Peacock takes top triathlon honours

GLEN DAWKINS -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

Patrick Peacock was named Male Triathlete of the Year, Grand Prix Series winner and Coach of the Year as Triathlon Manitoba held its annual awards Saturday evening at Sir John Franklin Community Centre.

Joining Peacock on the podium was Canadian Junior Duathlon gold medallist Erin Braun who was named Female Triathlete of the Year and former World champion Edie Fisher who was named Female Grand Prix Series winner and Female Long Course Triathlete of the Year. Canadian Junior Triathlon silver medallist Amy Briscoe and provincial junior team member Willie Bell were named Junior Triathletes of the Year.

The featured speaker was 1999 Pan Am Games triathlon gold medallist and 2000 Olympian Sharon Donnelly from Kingston, Ont.

BERES THE BEST: Ontario's Mike Beres was the big winner at the Yonex Winnipeg Open badminton tournament, yesterday at the Winnipeg Winter Club.

Beres, the 2003 National men's doubles champion and 2004 Olympian, downed Alberta's Kyle Foley 15-8, 15-4 to win the Men's Singles title and teamed up with Alberta's Will Milroy to beat Keith Chan and Justin Mullaly of Alberta 9-15, 15-0, 15-8 in the Men's Doubles final.

Quebec's Valerie St. Jacques captured the Women's Singles crown with an 11-0, 11-5 victory over Kelli Sherlock while Tammy Sun and Lindsay Smith of Alberta defeated St. Jacques and B.C.'s Lindsay Thompson in the Women's Doubles final 9-15, 17-14, 15-11.

Sun and Milroy, the 2003 and 2004 National mixed doubles champions, downed Smith and Chan to win the Mixed Doubles final 15-10, 4-15, 17-16.

GOLDEN OLDIES: The Winnipeg Carefree Flashbacks 70-plus senior slo-pitch team captured the gold in the 70-plus AA Division at the World Seniors Softball (Slo-pitch) Championships in Las Vegas in late September.

The Flashbacks defeated teams from Arizona, California and Oregon with an overall record of 6-1 and Don Roberts, Marvin Sveistrup, Mo Lazaruk, Murray Kolesar and Will Tishinski were named to the all-star team.

The Flashbacks won the 2004 Western Canadian 70-plus Championships and the 2004 Senior Softball World Championship Qualifier 70-plus Division held in August at John Blumberg.

GOLD PLATE SPECIAL: The St. Boniface Riels of the Manitoba Major Hockey League will hold their annual Gold Plate Dinner, Thursday at the Windsor Park Inn, 1034 Elizabeth Road. Tickets are $65 which includes dinner, drinks and entry into the $1,000 cash draw. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:15.

For tickets or information, call 256-5154 or 794-6850.


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