2013 Athlete of the Month Awards

DECEMBER
Cassandra Brassard

Cassandra Brassard of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. December Athlete of the Month Award.

On December 13th - 15th Cassandra competed in the Thunderbolt Junior International Swim Meet in Portland, Oregon. This is a high level senior swim meet with 32 teams from three countries.

Cassandra won a silver medal in the 100m Backstroke, a bronze medal in the 800m Freestyle, placed 6th in the 200m Backstroke and placed 8th in the 50m Backstroke.

As a result of Cassandra's performance at this competition, she broke a total of 8 Provincial records: In the 15 to 17 Girls she broke the records in the 50m Backstroke, the 100m Backstroke (in the prelims and again in the finals); and in the 200m Backstroke.

Cassandra also broke the records in the Open Women 50m Backstroke, the 100m Backstroke (in the prelims and again in the finals); and also broke the record in the 200m Backstroke where this record has stood since 2004.

Cassandra now holds all the Backstroke (50m, 100m, and 200m) Provincial records in both the 15 to 17 Girls and the Open Women in Short Course meters.

The other nominee for the December Athlete of the Month was Shannon Comerford of Saskatoon, in the sport of Fencing.

NOVEMBER
Matt Johnson

On November 9, Johnson represented the University of Regina Cougars Men's Cross Country Team in competition at the CIS Cross Country Championships held in London, Ontario. Johnson was the top men's Saskatchewan performer. He completed the 10 km distance with a time of 31:21.00, which gave him the Canada West men's individual title and 5th overall in the CIS.

As a result of his performance, Johnson was named a Canada West First Team All-Star and CIS First Team All-Canadian. He was also named the Canada West Runner of the Year for his accomplishments. Johnson assisted his team to a fourth place finish in Canada West and an eighth place finish in CIS.

Johnson's performance led to his selection to compete at the World University Cross Country Championships (FISU) to be held on March 22, 2014 in Entebbe, Uganda. This will be the first National Team representation for Johnson.

The other nominees were the Regina Optimist Dolphin Relay Team - Jacob Korpan, Joel Robinson, Noah Choboter, Brian Palaschuk, Regina, Swimming; Shannon Comerford, Saskatoon, Fencing; 2013 Heather Burnett Dominion Women's Provincial Championship Team and 2013 Corey Martens Dominion Club Men's Provincial Championship Team, Saskatoon and Rosthern, Curling.

OCTOBER
Milos Kostic

Milos Kostic of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. October Athlete of the Month Award.

On October 7, Kostic, 72, competed at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. This marks the seventh time Kostic has participated in the event since the age of 65. Kostic competed in the men's 70-74 age category successfully defending his 2012 title. He completed the event in just over 12 hours, which consisted of a 3.8 kilometer ocean swim, followed by a 180 kilometer bike ride, and ending with a full marathon run.

The ironman event is considered the most competitive extreme endurance long distance event in the world and is roughly equivalent to four Olympic-distance triathlons.

The other nominee was Danielle Drury, Saskatoon, Racquetball.

SEPTEMBER
Anna Young

Anna Young of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. September Athlete of the Month Award.

On September 8-10, Young competed in the Cougar Classic, a Division 1 NCAA Golf competition, in Charleston, South Carolina. From a field of 96 individuals and 24 teams, Young won gold in individual, as well as gold in team.

Young is currently the Provincial Women's Champion and this was her first college golf victory at the NCAA Division 1 level. Young is the only female golfer from Saskatchewan to ever capture a victory at this level.

Young was T-16 going into the final round and shot five under par to move up the leader board and capture victory by one stroke. Young's performance led the Florida Gators Women's Golf Team to their first victory of the golf season as they edged out Clemson by one stroke for the team title.

The other nominee was Chelsea Stone, Regina, Taekwon-Do.

AUGUST
Jarret Kenke and Mykel Kowaluk

On August 11-17, Kenke and Kowaluk represented Saskatchewan at the 2013 Canada Summer Games where they won a gold medal in the K2 1000m and silver in the K2 200m. They also won gold in the K4 200m and bronze in the K4 1000m when they were joined by Simon Fense and Liam McKinnon. Kowaluk also won a silver medal in the K1 200m and Kenke won bronze in the K1 5000m. Kowaluk also had the honour of being selected by Team Sask to be the flag bearer at the closing ceremonies.

On August 27-31, Kenke and Kowaluk competed in the Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships where they won three gold medals. They also set a new Canadian record in the U19 K2 1000m, breaking the old record by close to half a second. Kenke and Kowaluk were joined by Simon Fense and Keagan Ecklund to win bronze in the Open K4 200m. Kenke also won a silver medal and Kowaluk won bronze in the U19 K1 1000m event.

Kenke represented Canada at the U23 World Championships placing 15th overall in the K1 1000m. He will be representing Canada at the Pan Am Canoe Kayak Championships this October in Puerto Rico.

The other nominees were: Anne Hanbidge, Saskatoon, beach volleyball; Kurt Oatway, Regina, alpine skiing; Ashley Baerg, Dalmeny, wheelchair sports (adapted water skiing); Frances Scott, Saskatoon, lawn bowling; Brett Levis, Saskatoon, soccer; Lindsay Kinnear, Lumsden, Special Olympics and athletics; Bdhanya Ramaswami, Saskatoon, fencing; Kylie Zirk, Saskatoon District Sports Council (canoe kayak); Rylan Wiens, Saskatoon, diving; Samantha Ryan, Saskatoon, swimming; and Kayla Mack, Saskatoon, rugby.

JULY
Graham Smith

Graham Smith of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. July Athlete of the Month Award.

At the International Dragon Boat Festival (IDBF) World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, Smith won the open men's 2000m and mixed 2000m. He also won silver in the mixed 1000m, the men's 200m and the mixed 200m; and a bronze in the men's 500m event. Smith also won the mixed MC-2 event at the Cranberry Marathon Canoe Race in Saskatoon.

The other nominees were: Jessica Furlan, Regina, athletics; Sydney Poliakiwski, Lloydminster, judo; Kahl Boll, Regina, trapshooting; Meagan Cormier, Regina, soccer; and Lee Salzl, Saskatoon, Special Olympics.

JUNE
Becky Richter

Becky Richter of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. June Athlete of the Month Award.

Richter competed in the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Moncton, NB, on June 20-23, where she placed first in all four of her events (100m, 200m, discus throw and club throw). As a result of this accomplishment, she will be competing in the IPC World Championships in Lyon, France. Richter also set a Para Canadian Record in the Club Throw event.

The other nominees were: Jarret Kenke, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan; Lindsay Kinnear, Lumsden, Special Olympics Saskatchewan; Gabrielle Edwards, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Triathlon Association; Jessica Furlan, Regina, Saskatchewan Athletics.

MAY
Brianne Theisen

Brianne Theisen of Humboldt is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. May Athlete of the Month Award.

On May 25-26, Theisen competed at the Hypo Meeting, part of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Combined Events Challenge series in Gotzia, Austria. Theisen won the event for the first time in her career with a score of 6,376 points in the heptathlon, reaching a World A standard and a world leading score in the process. This marked the first victory by a Canadian since 1996.

Theisen will be competing at the National Senior Athletic Championships from June 20-23 in Moncton, NB. Depending on her achievements, she may be selected to the Canadian Team that will be competing at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia from August 10-18.

The other nominees were: Philip Pitura, Regina, Fencing; Maya Lehnert-Thiel, Saskatoon, Swimming; Saskatchewan Wheelchair Rugby Team, Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association; Kylle Flynn, Regina, Handball and Quinton Ambrose, Team Handball, Regina.

APRIL
Lindsay Nicole Reimer

Lindsay Nicole Reimer, Special Olympics Saskatchewan is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. April Athlete of the Month Award.

On April 21, Reimer competed in the Special Olympics Regina Swim Meet, a provincial swim meet with athletes from six Special Olympic communities. She won five gold medals at the swim meet and finished in first place for all five of her events. As a result, she was selected for Team Sask at the Canada Summer Games in August 2013. She will also compete for Special Olympics Saskatchewan at the Special Olympics Saskatchewan Summer Games in Saskatoon in June 2013. Reimer is from North Battleford.

The other nominee was Jeremy Leclerc, Saskatoon Contacts Defenseman, Saskatoon Sports Council and Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association.

MARCH
Saskatchewan Senior Women's Wrestling Team

The Senior Women's Wrestling Team competed at the Senior National Championships in Fredericton on March 21 and came home with its first Provincial Team Title. Six Saskatchewan Team members won medals including three gold, two silver and a bronze. As a result of their accomplishments at this event, team members Natasha Kramble and Jillian Gallays have made the Senior World Team, Pan Am Championships and Universiade, Vanessa Brown and Megan Buydens have made the Senior B Team, and Kathleen Kent and Lisa McKibben have made the U24 Women's Team.

The other nominees were: David Samayoa, Regina, weightlifting; Keegan Christ, Regina, speed skating; Jeremy Eckert, Regina, track and field; Mitch Bossaer, Nik Goncin and Reid Richard, Saskatoon, Regina and Tyvan respectively, wheelchair basketball; Jeremy Leclerc, Saskatoon, hockey; and Robert Kaye, Regina, Special Olympics skiing.

FEBRUARY
Saskatoon Stingers Special Olympics Floor Hockey Team

The Saskatoon Stingers competed in the Special Olympics World Games in Pyeong Chang, Republic of Korea from January 24 to February 5. The Stingers played 13 games in 13 days with 9 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie. They ended up placing first and came home with a gold medal.

The other nominees were: Philip Pitura, Saskatoon, fencing; Larissa Worbicki, Saskatoon, rowing; Lex Ewen, Regina, track and field; Lexy Vincent, Regina, cross country skiing; Jack Karaim, judo and Tim Landeryou, Saskatoon, racquetball.

JANUARY
Kelly Wiebe

Kelly Wiebe of Regina represented Canada at the North America Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships in Mandeville, Jamaica on January 26th. Wiebe competed in the senior men's category and completed the 8 km course with a time of 25:04, achieving 2nd place individually and contributing to a silver medal team performance.

Following the competition, Athletics Canada named the entire 2013 NACAC Cross Country team members, including Wiebe, as the Biosteel Top Performer of the Month for January.

The other nominees were: Patrik Dula, Saskatoon, fencing; Braxton Phommarath, Regina, weightlifting; and the Saskatchewan Women's Squash Team.