2016 Chatham-Kent Male Athlete of the Year: Lee Kucera

Lee Kucera

Lee Kucera throws at Nationals – Photo by Athletics Canada

After more than two weeks of voting, the Chatham-Kent Sports Network readers have selected Chatham’s Lee Kucera as the 2016 Chatham-Kent Male Athlete of the Year.

Kucera is a multi-sport athlete, competing in both track and field, and baseball in 2016.

His greatest successes in 2016 came while throwing Javelin. Kucera, an alumni of Chatham-Kent Secondary School, competed in a pair of major events this summer, taking home medals from both. While representing the London Western Track and Field Club at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Kucera threw the javelin 57.25m, good for a National silver.

Also this summer, while representing Team Ontario in Moncton, New Brunswick, Kucera won gold at the Espoir Championships, throwing 55.75m.

On the baseball field, Kucera competes for the Dalhousie University Tigers men’s baseball team.

This summer, he also played for the Windsor Junior Selects U21 baseball team. Kucera played a crucial role for the selects leading them to a bronze medal at the Canadian Under-21 Men’s Baseball Championships in Regina, Saskatchewan.

In the championship game, Kucera drove in four runs.

With more than 3000 votes cast, Kucera took 33% of the vote.

The runner-up for Chatham-Kent’s Male Athlete of the Year is Dillon Liberty. Liberty, the captain of the Dresden Jr. Kings was on pace for a record breaking season with the Kings in the PJHL. Liberty took 29% of the vote.

Congratulations to all of the nominees, including runner up Dillon Liberty, Final Four nominees Steve Eldridge and Jonah Pataki, and CKSN’s 2016 Chatham-Kent Male Athlete of the Year, Lee Kucera

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