speed skating; and the Saskatoon Junior Huskies Wrestling Club.

MAY
Jean-Pierre Seguin

Jean-Pierre Seguin of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. May Athlete of the Month Award.

At the National Fencing Championships in Saskatoon Seguin, 15, won a gold medal in under 17, marking the third consecutive year he has been the national champion. He also won a gold in the under 20 and a bronze medal in senior event. Prior to the Nationals, Seguin won a gold medal in junior men's epee at the Western Canadian Championships in Calgary. Due to these achievements, Seguin was named as the top under 17 and under 20 athlete for the 2001 season. He will also compete at the World Championships in 2002.

The other nominees were: Saskatchewan Juvenile Women's Handball Team; Chelsea Stone, Taekwon-Do; Stephanie Wheler, Volleyball; Kris Nichols, Baton Twirling; Clayton Gerein, Wheelchair Sports; and, Brandi Jacobson-Prentice, Racquetball.

JUNE
Ladonna Antoine-Watkins

Ladonna Antoine-Watkins of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. June Athlete of the Month Award.

Nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics, Antoine-Watkins, 26, won a gold medal in the 200m and set a new Saskatchewan Native Record at the Canadian Senior Championships in Edmonton on June 22-24. She also won a bronze medal in the 400m. Due to her accomplishments, Antoine-Watkins was named to the 2001 Canadian Team for the Jeux de la Francophonie Games in Ottawa this month.

The other nominee was David Stewart, Prince Albert, golf.

JULY
Elizabeth Collins

Elizabeth Collins of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. July Athlete of the Month.

Competing at the Youth, Junior and Swad Nationals in Winnipeg, Collins won gold medals in the 100 free, 200 free, and 100 fly. She also won a silver medal in the back and was fourth in the 100 back and 200 back. A total of 125 athletes from all the provinces competed against Collins. Due to her accomplishments, she will compete at the Summer Nationals in Toronto and the Canada Games. Collins was nominated by Swim Saskatchewan.

The other nominees were: Brad and David Grant, Saskatoon, sailing; Karen Lausch, Estevan, golf; Benjamin Hunt, Gull Lake, trapshooting; Simon Bairu, Regina, and Adam Coates, Saskatoon, cycling.

AUGUST
Hillary Adams

Hillary Adams of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. August Athlete of the Month Award.

Adams, 16, set a Canada Summer Games record with eight medals. The canoeist won gold in the C-1 500m, C-1 1000m, C-1 6000m, silver in the C-1 200m, C-2 200m, C-4 500m, and bronze medals in the C-2 500m, and C-2 1000m. Adams also competed at the National Canoe Championships in Lac Beauport, Que., where she won gold medals in the midget C-1 1000m, juvenile C-1 1000m, and midget C-1 600m, and a bronze medal in the C-1 200m. Adams was nominated by the Saskatchewan Canoe Association.

The other nominees were: Jenni Hucul, Saskatoon, athletics; Rose Brass, Yorkton, Special Olympics; Frazer Will, Star City, judo; Adam Coates, Saskatoon, cycling; Barb Wilson, Saskatoon, golf; Canada Summer Games Team Saskatchewan Wrestling; Ryan Flannigan, Prince Albert, archery; Sundown Optimist Buffalo Gals World Baton Twirling Team; and Howard Weitzel, North Battleford, horseshoes.

SEPTEMBER
Adam Coates

Adam Coates of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. September Athlete of the Month Award.

At the World Cycling Championships in Vail, Colorado, Coates, 17, captured first place in the team relay, overcoming national teams from 14 countries. He also placed 15th in the junior category against 65 other competitors. Coates was nominated by the Saskatchewan Cycling Association.

The other nominee was Carolyn Ganes, Saskatoon, basketball.

OCTOBER
Kelsie Hendry

Kelsie Hendry of Saskatoon has been named the Sask Sport Inc. October Athlete of the Month.

Hendry, 19, won a silver medal in pole vault at the PanAm Junior Championships in Santa Fe, Argentina. She also established a new Canadian junior native record and a Saskatchewan junior native and open record. She was nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics.

The other nominee was the Saskatchewan Senior Men's Field Lacrosse Team.

NOVEMBER
Saskatoon Hilltops

The Hilltops captured their 10th Canadian Championship title by defeating the defending champions, the Okanagan Sun, 45-11, at the Canadian Bowl Junior Championships in Edmonton. The Hilltops were nominated by Football Saskatchewan.

The other nominees were: Tammy de Laforest, Regina, boxing; Shawn Bunnin, Saskatoon, cycling; and Jamie Epp, Clavet, athletics.

DECEMBER
Chelsea Stone

At the Pan American ITF Taekwon-Do Championships in Puerto Rico, Stone, 17, won gold medals in patterns and sparring (heavyweight). She competed against 10 athletes in her category from five countries. Stone was nominated by the Saskatchewan Taekwon-Do Federation.

Stone has been a strong role model for the province's young taekwon-do athletes. She helps instruct classes in taekwon-do as well as women's self-defense.

The other nominee was Simon Bairu, Regina, athletics.