2002 Athlete of the Month Awards

JANUARY
Michael Walchuk

Michael Walchuk of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. January Athlete of the Month Award.

Walchuk, 23, won the gold medal in the 75 kg division at the Canadian National Senior Boxing Championships in St. Catherines, Ont. There were 10 provincial teams at the competition and Walchuk's category had 10 competitors. Due to his accomplishment, he will compete for the Team Trials in April, a dual match with Scotland in May, and will represent Canada at a dual match in Ireland in March. He was nominated by the Saskatchewan Amateur Boxing Association.

The other nominees were: Jeff Piercy, Saskatoon, athletics; Jenni Hucul, Saskatoon, athletics; Travis Moe, Regina, weightlifting; and Cody Wozniak, Prince Albert, judo.

FEBRUARY
Catriona LeMay Doan

Catriona LeMay Doan of Saskatoon has been named the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. February Athlete of the Month Award.

At the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, LeMay Doan, 31, won the gold medal in the 500 metres and was ninth in the 1000m speed skating events. She is the only Canadian to have successfully defended an Olympic gold medal title, having won the 500m at the previous Olympics in Nagano. LeMay Doan competed against 30 athletes from 13 countries. She was also the Canadian flag bearer at the Olympics. LeMay Doan was nominated by the Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association.

This honor marks the second award for LeMay Doan this month from Sask Sport Inc. Last week she was named the 2001 Female Athlete of the Year Award recipient.

The other nominees were: Joey LeClare, Edam, boxing; and Emery Tuplin, Saskatoon, athletics.

MARCH
Viola Yanik

Viola Yanik of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. March Athlete of the Month Award.

Yanik, 19, won the gold medal in the women's 68-75 kg class at the Saskatchewan Open Provincial Wrestling Championships in Regina. She followed that performance with a gold medal at the Junior National Championships in Winnipeg, and a bronze medal at the CIS Championships in Thunder Bay. A member of the Saskatoon Wrestling Club, Yanik now qualifies for the Senior National Championships next month. She was nominated by the Saskatchewan Wrestling Association.

The other nominees were the Bruno Axemen Broomball Team, and Chelsea Stone, Regina, taekwon-do.

APRIL
Jean-Pierre Séguin

Jean-Pierre Séguin of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. April Athlete of the Month Award.

Nominated by the Saskatchewan Fencing Association, Séguin, 16, became a world champion after winning gold in cadet (under 16) men's epee at the Junior and Cadet World Fencing Championships in Antalya, Turkey. There were 98 competitors in his age category.

The other nominees were: Tisdale Trojans Hockey Team, and Brad Tighe, Saskatoon, athletics.

MAY
Nicole Cargill

Nicole Cargill of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. May Athlete of the Month Award.

Cargill, 18, was first in junior figures and junior solo and fifth in senior duet at the Synchro Canada National Championships. As a member of the Edmonton Auroras, she placed third in the senior team category. Due to her accomplishments, Cargill will compete at the FINA Junior World Synchronized Swimming Championships. She was nominated by Synchro Saskatchewan.

The other nominees were: River City Volleyball Club Impact; Saskatchewan Junior Women's Handball Team; Matthew Serediak, Regina, squash; Chelsea Stone, Regina, taekwon-do; Team Saskatchewan Artistic Gymnastics; and Julianna Foster, Regina, rugby.

JUNE

Canadian Wheelchair National Rugby Team

Three members of the Canadian Wheelchair National Rugby Team are recipients of the Sask Sport Inc. June Athlete of the Month Award.

Saskatchewan athletes Mike Bacon, Allan Semeniuk, and Daryl Stubel received the award due to their achievements with the national wheelchair rugby team. They won the gold medal at the International Rugby Federation World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the first time that Canada has won a gold medal at these championships. Due to this accomplishment, these team members will compete in several international matches in 2003 and at the 2004 Paralympic Games. Bacon, Semeniuk and Stubel were nominated by the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association.

The other nominees were: Chelsea Stone, Regina, taekwon-do; Valerie Gilliland, Saskatoon, water ski; and Tracy Dulmage-Sprague, Regina, athletics.

JULY
Lisa Franks

Lisa Franks of Moose Jaw is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. July Athlete of the Month Award.

Franks, 20, won gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m at the World Paralympic Championships in Lille, France. There were 16 competitors in her category levels. Due to her accomplishment she will compete at the Jeux Canada Winter Games and other international competitions. She was nominated by Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association.

The other nominees were: Shawn Bunnin, Saskatoon, cycling; Cory Niefer, Yorkton, small bore; Simon Bairu, Regina, athletics; Marissa Leclair, baton twirling, Regina; Trevor Coulman, swim, Saskatoon; and Mark Dodds, Lucky Lake, volleyball.

AUGUST
Eric Kirschner

Eric Kirschner of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. August Athlete of the Month Award.

Kirscher, 28, won a silver medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England. Due to his accomplishment, he will compete at the Pan Am Games and the Olympic Trials in 2003. He was nominated by the Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association.

The other nominees were: Shelley Smith, Prince Albert, archery; Sarah Junkin, Saskatoon, athletics; Michael Walchuk, Regina, boxing; John Haver, Saskatoon, rowing; Valerie Gilliland, Saskatoon, water sking; Victoria Dauncey and Whitney Nichols, baton twirling; Juvenile Ladies War Canoe Team; and Elizabeth Collins, Regina, swimming.

SEPTEMBER
Regina Rowing Team

The Regina rowing team of Ingrid Currie and Michelle Carr are the recipients of the Sask Sport Inc. September Athlete of the Month Award.

Currie and Carr captured two gold medals and two silver at the Masters National Rowing Regatta in Kenora, ON. They won the mixed quad and B women's quad, and were second in mixed quad and C double. They were the only Saskatchewan athletes to win double gold at the event and collectively, they won 11 medals. The pair were nominated by the Saskatchewan Rowing Association.

The other nominee was the Junior Men's Field Lacrosse Provincial Team.

OCTOBER
Provincial Senior Men's Field Lacrosse Team

The Provincial Senior Men's Field Lacrosse Team is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. October Athlete of the Month Award.

This 21-member team won the national title by defeating Quebec with a score of 14-9 in the gold medal game. The team was nominated by the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association.

Other nominees were Frazier Will of Regina, Judo, and Aaron Almassy of Regina, Taekwon-do.

NOVEMBER
Jamie Epp

For the second time in three years, Epp, 22, won the individual cross country title at the CIS Championships in London, ON. He is the first athlete to win an individual cross country championship in the history of the University of Saskatchewan - a feat he has now accomplished twice. Epp is also the tenth athlete in CIS history to be named a First Team All Canadian on four occasions. Due to his accomplishments, Epp will compete at the CIS Track and Field Championships next year. He was nominated by the University of Saskatchewan Huskie Athletics.

The other nominees were: Lindsay Cargill, Regina, synchro; Justin Warsylewicz, Regina, speed skating; Saskatoon Hilltops Junior Football Club; Simon Bairu, Regina, Saskatchewan Athletics; and Kalee Ellis, Rockglen, figure skating.

DECEMBER
Chelsea Stone

At the Junior World Championships in Puerto Rico, Stone, 17, won a silver medal in patterns and bronze medals in team and individual powerbreaking. The championships featured athletes from 22 countries and there were 20 competitors in Stone's category. Due to her accomplishment, she will represent Canada in June at the Senior World Championships in Warsaw, Poland. Stone was nominated by Saskatchewan Taekwon-Do Federation International Inc.

The other nominee was Moses Alli of Regina, who was nominated by the Boxing Federation of Saskatchewan.