2018 Athlete of the Month Award Recipients

Maximus Litzenberger

Maximus Litzenberger of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. June Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by Judo Saskatchewan.

Litzenberger won a gold medal at the Canada Cup - Pan America Judo Competition in Montreal, QC. This competition featured 400 athletes from 20 countries. Due to his success, Litzenberger earned a G level standard which qualifies him to compete at international events as part of the Judo Canada Team.

The other outstanding nominees were:

  • Bailey Hargreaves, Saskatoon, Synchro - placed eighth at the Espoir Nationals Duet Meet and competed at the National Team Trials, where she was named to the National Team. She is the first 13-15 aged Saskatchewan athlete to qualify for the National Team in several years.

  • Daniel McCullough, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak - finished seventh in the Junior K1 500m, 12th in the Junior K1 1,000m, 15th in the Junior K1 200m, and third in the Junior K2 1,000m at the National Team Trials #3. He is now ranked third in 16-and-under male kayakers in Canada and was named to the Canadian Junior National Team.

  • Courtney Hufsmith, Saskatoon, Athletics - finished 23rd and set a personal best at the PTF High Performance Track Meet in Portland, OR. She also finished first at the Stumptown Twilight in Portland and set a Saskatchewan Athletics record; and placed second at the Harry Jerome International Track Meet in Burnaby, BC, where she broke the record again.

  • Aaron Higgins, Regina, Special Olympics - set person best lifts in four out of five events at the Trench Open and currently holds all (squat, bench press, dead lift and total lift) of the SPA Special Olympics provincial records for both the 93 kg and 105 kg weight classes.

Team Saskatchewan 19-and-under Women's Water Polo Team

The Team Saskatchewan 19-and-under Women's Water Polo team from Regina and surrounding areas is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. May Athlete of the Month Award. The team was nominated by Water Polo Saskatchewan.

Team Sask won the gold medal at the National Championships by defeating Vancouver 13-7. Saskatchewan advanced to the finals after overcoming the defending champions in the semifinals. Saskatchewan team members Blaire McDowell (Most Valuable Player) and Ethan D'Souza (Most Valuable Coach) received individual awards. Amie Graham and Rumina Edgerton, who shared goaltending duties, receive the Most Valuable Goalie Award - the first time the trophy was awarded to a team with dual starting net minders.

The other outstanding nominees for this month were:

  • David Samayoa, Regina, Weightlifting - won gold at the Canadian Senior Championships in Ontario. He finished 11th at the Pan American Championships in the Dominican Republic.

  • Megan Neuman, Saskatoon, Judo - won gold at the National Championships in Calgary. Qualified to compete at the Canada Cup in Montreal and the Pan American Junior Championships in Argentina.

  • Team Saskatchewan White, Wheelchair Basketball - placed first in Division 2 at the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League National Championships in Martensville, which was the team’s first senior medal. Sara Brown (Most Valuable Player), Brady Arthurs (All-Star) and Tanner Bolianatz (All-Star) received awards for Team Sask.

  • Aurora Chernoff and Bronte Cawkwell, Regina, Synchronized Swimming - the duo won a bronze medal in the 12-and-under Duet and in the Champion at the Espoir National Synchronized Swimming Championships in B.C. As a result, the pair was recommended to attend UANA (Junior Pan Am Championships). This was a record-breaking performance for Saskatchewan.

Sherry Anderson Curling Team

The Sherry Anderson Curling Team from Delisle is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. April Athlete of the Month Award. The members of the team are: Sherry Anderson (skip), Patricia Hersikorn (third), Brenda Goertzen (second), Anita Silvernagle (lead) and Bill Tschirhart (coach). The team was nominated by CurlSask.

The team defeated the U.S. by a score of 5-3 to win the World Seniors Curling Championship. The team advanced to the playoffs thanks to a 10-6 victory over Finland and 7-5 victory over Switzerland in the semifinal. The team also claimed the 2018 Canadian title, which means they will be headed back to the World Championships to defend their title next year.

The other outstanding nominees were:

  • Ian Frattinger, Martensville, Racquetball - won gold in the boy's 16-and-under singles division and silver in the boy's 16-and-under doubles division at the Canadian Junior Racquetball Championships in Calgary. Qualified to represent Canada at the 2018 World Junior Racquetball Championships in Mexico;

  • Lillian Pinay, Regina, Wrestling - won gold medals in the freestyle and greco events at the U19 Women's National Championships in Edmonton. Finished first in her weight class at the Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association (SAWA) Provincial Competition;

  • Adrea Propp, Regina, Athletics - won bronze at the Oregon State University High Performance Meet - Invitational 800 metre, tying her own Saskatchewan record. She is now ranked fourth in Canada in the 800m;

  • Notre Dame Midget AAA Hounds, Wilcox, Hockey - won gold at the Telus Cup in Ontario, completing a perfect 20-0 post-season. It's the team's fifth national midget championship. Individual awards went to Brad Morrissey (most sportsmanlike), Quinn Schmiemann (top defenceman) and Luke Mylymok (top scorer);

  • Ryan Rousell, Asquith, Fencing - won gold in the wheelchair sabre event at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) Fencing World Cup in Montreal. He competed in the Men's A Sabre competition, where he defeated a former world medalist from France in the semi-final and then defeated a Japanese athlete 15-4 in the final. This was Canada's first gold medal in a World Cup competition.

Kurt Oatway

Kurt Oatway of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. March Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan.

Oatway won gold in the Men's Super G Sitting event at the Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea. He also finished eighth in the Men's Downhill - Sitting and 12th in the Men's Giant Slalom - Sitting.

The other outstanding nominees were:

  • Marie Wright, Moose Jaw, Curling - was the lead on the wheelchair curling team that won bronze at the Paralympic Winter Games. At the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Leduc, AB, she served as the skip for Team Saskatchewan and guided the team to a gold medal. She became the first female skip to win the national wheelchair title and was also named the event's All-Star Skip;

  • Brittany Hudak, Prince Albert, Para-Nordic Skiing - won a bronze medal in the Women's 12.5 kilometre Standing Biathlon event at the Winter Paralympic Games. In cross-country events, she finished sixth in the Women's 1.5 km Sprint - Classic Standing and eighth in the Women's 7.5 km Classic Standing;

  • Quinn Neald, Regina, Boxing - won a gold medal in the 75 kg Junior C Division at the National Boxing Championships in Edmonton, AB;

  • Keely Shaw, Saskatoon, Para Cycling - placed fifth in her category at the Para Worlds Track Cycling Championship in Brazil. She has earned a spot on Cycling Canada's NextGen program;

  • Euan Litzenberger, Saskatoon, Judo - won a gold medal in the under-16 42kg class at the Pacific International in Richmond, B.C. He finished second in the U15 Pre-Cadet 42kg category at the Sportif Judo competition in England and bronze in the U16 42 kg category at the Edmonton International;

  • Julianne Labach, Saskatoon, Athletics - won gold in the 1,000 metres at the USPORT Track and Field Championships in Windsor, ON. She also won bronze in the 600m and was named a First Team All-Canadian.

Emily Clark

Emily Clark of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. February Athlete of the Month Award. She was nominated by Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan.

Clark competed in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as a member of the Canadian women's ice hockey team. She played in all five games and had one goal and two assists as Canada won the silver medal.

The other outstanding nominees for this month were:

  • University of Regina Cougars Senior Men's 4 x 200 metre Free Relay Team - posted a provincial record time of 7:23.74 and won a bronze medal in the 4X200m freestyle at the U Sports Championships. It was the first relay medal in U of R history.

  • Linden Vey, Wakaw, Hockey - had one assist in six games for Team Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, helping Canada win a bronze medal.

  • Mark McMorris, Regina, Snowboarding - won a bronze in slopestyle and finished 10th in big air at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Tristan Taylor

Tristan Taylor of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. January Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by Skate Canada Saskatchewan.

He finished fifth in the novice men's division at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Vancouver. There were 18 competitors in this division and this marked a significant improvement from his previous 19th placing at a national competition in December.

The other outstanding nominee was:

  • Ryan Rousell, Asquith, Fencing - won gold in wheelchair epee and silver in wheelchair sabre at the Canada Cup East in Quebec City.