2011 Athlete of the Month Awards

JANUARY
Brianne Theisen

Competing for the University of Oregon Brianne at the University of Washington Invitational, in Seattle, WA, Theisen achieved a new personal best of 4,507 points to win the women's indoor pentathlon (comprised of 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, and 800m). Within the competition she also set new indoor personal bests in the high jump with 1.83m and indoor 800m in a time of 2:14.50. In the process, she broke the NCAA Record, University of Oregon school record, and Saskatchewan Athletics Open/Native Senior Women's indoor pentathlon record.

Brianne now looks to defend both her 2010 PAC-10 Conference and NCAA Indoor Championship titles in the pentathlon event. She has represented Canada at the World Championships, World Junior Championships, Pan Am Juniors, and the World Youth Championships.

The other nominations were: Kali Christ, Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating; Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers, Skate Canada Saskatchewan; and Autumn Ashcroft, Saskatchewan WTF Taekwondo Association.

FEBRUARY
Braeden Moskowy/Trish Paulsen Rink

From Jan. 29 to Feb. 5, the Moskowy team competed in the Canadian Junior Men's Championship where they placed first. At this event, the skip, second and third received first team All-Star Awards and the lead received a Second Team All-Star Award. From Jan. 29 to Feb. 5, the Paulsen team competed in the Canadian Junior Women's Championship where they placed first. At this event, Trish won the Second Team All-Star Skip Award. As a result of this, these teams competed in the World Junior Championships.

The other nominations were: Kali Christ, Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating; Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers, Skate Canada Saskatchewan; Brody Pigeon, Boxing Saskatchewan; Kelly Wiebe, Saskatchewan Athletics; and Dennis Dmyterko, Special Olympics Saskatchewan

MARCH
Amber Holland Curling Team

After capturing the gold at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts National Championship, the Amber Holland Curling Team moved on to compete in their first ever World Women's Curling Championship. They played an amazing tournament and competed against 12 separate teams to come home with a silver medal.

The other nominations were: Taryn Suttie, Saskatchewan Athletics; Eric Bryce, Saskatchewan Baseball Association; Team Saskatchewan, Synchro Saskatchewan; Drew Matthews, Swim Saskatchewan Inc.; Kali Christ, Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association.

APRIL
Colette Bourgonje

Nominated by the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association, Colette competed in the IPC Biathlon and Cross Country World Championships in Russia, where she won gold in the 10 km event, placed sixth in the 5km event, and finished eighth in the sprint.

The other nominees were the Provincial Junior Racquetball Team, and Jeff Basset, Broomball.

MAY
Kendra Schaaf

Nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics, Kendra Schaaf competed for the University of North Carolina at the NCAA East Regional Championships held in Bloomington, IL from May 27 to 28. In the 10,000 m race Kendra looked strong until suffering a fall causing her to narrowly miss qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships by two spots and only one second. The following day, Kendra rebounded to secure second place in her heat of the 5,000 m with a time of 16:15.37. This performance has qualified her for the prestigious NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Championships held in Des Moines, IA from June 8 to 11 where she will look to reach the finals. Later this summer, Kendra will look to medal in these events at the Canadian Senior Championships in Calgary from June 22-25. The other nominee was Bishop Sommerfeld, Judo Saskatchewan.

JUNE
Keira Frie

Nominated by the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association, Keira Frie competed in the Rendez-Vous Select 2011 in Quebec where she won four gold medals. She then went on to compete in the Canadian National Track and Field Championships on June 22 where she won five gold medals.

The other nominees were Bevin Kennelly, nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics and Todd Parker, nominated by the Saskatchewan Karate Association.

JULY
Carol LaFayette-Boyd

LaFayette-Boyd competed in the 2011 World Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. representing Regina's Excel Athletika Track and Field Club. She had an outstanding international performance earning a total of four medals for Team Canada. Competing in the women's 65-69 age category, she achieved gold in the 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump events. Her fifth medal was bronze as a member of the Canadian Women's 4 x 400m relay team with a time of 4:35.61 (45 age category). She was also a member of the fourth place Canadian Women's 60 age category 4 x 100m relay team in a time of 1:04.60. She was nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics.

AUGUST
Water Polo Team

Rachel Krieger, Kelsey Jensen and Taylor Molde of Water Polo Saskatchewan have been named the recipients of the Sask Sport Inc. August Athlete of the Month Award.

This trio competed in the Pan Am 17 and Under in San Juan, Puerto Rico from August 8-12, 2011. They had been centralized all of July in Montreal with the top 30 athletes in the country. They made the final cut to be on the top 13 to go to the Pan Ams. They won gold beating USA in the final game and qualified for the World Championship that will be held in 2012 in Perth, Australia. Kreiger was also designated as the Team Captain of this 17U National Team.

The other nominees were: Kiera West, Saskatchewan Baton Twirling Association; Canoe/Kayak Western Canada Summer Games Team, Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan; 2011 Western Canada Summer Games Women's Wrestling Team, Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association; Cole Benkic, Swim Saskatchewan Inc.; Christine Selinger, Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association; and Lloyd Litwin, Saskatchewan Amateur Trapshooting Association.

SEPTEMBER
Curtis Graves

At the Youth Commonwealth Games on Sept. 9, Graves placed second in high bar, third in rings, and third in parallel bars. The Canadian team placed second overall. This also marked the first international competition for Graves. He was nominated by Gymnastics Saskatchewan.

The other nominees were: Team Saskatchewan Equestrian, Saskatchewan Horse Federation; and Cole Miller, Dive Saskatchewan.

OCTOBER
Andrew Albers

Albers helped his team to win the bronze medal at the Word Cup in Baseball. He then went on to compete at the Pam Am Games, where his team won the gold medal. Albers was the starting pitcher in the championship game against Team USA. He pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up only one earned run. Albers was nominated by the Saskatchewan Baseball Association.

The other nominees were: the HUSA Alumni Soccer Team, and Troy Bulmer, golf.

NOVEMBER
Vanessa Brown

On Nov. 4, Brown competed in the Hargobind International where she won a bronze medal. Then on Nov.12, she competed in the New York Athletic Club International where she won a gold medal. On Nov. 26, she competed in the Huskie Open where she won a gold medal.

The other nominee was Bob Hudson, Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association, compound bow athlete.

DECEMBER
Jeff Adamson

On December 17, 2011, wrestling athlete, Adamson, competed in the Canadian Olympic Trials in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At this event, there were 10 other provinces in attendance with a total of 10 participants in his category. He earned a gold medal at this competition. In the months ahead, he is looking forward to qualifying the weight class in order to be the Olympic team representative from Canada.