2018 Athlete of the Month Award Recipients

MARCH
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.

FEBRUARY
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.

JANUARY
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.