2009 Athlete of the Month Awards

JANUARY
Brianne Theisen

Theisen, 20, of Humboldt competed at the University of Washington Invitation held in Seattle this January. At the event, she set a new Saskatchewan Athletics Record of 4,181 in the women's Indoor Pentathlon, breaking the previous record set in 1984. Due to her outstanding performance, she qualified to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championship in Texas in March.

Theisen was nominated for the Athlete of the Month Award by Saskatchewan Athletics.

FEBRUARY
Janine Polischuk

Competing in her fifth and final Canada West University Conference Championships this February, Polischuk, 24, of Regina claimed gold medals in 60m hurdles, long jump, and triple jump. She was also the silver medalist in both high jump and pentathlon and won a bronze medal in the women's 4 x 200m relay.

In recognition of her outstanding accomplishments, Polischuk was named Female Field Performer of the meet for the second consecutive year. She is a multiple Provincial Record holder with Saskatchewan Athletics.

Polischuk was nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics.

MARCH
Kendra Chernoff

At the 2009 Spring Nationals, Chernoff not only won the 100m butterfly event after defeating the former national champion, record holder, and 2008 Olympic Team member, but she also set a new Senior/Open National record and a new 15-17 National Age Group record in the event. In total, she set 12 new Short Course Provincial records in both the 15-17 and Senior/Open age categories at the competition. She also won gold in the 100 fly, placed fifth in the 200 fly, and finished ninth in the 50 fly.

Due to her accomplishments, Chernoff has an excellent chance of being selected to the national team that will compete at the 2009 World Aquatic Championships.

Chernoff was nominated by Swim Saskatchewan Inc.

APRIL
Notre Dame Midget AAA Hounds

The team won gold in the Telus Cup National Midget AAA Championship in Selkirk, Manitoba. The Hounds consists of 18 players: Brent Benson; Scott Bolland; Trevor Cameron; Brad Cuzner; Lucas Froese; Benoit Gamache; Drew George; Carson Grolla; Zachary Hodder; Brody Hoffman; Nolan Huysmans; Daniel Lee; Patrick McGillis; Francis Menard; Jesse Craig Pauls; Brantley Schapansky; Justin Sefton; Blaine Thomson. The team was nominated by the Saskatchewan Hockey Association.

The other nominees were: Master Women's Curling Team; Danette Doetzel, Macklin, athletics; Odessa Bandits Broomball Team; and Colin Mohr, Regina, racquetball.

MAY
Eugene Hritzuk Senior Men's Curling Team

Lead by skip Eugene Hritzuk, the team consists of third Kevin Kalthoff, second Verne Anderson, and lead Dave Folk. The team won the 2009 World Senior Men's Curling Championship in Dunedin, New Zealand, finishing unbeaten with a 5-0 record, a game ahead of former champion Keith Prentice of Scotland. Team members are from Saskatoon, Humboldt, and Wadena. The team was nominated by the Saskatchewan Curling Association.

The other nominees were: Ivan English, Saskatoon, Mike Vincent, Regina, canoe; Jessica Guenther, Saskatoon, synchronized swimming; Kris Odegard, Saskatoon, racquetball; Team Saskatchewan Women's Hockey; Team Saskatchewan Junior Men's Handball; Jason Warick, Saskatoon, athletics; Meta Woods, Regina, swimming.

JUNE
Danette Doetzel

Nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics, Doetzel won a gold medal in the women's 10,000 meter event at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She broke the Provincial Senior and Open 10,000 meter record for the second time this year. Doetzel also captured the bronze medal in the women's 5000m event at the National Senior Championships. Due to her accomplishments, she is eligible to qualify for the 2009 Francophone Games in Beirut, Lebanon.

The other nominees were Kiera Frie, wheelchair sports; and Kia Byers, canoe kayak.

JULY
Kendra Schaaf

At the Canadian Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Schaaf won the 1500m and 3000m, setting new Canadian Junior Championship records in both events. Her outstanding performance qualified her to compete at the 2009 Pan Am Junior Championships in Trinidad and Tobago. She recently competed at the 2009 Canada Summer Games in Prince Edward Island.

Schaaf was nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics.

AUGUST
Tiffany Dodds

Dodds recently competed in the 2010 World Championship Qualifier for volleyball. She was the tournament MVP, third best scorer, best spiker, tenth best blocker and eleventh best server. She is also the starting "outside hitter" for Team Canada. She helped her team to finish first in the NORCECA Qualification round in Tijuana, Mexico.

Dodds was nominated by Saskatchewan Volleyball Association.

SEPTEMBER
Pete Andrews

Pete Andrews of Saskatoon is the Sask Sport Inc. September Athlete of the Month.

At the 2009 IWSF Disabled World Water Ski Championships held in Vichy, France, Andrews won Canada's first ever gold medal in the men's jump event. He also increased his slalom speed to 43-46 km. There were 18 countries and over 60 competitors at this event.

Andrews was nominated by the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association.

OCTOBER
Fiona Vincent

Vincent won a total of 10 medals at the World Master Games in Australia, earning eight gold, one silver and one bronze medal. Her outstanding accomplishment comes almost a year after undergoing knee surgery and extensive rehabilitation. Despite these challenges, Vincent persevered to retain her fitness through alternative cross training and went on to compete at the international level at the World Masters Games.

Vincent was nominated by Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan.

NOVEMBER
Kelly Wiebe

A member of the University of Regina Cougars athletics team, Wiebe recently competed at the 2010 CIS Cross Country Championships in the 10 km event, where he placed third out of 130 athletes. His performance helped the Cougars Men's Team place fourth in the CIS and first in the Canada West Conference - the first-ever Canada West title for the Cougars program.

In recognition of his outstanding performance, Wiebe was named Canada West Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year, First Canada West Team All Star, and First All - Canadian Team honors.

At the 2010 Canadian Cross Country Championships, Wiebe placed fourth out of 92 competitors in the Senior Men's 10 km race, and captured second in the team competition with teammates Simon Bairu and Jaime Epp.

Wiebe was nominated by the Saskatchewan Athletics.

DECEMBER
Lucas Makowsky

Makowsky, 22, competed in the 2009 Canadian Single Distance Championships as part of the National Olympic Trials for long track speed skating. At this event, he finished first in both the 5000m and 1500m events. As a result of this placing, he qualified for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Makowsky also competed in World Cup #4, finishing second in Team Pursuit, tenth in the 1500m, and seventeenth in the 5000m. He also competed at World Cup #5, where he finished third in Team Pursuit, eighth in the 1500m, and twentieth in the 5000m.

Makowsky was nominated by the Saskatchewan Speed Skating Association.