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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.
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.
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.
|1994||Exel "Ekkie" Wedul||Road Race|
|1996||Debbie Magilke||Road Race|
|Dave Coppock||Road Race|
|2000||Kathy Aragon||Cycling, Road Race, Track & Field|
|Alfred Funk||Track & Field|
|2001||Laura Esp||Swimming, Cycling, Road Race, Triathlon|
|Tony Banovich||Road Race|
|2002||Renee' Coppock||Cycling, Road Race|
|Charles Jannings||Track & Field|
|2003||Jennifer Drinkwalter||Triathlon, Cycling, Road Race|
|2004||Jen Allen||Track & Field|
|Duane Cole||Road Race|
|2005||Pat Jaffary||Road Race|
|Lewis Elliot||Road Race, Cycling, Triathlon|
|2006||Sarah Graves||Road Race, Cycling, Triathlon, Biathlon, Track & Field|
|Team Res Gestae "Things Done"||Softball|
|Alan King||Road Race, Track & Field|
|Team Karma||Flag Football|
|2008||Marlene Tetrault||Road Race, Tennis, Swimming, Cycling, Triathlon|
|Team: Montana Hoops||Girls 9th & 10th Grade Basketball|
|2009||Kristen Holland||Fencing & Road Race|
|Lorn Welch||Dance Sport Ballroom|
|Team: GDR||Flag Football|
|Steve Mysee||Cycling (Mt. Bike & Road Race), Triathlon, 5K Road Race|
|Team: Sure Shank Reception||Volleyball|
|2011||Lisa Minnehan ~ Female||Road Race|
|Cecil Pegram ~ Male||Cycling, Road Race, Triathlon, Ballroom Dancing|
|Keegan Kampschroer ~ Youth||Swimming|
|2012||Anita Rawlinson: Female||Road Race, Track and Field, Arm Wrestling and Swimming|
|Ken Cottrell: Male||Swimming, Cycling 25 mile, Triathlon and Track & Field|
|Megan Sweeney: Youth||Shooting Rifle Pistol|
|Hayley Moen: Youth||Track & Field|
|Northeast Montana:Team||Boys 11th/12th grade basketball|
|*Indicates National Athlete of the Year|