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    March 25, 2019

    Potter, Sackey & Becker Named as Finalists for Sport Manitoba Athletes of Year

    Each year, Sport Manitoba’s annual Night of Champions presented by Manitoba Chicken Producers celebrates sports excellence in Manitoba. Included as this year's finalists include basketball's Emily Potter, Daniel Sackey and Niyah Becker.  

    Emily completed her final year of basketball at the University of Utah, is a member of the Canadian National Team last summer and was invited to the WNBA Seattle Storm training camp in 2018.  Daniel was invited to the 2018 BioSteel All-Canadian Game and began his first year at Valparaiso University in Indiana.  Niyah was a member of the 4th place finishing Commonwealth Games Team in Australia, brought home a Silver Medal at the FIBA Americas Qualification Tournament in Mexico City and began her first year at the University of Utah in the fall of 2018. 

    Manitoba is rich with countless remarkable sport people of all ages with amazing stories of success, service and dedication. There are young individual athletes and teams garnering national and international attention for their athletic abilities, volunteers of all ages dedicating their time to ensure a brighter, stronger amateur sport system in Manitoba, officials who guarantee decorum and fair play, and coaches who lead, develop, and mentor Manitobans who participate in sport. Held annually in the spring. 

    THIS YEAR'S NOMINEES (achievements in 2018)

    Manitoba Chicken Junior Female Athlete of the Year
    Niyah Becker - Basketball
    Raygan Kirk - Hockey
    Anna Maidment - Volleyball
    Brooke Mancusi - Horse Council
    Marissa Naylor - Tenpin Bowling
    Samantha Pfeil - Rhythmic Gymnastics
    Meghan Stanger - Baton
    Erika Vermette - Volleyball
    Sarah Watson - Swimming

    Manitoba Chicken Junior Male Athlete of the Year
    Cody Glass - Hockey
    Rob Law - Bowls Manitoba
    Israel Potter - Tenpin Bowling
    Yonatan Orlov - Baton
    Daniel Sackey - Basketball

    Labatt Open Female Athlete of the Year
    Kaitlyn Lawes - Curling
    Rhonda Orr - Golf
    Emily Potter - Basketball
    Jennifer Saunders - Racquetball
    Kelsey Wog - Swimming

    Nott Autocorp Open Male Athlete of the Year
    Todd Fanning - Golf
    Andrew Harris -Football
    Mitch Hupe  - Tenpin Bowling
    Patrick Lamont - Trap Shooting
    Matthew Lehman - Table Tennis
    Justin McDonald - Golf
    Tyler Mislawchuk - Triathlon
    David Onyemata - Football
    Dennis Thiessen - Curling

    Calm Air Junior Team of the Year
    U15 Team Manitoba Team - Ball Hockey    
    JT Ryan Team - Curling
    U16 Angels - Ringette         
    17U Junior Bisons - Volleyball       

    Open Team of the Year
    Team Jennifer Jones - Curling
    Winnipeg Blue Bombers - Football          
    Winnipeg Jets - Hockey
    U of M Bisons Women - Hockey

    Great-West Life Outstanding Volunteer
    Ellie Ammazzini - Bowls Manitoba
    Trina Bandura - KidSport
    Chris Harbeck - Athletics
    Murray Kissick & Sandra Ross Hitch - MB Games
    Korny Loewen  - Volleyball
    Marie Speare - Baton
    Alex Sutherland - Curling
    Dan Tereck - Tenpin Bowling
    Rick Thain - Golf

    Official of the Year
    Eric Beauchesne - Speed Skating
    Michele Grant - Water Ski
    Rose Neufeld - Curling

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