2010 Athlete of the Month Awards

JANUARY
Colette Bourgonje

Bourgonje competed at the 2010 International Paralympic Committee World Cup in Bessans, France, where she placed first in the 5km race with a time of 18:29.9. She also placed third in the Cross Country Sprint race with a time of 3:20.84. She will be competing at the Paralympic Games in Vancouver in March.

Theisen was nominated for the Athlete of the Month Award by Saskatchewan Athletics.

Bourgonje was nominated by the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association.

FEBRUARY
Kali Christ

Christ placed first in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m at the 2010 North American Long Track Championships/American Cup III, an international event with 32 participants from three countries. She also placed second in the 3000m and second overall at the Championships. As a result of her outstanding performance, Christ was named to the 2010 Junior World Team.

Christ was nominated by the Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association.

MARCH
Emily Schaan

Schaan won gold at the Edmonton International Judo Championships Senior Women Division, and she also won gold at the Edmonton International Judo Championships U 17 Division. She won gold again at the Michel Beauvais International Judo Tournament U17 Division in Paris, France.

Schaan was nominated by Judo Saskatchewan.

APRIL
Tim Landeryou

Landeryou and his partner Mike Green, from Ontario, won gold in the Men's Open Doubles division at the Pan American Racquetball Championships. A total of 13 teams competed in the division.

Landeryou was nominated by the Saskatchewan Racquetball Association.

MAY
Team Saskatchewan Male Hockey Team

The team claimed their third consecutive championship title at the 2010 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships held in Ottawa, Ontario, after defeating Manitoba 8-1 in the final game. A total of 10 teams competed at the event from nine other provinces.

JUNE
Brianne Thiesen

Theisen competed for the University of Oregon at the NCAA Division One Outdoor Track and Field Championship, where she achieved a new personal best of 6,094 points to earn the gold medal in the heptathlon. With this finish, she reclaimed her 2009 title, which put her 9th on the all-time collegiate list. She also broke her own school record for the heptathlon and 100m hurdles, as well as her 2009 Saskatchewan Athletics Senior and Open records for the heptathlon.

Thiesen was nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics.

JULY
Tait Nystuen

On July 4, Tait Nystuen competed at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships in Moncton, NB, where he achieved a personal best of 51.79 seconds to take the gold medal in the menís 400 meter hurdles. This marked the fastest performance this year for junior men, broke the Saskatchewan Athletics Junior record set in 1987 by over two seconds, and broke the Senior record set in 2001. Nystuenís performance qualified him to compete in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton from July 20-25, where he ran a 53.21 and placed 31st overall. Nystuenís outstanding performance is even more remarkable considering he has only been training and competing in track and field for two years. He was nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics.

AUGUST
Christine Selinger

On Aug. 19-22, Selinger competed at the ICF Senior World Championships in Poland, where she won gold in the LTA V1, and silver in the TA K1. She also competed at this year's CKC Sprint National Championships where she won silver in the LTA K1, and gold in the LTA K2 division.

Selinger was nominated by Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan.

SEPTEMBER
Kelly Wiebe

Representing the University of Regina, cross-country runner Kelly Wiebe, won the Regina Cougar Trot, which helped his team to a first place overall finish. Wiebe also won the men's Division II category at the Roy Graik Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota. His win contributed to an overall sixth place finish for the University of Regina team who were competing against 28 other, predominantly American, universities and colleges. Wiebe was nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics.

OCTOBER
Kelsie Hendry

Nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics, Hendry competed at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India in the women's pole vault competition. Her performance of 4.25 meters resulted in a tie for the bronze medal, her first medal at a Commonwealth Games.

The other nominees were Anderson Loran, Gymnastics Saskatchewan; Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers, Skate Canada- Saskatchewan; Aaron Almassy, Saskatchewan Taekwondo Federation International; and Simon Fense, Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan.

NOVEMBER
Kaylyn Kyle

Kyle is in her third season with the Canadian national soccer team. After making her season debut in Germany, she started with six straight wins, including a friendly match in Toronto against the People's Republic of China, and five back-to-back games in the 2010 CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifier championship in Mexico.

During CONCACAF, Canada played games against Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Costa Rica and two matches against Mexico. The Canada Women's team did not concede a goal during any of the games with the results being 1:0 against Trinidad and Tobago, 8:0 against Guyana, 4:0 against Costa Rica and 3:0 and 1:0 victories over Mexico. Canada secured its place at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.

The other nominations were: Lucas Makowsky, speed skating; Caitlin Warkentin, athletics; and Cory Niefer, small bore.

DECEMBER
Cassandra Brassard

From Dec. 10-12, Brassard competed at the Paul Bergen International Championships, where she placed fifth in the 50m backstroke, 10th in the 100m backstroke and 16th in the 200m backstroke. She also set provincial records in the 50m and 100m backstroke. Brassard competed at the Invitation de Noel from Dec. 17-19, where she placed first in seven events and set a provincial record in the 100m backstroke. Swimming in three back-to-back meets, Brassard improved her performance as time passed, consistently improving on her personal bests.