Champion curlers, three-point specialist, top age-group swimmer are latest winners

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St. John's athlete of the month awards

A pair of national level curlers, a Memorial University sharp-shooting hoopster and a record-breaking swimmer were named athletes of the month for January and February at the St. John's Molson Coors Athlete of the Month luncheon Tuesday.

Re/Max Centre (St. John's Curling Club) skip Shelley Nichols and junior male skip Kelly Schuh took female and male honours for January, while Sea Hawks' guard Robyn O'Rielly and St. John's Legends swimmer Owen Daly were the February winners.

Curler Shelley Nichols (left) and Memorial Sea-Hawks' basketballer Robyn O'Rielly (right) are the first two Molson St. John's Coors Athlete of the Month winners for 2010. Nichols, who took the honours in January, while O'Reilly, who was the February winne

A pair of national level curlers, a Memorial University sharp-shooting hoopster and a record-breaking swimmer were named athletes of the month for January and February at the St. John's Molson Coors Athlete of the Month luncheon Tuesday.

Re/Max Centre (St. John's Curling Club) skip Shelley Nichols and junior male skip Kelly Schuh took female and male honours for January, while Sea Hawks' guard Robyn O'Rielly and St. John's Legends swimmer Owen Daly were the February winners.

JANUARY

Female

Nichols captured her first provincial Scottie Tournament of Hearts title as a skip by defeating five-time defending champ Heather Strong 9-8 in an extra-end final at the Re/Max Centre.

At the nationals, Nichols and her rink of Stephanie Ledrew, Collette Lemon, Rhonda Rogers went 4-7 at the nationals.

The Labrador City native edged swimmer Leah Tomblin and MUN basketballer Ally Forsey in voting.

Male

Schuh, fresh off collecting his second straight provincial junior men's championship, led his rink to a 6-6 finish at the 2010 national juniors in Dorel-Tracy, Que.

Schuh, who curls the third stone while brother Cory shoots fourth, was named to the tournament's second team all-star squad.

The Barrie, Ont., native received a handful more votes than second-place finisher Brad Gushue twice that of Zach O'Brien at third.

FEBRUARY

Female

O'Rielly, a Memorial University Sea-Hawks' women's basketball forward, sank six three-pointers for 18 points in the second game of a two game sweep of UNB. In the opener, she had nine points - six of them on a couple of three-pointers - and four assists.

The Witless Bay native edged figure skater Kaitlyn Dawe and another MUN basketballer, Vicki Thistle, who were second and third.

Male

Daly continued his record-breaking pace in the 13-14 year old division by posting six provincial age-group record times at the Eastern Canadian swimming championships in Ottawa.

Daly broke records in the 50, 100, 200, 400, and 800-metre freestyles and in the 50m butterfly

The St. John's native bested second- and third-place finishers Gushue and Memorial wrestler Matthew Kippenhuck.

JANUARY

Female

Shelley Nichols - 49

Leah Tomblin - 42

Ally Forsey - 7

Others receiving votes: Tara O'Brien (curling), Kelsie Rogers (swimming), Vicki Thistle (basketball)

Male

Kelly Schuh - 28

Brad Gushue - 24

Zach O'Brien - 13

Others receiving votes: Mike King (hockey), Josh Lehr (tennis), Ray Dalton (hockey), Kyle McGuirk (hockey), Kyle Pardy (hockey), Shawn Roberts (hockey), Robbie Zadra (wrestling)

FEBRUARY

Female

Robyn O'Rielly - 21

Kaitlyn Dawe - 20

Vicki Thistle - 18

Others receiving votes: Shaina Adams (basketball), Erin Mullaley (basketball), Kelia Pond (basketball), Kelsie Rogers (swimming), Leah Tomblin (swimming), Maggie Walsh (figure skating)

Male

Owen Daly - 36

Brad Gushue - 14

Matthew Kippenhuck - 13

Others receiving votes: Jeff Cuff (boxing), Dave Forbes (swimming), Nathan Noel (hockey), Ken Peddigrew (curling), Jon Smith (wrestling), Andrew Stanford (hockey), Robbie Zadra (wrestling)

Organizations: Max Centre, Curling Club

Geographic location: St. John's, Labrador, Dorel-Tracy, Que Barrie Witless Bay Ottawa

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