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Jason Downey, Dallas Rourke, Matthew Webb, and Henry Machum & Julien Fougere named Sport Chek Athletes and Team of the Month for February
HALIFAX, NS (Monday, March 28, 2011) – Hailing from Dartmouth, NS, 15-year-old boxer Jason Downey clinched the title of Sport Chek Male Individual Athlete of the Month for keeping the gold medal (52kg class) on home turf at the 2011 Canada Winter Games last month. This feat included a win over three-time national champion Bradley Wilcox.

The Sport Chek Female Individual Athlete of the Month award goes to Dallas Rourke. This 17-year-old snowboarder from Falmouth, NS secured a 2011 Canada Winter Games silver medal with her impressive score of 31.70 in the halfpipe competition. This achievement is particularly noteworthy as it was Dallas’s first time competing in the Canada Games.

Earning the designation of Sport Chek Male Team Athlete of the Month is 16-year-old figure skater Matthew Webb. The Upper Tantallon native placed 5th in Pre-Novice Dance with his partner Jaimie Clarke at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. This is a significant achievement, having only been training with Jaimie for six months prior to the event.

The Sport Chek Team of the Month for February was snatched up by sailing duo Henry Machum (15) and Julien Fougere (17) for their 16th place finish at the 420 Mid-Winter Championships held last month in Jensen Beach, Florida. Not only did they do exceptionally well to place in the top 20 (of 77 teams entered), but their 16th place finish is also celebrated as the best Canadian finish in that competition in many years.

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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