2017 Athlete of the Month Awards

Graeme Fish

Graeme Fish of Moose Jaw is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. February Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by the Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association.

Fish won a bronze medal in the 5,000 metre and placed fourth in team pursuit at the World Junior Long Track Championships in Helsinki, Finland. It was his first international medal and there were 60 participants in his category.

The other outstanding nominees for this month were:

  • Kenzie Priddell, Regina, Synchro - won gold medals in the solo, duet and trio events at the Canadian University Synchronized Swimming League Western Championships in B.C. Won a bronze medal in the duo and trio event while finishing fourth in the solo event at the Canadian University Synchronized Swimming League National Championships in Montreal, Q.C.

  • Thomas Hasal, Saskatoon, Soccer - competed with Team Canada at the CONCACAF U20 Men's Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, recording one shut out. He is the first Saskatchewan youth male player to be called up to the national team in nearly 10 years. Started in all three of Canada's Classification Phase matches, posting a shut out during the team's 2-0 win against Antigua and Barbuda.

Kurt Oatway

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

Oatway was competing for Team Canada as part of the National Para-Alpine Ski Team at the World Cup in Innerkrems, Austria, where he won silver and bronze medals. The event featured 17 competitors from nine countries.

The other outstanding nominees were:

  • Maximum Litzenberger, Saskatoon, Judo. He won gold at the National Elite U18 Championships despite competing as a 16-year-old. He was named to the Canadian team that will now compete and train at a major competition in Bremen, Germany.

  • Graeme Fish, Moose Jaw, Speed Skating. He finished first in the 5000m, fourth in the 1500m, and fifth in the 1000m to place third overall at the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships. He also set a new Saskatoon oval junior track record in the 5000m and qualified to represent Canada at the Junior World Long Track Championships in Finland.