Since 1984, the Sask Sport Excellence Awards have acknowledged top performances and results for athletes, coaches and teams in the province. Nominations are accepted year-round by Sask Sport members, sport community groups, media or the general public.
This year’s awards were handed out virtually on January 27th at the annual awards gala.
Shaw, who is from Midale, Sask., has been a national team member for four years and won Canada's first medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games while racing to a bronze medal in Para-cycling in the women’s C4 class 3,000-metre pursuit. Shaw also earned the honor of Saskatchewan’s female athlete of the year back in 2019.
Wiens, who is from Pike Lake, Sask., qualified for the Olympics for the first time by earning 983.05 points to finish second to national champion Nathan Zsombor-Murray in the men’s 10-metre individual platform final in Toronto, with both divers booking their trips to Tokyo for the Summer Games. Wiens helped Canada clinch a second qualifying spot in the 10m event in the Olympics by earning a bronze medal at the Diving World Cup in Tokyo.
Congratulations to both Keely and Rylan on all of their accomplishments this past year.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Keely Shaw (Midale), Para Cycling
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Rylan Wiens (Pike Lake), Diving