Ottawa – The Canada Games Council (CGC) is thrilled to announce that Team Saskatchewan gymnast Rylee Miller and Team Nova Scotia curler Calan MacIsaac have been selected as the winners of the Roland Michener Award following the PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games.
The Roland Michener Award is presented after each installment of the Canada Games to an outstanding male and female athlete who exemplify leadership, cooperation and excellence on and off the field of play during the Games.
“Congratulations to Rylee and Calan for their exceptional performances in PEI and your unwavering commitment to excellence on and off the field of play,” Canada Games Council Chair Evan Johnston said. “I am inspired by your talent and leadership, and can’t wait to see where your Canada Games experience will take you. For sparking greatness in PEI, you are both worthy recipients of the Roland Michener Award!”
From Saskatoon, Miller became the most decorated gymnast in Team Saskatchewan history after earning a gold medal in her floor routine, a silver on the beam, and bronze on the uneven bars during her time in PEI. She will continue her gymnastics career this fall, competing for the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds in the NCAA Division I.
“It was an incredible feeling to represent Saskatchewan the way I did and find success through my focus and dedication to the sport,” Miller said. “After my beam routine in event finals, it was so thrilling to hear the crowd cheer so loud when I stuck my dismount. It was an unforgettable opportunity and I am very pleased to receive this award as a highlight of my career.”
As the skip, MacIsaac led Team Nova Scotia to a gold medal in men’s curling at the 2023 Canada Winter Games. Hailing from Greenfield, he now turns his attention to competing at the U20 level in his home province and at the national level. He hopes to represent Canada before playing professionally, and one day, make it to the Olympics.
“My favourite memory from the Games has to be winning the gold medal for my province,” MacIsaac said. “That has been our goal since day one when we put this team together. It means the world to me. Not only to accomplish one of my biggest goals that I’ve had since I was a kid, but to get this award as well, words can’t explain what this means to me.”
For more information about the Canada Games awards program, please visit canadagames.ca/about/awards.
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