SportsLife 2016, Issue 2 - Page 18

Manitoba Best and Brightest at the Night of Champions By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder, Bruce Fedyck and Jeff Miller Sport Manitoba always puts on a great show every time it recognizes this province’s finest athletes. This year, the big night arrives on April 23, and it should be an extravaganza as Sport Manitoba recognizes the achievements of the province’s best young with athletes with another Night of Champions. This year’s event will be held on Saturday night, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Club Regent Event Centre. Tickets can be purchased on line at www. sportmanitoba.ca. It’s kind of an extra special night because the Manitoba Junior Athletes of the Year were selected with the help of a People’s Choice vote on line. Kelsey Wog Here are this year’s awards nominees: THE JUNIOR CATEGORY The Manitoba Female Junior Athlete of the Year Nominees Ashton Bell – Hockey Hannah Blatt – Squash Claire Bredin – Water Polo ts Sean Cout Sarah Filby – Fencing Taryn Grant – Water Skiing Isabella Onyshko – Gymnastics Samantha Renooy – Ringette Brttmey Rocan – Triathlon 18 / sportslife Kelsey Wog – Swimming Sara Sabeski – Baton Kelsey Wog – Swimming   The Manitoba Male Junior Athlete of the Year Nominees Sean Coutts – Tenpin Bowling Cameron MacKay – Fencing Levi Nadlersmith – Cross Country Skiing Yonatan Orlov – Baton Drake Pilat – Baseball Evan Ratzlaff – Athletics Travis Sanheim – Hockey Shae Weekes – Football The Junior Team of the Year Nominees 2015 Canada Games Team – Ringette Portage Terriers – Hockey Team Calvert – Curling Team Toba Phantom – Baton Vincent Massey Trojans – Football Winman Wesmen U-18 Club – Volleyball Additional Category Nominees OPIN Official of the Year Nominees J.P. Chorney – Football Sandra Kirby – Rowing Paul Shipman – Ringette Lynn Smith – Gymnastics Travis Sanheim, Calgary Hitmen Outstanding Volunteer Award Nominees Bill Finch – Softball Peter Garagan – Swimming Lynne Gauthier – Tenpin Bowling Barbara Hamill – Golf Jocelyn McLeod – Ringette Dana Peteleski – Baton Susan Shinkarik – Water Polo Louis Tanguay – Curling EDITOR’S NOTE: Sport Manitoba is a not for profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located in the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Power Smart Manitoba Shae Weekes Games, Coaching St. Paul’s Manitoba, Team Crusaders Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Centre, Sport Performance Centre, and Sport Resource Centre. l