2017 Athlete of the Month Awards

MARCH
Terry Livingstone

Terry Livingstone of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. March Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by Special Olympics Saskatchewan.

Livingstone won a gold medal in the 777 metre speed skating event at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. He also placed fourth in the 500m speed skating category.

The other outstanding nominees were:

  • Sherry Anderson's Canadian Senior Women's Curling Team, Saskatoon - represented Saskatchewan at the Everest Canadian Senior Men's and Women's Curling Championships in Fredericton, NB, defeating Ontario 7-3 in the final. The team - consisting of Sherry Anderson (skip), Patricia Hersikorn (third), Brenda Goertzen (second) and Anita Silvernagle (lead) - will represent Canada at the 2018 World Senior Curling Championships.

  • Michael McGillivray, Regina, Swimming - placed first in the 800m freestyle (14-15 boys) and broke the provincial record by more than 10 seconds at the Long Course Prairie Championships in Saskatoon, while also winning gold in the 1500m freestyle. He qualified for the Canadian World Trials in both events.

  • Julee Stewart, Regina, Baton Twirling - finished second overall at the Congressional Cup in Maryland. Her second-place finish is the highest placing by a Canadian woman since the 2001World Champion in 2001.

  • Astrid Nyame, Saskatoon, Athletics - won a gold medal in the 60m hurdles at the USPORT Track and Field Championship in Edmonton while competing for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. Was awarded the Diane Jones Award at the Huskie Track and Field Gala (most outstanding female athlete) and the Mary Ethel Cartwright Award (female athlete of the year) at the Huskie Athletics Banquet.

  • Bon Lowe, Saskatoon, Speed Skating - was the overall champion at the Canada West Short Track Championships in Saskatoon. Finished first in the 400m, 1500m and 2000m and second in the 200m.

  • Adam Nazarali, Saskatoon, Fencing - won a silver medal with Team Canada at the Junior Pan American Championships in Cuba. It's the highest that Canada has finished in the men's foil event at the championships.

FEBRUARY
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.

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 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.