With six gold medals in six events, para swimmer Nikita Ens has been named the Sask Sport Athlete of the Month for December.
At the Ken Demchuk International Invitational in Vancouver from Dec. 16-18, Ens won first place in all six events she competed in, including the 50-metre breaststroke, 50-m backstroke, 50-m freestyle, 100-m freestyle, the 200-m freestyle and the 150-m individual medley. Ens also broke the Canadian record twice in the SB2 classification in the 50-m breaststroke. In the preliminaries, she swam to a time of 1:41.60, only to better that mark in the final with a time of 1:41.49, twice beating the previous record of 1:44.27 which was set in 2018.
The competition, previously known as the Can Am Para-swimming Championships, is named after Ken Demchuk, a Canadian swim official from Regina who developed a points system that allowed swimmers from different classifications to compete in the same race. It was the first competition in determining the size of Canada’s swim team for the Paris 2024 Paralympics.
Ens was nominated by Swim Saskatchewan.
- Craig Astle, Olympic weightlifting, nominated by Saskatchewan Weightlifting Association
- Carol LaFayette-Boyd, Athletics, nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics