2012 Athlete of the Month Awards

JANUARY
David Samayoa

Samayoa earned a gold medal at the Junior Canadian Weightlifting Championships in Ontario. He set four new junior provincial records and won the award for the second best lifter of the entire contest. As a result of his gold medal, he qualified to represent Canada at the Junior World Championships in Guatemala.

Other nominees included: Kelly Parker, Saskatchewan Soccer Association; Kali Christ, Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association; and Brianne Theisen, Saskatchewan Athletics.

FEBRUARY
University of Regina Cougars Men's Wrestling Team

The team won the Canada West Championships and then went on to finish second at the CIS National Championships. Connor Malloy was named outstanding male wrestler of the year at the Canada West Championships. Malloy along with Steven Schneider won their divisions at both the Canada West and CIS Championships.

Other nominees included: Patrick Cowan, Swim Saskatchewan Inc.; Kelsie Hendry, Saskatchewan Athletics; Emily Schaan, Judo Saskatchewan; and Thea Hedemann, Golf Saskatchewan.

MARCH
Patrick Leynes

Patrick Leynes has been named Sask Sport Inc.'s March Athlete of the Month. On March 17, Leynes won gold in the 2012 Junior National Wrestling Championships. He will now move on to compete in the Junior World Championships in Thailand. Leynes also won gold at this year's Golden Bear Invitational and the Cougar Open prior to his wins at Provincials and Nationals.

Other nominees for the March Athlete of the Month included: Nikki Todd, Saskatchewan Squash, Kali Christ, Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association, Troy Bulmer, Golf Saskatchewan, 2012 Darwin Bender Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship Team, Saskatchewan Curling Association and Melfort Special Olympics Curling Team, Special Olympics Saskatchewan.

APRIL
Kelly Wiebe

University of Regina athlete Kelly Wiebe has been named the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. April Athlete of the Month Award.

Wiebe competed in the Vancouver Sun Run on Apr. 16 and defeated 48,904 runners to finish first. In a huge final burst, Wiebe overtook Kenya's Kip Kangogo at the finish line, and completed the 10-kilomtetre road course with a time of 29:11.

Other nominees included: Michael Qing, Special Olympics Saskatchewan and Swim Saskatchewan Inc.; the Saskatoon Junior Huskies Wrestling Club, Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association; Thea Heademann, Golf Saskatchewan; the 2012 Merle Kopach Master Women's Canadian Curling Championship Team, Saskatchewan Curling Association; Christine Richardson, Saskatchewan Racquetball Association; and Russell Lenferna and Drake Greshner - Team Saskatchewan, Water Polo Saskatchewan.

MAY
Brianne Theisen

Saskatchewan track and field athlete Brianne Theisen has been named the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. May Athlete of the Month Award.

Theisen won the heptathlon at the PAC-12 Championships in Eugene, Oregon while competing for the University of Oregon. Her score of 6353 points broke both the university's record and the PAC-12 record, and is currently the third highest score in NCAA history and the second best Canadian performance of all time. Theisen also set a new Saskatchewan Athletics Open/Native Senior Women's record and exceeded the Olympic A+ standard to be ranked first in the world.

Theisen was nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics. She has her sights set on securing a spot on the Olympic team by placing in the top three in the heptathlon at the Canadian Olympic trials/Championships in Calgary, Alberta at the end of June.

Other nominees included: Deagan Wall, Golf Saskatchewan; Tim Landeryou, Saskatchewan Racquetball Association; and Christine Selinger, Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan.

JUNE
Keira Frie

Saskatchewan wheelchair sport athlete Keira Frie of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. June Athlete of the Month Award.

At the Coquitlam Cheetah's 2012 Invitational on Jun 9-10, Frie won a gold medal, two silvers and a bronze. She followed that performance with two gold medals and four silvers at Canadian Track and Field/Canadian Paralympic Trials in Calgary. Due to her performance, she was named to Team Canada at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Her main event at the Paralympic Games will be the 5,000 metres, but she is also under consideration by the coaches for the 100m, 400m, 800m, and 1,500m.

The other nominees were: Tait Nystuen, Regina, athletics; Cathy New, Regina, synchro; Chelsea Stone, Regina, taekwon-do; Arnold Boldt, Saskatoon, cycling; and Logan Campbell, Saskatoon, sailing.

JULY
Tyler Frank

Golfer Tyler Frank of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. July Athlete of the Month Award.

Frank won the Provincial Men's Mid-Amateur Championship on July 9-11, and then won the Provincial Men's Amateur Championship on July 16-19. He is only the second person to win both championships in the same year. Due to this accomplishment, Frank will be competing at the National Championships.

The other nominees were: Jessica Furlan, Regina, athletics; Chelys Vallejo, Prince Alberta, judo; and Ben Lapointe, Saskatoon, canoe kayak.

AUGUST
Kaylyn Kyle and Kelly Parker

These athletes were part of the Canadian team that won the bronze medal in soccer at the Summer Olympic Games in London, England. The team rebounded from a semi-final loss against the United States to capture the bronze medal in a tough 1-0. This is Canada's first medal in a traditional summer team sport since 1936. The duo was nominated by the Saskatchewan Soccer Association.

The other nominees were: Kieran Johnston, Saskatoon, athletics; Jarret Kenke, Saskatoon, canoe kayak; Kris Odegard, Saskatoon, racquetball; Gabrielle Edwards, Saskatoon, triathlon; and Jason Trinh, Saskatoon, weightlifting.

SEPTEMBER
Marg Tosh

On September 15, Tosh attended the Throwers Club Masters throws competition in Stouffville, Ontario. At this competition she won gold in all six of her events: hammer throw, shot put, discus throw, javelin throw, weight throw and weight pentathlon. Tosh also established new Canadian Records in all events and set two new world records for the weight throw and weight pentathlon events. Tosh was nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics.

The other nominees were: Team Saskatchewan Show Jumping - Heather Brodsky, Alicia Arnold, Lanai Seigo, and Helen Isle, Regina; and Marc Mueller, Regina, football.

OCTOBER
Saskatoon's Eastside Vortex Soccer team

From October 3-8, Eastside Vortex competed in the Canadian Soccer Association U18 National Championships in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The Eastside Vortex finished in first place with Erica Hindmarsh scoring the only goal against Alberta in the first half to bring the gold medal back to Saskatchewan. Erica's goal, her 7th of the Under 18 Girls competition, also gave her the Golden Boot, her second in successive years. There were a number of outstanding performances from the team as they went through the competition undefeated with four victories and one draw.

NOVEMBER
Shelby Stene

Stene competed in the Youth Cup in Toronto from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. She won gold in the 400m individual medley (IM), silver in the 800m freestyle and 400m freestyle. She placed fourth in the 200m fly, fifth in the 200m backstroke, seventh in the 200m breaststroke and 200m IM, and 8th in the 200m freestyle. As a result of her placing, Stene has qualified to compete at the Age Group National Championships in the 400m IM, 400m and 800m freestyle and the 200m backstroke. Stene tied for second place for the highest overall points at the competition and broke a 27 year old provincial record in the 13 and 14 year old girls 400 IM. More than 800 swimmers from 30 clubs participated in this event. Stene was nominated by Swim Saskatchewan Inc.

The other nominee was the Junior Women's Cross Country Team - Aurilla Wilson, Regina; Brynn Latimer, Regina; Morgyn Olmstead, Regina; Sarah Slusar, Regina; Jesse Van Eaton, Regina; and Mikaela York, North Battleford.

DECEMBER
Quinn Moore

Quinn Moore of Regina competed in the Paul Bergen Junior International swim meet in Portland Oregon from December 7-9, where he won silver medals in the 100m and 200m backstrokes. Moore's time in the 200m backstroke was also a new Saskatchewan Senior/Open Provincial Record. He is the first Saskatchewan swimmer to go under two minutes for this event. At a competition in Regina on December 15-16, Moore broke the Saskatchewan Senior/Open Provincial Record in the 100m individual medley.

As a result of his success at these competitions, Moore has qualified to compete in six events (400m and 1500m freestyle, 50m, 100m & 200m backstroke and 400m individual medley) in the Canadian Interuniversity Championships. Moore was nominated by Swim Saskatchewan Inc.

The other nominee was the Saskatoon Junior Huskies Wrestling Club.