January and February’s best to be honoured today at St. John's athlete of the month luncheon

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The city’s best athletes for January and February will be honoured 12:30 p.m. today at the St. John’s Molson-Coors Athlete of the Month luncheon at the Elks Club.
Female finalists for the January female honours are baskeball player Sandra Amoah, runner Kate Bazeley, swimmer Becca Dyer and curler Heather Strong. The male nominees are bowler John Byrne, swimmer Gavin Dyke and gymnast John Hiscock.

As for February, Cathy Cunningham of curling, Geana George of basketball and shooter Emily Keeping are the female finalists. In the running for the male award are Dyke, biathlete Austin Hodder and basketball player Davion Parnsalu.

JANUARY

FEMALE

Sandra Amoah

Amoah appeared in six Atlantic intercollegiate games for the Memorial Sea-Hawks, averaging 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals.

Kate Bazeley

The St. John’s native set a provincial record running the Chevron Houston Marathon, finishing in 2:40:49, beating the old record by about seven minutes. She finished 41st overall, and 7th in the female category in her 25-29 age group.

Becca Dyer

The Memorial Sea-Hawks varsity swimmer won a silver medal in the 100-metre backstroke at the AUS Invitational meet in Dalhousie University in Halifax. She just missed gold by .15 of a second.

Heather Strong

The St. John’s Curling Club (Re/Max Centre) skip led her team to the provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts women’s curling crown, beating Shelly Nichols 10-3 in the final.

MALE

John Byrne

Byrne rolled a perfect 450 in the Commercial Bowling League during the month, only the 65th Newfoundlander to ever record the feat. He finished with an 878 triple.

Gavin Dyke

Dyke dominated the AUS Invitational meet, winning gold medals in all five of his races and earning a bronze with the Sea-Hawks’ 200-metre medley relay team.  

John Hiscock

The Cygnus Gymnastics Club athlete had an outstanding meet at the Prince Edward Classic in Charlottetown, taking home six gold medals in floor exercise, parallel bars, pommels, vault, high bar and all around, and a second place ribbon for rings.

He also placed first at the Cygnus Blizzard Competition.

FEBRUARY

FEMALE

Cathy Cunningham

The veteran curler skipped her team to the provincial women’s seniors championship. Cunningham led her team to a 3-1 record in round-robin play, before beating Laura Phillips 9-1 in the final.

Geana George

George won MVP honours at the Hall of Fame Cup high school basketball tournament where her Booth Memorial Braves team won the title. In one game, she drained 28 points and added 18 assists in a 70-36 victory.

Emily Keeping

Keeping shot a personal best 643 to win the bronze medal at the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix air rifle competition in Toronto. Held annually in Toronto, the competition is for Olympic-style shooters, and is one of the primary air rifle competitions in Canada, attracting both national and international competitors.

Male

Gavin Dyke

The Memorial Sea-Hawks played host to the 2014 Subway AUS swimming championships, and Dyke came away with three gold medals and a bronze. He also earned four team medals (a pair of silver and bronze), and was named top male rookie in the meet.

He continued his outstanding rookie season in Toronto as the lone Sea-Hawk qualifier for the 2014 CIS championship, finishing in the top 20 in each of his events and qualifying for the B finals in the 100m freestyle.

He set a new provincial standard in his first two events, the 200m freestyle and 400m free. Dyke’s off-season will include a trip to Victoria, B.C. in early April for the Canadian senior national team swimming trials.

Austin Hodder

Hodder finished second overall in the senior boys event at the Eastern Canadian biathlon championship in P.E.I., and helped Newfoundland finish third in the team relay and patrol race at the national championship in Martock, N.S.

Closer to home, he won a silver medal in the senior boys’ category at the provincials in Corner Brook.

Davion Parnsalu

Parnsalu scored a career-high 32 points against the UPEI Panthers, going 18-for-21 from the free throw line in Memorial’s 103-97 win. In his final game as a rookie at Saint Mary’s, Parsalu netted 21 points, and added eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals.

He was named to the AUS all-rookie team.

Organizations: Chevron Houston Marathon, Dalhousie University, Curling Club Max Centre Commercial Bowling League John HiscockThe Cygnus Gymnastics Club

Geographic location: St. John's, Toronto, Halifax Charlottetown Canada Victoria Austin Newfoundland Martock Saint Mary

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