Manitoba is rich with countless remarkable sport people of all ages with amazing stories of success, service and dedication. We have young individual athletes and teams garnering national and international attention for their athletic abilities, volunteers of all ages dedicating their time to ensure a brighter, stronger amateur sport system in Manitoba, officials who guarantee decorum and fair play, and coaches who lead, develop, and mentor Manitobans who participate in sport.
Each year, the sport community gathers at the annual Night of Champions (formerly the Sport for Life Gala) to celebrate the achievements of our nominees for the Sport Manitoba Awards.
Sport award recipients announced at the 2013 Night of Champions on April 30, 2013 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre included:
Manitoba Chicken Producers Junior Female Athlete of the Year
Taylor Pischke, Volleyball – Winnipeg
Manitoba Chicken Producers Junior Male Athlete of the Year
Brendan Shinnimin, Hockey - East St. Paul
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Female Coach of the Year
Sarah Lundgren, Basketball – Winnipeg
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Male Coach of the Year
Garth Pischke, Volleyball – Winnipeg
Sport Manitoba Official of the Year
Darryl Friesen, Volleyball – Winnipeg
Great-West Life Youth Volunteer of the Year
Kaylee Pilat, Figure Skating - West St. Paul
Great-West Life Volunteer of the Year
Joyce Collier, Golf - Portage la Prairie
Graham Curnew, Riding for the Disabled – Winnipeg
Calm Air Junior Team of the Year
FC Northwest, Soccer - Winnipeg
The Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council also named their athletes and volunteers of the year at the event.
Manitoba Aboriginal Athlete of the Year (Female)
Skyler Boulanger, Basketball - Winnipeg
Manitoba Aboriginal Athlete of the Year (Male)
Logan Thacker, Football – Ochre River
Manitoba Aboriginal Female Volunteer of the Year
Jackie Anderson, Basketball - Winnipeg
Manitoba Aboriginal Male Volunteer of the Year
Dennis Park, Hockey - Selkirk
The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame inducted two members and one team in the Veteran category at the Night of Champions. Ninety-six year old Barney Hartman (ACCEPTANCE SPEECH) was inducted in the Athlete category for his success in skeet shooting. His daughter and grand-daughter from Ottawa accepted the honour on his behalf. Harold Joseph “Bullet Joe” Simpson (ACCEPTANCE SPEECH)was inducted posthumously as an Athlete in hockey. The 1970 Manitoba Selects soccer team (ACCEPTANCE SPEECH) were inducted in the Team category.