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Ellie Black, James Hazelton, Rebecca MacDonald, Bradley Keeping-Myra, and Alex Green named Cleve’s Source for Sports / New Balance Athletes of the Month for December
HALIFAX, NS (Thursday, January 13, 2011) – Earning the designation of Cleve’s Source for Sports/New Balance Female Athlete of the Month is 15 year-old Halifax gymnast Ellie Black for bringing home a silver medal in the vault category, a fourth place finish in balance beam, and an eighth place finish in floor exercise at the Elite Canada artistic gymnastics competition. This national event was Ellie’s first time competing at the Senior level.

Digby’s James Hazelton clinches the award of Cleve’s Source for Sports/New Balance Male Athlete of the Month for winning the provincial figure skating championship, and moving on to place 24th out of 32 competitors in the Novice Men category at Skate Canada Challenge. This marks a new personal best for James.

Figure skaters Brad Keeping Myra (Tantallon) and Rebecca MacDonald (Lakeside) comprise December’s Cleve’s Source for Sports/New Balance Male Team of the Month. After coming in second at the provincial championships, the duo placed 26th out of 33 teams in the Pre-Novice Dance category at Skate Canada Challenge, and have been selected for the Canada Games team.

In more figure skating news, Alex Green of Fall River also competed at Skate Canada Challenge, coming in 10th out of 22 competitors in the Novice Dance category and earning the title of Cleve’s Source for Sports/New Balance Male Team Individual Athlete of the Month. Alex earned the right to compete in this national event having won the provincial championships. Alex has now qualified for both the Canada Games and Junior Canadian teams.

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
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 over 60 provincial sport organizations and more than 160,000 member Nova Scotians.

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