2006 Athlete of the Month Awards

JANUARY
Mandy Selzer Women's Curling Team

The team of Mandy Selzer (skip), Eirn Selzer (third), Kristen Mitchell (second), and Megan Selzer (lead) won the Provincial title against Saskatoon, which earned them the right to represent Saskatchewan at the M&M Canadian Junior Women's Curling Championships. The team then went on to win the Canadian title. There were 12 teams represented at the national championships. The team will now compete at the World Junior Women's Curling Championships in Jeonju, Korea, in March. The team was nominated by the Saskatchewan Curling Association.

The other nominees were: Tannis Hancock, Saskatoon, wheelchair sports; and Tremaine Miles, Regina, boxing.

FEBRUARY
Jason Parker

Parker, 30, won a silver medal in team pursuit at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. There were eight teams from eight countries in his category. Parker was nominated by the Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association.

The other nominee was William Urton, Duck Lake, cross country skiing.

MARCH
Colette Bourgonje

Bourgonje, 44, won bronze medals in women's 5 km freestyle and 10 km classic at the Winter Paralympic Games in Torino, Italy. She also placed sixth in the 2.5 km freestyle. Bourgonje was nominated by Cross Country Saskatchewan.

The other nominees were: Mark Dodds, Saskatoon, volleyball; Ali (Alexandra) McCudden, Regina, taekwon-do; Nicole Cargill, Regina, synchro; and the Bruno Axemen Broomball Team.

APRIL
Kris Odegard

During his first competition as a member of Team Canada, Odegard earned gold in the racquetball competition at the Pan-Am Championships in Guatemala City. A total of 100 athletes from 13 countries competed in the world-class event.

His performance has now earned him the right to compete at the upcoming National and World Racquetball Championships. Odegard was nominated by the Saskatchewan Racquetball Association.

The other nominees were: Stuart Twardzik, Debden, boxing; Brittany Blair and W. Bryce Bartel, Drake, figure skaing; Lucian Phillips, Regina, taekwon-do; Team Saskatchewan Junior Wheelchair Basetball Team; and Jessica Guenther, Saskatoon, synchro.

MAY
Regina Squids Senior Men's Water Polo Team

The Regina Squids Senior Men's Water Polo Team have been named the Sask Sport Inc. May Athletes of the Month. They captured the National title and earned Gold at the Senior Men's National Championship in Montréal by defeating the Hamilton Aquatics 15-8 in the final match.

Water Polo Canada's top 8 men's teams from (CNWPL) Canadian National Water Polo League battled in Montreal May 19-21 for the final championship title, Canada's premier event.

Regina Squids Senior Men's Water Polo Team consists of 11 members: Kevin Graham, Mike Brough, Noah Miller, Robin Randall, Petros Aigintis, Luke Murtha, Taso Harbis, Justin Beitel, Mark Smorong, Rob Pesun and Andre Koch. The team is coached by Mike Mortin who introduced a 3 year plan to win this Championship. Mortin has coached the Senior team for 5 years.

As a result of the Regina Squids performance team members Kevin Graham, Noah Miller and Robin Randall were named to the All Star Team and Kevin Graham was also named M.V.P. in the league.

The Regina Squids were nominated by Water Polo Sask.

The other nominees were: Alexandra Wrubleski, Cycling, Regina; Casey Berry, Baton Twirling, Saskatoon; Nicole Cargill, Synchro, Regina; and Alan Hewlett, Fencing, Saskatoon.

JUNE
Alexandra Wrubleski

Wrubleski, 22, Regina, won gold in the Individual Time Trial and the Road Race in the elite women and under 23 women competitions in Quebec City to claim four gold medals. She is the first Saskatchewan rider to win these titles. Her win automatically pre-selects her for the world championships in Salzburg, Austria in September. She was nominated by the Saskatchewan Cycling Association.

The other nominees were: Johnathan Ell, rowing, Regina; Saskatoon Aqualenes Synchronized Swimming Team; Bonnie LaPierre, darts, Prince Albert; and Trish Dowling, horse federation, St. Denis.

JULY
Cole Miller

Representing the Regina Diving Club at the Speedo Junior National Diving Championships in Edmonton, AB, Miller, 13, won gold medals in the 1m and the 3m, and a bronze medal in the platform. Due to his achievements, Miller was named to the Junior National Diving Team and was named the most outstanding male diver in the 12-13 age categories. He is a favourite at the Canada/US Challenge in May 2007 and an identified athlete for the Team Sask Diving Team at the 2007 Western Canada Games. Miller was nominated by Sask Diving Inc.

The other nominees were: Eric Cameron, Moose Jaw, Special Olympics/powerlifting; Keira Frie, Saskatoon, athletics; and Duncan Gilchrist, Saskatoon, Rowing.

AUGUST
Jacqueline Rennebohm

Rennebohm, 17, of Regina competed in the SWAD Canada-USA National Championships in San Antonio, Texas, which featured 139 swimmers from seven countries. She earned gold in all five of her events - 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 100m fly and 200m individual medley. Her strong performance has also earned her a spot on the SWAD National Team and Team Canada to represent Canada at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Durban, South Africa in December. She was nominated by Swim Saskatchewan.

The other nominees were: Braden Bauml, Muenster, baseball; Pete Andrews, Saskatoon, water ski and wakeboard; Sydney Byrns, Saskatoon, sailing; Peter Jmaeff, Kamsack, rifle; Jason Blakley, Regina; soccer; Andrew Knorr, Saskatoon, rowing; Jessica Guenther, Saskatoon, synchro; and Graham DeLaet, Weyburn, golf.

SEPTEMBER
Shannon Comerford

Shannon Comerford, 18, of Saskatoon won the gold medal in the Junior Women's Foil event and a bronze medal in the Women's Foil at the Canadian Selection Circuit #1. Due to this accomplishment, Comerford will compete at the U.S., European and Asian Tournaments, and then the World Championships. She was nominated by Saskatchewan Fencing Association.

The other nominees were: Stephen Krieg, Saskatoon, soccer; Jillian Gallays, Humboldt, wrestling.

OCTOBER
Milos Kostic

Kostic, 65, won the gold medal in the 65-69 age category at the Ford Ironman World Triathlon Championships in Hawaii. The event consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. There were 26 competitors in his category. Kostic was nominated by the Saskatchewan Triathlon Association.

The other nominee was John Haver, Saskatoon, Rowing.

NOVEMBER
Rowing Team of Andrew Knorr and and Alex Brazill

The Rowing Team of Andrew Knorr, 17, Saskatoon, and Alex Brazill, 17, Regina are the recipients of the Sask Sport Inc. Athlete of the Month Award.

The pair won the gold medal in the junior men's double and a silver in the junior men's pairs at the National Rowing Championships in Welland, Ontario. There were 14 athletes from seven crews in their category. They were nominated by the Saskatchewan Rowing Association.

The other athletes were: Tyler O'Gorman, Saskatoon, football; Lucas Makowsky, Regina, speed skating; Brent Hankewich, Saskatoon, swimming; Genevieve Binsfeld, Watson, athletics.

DECEMBER
Jayd Lukenchuk named Sask Sport Inc. December Athlete of the Month

Jayd Lukenchuk of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. December Athlete of the Month Award.

The 16-year-old won the vault and rings events and was second in the horizontal bar at the Elite Canada Gymnastics Championships. Due to these placings, he finished first all-round at the Championships. There were 13 competitors in his category. Due to these accomplishments, Lukenchuk was named to the Canadian team, which will compete at the Stella Zahkarova championships in Ukraine. He will also be competing at the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, YK. Lukenchuk was nominated by Gymnastics Saskatchewan.

The other nominee was Tarsch Bakos, Saskatoon, fencing.