Saskatchewan Sport Awards Honours Top Athletes and Volunteers

The recipients of the Sask Sport Inc. 2007 Athlete of the Year and Volunteer Recognition Awards were announced tonight at the Saskatchewan Sports Awards held at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.

A total of 36 nominations were received for the Athlete of the Year Awards. Sask Sport's Awards & Recognition committee had the difficult choice of narrowing the list of nominees to three finalists in each of the six categories. The winners in each category were chosen in a vote by the Presidents of Provincial Sport Governing Bodies and Saskatchewan's sports media. The results were compiled and audited by the accounting and auditing firm of The Virtus Group. The award recipients are:

Master Athlete of the Year:
Carol LaFayette-Boyd, Regina, Saskatchewan Athletics

Youth Male Athlete of the Year:
Shylo Wollf, Saskatoon, Canoe/Kayak Saskatchewan

Youth Female Athlete of the Year:
Jacqueline Rennebohm, Regina, Swim Saskatchewan

Male Athlete of the Year:
Teale Orban, Regina, Football Saskatchewan

Female Athlete of the Year:
Kelsie Hendry, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Athletics

Team of the Year:
Prince Albert Mintos "AAA" Midget Hockey Club, Saskatchewan Hockey Association

The Saskatchewan Sport Awards also featured the Volunteer Recognition Awards, which were presented to:

David Dice, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Athletics
Floyd Fry, Regina, Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
Leanne Smith, Saskatoon, Synchro Saskatchewan

Biographies of all the recipients, finalists and nominees can found at www.sasksport.sk.ca

"The Saskatchewan Sport Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements and dedication of our province's best athletes and volunteers," said Gord Lang, President of Sask Sport Inc. "Sask Sport Inc. is proud of all the award finalists and recipients. They are role models for our province, not only in their athletic and volunteer abilities, but also in their hard work and determination."

The evening's guest speaker was Mike Mintenko an accomplished Olympic swimmer. During his career, Mintenko, a native of Moose Jaw, set 16 Canadian records and competed at the 2000 & 2004 Summer Olympic Games. In 2003, he was Canada's top international performer with seven medals and a Canadian record in the 50m butterfly.

The Saskatchewan Sports Awards are sponsored by Global TV, McMaster Photographers, Saskatchewan Lotteries, and the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan.

For more information contact Pat Rediger at (306) 780-9307 or email.

March 19, 2008