2018 Athlete of the Year Award Finalists Announced
Nominees include four Olympians and Paralympians from across the province

Seventeen athletes and teams from across Saskatchewan have been announced as finalists for the 2018 Athlete of the Year Awards.

Each year, up to three finalists are selected in six Athlete of the Year Award categories based on their accomplishments from the preceding year. In the coming weeks, active and affiliate members of Sask Sport Inc. will conduct a vote to select the recipients, who will be honored at the Saskatchewan Sport Awards ceremony in Saskatoon in March. At the ceremony, awards will also be delivered to deserving coaches, officials and volunteers supporting amateur sport in the province.

"Congratulations to this year's Athlete of the Year Award finalists whose hard work and determination make us all #SaskProud," said Leslie Blyth, Chair of the Board of Directors for Sask Sport Inc., a volunteer-led non-profit organization and the federation for amateur sport in Saskatchewan.

"Whether competing at home or abroad, these athletes are inspiring and their accomplishments put a spotlight on the vast network of community organizations, athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and families that enrich our province with the benefits of sport. Sask Sport is proud to champion this vibrant community each and every day."

Youth Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
  • Cassie Prentice, 17, Macrorie, Racquetball
  • Danielle Skinner, 16, Regina, Baton Twirling
  • Savannah Sutherland, 15, Borden, Athletics
  • Youth Male Athlete of the Year Finalists
  • Daniel McCullough, 15, Saskatoon, Kayaking
  • Michael McGillivray, 15, Regina, Swimming
  • Rylan Wiens, 16, Pike Lake, Diving
  • Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
  • Brittany Hudak, 25, Prince Albert, Para Nordic Skiing
  • Shelby Newkirk, 22, Saskatoon, Para Swimming
  • Marie Wright, 58, Moose Jaw, Wheelchair Curling
  • Male Athlete of the Year Finalists
  • Mark McMorris, 24, Regina, Snowboarding
  • Kurt Oatway, 34, Regina, Para Alpine Skiing
  • David Samayoa, 26, Regina, Weightlifting
  • Team of the Year Finalists
  • Saskatoon Hilltops, Saskatoon, Football
  • Sundown Optimist Buffalo Gals, Regina, Baton Twirling
  • Team Sask Under-19 Women, Regina, Water Polo
  • Master Athlete of the Year Finalists
  • Ted Rowan, 85, Martensville, Athletics
  • Women's Masters Relay Team 320-359, Regina, Swimming
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