HALIFAX, NS (July 2016) – Halifax gymnast William Black has been named June’s Sport Chek Male Individual Athlete of the Month. The seventeen year-old recently competed at the 2016 Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Edmonton where he clinched a gold medal on the vault in the senior men’s category with a score of 14.900.
Also competing at the 2016 Canadian Gymnastics Championships was William’s older sister, twenty year-old Ellie Black. Black has been awarded June’s Sport Chek Female Individual Athlete of the Month honours after placing second in the all-round competition. The Halifax Alta gymnast also took home gold in the floor, silver on the beam, and bronze on the vault. Following this competition, Black participated in the Rio Selection Camp in Gatineau where she punched her ticket to next month’s Summer Olympic Games.
Fifteen year-old Katie Hagen of Dartmouth has been named June’s Sport Chek Female Team Athlete of the Month. The right-handed pitcher recently represented Canada at the 2016 U20 Women’s International Cup in the Dominican Republic. The youngest player on the team, Hagen logged three innings pitched with no runs allowed and three strike outs, helping Canada to a gold medal finish at the inaugural event.
The Sport Chek Team of the Month award goes to the Nova Scotia National Open Men’s Gymnastics Team which topped the podium at the 2016 Canadian Gymnastics Championships. Team Nova Scotia made history by capturing the province’s first ever team title in the Open Men’s category after narrowly beating Ontario and Quebec. The gold medal winning National Open team was made up of Kahlil Benjamin (Halifax), Stephen Clouter (Lawrencetown), William Jackson (Halifax), Jeremy Sutherland (Middle Musquodoboit), Miguel Hernandez (Halifax), Dujon Holness (Halifax) and Ben McCarthy (Fall River).
The Athlete of the Month program is administered by Sport Nova Scotia, whose members are eligible to nominate athletes for the awards. A membership committee selects the award recipients for five possible categories: Male Individual Athlete, Female Individual Athlete, Male Team Athlete, Female Team Athlete, and Team. For more information about the awards, please visit www.sportnovascotia.ca
Sport Nova Scotia is a voice for amateur sport that promotes the benefits of health, personal development and achievement of all participants. Sport Nova Scotia is a non-profit, non-government organization representing approximately 60 provincial sport organizations and more than 160,000 member Nova Scotians.
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