19 Moose Jaw Speed Skating

Nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association

* CSCC Registered Athlete

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  • Won the gold in the 5000m, silver in the Mass Start distance, and a bronze in the 1500m at the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships. Nine provinces participated in the event and he was the top long distance skater.
  • Won silver in the 5000m, skating the fastest junior time, at the Canada Cup 1 in Quebec. Also finished 14th in the 1500m. There were 41 skaters from seven provinces in the event.
  • Earned a spot on Canada's National Development Team as a junior after setting a personal best time in the 5000m and finishing 12th at the World Cup Trials in Montreal, where six provinces took part.

Brian Palaschuk 18 Regina Swimming
Nominated by Swim Saskatchewan Inc.

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  • Won the bronze medal in the Men's 4X200m relay and finished seventh in the Men's 200m Freestyle individual event, as a member of Team Canada, at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships (Long Course), which featured competitors from six countries. He qualified for the Canadian Junior Pan Pacific Team by placing first in the B Final of the Men's 400m Individual Medley at the Canadian Olympic Trials (Long Course). There were 665 swimmers from all provinces and 15 countries at the trials.
  • At the Canadian Swimming Championships, he finished sixth in the Men's Open 800m Freestyle, ninth in the Men's Open 400m Freestyle and 400 Individual Medley and 12th in the Men's Open 200 Freestyle. There were approximately 500 swimmers from more than 70 Canadian clubs at the event.
  • Won the gold medal in the Men's 17-and-over 400m Individual Medley at the Speedo Eastern Canadian Open (Long Course), an event with 850 swimmers from 126 Canadian clubs. Won the gold in the Men's 800m 17-and-over Freestyle event and set a provincial record, while earning bronze medals in the Men's 17-and-over 200m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley events.
  • Won bronze medals in the Men's 4X100m and 4X200m Freestyle Relays and set new provincial records at the Canada West Championships.

Rylan Wiens 14 Pike Lake Diving
Nominated by Dive Sask

* CSCS Registered Athlete

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  • At the Junior World Diving Championships finished fourth in the Mixed Team Event, missing the podium by seven points. There were 22 countries present.
  • Won the gold in Platform, the bronze in Men's 3m Synchro, and placed fourth in the 3m at the Junior Elite National Diving Championships. Six provinces were at the meet. At this event he became the first athlete in Diving Canada history to receive a perfect "10" from the judges for one of his platform dives.
  • Won gold in the 3m event at the Manitoba Provincials, which consisted of competitors from three provinces.

Nick Cross 17 Regina Football
Nominated by Football Saskatchewan
  • As Linebacker, helped Team Canada defeat Team USA 24-6 in the Gold medal game of the International Federation of American Football Under-19 World Championships. Was named a tournament all-star and player of the game in two out of the three games.
  • Was a member of the LeBoldus Golden Suns team that defeated Saskatoon Holy Cross 47-29 to win its fifth consecutive Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) provincial title.
  • Selected the Regina high school defensive player of the year and named an all-star.
Brody Frerichs 17 Muenster Baseball
Nominated by Saskatchewan Baseball Association
  • Helped Team Saskatchewan defeat Team British Columbia 6-1 in the final of the Baseball Canada Cup. Received the Rawlings Top Hitter award at the tournament after going .500 with 14 hits, nine runs batted in (RBI) and two home runs, one of which traveled over 400 feet.
  • Had an on base percentage of .400, hit .250 and threw two strikeouts over one scoreless inning for the Prairies Purple team at the Toronto Blue Jays Tournament 12, a national tournament featuring eight teams. Prairies Purple, consisting of players from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, posted a record of 1-3 in the tournament.
  • Was one of 30 players selected to the Team Canada squad that faced off against fall instructional Major League Baseball teams in Florida and had one base hit in a game versus the Houston Astros.
  • Earned a spot on Team Canada after helping Saskatchewan win a bronze medal at the Midget AAA Baseball Canada National Championship, hitting .481 with one homerun and four doubles.
Thomas Hasal 17 Saskatoon Soccer
Nominated by Saskatchewan Soccer Association
  • One of two goalkeepers in Canada selected to be a part of the Men's Under-18 International Soccer Camp and Series. In Game #2 against host El Salvador, stopped a penalty kick that kept the game at a 2-2 draw. He was first Saskatchewan player to be selected to the team since 2006.
  • Named the Vancouver Whitecaps Saskatchewan Player of the Year and was selected to join the Whitecaps' U-18 Residency Program in Vancouver to train full time.
  • During the team's 2016 Development Academy Winter Showcase, was in net for a 2-0 shutout of the Columbus Crew SC.
Kade Johnson 18 Yorkton Golf
Nominated by Golf Saskatchewan
  • Made the cut at the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship in Ottawa as a junior golfer and placed 65th overall. There were competitors from five countries and seven provinces.
  • Won the gold medal at the Saskatchewan Junior Men's Golf Championship competing against 44 other golfers.
  • Qualified for Junior Nationals after a strong showing against 44 golfers from five provinces at the CN Future Links Prairie Championships in Prince Edward Island.
  • Competed in the Maple Leaf Junior Tour Championship, a tour that is played throughout Canada and brings together teams from all provinces that consist of the top players from the season.
Koen Kucher 15 Regina Skating
Nominated by Skate Canada - Saskatchewan
  • Won a gold medal in the Pre-Novice Men's category at the Skate Canada Challenge, finishing ahead of 24 top skaters from across Canada.
  • This was the first gold medal in a single's skating event for Saskatchewan in 25 years.
Payne Wylie 16 Elstow Athletics
Nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics
  • Was part of the 4X100m relay team that won a bronze medal at the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships, which featured competitors from nine provinces. Finished fourth in the 110m hurdles, sixth in 400m hurdles, and 11th in the 4x400m relay.
  • Won gold in the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles and silver in the 4X100m relay at the Midget and Youth Tri-Province Meet. Finished the event ranked #5 among Canadian under-18 athletes in the 400m hurdles and gold in Saskatchewan (youth). Was ranked #2 among Saskatchewan youth in high jump.
  • At the Saskatchewan Summer Games, won the gold in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles; the silver in the 200m and high jump; and the bronze in the sprint Medley; and fourth in the 4X100m relay. Set a Saskatchewan Athletics native outdoor record (youth) in the 100m hurdles (14.32) and finished the event ranked #2 in Canada in the 300m hurdles (under-18) and #1 in Saskatchewan in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles (youth).
  • Won a gold medal in the 100m hurdles, bronze in the 200m and placed fourth in the 400m, finishing third in total points in the junior boys category at the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association Provincial Track and Field Championships.














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