Monthly Award


Indigenous Athlete of the Month Award

July 2022 Athlete of the Month July 2022 Community Champion of the Month

The MASRC wants to recognize Indigenous athletes and their outstanding achievements in sport throughout the Province on a monthly basis. This recognition will be highlighted monthly on all our social media platforms.

Athlete of the Month Online Nomination Form

Nomination Criteria

  • The Athlete of the Month Award is open to Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, or Métis) athletes who perform solo or as part of a team.
  • A "team" is defined as a number of persons associated together in an activity. This includes all-star teams and contingents competing in individual disciplines in which there is a recognized team award.
  • To be eligible, athletes must:
    • Participate in a sport which is a recognized by an affiliate of MASRC.
    • Be amateur in status as defined by their provincial sport organizations.
    • Make their primary residence in Manitoba. Athletes who live temporarily in other locations for educational or training purposes and are products of our organization are also eligible as are athletes who are originally from other provinces provided their primary residence is declared as being from Manitoba.
  • Nominations are made by coaches, teachers, community members and affiliate members of MASRC.
  • Nominator is only allowed to nominate one athlete per month.
  • An athlete may only win this award once per calendar year.
  • The nomination deadline is the 15 th of every month (January winner will be announced in February, February's winner in March and so on.)
  • The Awards and Recognition Committee will review all nominations and determine the award recipient. The decisions of the Awards and Recognition Committee are final.

Indigenous Community Champion of the Month Award

The MASRC wants to recognize Indigenous community members throughout the province. This recognition will be highlighted monthly on all our social media portals. It will go to an individual who has excelled in their respective sport over the past month.

Community Champion of the Month Online Nomination Form

Nomination Criteria

  • The Community Champion of the Month Award is open to Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, or Métis) peoples who recognizably go above and beyond for their those who are in their community.
  • A "community" is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. A community champion could be someone who helps out at community events, offers rides, volunteers, and the list goes on.
  • To be eligible, must:
    • Make their primary residence in Manitoba.
  • Nominations are made by coaches, teachers, community members and affiliate members of MASRC.
  • Nominator is only allowed to nominate one person per month.
  • A community member may only win this award once per calendar year.
  • The nomination deadline is the 28th of every month (January winner will be announced in February, February's winner in March and so on.)
  • The Awards and Recognition Committee will review all nominations and determine the award recipient. The decisions of the Awards and Recognition Committee are final.

This Month's Winners Are...

JULY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

MASRC is proud to announce our July MASRC Athlete of the Month! Tarig Ahmed is a football player from Winnipeg, MB (Long Plain First Nation).

"Tarig Ahmed recently played for Team Manitoba's Under 18 football team at the Canada Cup in Kelowna, British Columbia. At 17 years old, Tarig has been playing football since grade four. He also plays for the Grant Park Pirates in Winnipeg and has the goal of eventually playing football at the professional level. Tarig held the role of defensive end for Team Manitoba, while he plays middle line backer for the Pirates. He is also an avid basketball player and cyclist. In the summer months, he works full time as a bike mechanic.

At the Canada Cup, Tarig's football team played in extreme heat. Tarig expressed this experience was the hardest he's ever been pushed in his life in terms of his athletics and training. It has helped him reaffirm his commitment to pursuing football at a professional level.

Tarig Ahmed is a proud Indigenous teenager who is dedicated to sports. He is one of the top-ranked football players in the Province of Manitoba. Being physically active is very important to Tarig. As a First Nations person, he understands that we face disparities in our health status. Tarig tries to maintain a balanced lifestyle and be active everyday to help increase his chances of staying healthy.

Tarig was very proud to raise the Long Plain First Nation flag on the field at the Apple Dome in Kelowna. He is an intergenerational survivor of the residential school system, the Sixties Scoop, and the child welfare system and he is open to sharing his knowledge and lived reality with his classes to ensure other people learn more--he knows education and knowledge is one key on the road to reconciliation.

Tarig has a kind and funny spirit. He tries to help others and performs random acts of kindness, such as driving around to bus shelters in the winter so his family can deliver meals to people who live in the bus shelters. He also delivers food to single parent families to help them access healthy food. Last summer, there was a crisis in the northern First Nation called Tataskweyak Cree Nation. Tarig was aware of the crisis and helped to gather up numerous bicycles for donation to benefit the youth of Tataskweyak."

-Melanie Ferris, parent

Congrats Tarig! We're looking forward to seeing your future achievements in sport and academics.

To nominate an Athlete of the Month, please click here: Athlete of the Month Nomination Form

Photography by Angela Deneka and Melanie Ferris.

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JULY COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE MONTH

Our July #MASRCCommunityChampionoftheMonth is Tanya Thompson! Tanya is a Métis volleyball coach from Russell, Manitoba.

"Tanya Thompson is a dedicated coach in the community of Russell, MB. She has put in countless hours promoting and coaching a volleyball, a sport that she loves. Through this sport she helps young girls develop into young women.

She has coached multiple teams in Russell for both school and club. Most recently lead the Major Pratt girls varsity team to win AA provincials and has been coaching with the 2022 Canada Games Women's team that just won the Canada Cup in Calgary as a women's coach in training.

Tanya is an ambassador for the game of volleyball. Even though she had no children playing the game, she continues to coach young women in the community to excel. She coached her mostly grade 11 team with one grade 12 player to a AA High School provincial gold medal. She continually wants to improve and be a better coach. She is willing to learn and grow herself. As a result. she volunteered to coach with the Canada Summer Games women team so she could be mentored to take back that knowledge to her community in Russell. Tanya is a dedicated coach and mentor for young women in this sport."

-Shannon Leflar, athlete parent

Congratulations Tanya! Thank you for your dedication to your community.

To nominate a #MASRCCommunityChampionoftheMonth, please visit the link in our bio.

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