17 Saskatoon Para-Swimming

Nominated by Swim Saskatchewan Inc.

* CSCS Registered Athlete

  • 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.

Gabrielle Sanson 17 Moose Jaw Speed Skating
Nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association

Read Gabrielle's feature story here

  • At the Junior World Long Track Championships in China, competing against 45 athletes from 12 countries, Gabrielle finished fifth in Team Pursuit and Team Sprint. She also placed 27th in the 500m and 33rd in the 1000m.
  • Qualified for the Junior Worlds by placing third in the 1000m and fourth in the 1,500m at the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships in Winnipeg, which consisted of 42 participants from nine provinces.
  • Won a gold medal in the 200m and a silver medal in the 400m at the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association Provincial Track and Field Championships.

Julee Stewart 18 Regina Baton Twirling
Nominated by Saskatchewan Baton Twirling Association

Read Julee's feature story here

  • At the World Baton Twirling Federation World Championships, which played host to 17 countries, Julee placed fourth in Team, sixth in Senior Pairs and seventh in Senior Women's Freestyle.
  • Her seventh place finish was the highest by an individual Canadian athlete since 2012.
  • Won gold in the Freestyle, Pairs, Medley, Solo, and Solodance, while winning silver in 2-Baton and 3-baton at the Canadian Baton Twirling National Championships, competing against competitors from six provinces.
  • The Canadian Baton Twirling Federation named her Grand Champion in Medley, Solodance and Duet and was both the Overall and Senior Athlete of the Year.

Emily Coghill 17 Saskatoon Athletics
Nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics
  • Won a silver medal in heptathlon at the Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships in Brandon, an event featuring six provinces. Finished the meet with 4,631 points and was ranked #5 in Canada in Under-18 heptathlon, #7 in Under-20 heptathlon and ranked #1 among Saskatchewan youth in heptathlon.
  • At the Saskatchewan Summer Games in Estevan, won gold medals in the 100m hurdles and pentathlon. Achieved personal bests in the 100m hurdles, long jump and shot put and finished the event ranked #6 in Canada in under-18 100m hurdles.
  • Finished first in quadathlon at the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) Provincial Track and Field Championships in Regina. Placed first in all four events - 100m, 800m, long jump, shot put - and set a new SHSAA record with 2,725 points.
  • Won four gold medals at the Downtown Lions Sled Dog Open Provincial meet in Saskatoon: 300m, 60m hurdles, long jump and shot put. Achieved personal bests in the 300m and 60m hurdles and finished the event ranked #1 among Saskatchewan youth in the 300m and 60m hurdles.
Jordan Kos 16 Regina Lawn Bowling
Nominated by Bowls Saskatchewan
  • Helped Team Canada defeat Team U.S.A. in the North American Challenge. The event is played over a three-day period featuring pairs, triples, singles and fours matches, with locations alternating between the U.S. and Canada. Her pairs team posted a 6-0 record in the tournament and she then joined the fours team, which also went undefeated.
  • Won silver at the Canadian Championships 2016 Singles, forcing the final game to a tiebreaker. Competed against 13 athletes from three provinces.
  • Finished second as part of the Saskatchewan Women's Fours team at the Canadian Championships Fours, which featured competitors from nine provinces.
  • Took home a silver medal at the Canadian Junior Championships, which featured three provinces. Went undefeated in the round robin.
Kylie Zirk 18 Saskatoon Canoe Kayak
Nominated by Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan

* CSCS Registered Athlete

  • Finished 34th in the Junior Women C-1, and 47th in the Women's Under-23 K-1 events at the Junior/ U23 World Championships. There were athletes from 20 countries at the event.
  • Finished first in the Junior Women's C-1 and third in the Women's U23 K-1 at the Canada Junior/U23 Team Trials. There were competitors from six provinces.
  • Won gold in the Junior Women's C-1 and K-1, and earned bronze in the open Women's C-1 at the Slalom Canadian National Championships. Received the Podium Prospect Award, which is awarded based on participation and results. Six provinces competed at this event.














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