Saskatchewan Sport Awards Recipients and Finalists Announced
SASKATOON (Jan. 12, 2022) – From Olympic and Paralympic athletes and coaches to national champions and international competitors, there’s no shortage of all-star talent in the 2021 Saskatchewan Sport Awards.
The annual program celebrates the success and dedication of those in the province’s amateur sport community through two categories – Excellence Awards and Recognition Awards. The Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding event performances or a series of performances by a Saskatchewan athlete, coach or team within a given calendar year, while the Recognition Awards include the Volunteer and Coach Dedication Awards which honour individuals who have devoted their time and effort to the growth of sport in Saskatchewan.
New for the 2021 Saskatchewan Sport Awards is the Inspire Through Sport Award. It recognizes an individual or team who demonstrated courage, determination, and/or perseverance and whose unwavering sprit serves to inspire other across the amateur sport community and beyond.
Astrid Baecker, Megan Penno, Erin McCormick, Jocelyne Moe, Jonathan Mudryk, Jamie Schneider and Marj Walton are honoured for their contributions to sport in the 2021 Recognition Awards class, while 18 deserving finalists have been named in the six Excellence categories.
“Saskatchewan has many highly-talented and devoted individuals who have represented our amateur sport system at all levels of competition and achieved many great accomplishments not only this past year, but throughout their lifetimes,” said Lance Dudar, Volunteer Board Chair for Sask Sport, which serves as the provincial federation for amateur sport.
“Sask Sport is excited and proud to celebrate the finalists and recipients for their contributions to sport in Saskatchewan. These individuals lead by example daily to show everyone that sport, truly, is more than a game.”
Other changes for the 2021 Saskatchewan Sport Awards include a nomination process that expanded from previously accepting nominations from Sask Sport members only, to now open to sport community groups, media or the
general public, as well as the celebration date moving from March to January, annually.
The 2021 Saskatchewan Sport Awards will be celebrated through a virtual celebration gala on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. on YouTube Premiere. The gala will honour the seven Recognition Awards recipients, as well as announce the recipients of the six Excellence Awards and celebrate those named as finalists. Visit Sask Sport’s YouTube channel to
The Saskatchewan Sport Awards will also be available for viewing on January 28 on SaskTel maxTV Local on Demand feature channels 46/346.
INSPIRE THROUGH SPORT AWARD
Jonathan Mudryk Saskatoon Special Olympics Special Olympics Saskatchewan
Marj Walton Regina Swimming Swim Sask
COACH DEDICATION AWARD
Astrid Baecker Regina Soccer Saskatchewan Soccer Association
Erin McCormik Osler Para Dressage Melanie
Rempel (supported by the (Saskatchewan Horse Federation)
VOLUNTEER DEDICATION AWARD
Jocelyne Moe Humboldt Weightlifting Ken Trofimuk (supported by the
Saskatchewan Weightlifting Association)
Megan Penno Regina Special Olympics Special Olympics Saskatchewan
Jamie Schneider Regina Curling Lorraine Schneider (supported by
EXCELLENCE AWARDS FINALISTS
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Athlete Community Sport Nominated
Newkirk Saskatoon Para Swimming Swim
Shaw Midale Para Cycling Saskatchewan Cycling
Sutherland Borden Athletics Saskatchewan
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Scott Joseph Regina Athletics Saskatchewan Athletics
Rylan Sokul Regina Football Regina Thunder Football Club
Rylan Wiens Pike Lake Diving Dive
COACH OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Mary Carroll Saskatoon Diving Dive Sask
Kim Folk Regina Special Olympics Special Olympics Saskatchewan
Eric Kramer Saskatoon Swimming Swim
Scott MacAulay Regina Football Regina Thunder Football Club
YOUTH FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Isabella Brown Saskatoon Weightlifting Saskatchewan Weightlifting Association
Teah Chavez Regina Tennis family (supported by Tennis Saskatchewan)
Abby Goddard Swift Current Equitation family (supported by Saskatchewan Horse Federation)
YOUTH MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Carson Hindmarsh Saskatoon Baseball Baseball Saskatchewan
Chase Pochylko Saskatoon Golf Golf Saskatchewan
TEAM OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Team Sherry Anderson Curling CURLSASK
Max Pally/Grayson Laycock Rowing Saskatchewan Rowing
Team Sask 15U Girls Water Polo Water Polo Saskatchewan