Midale's Keely Shaw named Saskatchewan's top Female Athlete of the Year

An athlete from southeast Saskatchewan has been recognized for her sporting accomplishments in 2019.

Midale’s Keely Shaw, who now resides in Saskatoon, won the Saskatchewan Sport Female Athlete of the Year Award. The announcement was made Thursday afternoon.

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The Saskatchewan Cycling Association nominated Shaw for the honour.

Shaw was a silver medallist in the individual pursuit at the Para-Cycling Track World Championships last year. She also had a fourth place finish in the individual time trial at a Road World Cup race, and gold in the individual road race at the National Para-Cycling Championships.

She is hoping to be part of Team Canada’s entry for upcoming Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

For a story on Shaw’s reaction to the rescheduling of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, please see this week’s edition of Southeast Lifestyles.  

The Saskatchewan Sport Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of 13 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers from Saskatchewan.

The annual awards program, organized by Sask Sport, honours the hard work and dedication of those in the province’s amateur sport community. Recipients in the athlete, coach and team of the year categories were nominated based on their performances and results in 2019.

The other six awards are presented to deserving coaches, officials and volunteers for their long-time service to their community.

All of the award finalists and recipients were originally to be recognized at a gala event in Saskatoon on March 26. That event was cancelled as a response to the COVID-19 situation.

“On behalf of Sask Sport and its membership, I would like to congratulate all of the Saskatchewan Sport Awards finalists and recipients,” said Kenric Exner, volunteer chair of Sask. Sport, which serves as the federation for amateur sport in the province.

“While we are unable to celebrate these individuals and teams as we originally planned, that doesn’t take away from the incredible accomplishments of these athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers – all of whom have represented their community and province with distinction at home and abroad. Sport has the power to inspire us and build community and their example encourages others to get involved, share their love of sport and enjoy all of the benefits of participation.”

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