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Sport Nova ScotiaHALIFAX, NS (February 2016) – Nineteen year-old Ryan O’Neil of Halifax has been named Male Individual Athlete of the Month for his results at the Canadian National Karate Championships in Richmond, British Colombia. O’Neil returned home with a silver medal in the Kumite Individual Male Senior -67kg Division and another silver medal in the Kumite Individual Male Seniors Open Division.

Also competing at the Canadian National Karate Championships was eighteen year-old Trysten Deveau who has been named Female Individual Athlete of the Month. The Church Point athlete received a gold medal in the Kumite Individual under 21 -55kg Division and a bronze medal in the Kumite Individual Female Senior -55kg Division. As a testament to her commitment to her sport, Deveau received the Senior Sportsmanship Award at Nationals this year

Jennie Bovard of Halifax has been awarded Female Team Athlete of the Month. Bovard was selected to represent Nova Scotia at the Montreal International Invitational Goalball Tournament. There, she led her team in scoring, and will again represent Nova Scotia at the Michigan Goalball Tournament in February.

Seventeen year old Brad Keeping-Myra has been named Male Team Athlete of the month for his performance at the 2016 Canadian Tire Nationals Skating Championships. Keeping-Myra and his partner, Gina Cipriano, had personal bests in all portions of competition, placing 10th in Junior Dance.

Team Fay continues their successful season, earning January’s Sport Chek Team of the Month recognition. Team Fay defeated Team Daniels from British Colombia 9-5 to claim the title as 2016 Canadian Junior Women’s Champions. Because of this, Team Fay becomes Canada’s representative at the 2016 World Junior Curling Championships taking place in Taarnby, Denmark in early March.

The Athlete of the Month program is administered by Sport Nova Scotia, whose members are eligible to nominate athletes for the awards. A membership committee selects the award recipients for five possible categories: Male Individual Athlete, Female Individual Athlete, Male Team Athlete, Female Team Athlete, and Team. For more information about the awards, please visit   Sport Nova Scotia is a voice for amateur sport that promotes the benefits of health, personal development and achievement of all participants. Sport Nova Scotia is a non-profit, non-government organization representing approximately 60 provincial sport organizations and more than 160,000 member Nova Scotians.

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