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Olympian Among Those Named Sport Chek Athletes of the Month
HALIFAX, NS (Wednesday, June 13, 2012) – Jason McCoombs (CanoeKayak), Katie Jollimore (Table Tennis), and Kristen O’Brien and Anna-Claire Lamport (both Volleyball) were each named by Sport Nova Scotia as the Sport Chek Athletes of the Month for May.
Paddler Jason McCoombs receives the honour of being named Sport Chek Male Individual Athlete of the Month. In May, the 19-year-old Dartmouth paddler made two A Finals in Men’s CI 200m at the World Cup #1 and #2, held in Poland and Germany, respectively. Jason had to beat the favoured athlete, Olympian Richard Dalton, twice to make it to the World Cup competitions where he went on to qualify as Canada’s entry for the 2012 London Olympics.
More accomplishments from Dartmouth athletes include Katie Jollimore’s table tennis triumphs at the Atlantic Table Tennis Championships, held in May in Newfoundland. Among the 52 competitors, 17-year-old Katie came out on top in the women’s singles and U18 girls singles categories, earning her the title of Sport Chek Female Individual Athlete of the Month. Katie also contributed greatly in the success of her U18 girls doubles, U18 girls team, and championship mixed doubles teams.
The Male Team Athlete of the Month award goes to 18-year-old Kristen O’Brien from Truro. His team, Tigers Volleyball Club, won the gold medal in the 18U category at the Volleyball Nova Scotia Provincial Championships, held in Halifax in May. Kristen’s personal contributions to the team’s victory were so significant that they earned him the title of tournament MVP.
Eighteen year-old Anna-Claire Lamport of Halifax clinched the honour of Sport Chek Female Team Athlete of the Month. Anna-Claire’s team (also named Tigers Volleyball Club – the female counterparts to Kristen’s team) won gold at the Volleyball Nova Scotia Provincial Championships in the 18U category. Anna-Claire was also declared tournament MVP for her contributions to her team’s success. This is the third year in a row that Anna-Claire has been part of a gold medal-winning team.
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 55 provincial sport organizations and more than 160,000 member Nova Scotians.
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Sport Nova Scotia
Telephone: (902) 425-5450, ext. 359