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Sutherland, Wiens finalists for athlete of the year awards

Savannah Sutherland of Borden and Rylan Wiens of Pike Lake are among the finalists for seven Athlete of the Year awards at the upcoming Saskatchewan Sport Awards.

Sutherland is a finalist for the Youth Female Athlete of the Year award and Wiens is a finalist for the Youth Male Athlete of the Year.

Sutherland was nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics for the award. Wiens was nominated by Dive Saskatchewan.

The award winners in seven categories will be announced at a gala event in Saskatoon on March 26 that will also honour six long-time coaches, officials and volunteers with dedication awards. The categories include Female Athlete of the Year; Male Athlete of the Year; Female Youth Athlete of the Year; Male Youth Athlete of the Year; Team of the Year; Coach of the Year; and Master Athlete of the Year. Coach, Official and Volunteer Dedication Awards will also be presented.

“Saskatchewan is home to some incredibly talented and hardworking athletes, teams, coaches, officials and volunteers and we are excited to shine a spotlight on their accomplishments at the upcoming Saskatchewan Sport Awards,” said Kenric Exner, Volunteer Board Chair for Sask Sport, which serves as the provincial federation for amateur sport.

“All of these finalists and recipients are making meaningful contributions to sport. They are tremendous ambassadors for the province and serve as an inspiration for others to get active, participate in sport and pursue their dreams.”

Finalists for the seven Athlete of the Year awards include:

Female Athlete of the Year Finalists: Courtney Hufsmith (Athletics); Keely Shaw, (ParaCycling); Krystal Shaw (ParaSwimming)

Male Athlete of the Year Finalists: Graeme Fish (Speed Skating); Jarret Kenke (Kayak); Payne Wylie (Athletics)

Team of the Year Finalists: Team Sask. U19 Men (Water polo); Saskatoon Valkyries (Football)

Coach of the Year Finalists: Eric Kramer (Para Swimming); Jason Reindl (Athletics); Jeff Stusek (Football)Youth Female Athlete of the Year Finalists: Aida Lissel-DeCorby (Rowing); Lila Stewart (Diving); Savannah Sutherland (Athletics)

Youth Male Athlete of the Year Finalists: Colby Kosteniuk (Special Olympics swimming); Carson Lee (Wrestling); Rylan Wiens (Diving)

Master Athlete of the Year Finalists: Laurie Meschishnick (Weightlifting); Team Syrota (Curling); M. Vincent/I. English (Canoeing);

Coach Dedication Award Recipients: Russell Martin (Softball); Sherry Pasloski (Special Olympics);

Official Award Recipients: Dennis Rennie (Tennis); Deanna Rindal (Curling)

Volunteer Recognition Award Recipients: Margaret Auringer (Figure Skating); Ken Trofimuk (Weightlifting).

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