Two talented young athletes and a dedicated coach were recognized with awards during the Estevan Bruins' Celebrity Sportsman's Dinner on May 25.
Kolby Fleury was presented with the Boston Pizza Estevan and District Male Athlete of the Year Award, Shelby Hall received the Boston Pizza Estevan and District Female Athlete of the Year Award, and Steve McLellan was honoured with the Estevan Kinsmen Club Volunteer Coach of the Year Award.
Fleury has starred in several sports, but he has saved his best for football and badminton. A Grade 11 student at the Estevan Comprehensive School, he was the starting quarterback for the school's football team. He won the team's Rookie of the Year Award, and he was invited to the University of Regina Rams' football camp.
He has also won several gold medals for the school's badminton team.
Hall is a 14-year-old competitive figure skater from Frobisher who has already enjoyed success on the provincial and national stages. She finished fifth at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax in the pre-novice competition, and then moved up to the novice level. She was also chosen for the High Performance Tier 1 skating team, finished second at the Skate Canada Sectionals, and competed at the Skate Canada national championships.
She attends school outside of southeast Saskatchewan during the fall and winter months so she can focus on her training, and she travels to Moosomin and Virden, Manitoba, each week to skate.
McLellan is a respected coach in the Penta Completions Estevan Minor Football system with the Century 21 Peewee Chargers. In 2010, they enjoyed the most successful year in minor football's history, posting a 5-3 record and reaching the playoffs. Yet McLellan never deviates from his belief that all of the players should receive equal playing time, regardless of skill.
He is also the president of local minor football. Last season he guided the organization through the challenges associated with spring flooding, and participated in the committee that helped Estevan secure a visit from the Kraft Celebration Tour.