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Watching a close friend suffer is difficult, but living with them as they struggle is even harder. This was the reality for Ainsley MacIntyre. She watched daily as her happy-go-lucky roommate, who was always ready to help everyone else, struggled beneath her charming attitude and almost permanent smile.

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Jade Montana Fastpitch.

Jade Montana, 16, is hoping to follow her brother’s footsteps to be scouted with an offered scholarship to attend a university in the U.S. to play fastball.

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Moose Jaw's Team Barker

The culmination of 22 years of curling successes and failures led Penny Barker to this moment: the last rock of the 2017 Viterra Scotties Women’s Provincial final. Sitting in the hack with her two sweepers out in front, Barker stared down the long, centre sheet of ice at her third, Deanna Doig, visualizing her next move. It was a shot she had thrown thousands of times before, but never for a provincial title.

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Julee Stewart at baton twirling practice. Photo by Alex Antoneshyn.

Julee Stewart is quiet and soft spoken until she is armed with a baton and dressed in a glittery leotard. In a video from the world championships in Helsingborg, Sweden, last year, she looks coyly over her shoulder at the audience before launching a baton into the air. It disappears from the camera’s frame while she does one— two— three aerials in as many seconds and catches the metal rod once again.

Stewart, 19, is one of three finalists for Sask Sport’s Youth Female Athlete of the Year, and her group, Regina’s Sundown Optimist Buffalo Gals, is nominated for Team of the Year.

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Gord Poulton, program director at Adaptive Alpine Ski Program at Mission Ridge.

Come snow or sunshine, on Saturdays during ski season, chances are you’ll find Gord Poulton out on the Mission Ridge ski slopes.

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