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The Jennifer Jones rink is a finalist for Manitoba Team of the Year.

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The Jennifer Jones rink is a finalist for Manitoba Team of the Year.

Another honour for Winnipeg’s newly anointed Olympic women’s curling team, as the Jennifer Jones rink is a finalist for Manitoba team of the year in the annual awards handed out by the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

The University of Manitoba Bisons also figure in big to the nominations, with finalists in all three awards categories: team and male and female athlete of the year.

In the team category, Jones is a finalist alongside the Bisons football squad, which was nominated after a gutsy season that saw them make the Hardy Cup Canada West divisional final. Team Matt Dunstone, the reigning Canadian junior men’s curling champions, is nominated, as are the Turnbull Cup-winning MJHL Steinbach Pistons and the canoe-kayak duo of Hannah Guttormson and Stephanie Lowry.

The female athlete of the year finalists include Bisons volleyball star Taylor Pischke, swimmer Breanne Siwicki, Manitoban and UBC Thunderbirds volleyball star Lisa Barclay, softball’s Hailey Unger, and Sochi Olympics biathlete Megan Imrie.

The male athlete of the year finalists include Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, Bisons running back Anthony Coombs, hockey player Brendan Leipsic of the Portland Winterhawks (who tied for the WHL’s 2012-13 scoring title), golfer Josh Wytinck and light heavyweight boxer Andrew Gardiner, who continued his undefeated 10-0 pro record with a local fight in October.

The MSSA final votes will be tallied and the winners honoured at the 58th annual Athletes of the Year awards dinner on Jan. 26 at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel.

 

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