Samantha Ryan • 17 • Saskatoon • Para-Swimming
Nominated by Swim Saskatchewan Inc.
- At the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, which included 621 swimmers from more than 150 countries, Samantha finished fifth in the Women's 100m Butterfly S10, 17th in the Women's 100m Freestyle S10 and 18th in the Women's 50m Freestyle S10.
- Broke a Long Course (LC) Canadian record in the 100m Butterfly (1:09.73) and also holds 50m, 100m and 200m Butterfly LC records. She was ranked seventh in world in the International Paralympic Committee Women's Long Course 100m Butterfly S10 list.
- Won gold in the Women's 100m Butterfly Multi Class at the Canadian Para Swimming Trials, which featured 97 swimmers from 58 Canadian clubs. She also finished fifth in Women's 400m freestyle multi class, sixth in Women's 100m Freestyle multi class, and seventh in Women's 50m Freestyle multi class.
- Won gold in the Women's 100m Butterfly Multi Class, the silver in the Women's 50m Freestyle Multi Class, and the bronze in both the Women's 100m backstroke multi class and 100m Freestyle multi class at the Speedo CanAm Para Swimming Championship.
The other finalists in this category were:
Gabrielle Sanson, 17, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association
Julee Stewart , 18, Regina, Saskatchewan Baton Twirling Association