Saskatchewan Sport Awards celebrate outstanding athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers
Viewers and supporters from Saskatchewan and across Canada gathered virtually on Thursday night to celebrate the finalists and recipients of the 2021 Saskatchewan Sport Awards.
The annual awards program honours the achievements and dedication of Saskatchewan’s amateur sport community.
This year, the program returned with a full slate of award categories after an altered program was presented for the 2020 awards. In the Excellence Awards, 18 individuals were announced as finalists in six different categories, including
Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Youth Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year and Team of the Year. The Recognition Awards honoured seven deserving recipients with the Coach and Volunteer Dedication Awards, as well as the new Inspire Through Sport Award.
“On behalf of Sask Sport and its membership, I would like to congratulate all of the Saskatchewan Sport Awards finalists and recipients,” said Lance Dudar, volunteer Chair of Sask Sport, during the program. “Tonight, we are honoured to celebrate outstanding amateur athletes, teams, coaches and volunteers from across Saskatchewan. These individuals lead by example daily to show everyone that sport, truly, is more than a game”
“The dedication and perseverance each award finalist and recipient shares make them great ambassadors for both sport and this province. The stories and accomplishments on display throughout this awards program have made me proud to be from Saskatchewan and part of the sport community.”
Sport Awards Recipients
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Keely Shaw (Midale), Para Cycling
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Rylan Wiens (Pike Lake), Diving
YOUTH FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Teah Chavez (Regina), Tennis
YOUTH MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Chase Pochylko (Saskatoon), Golf
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Team Sask 15U Girls, Water Polo
COACH OF THE YEAR
Mary Carroll (Saskatoon), Diving
INSPIRE THROUGH SPORT AWARD
Jonathan Mudryk (Saskatoon), Special Olympics
Marj Walton (Regina), Swimming
COACH DEDICATION AWARD
Astrid Baecker (Regina), Soccer
Erin McCormick (Osler), Para Dressage
VOLUNTEER DEDICATION AWARD
Jocelyne Moe (Humboldt), Weightlifting
Jamie Schneider (Regina), Curling
Megan Penno (Regina), Special Olympics
Nominees for the Saskatchewan Sports Awards were submitted by Sask Sport members, sport community groups, media or the general public. Recipients were selected by the Future Best and Awards Committee.