A pair of Westmanites have been nominated for Sport Manitoba’s junior athletes of the year awards.
Brandon gymnast Isabela Onyshko is one of nine finalists for the junior female athlete award. The member of the Brandon Eagles club finished first all-around at the Manitoba and Western Canadian championships and fourth at the Canadian championships. She attended a national team training camp in Italy and placed 20th out of 32 gymnasts in her first international event — the Massilia Cup in France.
Meanwhile, Brandon Wheat Kings forward Jayce Hawryluk, who’s from Roblin, is up for junior male athlete of the year. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound right-winger led the Wheat Kings in scoring this season with 64 points, which included 24 goals. He was also a member of Canada’s under-18 team that won gold at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in the Czech Republic in August.
Hawryluk, one of eight nominees for the junior male athlete award, is eligible for this year’s NHL draft and is projected to be selected in the second or third round.
The award winners will be announced at Sport Manitoba’s Night of Champions on April 28 in Winnipeg. Ballots can be cast at www.sportmanitoba.ca/nightofchampions until Tuesday at 4 p.m. The people’s choice will count as one vote on the official selection committee for the awards.
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