Lee Carter has been named Wheelchair Tennis Athlete of the Year by Tennis Canada.
The Winnipegger finished the 2008 competitive season ranked No. 17 in singles play and No. 39 in doubles.
Carter won the ITF 2 Series Canadian Open singles title and both the national men's singles and doubles titles at the ITF 2 Series Tennis Canada International Championship in Montreal.
He also won the singles and doubles trophies at the Southwest Desert Classic in Tucson, Ariz., in February, qualified for the Paralympic Games in Beijing and was part of the Canadian team that placed fourth in the World Group II at the World Team Cup.
The Tennis Canada 2008 Excellence Awards will be handed out at the Rogers Cup tennis events held in Montreal and Toronto this summer.
ARMS ADDED: Rick Forney has added a pair of swing men to his bullpen.
The manager of the Winnipeg Goldeyes announced the signing of Derek Feldkamp and Ben Pfinsgraff yesterday.
Both Feldkamp and Pfinsgraff are able to start or relieve, making them valuable members of the pitching staff.
Feldkamp, 25, sat out the 2008 season with an injury but was 12-17 with 15 saves and a 6.26 E.R.A. during three seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays system.
Pfinsgraff, also 25, was 10-14 with three saves and a 3.56 E.R.A during three seasons in the Philadelphia Phillies system.
The Goldeyes now have eight pitchers and nine position players on the pre-season roster.
Training camp opens May 1 at Canwest Park.
GOLDEN BOYS: The Manitoba Junior Wheelchair Basketball team won a gold medal last weekend at the Western Canadian Junior Championship in Edmonton.
Manitoba cruised through round-robin play, crushing Saskatchewan No. 1 85-17, defeating B.C. 75-28 and bouncing Saskatchewan No. 2 72-63.
During a rematch against Saskatchewan No. 2, Manitoba elevated its game and earned a decisive 74-24 win, then in the final Manitoba wrapped up top spot with a 65-49 triumph over B.C.
Aaron Mosely-Williams of The Pas was the tournament MVP after averaging 28.2 points per game, while Josh Paul of Stonewall was named to the all-star team.
Rounding out the squad was Kyle Bunskoek of Stonewall and Winnipeggers Jeff Watson and Chantelle Horel, while Mandy Johnson was the coach and Kim Park was the manager.
SOBKOWICZ SHINES: Winnipegger Chris Sobkowicz was named all-star skip at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Sobkowicz helped Team Manitoba win the bronze medal.
Team Manitoba, which included Dennis Thiessen, Michael Alberg, Arlene Ursel, Terry Lindell and coach William Biehl, finished 7-2 during the round robin, then defeated Northern Ontario 6-5 in the 3-4 game before losing to Alberta 7-4 in the semis.
Sobkowicz is a prime candidate to be named to Team Canada for the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver.