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Congratulations to our Fencers who were nominated for the 2013 Sask Sports Awards!

For immediate release January 8, 2014

Finalists announced for the Saskatchewan Sport Awards 2013 Athletes of the Year

Sask Sport Inc. is pleased to announce the 2013 Athlete of the Year finalists for the Saskatchewan Sport Awards. Every year Sask Sport Inc. recognizes individual athletes and teams for their outstanding contributions and achievements in amateur sport by awarding the Athlete of the Year Awards.

Three finalists are chosen in the following categories: master, youth male, youth female, male, female and team. From these finalists an award recipient will be determined by an online voting process taking place from January 13-17. Voting is open to eligible organizations; including Sask Sport Inc.’s active and affiliate members, the Provincial Sport Governing Bodies and the Saskatchewan Sports Media. The 2013 Athlete of the Year award recipients will be announced by Sask Sport Inc. later this month.

“The Athlete of the Year Awards recognizes outstanding athletes in our province. These finalists truly demonstrate that sport is more than a game. Through their hard work, dedication and determination to do their best, they exemplify all the great values that exist in our province,” said Shane Reoch, President of Sask Sport Inc.

The finalists for the 2013 Athlete of the Year Awards are:

Colin Coben, 58, Delisle, Golf, nominated by Golf Saskatchewan;
Ted Rowan, 80, Martensville, Athletics, nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics

Rylan Wiens, 11, Saskatoon, Diving, nominated by Dive Sask;
Philip Pitura, 17, Regina, Fencing-Sabre, nominated by Saskatchewan Fencing Association;
Marco Schumann, 14, Saskatoon, Speed Skating-Long and Short Track, nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association

Kylie Zirk, 15, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak, nominated by Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan;
Kirsten Van Marion, 15, Asquith, Fencing-Epee, nominated by Saskatchewan Fencing Association;
Katelyn Lehner, 18, Prince Albert, Athletics-Heptathlon, nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics

Lyndon Rush, 33, Humboldt, Bobsleigh, nominated by Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation;
Jarret Kenke, 19, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak, nominated by Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan;
Keegan Christ, 19, Regina, Speed Skating-Short Track, nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association

Brianne Theisen Eaton, 24, Humboldt, Athletics-Heptathlon, nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics; Chelsea Valois, 26, Zenon Park, Bobsleigh, nominated by University of Regina Athletics;
Natasha Kramble, 23, Saskatoon, Wrestling-Freestyle, nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association

Saskatoon Stingers, Saskatoon, Floor Hockey, nominated by Special Olympics Saskatchewan;
Regina Thunder Football Club, Regina, Football, nominated by Football Saskatchewan;
Saskatoon Scotia Bank Selects, Saskatoon, Softball, nominated by Softball Saskatchewan

Information on the 2013 Athlete of the Year Award finalists is attached on the following pages and also online at


Special thanks to our corporate partner Global TV for their production assistance for the Saskatchewan Sports Awards.

For more information contact Della Ruopp at (306) 780-9375, email or visit

/2013 Saskatchewan Sport Awards Athlete of the Year Finalists’ Bios on attached pages



Colin Coben, 58, Delisle, Golf – Nominated by Golf Saskatchewan
• Tied for 13th place out of 144 competitors at the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship.
• Tied for 67th place out of 144 at the Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
• Won the Saskatchewan Senior Men’s Championship.
• Tied for third at the Saskatchewan Mid-Amateur Men’s Championship.
• Won all four events he played on the Saskatchewan Senior Men’s Order of Merit Tour.

Ted Rowan, 80, Martensville, Athletics – Nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics
• Set a new Canadian Masters record in the men’s 80-84 age class pentathlon, 200m, and long jump.
• Set new Saskatchewan Athletics records for the pentathlon, 200m, 1500m, long jump, discus and javelin at the Canadian Masters Championships.
• Set new Saskatchewan Athletics Masters records for the 100m and high jump at the Huntsman World Senior Games.
• Won gold medals in long jump and triple jump at the Saskatchewan Senior and Masters Championships/Canada Summer Games Trials.
• Placed first in the 50m and 100m at the Saskatchewan Open Championships and Trials.


Rylan Wiens, 11, Saskatoon, Diving
Nominated by Dive Sask
• Won a silver medal at the UANA Junior Pan American Championships.
• Qualified to attend the Junior Pan American Championships as part of Team Canada and qualified to be part of the Junior National Team.
• Won triple gold and set two Canadian records and two Saskatchewan records on the 3M and Platform.
• Won gold medals for 1M and 3 M springboard, and 10M platform, to qualify for the National Championships at the Vaughn Baird Polar Bear Classic.
• Won a gold and two silver medals at the Toon Town Western Classic.

Philip Pitura, 17, Regina, Fencing – Sabre
Nominated by Saskatchewan Fencing Association
• Junior National team member Men’s Sabre at the World Championships in Croatia.
• Placed in the Top 32 out of 212 competitors at the North American Cup.
• Won gold at the Canadian Nationals in Cadet Sabre Men’s.
• Placed 11th at the Canada Cup in Cadet Men’s Sabre.
• Won three gold medals at the Provincials in Cadet Men’s Sabre, Junior Men’s Sabre and Senior Men’s Sabre

Marco Schumann, 14, Saskatoon, Speed Skating-Long and Short Track
Nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association
• National Champion for Train to Train (T2T) 13 yrs of age Male Long Track at the Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships – placed first in the 100m, 300m, 500m, 3000m
• Western Canadian Champion for T2T 13 Male Short Track – placed first in the 200m, 400m, 1500m, 3000m. Placed first in the 400m and second in the 1500m and 3000m at the Western Canadian Single Distance Championship (Short Track).
• Placed in the top 10 in the 1500m and 500m events at the Western Canadian Single Distance Short Track Championship against skaters up to 19 years of age.
• Ranked in the top two nationally for Junior C (U15 yrs of age) in every distance for Olympic Style speed skating.


Kylie Zirk, 15, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak
Nominated by Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
• Won gold and silver at the National team Trials and was named to the CanoeKayak Canada Team for competition at the Junior World Slalom Championships in Slovakia.
• Participated in the ICF Junior World Championships as one of the youngest competitors.
• Finished in the top third for both K-1 and C-1 slalom at the Canadian Whitewater Championships.
• Placed second in the Junior Women’s Whitewater Combined Event at the Alberta Provincial Whitewater Championships.

Kirsten Van Marion, 15, Asquith, Fencing – Epee
Nominated by Saskatchewan Fencing Association
• Won bronze for Cadet Women’s Epee (U15) at the Canadian Nationals.
• Won bronze for Team Epee at the Canada Games.
• Won gold and bronze at the Canadian Western Championships.
• Won two gold medals and a bronze at the Sask Provincials.

Katelyn Lehner, 18, Prince Albert, Athletics – Heptathlon
Nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics
• Set new personal bests within the Heptathlon for 200m, 100m hurdles, and shot put at the Pan Am Junior Championships.
• Set new personal bests in the 800m and javelin and won silver at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships.
• Placed sixth at the Open Women’s Long Jump at the Canada Games.
• Established new records in Long Jump and the 100m hurdles at the Nike High School Grand Prix.
• Won five medals at the Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association (SHSAA) Provincial Championships.


Lyndon Rush, 33, Humboldt, Bobsleigh
Nominated by Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation
• Captured the World Cup Two Man Bobsleigh title (along with Jesse Lumsden).
• Two World Cup victories first place finishes.
• Total of Four podium finishes at the World Cup.
• Finished the season ranked #1 in world in the 2-man bobsled.
• Finished the season ranked #7 in the 4 -man bobsled.

Jarret Kenke, 19, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak
Nominated by Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
• Placed 16th at the ICF U23 World Sprint Canoe Championships.
• Won bronze in the Senior Men’s K-1 5000m and Senior Men’s K-4 1000m at the Pan Am Sprint Canoe Championships.
• First place finish in the senior men’s K-1 1000m event at the CanoeKayak Canada National Team Trails #2.
• Set a new Canadian record in the U19 Men’s K-2 1000m at the Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships.
• Won gold in the Men’s k-2 1000m and men’s K-4 200m, silver in the Men’s K-2 200m and bronze in the Men’s K-1 5000m and Men’s K-4 1000m at the 2013 Canada Games.

Keegan Christ, 19, Regina, Speed Skating – Short Track
Nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association
• Canadian Junior A National Short Track Champion.
• Finished first at the Canadian Short Track Championships in the 500m and 1000m and second in the 1500m and 3000m.
• Placed 6th in the 1500m at the Canadian Open National Qualifier, 15th in the 500m, and 10th in the 1000m. Overall ranking of 11th at the Canadian National Qualifier.
• Qualified for the National Team Selections Competition.
• Qualified for Team Canada Trials for the FISU Winter Universiade, Italy.


Brianne Theisen Eaton, 24, Humboldt, Heptathlon
Nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics
• Placed second overall in the IAAF World Combined Events Challenge (Decastar).
• Won silver in Heptathlon, setting a personal best for heptathlon and in the 800m event and set a new Saskatchewan Athletics Provincial Native and Open Senior Women’s Record for Heptathlon at the IAAF World Championships.
• Placed first in Heptathlon and set a personal best in long jump at the Hypo-Meeting (IAAF World Combined Events Challenge).
• Won gold in Heptathlon at the Canadian Track and Field Championships and World Championship Trials.
• Placed third in the 100m hurdles at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic.

Chelsea Valois, 26, Zenon Park, Bobsleigh
Nominated by University of Regina Athletics
• Won gold, along with Kallie Humphries, in the two-woman bobsleigh at the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation 2013 ( FIBT) World Championships.
• Won the overall championship in the two-woman bobsleigh at the 2012-13 Bobsleigh World Cup. Finishing with 1960 points overall standings, 162 points ahead of the second-place finishers.
• World Cup race #6 finished third; Race #7 finished first; race #8 finished second; race #9 finished third.
• Humphries and Valois were the first winners of the Bobsleigh World Cup from a country other than Switzerland, United States, or Germany.

Natasha Kramble, 23, Saskatoon, Wrestling-Freestyle
Nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association
• Placed fifth at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Championships in Kazan, Russia.
• Placed 25th overall at the 2013 Senior World Championships.
• Won a silver medal at the 2013 Pan Am Championships.
• Won a gold medal at the 2013 Senior National Championships.
• National Senior Wrestling Champion, qualifying for Senior Pan Am Championships, FISU and Senior World Championships.


Saskatoon Stingers, Saskatoon, Floor Hockey
Nominated by Special Olympics Saskatchewan
• Won a gold medal in floor hockey at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeong Chang, Republic of Korea.
• Member of the Special Olympics Canada Team of the Year.
• Member of the Special Olympics Saskatchewan Team of the Year.
• Named Sask Sport Inc., February Athlete of the Month.

Regina Thunder Football Club, Regina
Nominated by Football Saskatchewan
• First-ever Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) Champions by defeating the Vancouver Island Raiders 55-26.
• Won the Prairie Football League (PFL) Championship Game against the Saskatoon Hilltops 21-16.
• The victory over the Hilltops ended that team’s three year reign as PFL champions.
• Overall record Wins – 5 Losses – 3.
• 2 All Canadian Awards – QB – Asher Hastings and DB – Chris Tunnicliffe.

Saskatoon Scotia Bank Selects, Saskatoon, Softball
Nominated by Softball Saskatchewan
• U18 Girls Canadian Softball Champions. First gold medal for Saskatchewan in 22 years.
• Samantha Ridgewell was selected as an All-Star Utility Player and Haley Volk was selected the Top Player in the Championship Round.
• Saskatoon Presidents Tournament Gold Medalists and Melfort Tournament – Silver
• U18 Provincial A Champions.
• Total win loss record 34 wins 15 losses.
• Haley Volk and Cassidy Ball selected and participated in the under 21 Canada Games in Sherbrooke Quebec.


Canada Cup #1 – Sherbrooke, QC

A great look into the mind of a #Fencer as they compete.

Leland Guillemin


The first Canada Cup of the 2013-2014 fencing season was held in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The hosting venue was the same venue that was used for the Canada Games this past summer. My training leading up to this tournament was quite exceptional and I felt like I had it in me to win the entire competition. I was eager to get the first major tournament under my belt.

The morning of the competition I went through my usual routine to get psyched up and mentally focused. I arrived at the competition venue thirsty for victory. I had an excellent warm-up and, despite breaking my favourite blade, I was ready to go when the pool bouts were called.

There were 6 people(including myself) in my pool, with my main competition being Marc-Andre Leblanc and Farooq Habib. I’m good friends with both of them and I’ve had the opportunity to fence them a…

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Pre-season pump up!

Here’s another great blog post from our own Leland Guillemin who is chronicling his bid for the Olympics and the Worlds! Let’s get this season started!

Leland Guillemin



To the chagrin of many, the summer is reaching its natural end. Most Saskatchewanians become disheartened by the inevitable season change, but I come out of my hibernation. The beast in me awakes and becomes very hungry for competition and training.

This fencing season begins on September 4th, and I’ve been long awaiting the day I can suit up and strive for success. The past season (2012-2013) was the most successful season of my fencing career. This was my first year of fencing on the World level, and not only was I able to get my feet wet and my nose dirty, I was able to place in the top 64 (48th) in Vancouver and in Switzerland I finished 72nd. Nationally, I was top 8 in every competition, my worst result being 7th and my best finish was 3rd. Provincially…

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Canada Games….heeeerrree’s TEAM SASK!

The Saskatchewan Fencing Association names


FOR THE 2013 Canada Summer Games

 The Saskatchewan Fencing Federation has named the 12 Junior fencers who will be competing and representing Saskatchewan at the 2013 Summer Games to be held this coming August in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

The team, representing a cross-section of the province from north to south, are the top two performers in their weapons category from amongst all fencers across the province.  The list includes two Cadet National Team members (Philip Pitura and Patrik Dula), as well as a number of fencers who have won medals both nationally and internationally.

It’s a team we can be proud to have represent our province.


2013 Canada Summer Games – Team Sask Fencing:


Women’s Epee

Kirsten Van Marion – Asquith Garde Fencing Club

Bdhanya Ramaswami – Saskatoon Fencing Club


Women’s Foil

Heidi Atter – Regina South Zone Fencing Club

Shaylyn Kress – Prince Albert Northern Knights Fencing Club


Women’s Sabre

Maia Stempien – Saskatoon Fencing Club

Brooklyn Hill – Asquith Garde Fencing Club


Men’s Epee

Justin Neumeyer – Saskatoon Fencing Club

Kieran Ramaswami – Saskatoon Fencing Club


Men’s Foil

Patrik Dula – Saskatoon Fencing Club

Adam Nazarali – Saskatoon Fencing Club


Men’s Sabre

Philip Pitura – Regina South Zone Fencing Club

Garrett Whelan – Asquith Garde Fencing Club


Feel free to follow along their progress on Twitter, where we’ll be tweeting away with the hashtag #Fencing, #TeamSask and #GoSaskGo – Good luck to you all!  Do us proud as we know you will….Saskatchewan Represent!!


National Championships 2013

Saskatchewan’s Leland Guillemin writes about his National Championship experience!

Leland Guillemin

This past weekend I competed at the Canadian Fencing Championships in Gatineau, QC. Senior Men’s Epee was held on May 19th. For me to improve my rankings on the High Performance Program I had to finish 1st or 2nd. I was excited to see if I could achieve this daunting task!

I had a sinus cold that was running its course through me since I had returned from Europe (May 14th) and it was still going strong the day of the competition. I was not concerned with this sickness as all it amounted to was an extra challenge! I figured I wouldn’t have the same speed and endurance that I do on a good, healthy day but I knew I could still work around it.

I did a long slow warm up to prepare myself and by the time pools was announced I felt like I had found my…

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Paris – Bern – The Fencing breakdown

Saskatchewan Fencer Leland Guillemin has a wonderful new blog that chronicles his race for the next Olympics.

Leland Guillemin

I left for Paris on May 1st 2013. I had qualified to compete in the Paris World Cup and the Bern Grand Prix tournaments. Paris was scheduled for the 3rd and 4th of May, while Bern was slated for May 11th and 12th. After a bit of deliberation, we decided in order to get the most bang for our buck we had to depart from Saskatoon on the 1st of May, compete at the World Cup, do a training camp in Paris with Danielle Levavasseur and then take a train to Switzerland to compete at the Grand Prix held in Bern before finally coming home. This trip would be the longest trip I’ve had to make so far. I would be away from home for 14 days.

Leading up to the tournaments I had trained harder than ever before and I was feeling…

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April 17, 2013 – National Officials Day

 From Saskatchewan Fencing Association President, Brian Guillemin – a tribute to all those hardworking men and women who officiate at our matches:
National Officials Day

The official of the 2011 CSC’s held in Saskatoon enjoy a rare relaxing moment.

At the beginning of each fencing bout our fencers indicate their acknowledgement, recognition and respect to those individuals chosen to preside the match.  As with most sports, but in particular with fencing, officiating is no easy task.  Our official’s ability to recall and replay the events leading up to a point or an infraction, or to decide which athlete has priority or the point, are skills that are only obtained through dedication and commitment to our sport.  Good officiating is key to the success of our sport, so it is only fitting that on National Official’s Day, that we take time to acknowledge and thank those athletes, coaches and officials who have ever presided over a match.  SALUT!

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