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Lethbridge Sport Council announces 2018 Achievement Award Recipients

LETHBRIDGE, AB – Some of the best in sport in Lethbridge were honoured on Tuesday, Mar. 5, as the 9th annual Lethbridge Sport Council Achievement Awards winners were announced.

The awards recognize and celebrate outstanding achievements on and off the field, which support and demonstrate respect of the game, a love of sport, respect for others and a commitment to fair play and ethical sport.

Lethbridge Sport Council Executive Director Susan Eymann says Lethbridge has a history of being well represented at all levels of sport, provincially and nationally.

“It is our honour to host these community sport awards to celebrate the achievements of our local athletes, coaches and sport leaders. We’re always very excited at this time of year because we get to celebrate not just athletes, but volunteers who are usually behind the scenes but do so much. As you’ve seen today, the calibre of our volunteers, administrators and athletes in Lethbridge is second to none,” Eymann said.

All of the 2018 Lethbridge Sport Council Achievement Award winners are below:

2018 Junior Male Athlete – Solen Wood (Triathlon): Wood’s dedication to excellence in sport is second to none. In 2018, he had victories in a number of triathlon races and represented Canada in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Wood is currently ranked among the top junior triathletes in Canada and has been invited to train at Triathlon Canada’s National Performance Center in Victoria, BC in the fall.

2018 Junior Female Athlete – Maren Evanson (Wrestling) (Co-Winner): In 2018, Evanson had several outstanding accomplishments in the High School Wrestling 90 kilograms category. She won a Rural Gold Provincial Championship, a Silver Provincial Medal, and a Silver National Medal. In addition, Evanson registered a 12 and 1 record in High School Competition and was instrumental in helping the LCI High School Girls Team win the 3A High School Provincial Champion Banner for Rural Wrestling.

2018 Junior Female Athlete – Haylee Johnson (Olympic Weightlifting) (Co-Winner):Johnson is a powerful athlete. At the 2018 Alberta Junior Provincials, she finished 1st in the 55 kilograms category with a total life score of 167 kilograms and was awarded the “Female Best Lifter” trophy. At the 2018 Canadian Junior National Championships, Johnson finished 2nd in the 58 kilograms category with a total lift score of 159 kilograms. Currently, she holds the Provincial record for Clean and Jerk at 96 kilograms and the Provincial record in the total lift score of 168 kilograms for the 55 kilograms division.

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)

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