2020 Athlete of the Month Award Recipients

MARCH
Graeme Fish

Moose Jaw's Graeme Fish set a world record to win a gold medal in the men's 10,000 metres at the World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Utah in February.

Fish crossed the finish line in 12:33.868 to break the world record set in 2015 (12:36.30) by fellow Canadian skater Ted-Jan Bloemen. Fish also captured a bronze medal earlier in the competition in the 5,000-metres race. The medals are the first for Fish at a world championship event.

Fish was nominated for the Athlete of the Month Award by Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association.

The other outstanding nominees were:

  • Scott Joseph, Swift Current, Athletics - Nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics

  • Jordan Stevenson, Saskatoon, Speed Skating - Nominated by Special Olympics Saskatchewan

FEBRUARY
Karson Lehner

Breaking a 35-year-old Saskatchewan sprint record has crowned Prince Albert's Karson Lehner Sask Sport's February Athlete of the Month.

Lehner broke the record in a 300-metre race, clocking in at 33.07 for gold at the Canada West Track & Field Championship hosted at the Saskatoon Field House on Feb. 22. The 33.07 time also set a Canada West Championship record. Saskatoon Olympian Cyprian Enweani previously held the Saskatchewan record with a time of 33.50.

At the Canada West Track & Field Championship, Lehner also won a silver medal in the 60-metre dash and received the Outstanding Performance of the Meet - Male award. He was also named the Canada West Male Track Athlete of the Year.

Earlier in the month, Lehner won gold in the 300-metre race at the Panda Open, a track and field meet hosted by the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

A University of Saskatchewan student and Huskie Athletics athlete, Lehner's results at the Canada West championship qualified him for the U Sports national championship that were held at the beginning of March.

Lehner was nominated for the Athlete of the Month Award by Saskatchewan Athletics.

JANUARY
Michelle Harrison

With two gold medals in 60-metre hurdles competition, Saskatoon's Michelle Harrison has been named Sask Sport Inc.'s January Athlete of the Month.

Harrison won her first medal of the month in the event at the national Sanderson Classic Track Meet on Jan. 11. Two weeks later, she struck gold again in the 60-metre hurdles at the international Knights of Columbus Indoor Games. Clocking in at 8.22, she set a Huskie Athletics record and was named the Top Canadian at the event.

Harrison, a University of Saskatchewan student and Huskie Athletics athlete, is currently ranked No. 1 in U SPORTS and in Canadian indoor women's competition in the 60-metre hurdles.

Harrison was nominated for the Athlete of the Month Award by Saskatchewan Athletics.

Other Nominees:

  • Jay Tomchuk, Saskatoon, Futsal - Nominated by Saskatchewan Soccer Association

  • Tristan Taylor, Wolseley, Figure Skating - Nominated by Sask Canada - Saskatchewan

  • Polina Bespalova, Saskatoon, Weightlifting - Nominated by Saskatchewan Weightlifting Association