Gymnastics Canada, Artistic Team, Trois-Rivieres, QC. Phillip MacCalllum/COC

Brandon, MB. – One of four Manitoba athletes to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio will be recognized during Saturday’s Western Hockey League game between the Brandon Wheat Kings and Red Deer Rebels at Westman Place.

Minnedosa’s Isabela Onyshko is coming off quite the summer. In addition to graduating from Vincent Massey High School in June, her dream of becoming an Olympic came true weeks later when she was named to the National Gymnastics team.

The 18-year old Onyshko, who will be presented with the Atom Jet Group Community Hero Award during the first intermission, qualified for the individual beam and all-around finals, placing eighth and 18th respectively.

She was also part of the Canadian team that missed qualifying for the final by 0.2 points and wound up ninth overall.

In addition to the Olympics, Onyshko won her first Canadian title this past summer. She became the first Manitoba gymnast to go to the Olympics since Lynette Wittmeier was an alternate in the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea. She also became the first Brandonite to earn a spot at any Olympics since Angela Chalmers captured a bronze medal in the women’s 3,000-metre race in the 1992 Barcelona Games.

“It was always my goal,” says Onyshko, who is a member of the Brandon Eagles Gymnastics Club.

In 2015, Onyshko helped Canada win a silver medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and a year before that, she competed at the Commonwealth Games and made her debut at the FIG World Championship.

Making a difference in both western Manitoba and the International scene has earned her this month’s Community Hero of the Month Award, presented by Atom Jet Group.

The Wheat Kings, who are coming off last Saturday’s fog-shortened Home Opener in Brandon, will be looking for their first win of the season when they face off against the Rebels.