CIS 2014 tournament all-star Taylor Pischke of the national-champion University of Manitoba Bisons women's volleyball team and Oak Bluff triathlete Tyler Mislawchuk were named junior female and male athletes of the year Monday night at the Fairmont Hotel at Sport Manitoba's annual Night of Champions.
Pischke helped the Bisons capture their first national crown since 2001, blanking rival UBC 3-0 in the championship match.
Mislawchuk has posted consistent world-class results since taking up the sport about five years ago. In September in his final race as a junior, he finished 12th in the International Triathlon Union world juniors in London, England.
Monday's celebration and awards night included recognizing the achievements of Manitoba's athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers in amateur sport.
The winners' list:
Junior Female Athlete of the Year: Taylor Pischke, Volleyball
Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Tyler Mislawchuk, Triathlon
Female Coach of the Year: Haylee O'Neill, Softball
Male Coach of the Year: Brian Plett, Volleyball
Official of the Year: Reid Kenyon, Basketball
Youth Volunteer of the Year: Jade Ledochowski, MHSAA
Volunteer of the Year: Arin Smith, Wheelchair Rugby
Junior Team of the Year: Team Matt Dunstone, Curling
Manitoba Aboriginal Female Athlete of the Year: Christie Lavallee (Archery)
Manitoba Aboriginal Male Athlete of the Year: Braedan Boschman, Volleyball/Basketball
Manitoba Aboriginal Male Volunteer of the Year: Dale Bear, Hockey
Amateur football coaches get boost from Blue
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are offering to cover the costs of any local amateur football coaches interested in taking the National Coaches Certification Program at Investors Group Field next month.
The club said in a release Monday morning they'll cover the registration fees for local coaches so that they can upgrade their skills without having to dip into their team's funds or their own pocket.
"As the leader of football in the province of Manitoba, holding a clinic like this allows us to fulfill our mandate of giving back," Bombers CEO Wade Miller said in a statement. "The amateur athletes in our community are the future of football, and one of the best ways for us to support them is to support their coaches."
The course runs May 9-10 at the stadium and will include on-field and in-class instruction from Bombers, Winnipeg Rifles and University of Manitoba Bisons alumni. There are more details and a link to a registration form on the Bombers website at bluebombers.com.