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Night of Champions

Night of Champions Showcases Manitoba’s Best in Amateur Sport
Announcing this Year’s Winners
April 30, 2013 (Winnipeg, MB) – Sport Manitoba’s annual Night of Champions presented by Manitoba Chicken Producers recognizes the remarkable achievements of our province’s athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers in amateur sport.

Sport award recipients announced on April 30, 2013 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre included:

Manitoba Chicken Producers Junior Female Athlete of the Year
Taylor Pischke, Volleyball – Winnipeg

Manitoba Chicken Producers Junior Male Athlete of the Year
Brendan Shinnimin, Hockey - East St. Paul

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Female Coach of the Year
Sarah Lundgren, Basketball – Winnipeg

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Male Coach of the Year
Garth Pischke, Volleyball – Winnipeg

Sport Manitoba Official of the Year
Darryl Friesen, Volleyball – Winnipeg

Great-West Life Youth Volunteer of the Year
Kaylee Pilat, Figure Skating - West St. Paul

Great-West Life Volunteer of the Year
Joyce Collier, Golf - Portage la Prairie
Graham Curnew, Riding for the Disabled – Winnipeg

Calm Air Junior Team of the Year
FC Northwest, Soccer - Winnipeg

The Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council also named their athletes and volunteers of the year at tonight’s event.

Manitoba Aboriginal Athlete of the Year (Female)
Skyler Boulanger, Basketball - Winnipeg

Manitoba Aboriginal Athlete of the Year (Male)
Logan Thacker, Football – Ochre River

Manitoba Aboriginal Female Volunteer of the Year
Jackie Anderson, Basketball - Winnipeg

Manitoba Aboriginal Male Volunteer of the Year
Dennis Park, Hockey - Selkirk

The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame inducted two members and one team in the Veteran category at the Night of Champions. Ninety-six year old Barney Hartman was inducted in the Athlete category for his success in skeet shooting. His daughter and grand-daughter from Ottawa accepted the honour on his behalf. Harold Joseph “Bullet Joe” Simpson was inducted posthumously as an Athlete in hockey. The 1970 Manitoba Selects soccer team were inducted in the Team category.

“Sport Manitoba is extremely proud of the accomplishments of tonight's nominees, winners, and inductees,” said Jeff Hnatiuk, President & CEO of Sport Manitoba. “The Night of Champions recognizes and celebrates sport excellence in our province, and it is an honour for us to host this important event.”

“Tonight we are inspired by the perseverance, hard work, and passion of all the nominees,” said Josie Boschman, Board Member for Manitoba Chicken Producer. “We are pleased to support our amateur sport community, as we believe the values learned in sport transfer to important life skills for today’s youth - our future leaders.”

Former winners of the Sport Manitoba awards include Clara Hughes (1990), Jonathan Toews (2005, 2006), Megan Imrie (2006), Brittany Shussler (2002, 2003), and Shannon Rempel (2001).

Posted: April 30, 2013

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