Swimmer Gavin Dyke was the big winner Thursday, taking home athlete of the month honours for both January and February at the St. John’s Molson-Coors Athlete of the Month luncheon at the Elks Club.
Dyke’s Memorial Sea-Hawks varsity teammate, Becca Dyer, was the female athlete of the month for January, while shooter Emily Keeping was the February winner.
In January, Dyke dominated the Atlantic University Sport Invitational meet at Dalhousie University in Halifax, winning gold medals in all five of his races and earning a bronze with the Sea-Hawks’ 200-metre medley relay team.
He finished with 33 points, 13 more than gymnast John Hiscock and 22 ahead of bowler John Byrne.
Dyer, who like Dyke swam for the province at the 2013 Canada Games last summer in Sherbrooke, Que., won a silver medal in the 100-metre backstroke at the AUS Invitational meet. She just missed gold by .15 of a second.
It was close for the female award, with Dyer just edging out runner Kate Bazeley 18 points to 14. Basketball player Sandra Amoah and curler Heather Strong both finished with 11 points.
Dyke starred at home in February, as Memorial played host to the 2014 Subway AUS swimming championships, where he 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 was the runaway winner with 31 points.
Sea-Hawks’ basketball player Davion Parnsalu totalled eight points and biathlete Austin Hodder picked up seven.
Keeping shot a personal best 643 to win the bronze medal at the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix air rifle competition in Toronto. She competed in women’s sub-junior air pistol.
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.
Keeping received 27 points in voting by the St. John’s Molson Athlete of the Year Committee members. Curler Cathy Cunningham and Geana George of basketball both had 14 points.