Athlete of the Year 2013

NCSG Announces Athletes of the Year

The Big Sky State Games Athletes of the Year Jen Reiter of Laurel and Bryan Brosious of Frenchtown were named the National Congress of State Games Athletes of the Year. The award is designed to recognize individuals who best personify the ideals of the State Games movement: participation, sportsmanship, effort, and positive attitude.

The awards were presented at the 2013 National Congress of State Games Symposium in San Antonia, TX, Wednesday October 23, 2013. This is the first time two athletes from Montana have won the award at the same time.


2013 Winners

Jen Reiter

Jen Reiter has been a participant in the Big Sky State Games since 1992. She has won a total of 20 medals (8 Gold, 6 Silver, 6 Bronze) in the 5K Road Race, Biathlon, Triathlon, and Volleyball 6-on-6 and Grass Doubles. At this year’s Games, Reiter received a Bronze medal in Women’s Open Volleyball, a Gold medal in her age group for the 5k Road Race and took the Gold as overall female winner in Triathlon.

The first sport that defined Reiter as a true standout athlete was Volleyball. She played high school volleyball for Laurel, college ball for Rocky Mountain College, and continues to play in the Big Sky State Games. She also ran track and cross country in high school. Reiter has since participated and medaled in the Big Sky State Games 5k on a regular basis. She also added biathlon and triathlon to the list of sports she excels at and consistently medals in.

While Reiter participates in the State Games every year, she also remains a strong competitor in other races throughout the state and surrounding areas, such as Montana Women’s Run, Heart and Sole Run, Peaks to Prairie, Chief Joseph Run, Deadwood Mickelson Trail Half-Marathon, and Montana Marathon. One of her greatest accomplishments was qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon. She has recently developed a genuine fondness for triathlon, competing in the event not only at the Big Sky State Games but also in Helena, Bozeman and Great Falls. Reiter also volunteers her time coaching and assisting with local sporting events.

Jen Reiter’s spirit of volunteerism and dedication to sports make her a standout athlete. Her constant positivity and dedication inspires all who know her, young and old, skilled and novice.

Bryan Brosious

Athlete of the Year Bryan Brosious is a multisport athlete. He has earned a total of 52 medals in the Big Sky State Games: 42 Gold, 4 Silver, and 5 Bronze in the sports of Triathlon, Road Race, Swimming, and Cycling. This year was especially exceptional for Brosious: two of his medals were for overall wins in the triathlon and 12-mile Cycling Road Race, as he competed and medaled in a total 15 events.

Brosious has participated in the Big Sky State Games since 2008. With each year of participation he continues to add events and, indeed, medals. His passion for sports is clearly not all about winning. He recognizes that the games are a chance for participants of all levels to set goals and achieve them. “There is nothing more pure and honest than the competition and people of the Games,” said Brosiuos. His appreciation of other participants could not be more evident than it is with his good deeds in the 12-mile Cycling Road Race. Here Brosious has been known to help others, young and old, finish the ride when they otherwise may not have. This is sportsmanship at its best.

While he cycles, runs and swims, it is the combination of all three where Brosious finds his true passion as an athlete – as a triathlete. He competes in numerous triathlons each summer, winning most. Brosious is a true standout on the road, on the bike, in the water, and as he does his part to make sure others achieve their goals and dreams, too.

Past Winners

1994Exel "Ekkie" WedulRoad Race
 Glen KapitzkeShooting
1995Marjorie McLeanSwimming
 Lonn SaundersShooting
1996Debbie MagilkeRoad Race
 John CollinsArchery
1997Cass BauerBasketball
 Dave CoppockRoad Race
1998Sue O'ConnellKarate
 Trent HartlSwimming
2000Kathy AragonCycling, Road Race, Track & Field
 Alfred FunkTrack & Field
2001Laura EspSwimming, Cycling, Road Race, Triathlon
 Tony BanovichRoad Race
2002Renee' CoppockCycling, Road Race
 Charles JanningsTrack & Field
2003Jennifer DrinkwalterTriathlon, Cycling, Road Race
 Dan BerryCycling
2004Jen AllenTrack & Field
 Duane ColeRoad Race
2005Pat JaffaryRoad Race
 Lewis ElliotRoad Race, Cycling, Triathlon
 Team OnyxSoccer
2006Sarah GravesRoad Race, Cycling, Triathlon, Biathlon, Track & Field
 Bryon JohnsonArmwrestling
 Team Res Gestae  "Things Done"Softball
2007Denby GardinerSwimming
 Alan KingRoad Race, Track & Field
 Team KarmaFlag Football
2008Marlene TetraultRoad Race, Tennis, Swimming, Cycling, Triathlon
 Garth KallevigHandball
 Team: Montana HoopsGirls 9th & 10th Grade Basketball
2009Kristen HollandFencing & Road Race
 Lorn Welch   Dance Sport Ballroom
 Team: GDRFlag Football
2010Iona StookyVolleyball
 Steve MyseeCycling (Mt. Bike & Road Race), Triathlon, 5K Road Race
 Zach HolmesArchery
 Team: Sure Shank ReceptionVolleyball
2011Lisa Minnehan ~ FemaleRoad Race
 Cecil Pegram ~ MaleCycling, Road Race, Triathlon, Ballroom Dancing
 Keegan Kampschroer ~ YouthSwimming
2012Anita Rawlinson: FemaleRoad Race, Track and Field, Arm Wrestling and Swimming
 Ken Cottrell: MaleSwimming, Cycling 25 mile, Triathlon and Track & Field
 Megan Sweeney: YouthShooting Rifle Pistol
 Hayley Moen: YouthTrack & Field
 Northeast Montana:TeamBoys 11th/12th grade basketball
*Indicates National Athlete of the Year