2016 Athlete of the Month Awards

DECEMBER
Marco Schumann

Marco Schumann of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. December Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by the Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association.

Schumann finished first in the 1,500m Super Final and third in overall points at the Canadian Junior Short Track Championships in Calgary. He also placed third in the 1,500m, sixth in the 500m and ninth in the 1,000m. He became the first Saskatchewan speed skater to qualify for the World Junior Short Track Championships (which are to be held this month in Austria) in the past 20 years.

NOVEMBER
Noah Picton

Noah Picton of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. November Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by Football Saskatchewan.

Picton, the starting quarterback for the University of Regina Rams, received the Hec Crighton Trophy as the top player in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football. He is the first Rams player to win the award and only the second recipient from Saskatchewan. He was also named a CIS first-team all-star.

The other outstanding nominees for this month were:

  • Scott Jule, Regina, Broomball - won a silver medal with the Saskatchewan Selects Men's Masters Team at the World Broomball Championships in Regina, and was named a defensive first team all-star.
  • Maximus Litzenberger, Saskatoon, Judo - earned a bronze medal at the Quebec Open, an international event, and followed that with a gold-medal finish at the Ontario Open. Both competitions are major points tournaments for Judo Canada.
  • Shelby Newkirk, Saskatoon, Swimming- at the Goldfins 40th Annual Invitational in Saskatoon, set three short course Canadian national records in her Paralympic class: 50m breaststroke (47.83), 200m breaststroke (3:48.82) and 50m breaststroke (39.48).

OCTOBER
Marsha Hudey

Marsha Hudey of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. October Athlete of the Month Award. She was nominated by the Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association.

Hudey placed first in the 500 metre and second in the 1,000m at the Fall World Cup Selections, which qualified her for the Fall World Cup in Long Track. She also placed second in the 500m and second in the 1,000m at the Time Trials.

The other outstanding nominee for this month was:

  • Jaira Crosschild, Saskatoon, Track and Field -finished first in the midget category at the Saskatoon City Championships to quality for provincials. Placed first in midget at both the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association Provincial Championships and Sask Athletic Provincial Championships. Was named to the 2016-17 Team Sask, which will compete in Toronto in July 2017.

SEPTEMBER
Logan Campbell

Logan Campbell of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. September Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by the Saskatchewan Sailing Clubs Association.

Campbell won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the Paralympic Games in the three-person sonar event. The team was in seventh place heading into the final four races and mounted a comeback to win a medal. In the last race, Canada needed to pass France to win the third-place tiebreaker over New Zealand and Canada passed France right at the finish line. Campbell was the only Saskatchewan athlete to receive a medal at the Paralympics.

The other outstanding nominee for this month was:

  • Jordan Kos, Lawn Bowling, Regina - placed second in the singles division at the Canadian Championships. Helped Team Canada to a 6-0 record and defeat Team U.S.A to win a gold medal in the pair's team event at the North American Challenge.

AUGUST
Brian Palaschuk

Brian Palaschuk of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. August Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by Swim Saskatchewan Inc.

Palaschuk had a strong showing at the Canadian Swimming Championships, finishing sixth out of 29 swimmers in the men's 800 metre freestyle, ninth out of 28 swimmers in the men's 400m individual medley and 12th out of 35 swimmers in the men's 200m freestyle. He followed that up by competing in the Junior Pan Pacific Championships as part of Team Canada, winning a bronze medal in the relay event and placing seventh out of 29 swimmers in the men's 200m freestyle.

At the Pan Pacific Championships, Palaschuk won a bronze medal in relay and placed seventh in the men's 200m freestyle. During this final month of the season, he swam faster each time he competed in the men's 200m freestyle.

This month's other outstanding nominee was:

  • Team Pituley (Michael and Jon Pituley), Regina, Lawn bowling - won gold in men's pairs at the Canadian Championships, a national competition consisting of 10 teams from 10 provinces. At the Under-25 Championships, Michael placed fourth and won a place on the national development team.

JULY
Rylan Wiens

Rylan Wiens of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. July Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by Dive Saskatchewan.

Wiens won gold in the 10 metre dive at the Speedo Junior Elite National Championships. He received perfect scores of 10 from all the judges, becoming the first diver in Canadian history to perform a perfect dive in a national or international competition. He has qualified to compete with Team Canada at the World Juniors.

The other outstanding nominees for this month were:

  • Janz Stein, Regina, Athletics - placed first in long jump and finished sixth in the 100m at the National Senior Championships. His score in long jump (6.10m) was a personal best.

  • Kade Johnson, Yorkton, Golf - finished first at the Saskatchewan Junior Men's Provincial Golf Championships, qualifying him to compete in the Canadian Junior Boys Nationals, where he will serve as Team Captain. Finished fifth at the Saskatchewan Amateur Men's Provincials and made a quota spot for the Canadian Men's Amateur Championships. Won silver in the individual and team divisions at the Saskatchewan Summer Games.

JUNE
David Samayoa

David Samayoa of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. June Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by the Saskatchewan Weightlifting Association.

Samayoa won a bronze medal in snatch and finished fourth in total weight at the Pan American Championships, breaking provincial records in both events. His performance helped qualify Canada as a nation to participate in the Rio Summer Olympics. Samayoa is now the third-highest nationally ranked male athlete as a result of his performance.

The other outstanding nominees for this month were:

  • Sam Seshadri, Saskatoon, Triathlon - won silver medals in the 1,500 metre and 3,000m at the Saskatchewan High School Provincial Track and Field Championships He also won the Junior Boys Track Most Valuable Player Award for his high school (Centennial Collegiate). He finished first in his division at both the Canada Games Test Event Junior Draft Legal Sprint Triathlon and Subaru Living Sky Sprint Triathlon.

  • Jesse Tyndall, Saskatoon, Gymnastics - had a strong showing in the National Junior category at the Canadian National Gymnastics Championships, finishing second in all-round, floor exercise, physical testing (comprised of flexibility, ring strength and parallel bar strength); third in pommel horse; fourth on rings; and sixth on parallel bars.

MAY
Lauren Cey

Lauren Cey of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. Athlete of the Month Award. She was nominated by Dive Sask.

At the Western Canadian Championships, Cey placed first in two of her events and set a provincial record. She qualified for the National Championships as a result of her performance.

The other outstanding nominees for this month were:

  • Saskatchewan Wheelchair Rugby Team, Saskatoon and Regina members - claimed the Division II title at the Coloplast Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Championships by defeating the Ontario Lightening 54-39. Saskatchewan went undefeated in the tournament, team member Cory Harrower was named the Division II tournament MVP and fellow teammates Miranda Biletski and John Loeppky made the all-star team.

  • Sean Morrison, Judo, Lloydminster - won a gold medal in the Veteran category at the Open National Judo Championships. He also placed third in the Senior 90 Kilogram Division.

APRIL
Taryn Suttie

Taryn Suttie of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. Athlete of the Month Award. She was nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics.

Suttie won gold in women's outdoor shot put at the Sun Angel Classic, hitting the qualifying standard (17.88 metres) for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her "Road to Rio" continues when she attends the upcoming Olympic Trials (Canadian Senior Championships), where she will look to place in the top two in the women's outdoor shot put and secure her spot on Team Canada.

The other outstanding nominee for this month was:

  • Team Saskatchewan Water Polo for 19U Women and Senior Women - the Team SK 19U Women upset the undefeated Pacific Storm to win the Western National trophy at the National Championship League Western Finals and will now compete in the National Final 4 Championships. Three of the Team SK players received an all-star team award. The senior women's team won silver at the Senior National Finals, losing by only one goal against Montreal in the final. It is the first time Saskatchewan has won a silver medal in water polo at the Senior Nationals.

MARCH
Brianne Theisen-Eaton

Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Humboldt is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. March Athlete of the Month Award. She was nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics.

Competing in the Heptathlon discipline at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships, Theisen-Eaton won a gold medal and established a new Saskatchewan Athletics and Athletics Canada open/senior women's indoor pentathlon record. She finished with a score of 4,881 in the event, which is made up of 60 metre hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and the 800m. Theisen-Eaton's Road to Rio continues with the upcoming Olympic Trials (Canadian Senior Championships) in July.

The other outstanding nominees for this month were:

  • Ronald Brandt, Saskatoon, Special Olympics (Snowshoeing) - At the Special Olympics National Winter Games, he won gold in the 800m Snowshoe M4 Division and silver medals in the 400m Snowshoe M6 Division, 200m Snowshoe M6 Division and 100m Snowshoe M6 Division.

  • Regina RIPT U19 Team, Regina, Ringette - Won a silver medal at the Western Canadian Ringette Championships in the U19A division. Two of the team's athletes won all-star awards and the team also won the Team Relay Race in the skills competition;

  • Kenzie Priddell, Regina, Synchronized Swimming - At the Synchro Saskatchewan National Qualifier Championships, she earned bronze medals for her senior solo technical routine and trio routine (along with teammates Kenzie Dahl and Emma New). Has qualified to compete in the 2016 Canadian Open National Synchronized Swimming Championships.

FEBRUARY
Noah Choboter

Noah Choboter of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. February Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by Swim Saskatchewan Inc.

It was a record-breaking month for Choboter, who set nine provincial records - a feat never accomplished in Saskatchewan before. He won a gold medal in the 100 metre backstroke and took home silver in the 50m backstroke at the Eastern Canadian Open Swim Meet. At the CIS Swimming Championships, he won gold in the 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke for the University of Regina Swim Team. Prior to the event, only one swimmer from the U of R had ever won a national gold medal. Choboter has qualified to compete in the Olympic Trials.

The other outstanding nominees for this month were:

  • University of Saskatchewan Huskies Wrestling Team, Saskatoon - the men's squad won its first Canada West Championship in 30 years, led by gold medalist and Male Wrestler of the Year Josh Bodnarchuk. The women's team placed second at CanWest, led by gold medalist and Female Wrestler of the Year Katie Dutchak. U of S Wrestling Team Coach Daniel Olver was named Coach of the Year.

  • Gabrielle Sanson, Moose Jaw, Speed Skating - qualified for the Junior World Long Track Championships in her first year of eligibility thanks to a strong showing at the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships. At nationals, she finished fourth overall by placing third in the 1,000m, fourth in the 1,500m and seven in both the 500m and 3,000m.

JANUARY
Kurt Oatway

Kurt Oatway of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. January Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by the Saskatchewan Alpine Ski Association.

Oatway won a gold medal in giant slalom sit ski at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup Giant Slalom in Slovenia. He also won two gold medals in the sit ski downhill events at the IPC World Cup Downhill in France. Due to his performance, Oatway has been selected to participate in the pre-trial run of the 2018 Paralympic venue at Yongpyong, Korea in March.

The other outstanding nominees for this month were:

  • Logan Campbell, Saskatoon, Sailing - was a member of the Canadian Sonar team that won gold at the Sailing World Cup Regatta, the team's first international gold medal since forming in 2011. The team has qualified for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, Brazil.

  • Brandon Morrison, Lloydminster, Judo - earned a bronze medal in the U18 73 kg division at the Elite 8 National Judo Championships, an event for the top eight Canadian athletes in each weight division. He also won a gold medal at the Saskatchewan Open Judo Championships in the U18 73kg division and bronze in the Senior Men Advanced 73 kg event.