Savannah Sutherland of Borden, Rylan Wiens of Pike Lake and Ted Rowan of Martensville are among the finalists for the 2018 Sask Sport Athlete of the Year Awards.
Each year, up to three finalists are selected in six Athlete of the Year Award categories based on their accomplishments from the preceding year. The winners in each category will be announced at the Sask Sport Awards ceremony in Saskatoon in March.
Savannah Sutherland, 15, of Borden is a finalist in the 2018 Youth-Female Athlete of the Year category for her accomplishments in Track and Field. She won three gold medals (300 m, 80 m hurdles and 200 m hurdles), one silver (4 x 100 m relay) and one bronze (1,600 m sprint medley) at the Canadian Legion National Youth Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and set a new Saskatchewan Athletics records for under-16 women’s 80 m and 200 m hurdles. She won three gold medals (200 m, 80 m hurdles and 200 m hurdles) and one silver (300 m) at the Caltaf Track Classic, which featured participants from seven provinces. She also won four gold medals (200 m, 80 m hurdles, 200 m hurdles and 4 x 100 m relay) at the Sherwood Park Track Classic, an interprovincial meet between three provinces. At the same event, she won silver and set a new Saskatchewan Athletics record in the under-16 girls’ 300 m.
Other finalists in this category include: Cassie Prentice, 17, of Macrorie ( Racquetball) and Danielle Skinner, 16, Regina (Baton Twirling).
Rylan Wiens, 16, of Pike Lake is a finalist in the 2018 Youth-Male Athlete of the Year category for his achievements in Diving.He placed 4th in the men’s individual 10 m platform at the Junior World Championships in a field of 39 competitors from 22 countries. In addition, he placed 4th in the men’s synchro platform and 13th in the men’s individual 10 m platform at the FINA China World Cup. He also placed 8th in the men’s individual 10 m platform at the Commonwealth Games. He won gold and set a new national record as a partner in the men’s synchro 10 m platform at Senior Nationals. As a junior, he also won bronze in the senior men’s individual 10 m platform.
Other finalists in this category include: Daniel McCullough, 15, Saskatoon (Kayaking) and Michael McGillivray, 15, Regina, (Swimming).
Ian Frattinger, 16, of Martensville was also nominated in this category for his accomplishments in raquetball, but was not selected as a finalist.
Ted Rowan, 85, of Martensville is a finalist in the 2018 Master Athlete of the Year for his accomplishments in Track and Field. He won two gold medals (decathlon and triple jump) and two silvers (high jump and long jump) in the 85-89 masters age category at the World Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which drew competition from 196 countries. He set a world record in the decathlon and Canadian records in the long jump, 80 m hurdles and discus at the event. He won four gold medals at the Canadian Master’s Track and Field Championships, with wins in pentathlon masters (85-89), 100 m masters (80-99), pole vault masters (85-89) and javelin throw masters (85-89). He set a world record in the pentathlon with the finish, and Canadian records in the pole vault, 100 m and javelin. He also won two bronze medals in the masters’ 85-89 category in long jump and shotput, as well as 6th in discus and javelin at the Saskatchewan Athletics Provincial Championships.
The other finalist in this category is the Women’s Masters Relay Team 320-359, Regina (Swimming).
The Saskatoon Hilltops junior football team , which includes a number of area athletes, is a finalist in the 2018 Team of the Year category. The Hilltops won the Canadian Bowl with players earning defensive and offensive Most Valuable Player in-game honours, one major national award winner and seven all-Canadian nods. The team also won the Prairie Football Conference Championship, finishing the season undefeated with 12 conference all-stars and nine individual conference major award winners.
The other finalists in this category include the Sundown Optimist Buffalo Gals, Regina,(Baton Twirling), and the Team Sask Under-19 Women, Regina (Water Polo).
Finalists for the 2018 Female Athlete of the Year include: Brittany Hudak, 25, Prince Albert (Para Nordic Skiing); Shelby Newkirk, 22, Saskatoon (Para Swimming) and Marie Wright, 58, Moose Jaw (Wheelchair Curling).
Ashley Baerg, 29, of Dalmeny was also nominated in this category for her accomplishments over the past year in Adaptive Water Skiing, but she was not a finalist.
Finalists in the 2018 Male Athlete of the Year category are: Mark McMorris, 24, Regina (Snowboarding), Kurt Oatway, 34, Regina (Para Alpine Skiing), and David Samayoa, 26, Regina (Weightlifting).
The Saskatchewan Sport Awards is an annual awards program of Sask Sport Inc. designed to recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Saskatchewan amateur athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.