Nine athletes from seven different sports honoured

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There were seven different sports represented among the male and female winners for the St. John's Molson Coors athletes of the month for April, May, June and July which were announced Wednesday at the Elks Club.

The St. John’s Molson Athlete of the Year Committee held its athlete of the month awards for the months of April, May, June and July Wednesday at The Elks Club in St. John’s. Among the winners were, from left, first row: Olivia Casey (July), Jill Mason (co-winner, June), Leslie Amminson (May), Michael Gaulton (May) and Susan Martyn (co-winner, June); second row: Tom Brewer of Molson-Coors, Josh Hancott (June), Owen Daly (July) andf Peter Benoite (April). Missing from photo is pril’s female winner, Kulia Kawamoto.

There were seven different sports represented among the male and female winners for the St. John's Molson Coors athletes of the month for April, May, June and July which were announced Wednesday at the Elks Club.

The winners were:

 

APRIL

Middle distance runner Julia Kawamoto claimed the female honours. Kawamoto usually focuses on the 1,500 metres on track but won the Flat Out 5K race in a time of 17:33. She was the female winner and placed fourth overall. The other finalists were Helen Eason of bowling and Jennifer Devereaux of basketball.

Basketball player Peter Benoite took the male award. Playing for Nova Physio in the Clarence Sutton Division 1 provincial championships, Benoite scored 22 points in the semifinal game and 25 in the final to earn tournament MVP honours. Bowler Ken Byrne and hockey player Matthew Coughlan were the other finalists.

 

MAY

Leslie Amminson of handball took the female award. She was the first Newfoundlander to w in a national title in the open division and team with Traci Davis of Arizona to capture the women’s open doubles crown. Soccer player Annabelle Caul and runner Caroline McIlroy were the other finalists.

Another handballer, Michael Gaulton, claimed the male honours for the month.  After wing the 15-and-under division he competed in the 17-and-under acateroy, placing first in singles and doubles. Tyler Hennessey of baseball and bowler Jason Wheeler were the other finalists.

 

JUNE

There was a tie for the female honours in June. The co-winners were runner Susan Martyn and softball player Jim Mason. Martyn won the female division of the 10K Molson Canadian Light race in 43:31, finishing 26th overall. Mason, a cather, helped her Diamonds team capture the Coors Light St. John’s Ladies Fastpitch League opening tournament. She went three-for-four in the championship game, while hitting .857 in the event. Soccer player Sydney Walsh was the other finalist.

Powerlifter Josh Hancott was the male winner in the month. He managed to squat 540 pounds, a national junior and open record, at the provincial championships. He also produced a national junior deadlift record of 551 pounds. Justin Pender of ball hockey and Robbie Greene of softball were the other finalists.

 

JULY

Tennis player Olivia Casey earned the female honours. She won the under 12 division for the Atlantic Tennis Championships in Prince Edward Island and also finished second in the under-14 singles competition. Softballer Jenna Connolly and tennis and soccer player Jasmine Rahman were the other finalists.

Swimmer Owen Daly won a bronze medal in the 50-metre butterfly at the Canadian Summer Nationals. He swam a 24:98 going sub 25 seconds for the first time, breaking his provincial record and finishing just .13 seconds out of first place. Tennis player Josh Lehr and triathlete Marty Whelan were the other finalists.

Organizations: Clarence Sutton Division, Molson Canadian Light, Ladies Fastpitch League

Geographic location: St. John's, Arizona, Prince Edward Island Canada Sherbrooke, Que

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