2019 Athlete of the Month Award Recipients

FEBRUARY
Julianne Labach

Julianne Labach of Saskatoon is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. February Athlete of the Month Award. She was nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics.

Labach finished third in the 1,000 metre race and ninth in the 800m at the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational, setting Saskatchewan Athletics indoor records at the senior women's level for both races.

She also won gold in both the 600m and 1,000m, and silver in the 1,500m at the U Sports Canada West Track and Field Championship. She helped the University of Saskatchewan Women's Track and Field Team finish first overall. Labach was named the U Sports Canada West female track athlete of the year for the second consecutive year.

The other outstanding nominees for this month were:

  • Brian Palaschuk, Regina, Swimming - won silver in the 200m Individual Medley and bronze in the 400m Individual Medley at the USPORT Swimming Championships in Vancouver. He also set a senior provincial record in both races.

  • Logan Pletz, Regina, Biathlon - won gold in the Individual 15 kilometre at the Canada Winter Games, which was Saskatchewan's first gold medal at the event. He also competed at the World Youth Championships in Slovenia, placing 19th in the Sprint race and 44th in the Pursuit race. This was an international competition with between 60 and 90 competitors in each race.

  • Team Fiedelleck, Melfort, Curling - won gold at the Special Olympics Saskatchewan Provincial Winter Games in Regina, going undefeated through four games with a point differential of 42-4. They will be moving on to the 2020 Special Olympics Canada National Winter Games in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

JANUARY
Jessica Frotten

Jessica Frotten of Regina is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. January Athlete of the Month Award. She was nominated by the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association.

Frotten set a Canadian record while winning the bronze medal in the T53 400 metre race at the Canberra International Track Meet. She also won a silver medal in the T53 200 m, bronze in the T53 5000 m, sixth in the T53 800 m, and seventh in the T53 1500m. A few days later Frotten competed at the Oz Day 10 km road race in the Open Division and finished seventh. These were both international competitions with participants from all over the world.

The other outstanding nominees were:

  • Ryan Rousell, Asquith, Fencing - won gold in Sabre, silver in Epee and bronze in Foil at the North American Wheelchair Fencing Cup.

  • Logan Pletz, Regina, Biathlon - finished first and third in events at the National Youth Biathlon Trials and finished 19th in Sprint and 29th in Individual at the Youth World Championships, which was the best finish for a Canadian male biathlon athlete.

  • Max Litzenberger, Judo, Saskatoon - won gold in the Elite 8 (closed Nationals) and is now eligible to compete at the World Junior Championships.