2016 Award Finalists

Open Female Athlete Finalists

Chantal Givens (Triathlon)

She was chosen Triathlon Canada Elite Women's Paratriathlete of the Year after an 8th place finish in the Paralympic Games in Rio; she won the P4 title in a World Paratriathlon event in Spain, and was second in the female P4 Paratriathlon event at the 2016 Pan American Championship.

Meghan Montgomery (Rowing)

After winning a bronze medal the previous year in her sport's World Championships, she helped her crew to a bronze medal in rowing's Mixed Fours at the Rio Paralympics; it was Canada's first ever medal in rowing at the Paralympic Games.

Isabela Onyshko (Gymnastics)

Selected as Gymnastics Canada senior Athlete of the Year, she qualified for the All-around final in the Rio Olympics; she finished 18th, and became the first ever Canadian to qualify for the beam final, finishing 8th. She also won the senior All-around title in the 2016 Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

Desiree Scott (Soccer)

A key player in Canada's bronze medal victory over Brazil in the Rio Olympics, a second straight Olympic bronze for Canada in soccer; she started and played in five of the team's six matches in Rio, including all three final games, and played all 90 minutes of the bronze medal game.

Chantal Van Landeghem (Swimming)

With her three teammates, she won the first medal for Canada in the Rio Olympics, a bronze in the 4 x 100 metre medley relay. She was the first Manitoba swimmer to medal at an Olympic Games. She added to that Olympic success by swimming Canada's anchor leg in a fifth place finish in the 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay in Canadian record time.

Open Male Athlete Finalists

Geoff Grey (Football)

A Manitoba Bison, he was one of two Canadian university representatives in the 92nd East-West Shrine Game; a Canada West all-star, and he was the conference's most outstanding down lineman; a national nominee for the J.P. Metras trophy, and a U-Sports first team All-Canadian.

D J Lalama (Football)

Another Manitoba Bison, he won the 2016 Presidents trophy as the outstanding defensive player of the year in U-Sports; a first team football All-Canadian at linebacker; he led U-Sports in total and solo tackles, and in the regular season he had 16 total tackles above any other Canada West player.

Tyler Mislawchuk (Triathlon)

Triathlon Canada's Elite Men's Triathlete of the Year after a 15th place finish at the Olympics in Rio; he was 7th in the World Elite Male Hamburg Triathlon, had two 10th place finishes in Elite Triathlon events in Yokohama and Abu Dhabi, and was 11th in the Gold Coast Elite Triathlon.

David Onyemata (Football)

In his first season with New Orleans Saints of the NFL he had 18 combined tackles in playing in all 16 regular season games; he had at least one tackle in 10 of those games; he was the first ever Manitoba Bison player selected in the NFL draft, taken by New Orleans in the fourth round.

Jonathan Toews (Hockey)

Scoring 28 goals and 30 assists for 58 points for Chicago Blackhawks last season, he added six assists in seven Stanley Cup playoff games; he had five points, was fourth in tournament scoring, and assisted on the gold medal winning goal in the final of the World Cup of Hockey.

Junior Male Athlete Finalists

Emmanuel Akot (Basketball)

A member of Canada's best ever 5th place team finish in the U-17 World Championships, he added to it by leading Team Manitoba into 4th place in the Canadian U-17 national championship. He was named a first team All-Canadian in the nationals, and a Canada Basketball Player of the Week in August.

Damien Ekosky (Judo)

He won bronze medals in U-18 under-73kg Cadet Pan American and Cadet South America championships, and won silver and bronze medals in the Liberty Bell judo tournament in Philadelphia. He added the Canadian Open U-18 under-73kg championship, and represented Canada in the European Judo Union Cadet Cup in Portugal in May.

Tyson Langelaar (Speed Skating)

Capping his 2016 season by winning four distance titles and first overall in the Manitoba Junior championships, he added second to fifth place honours in three distances and overall in the Canadian Juniors, and was 13th overall competing in seven events in speed skating in the Junior World Championships. He skated personal best times in all of his major races.

Hunter Lee (Wrestling)

He won the bronze medal in 85kgs at the Cadet Pan Am Championships in Peru, won two dual meets in Japan, and represented Canada in 85kgs at the Worlds in Georgia. He was the Canadian Fila Cadet trials champion at 85kg, and won a bronze medal in Greco-Roman. Living in Flin Flon, he won a gold medal in Saskatchewan high school wrestling provincials.

Nolan Patrick (Hockey)

The Western Hockey League's playoff MVP, he led the Brandon Wheat Kings to the Memorial Cup with 41 goals and 102 points, fifth in scoring. He led in playoff scoring with 13 goals and 30 points in 21 games. He won the Turk Broda Memorial trophy as Brandon's top Manitoba player, and is the consensus number one pick for the 2017 NHL draft.

Junior Female Athlete Finalists

Talia Gallant (Ringette)

After earlier success in winning a gold medal in the Canada Games, she was the Canadian Junior captain in leading the team to the 2015-16 World Ringette Championships in Finland. As a member of the Canadian team, she also is required to play for a National Ringette League team, and she travels to Alberta to play for the Black Gold Rush.

Emma Gray (Rowing)

She won Junior national trials in single, double and quad races, and is ranked first nationally in both Junior and Under-23 divisions. She is the record holder in both divisions in 2k and 6k races. She was first in the Henley International Regatta in Junior and Under-23 singles, and added two gold and two silver medals in the same categories in the Canadian Rowing Championships.

Skylar Park (Tae Kwon Do)

She won the 2016 World Junior Tae Kwon Do Championships, and added a bronze medal in the senior division of the Pan Am Championships. She earned four gold medals and three silvers in International open tourneys in senior and junior divisions in her sport, and she was the female MVP and gold medallist in Canadian championships in both senior and junior divisions.

Victoria Tachinski (Athletics)

Her top result may have been winning the 800 metres in the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville, but she also won a bronze medal in the Women's 4 x 400-metres at the IAAF U-20 World Championships and was sixth at 800 metres. She added gold medals at 400 and 800 metres in National Youth, Canadian Championships, and the MHSAA Championships in her home province.

Sarah Watson (Swimming)

At the Canadian Age Group Swimming Championships, she won a gold medal in the 50 metre butterfly event, silver in the 50 metre freestyle, was fourth in the 50 metre breaststroke, and fifth in the 100 metre butterfly event. She attained personal best times in all four events for an excellent overall performance competing against athletes on 85 teams from 10 provinces.

Open Team Of The Year Finalists

Reid Carruthers (Curling)

Skipped his team to victories in the Champions Cup and Canada Cup on the World Curling Tour. The Canada Cup title earned a berth in next December's Olympic Curling Trials. His team finished third on the tour's 2016 money list, and fourth in the Order of Merit, improving on those positions in the second portion of the current WCT season.

Jennifer Jones (Curling)

Won the bronze medal in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, after all four team members were first team All-stars. On the World Curling Tour, her team won the Pinty's All-star Skins Game, the Champions Cup and Canada Cup to earn a berth in the Olympic Trials, while finishing fourth on the 2016 money list and second on the tour's Order of Merit.

Manitoba Blizzard (Lacrosse)

Captured the team's first Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League Championship with an 8-6 final victory over the Calgary Chill. The Blizzard also reached the Tier Two final at the Founders Cup of lacrosse, bowing to Coquitlam Adanacs 12-9 in the final game.

Mike Mcewen (Curling)

Won the Manitoba Viterra men's curling championship for the first time, advancing to finish fourth in the Tim Horton's Brier with an 8-3 round robin record, losing in the playoffs. On the World Curling Tour, the team was fourth on the 2016 money list and third on the tour's Order of Merit.

Winnipeg Goldeyes (Baseball)

2016 American Association champions, finishing the regular season with 58 wins and 42 losses despite being one game under .500 as late as July 4. Clinched their playoff berth on the final day of the season, and won four playoff elimination games on the road against teams with the top league records. They capped the season with a fifth game winner-take-all series victory in Wichita.

Junior Team of the Year Finalists

Brandon Wheat Kings (Hockey)

Won their second straight Eastern Conference title in the Western Hockey League with 48-18-4-2 seasonal record. The team went on to a 16-5 record in post-season play, capturing its first league title in 20 years, beating Seattle Thunderbirds 4-1 in the final playoff series to earn a berth in Junior hockey's Memorial Cup tournament.

Matt Dunstone (Curling)

After an undefeated run to the Manitoba Junior Men's Championship, the team won the fourth straight Canadian Junior title for Manitoba along with three All-star selections. The foursome advanced to the World Junior Championship in Denmark, compiling a 7-2 round robin record and winning the bronze medal in the playoffs. Another distinction on the year was finishing runner-up to McEwen in the Manitoba Viterra men's championship.

Orlov-Tymchyshyn (Baton Twirling)

The combination team in Pairs-Duet won a gold medal in the Canadian Baton Twirling Championship in Edmonton, and competed in the Grand Nationals of the sport in the Duet category. The twosome won gold medals in the Valentines and Unicity events in Winnipeg, gold in the provincial competition, and a bronze medal in the Canadian Team Trials.

Portage Terriers (Hockey)

For the second straight season, the Terriers topped 50 wins and won the MJHL championship. Their records were 52-6-2 and 12-1 in the playoffs. Advancing to the Western Canada Championships, they finished fourth and lost to the Brooks Bandits in the runner-up game to determine a second qualifier for the Junior RBC Cup.

St. Paul's Crusaders (Football)

Completed an undefeated season in the Winnipeg High School Football league by topping defending champion Vincent Massey 17-8 in the title game. The Crusaders won seven straight regular season games plus playoff wins over Sturgeon Creek, Dakota, and Vincent Massey. They scored 305 points with only 39 scored against during the regular season.