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ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
EARL BULLIS APPRECIATION AWARD
Presented to Eddie MacCabe, retired sportswriter Ottawa Journal and Ottawa Citizen for his dedication and contribution to the A.C.T. Sports Awards Dinner and amateur sports in the Ottawa area.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
ALPINE SKIING – Brent McKinlay, Ottawa – At the world juvenile championships, Brent won a bronze medal in the giant slalom and was eighth in both the Slalom and super giant Slalom. Closer to home, he was the Canadian and Quebec juvenile champion and won the prestigious Taschereau Cup.
ARCHERY – Kelly Casselman, Williamsburg -The South Nation Archery Club member was fourth at the Canadian indoor championships and sixth at the Canadian outdoor championships.
BADMINTON – Doris Piché, Ottawa – A member of Canada’s Summer Olympic team where she reached the round of 16 in women’s singles. Doris won the French Open title for a second straight year. She also reached the women’s singles quarterfinals at the Canadian and Danish open tournaments.
BASEBALL – Shawn O’Connor, Pakenham – The national team member continued to play a vital role in his eighth season with the Ottawa-Nepean Canadians baseball club. Shawn had a 5-2 pitching record, a .274 batting average and helped the Canadians win the Northern Division of the Central New York League.
BASKETBALL – Rod Lee, Ottawa – The University of Ottawa Gee-Gee was a first team Ontario Universities Athletic Association all-star. Hs 23.5-point-per-game average ranked him fifth in Canada and he also was the MVP in several tournaments.
BALL HOCKEY – Scott Carter, Gloucester – Playing for the Ottawa-Carleton division ‘A’ champion Topaz Bulldogs, Scott was the league’s leading scorer for the second year in a row with 28 goals and 22 assists and led his team to a record of 31 wins and one loss. The Bulldogs’ only loss came in the final of the Ontario championship, when they lost to North York in sudden death.
BIATHLON – Lise Meloche, Old Chelsea – A week after competing in all three Winter Olympic races, Lise won the Canadian championship women’s 15-kilometre race and tied for second in the 7.5-kilometre race. She also had a fifth and a sixth in two races at the world military championships.
BOARD SAILING – Carol-Ann Alie, Gracefield – The 1986 ACT Athlete of the Year won the Canadian Olympic trials and placed 14th at the Games in Barcelona. She was 15th in world boardsailing championships and won the Miami Olympic classes regatta.
BOBSLEIGH – Doug Currier, Ottawa – As the brakeman in Chris Lori’s four-man sled, he won a gold medal at the Canadian championships. Named to the Olympic team, Doug was not selected to compete in either the two or four-man races. Doug did win a bronze medal in the combined World Cup standings and was fourth in the four-man event.
BOXING – Humberto Alvarez, Ottawa – The Canadian 51-kilogram champion won a bronze medal at the Canada Cup Tournament in Ottawa, and gold medals at the Canada-Ireland box-off in Quebec City and a tournament in the Bahamas.
BROOMBALL – Jacques Gagnon, Nepean – When it comes to broomball, the Embrun Plumbing team is almost unstoppable, having lost only 16 of its last 360 games. Jacques has been a key member of this team, which won the 1992 world championship.
CANOEING – Renn Crichlow, Nepean – After excelling in the Olympic trials and winning three international medals, Renn had a difficult Summer Olympics, placing eighth in the kayak singles over 1,000 metres and failing to quality for his strongest race, the 500 metros. Renn also won six medals at the post-Olympic national Championships, including four gold.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING – Wayne Dustin, Ottawa – There was hardly any time for Wayne to catch his breath at the Winter Olympics as he competed in all five races with a best result of 46th in the 50-kilometre freestyle. Wayne also won two medals at the Canadian Championships, including a gold in the 30-kilometre classic race, was fourth in the Canada Cup Series and had a world ranking of 44th.
CURLING – Ted Butler, Daniel Lemery, Andre Lafleur, Louis Biron, Buckingham – In their first year as a team, they won the Quebec men’s championship and came within one victory of reaching the semifinals at the Brier. The Butler rink had a respectable 7-4 win-loss record at the national men’s championship. Butler also guided his rink to the quarterfinals of the McCain SuperSpiel in New Brunswick.
CYCLING – Gord Fraser, Nepean – Despite just failing to make the Olympic team, Gord won a stage of the Tour of Austria, had a stage win in the Tour Du Doubf in France and had two stage victories in the Beauce Canada Cup. He also rode on the Canadian Tire series.
DIVING – Chris Huber, Nepean – At the Ontario championships, Chris won the platform title, was seventh at the winter national championships and eighth at the Olympic trials.
EQUESTRIAN – Ian Millar, Perth – Although a disappointing 54th at the Summer Olympics, Ian won a record 11 Grand Prix competitions, including six with Future Vision. He also became the first rider ever to win a country’s World Cup Qualifying League eight times. Last year, Ian also pushed his North American record for Grand Prix and derby wins over 100 to 107.
FASTBALL – Kyle Jamieson, Stittsville – A pitcher for the Stittsville 56ers, Kyle won a bronze medal at the Ontario midget championships and also earned the most valuable player and sportsmanship awards. He was picked up by Ontario champion St. Catharines for the Canadian championships, where he won a silver medal.
FENCING – Lezcek Nowosielski, Ottawa – Coming off a three-month injury, Lezcek helped Canada place 10th in the Olympic team sabre event in Barcelona. Early in 1992, Lezcek competed in four World Cup meets and had two top 10 results on the North American circuit.
FIGURE SKATING – Angela Derochie, Ottawa – In her first year of international skating, Angela won bronze medals in two European competitions before winning the Canadian junior women’s singles championship.
FOOTBALL – Jeff Koradi, Ottawa – In his final year of junior eligibility, Jeff did it all as he was the offensive star on the Canadian junior champion Ottawa Sooners. Jeff led the country in rushing with more than 1,800 yards and scoring with 28 touchdowns in 13 games. He was the Ontario offensive player of the year and a national finalist for the same award. Jeff, who was the final cut at the Ottawa Rough Riders’ CFL camp, also was named to the Ontario and Canadian all-star teams.
FREESTYLE SKIING – Darcy Downs, Manotick – Competing in moguls, ballet and aerials, Darcy won the Canadian and North American titles in the combined event. As a member of the Canadian development team, he competed in three World Cups and had a season-best fourth- place finish in Japan.
GOLF – Tom Moore, Ottawa – By winning a provincial qualifying tournament, the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club player competed in the Optimist world junior tournament in San Diego. At home, he won the city and district junior men’s match play title.
HOCKEY – Mike Peca, Ottawa -Assistant captain of the Ottawa 67’s, Mike was selected in the second round of the NHL entry draft by the Vancouver Canucks or 40th overall. Mike acquired a strong work ethic and solid work habits at his first NHL training camp. Despite a season of injuries, Mike had his best totals this season with 32 goals and 87 points in only 44 games.
JUDO – Michele Buckingham, Ottawa – After competing in the Summer Olympics in the tough 61-kilogram class and being eliminated early, Michelle rebounded to win her class at the Canada Cup and place seventh at the U.S. Open.
KARATE – Jamie Tutton, Morewood – A black belt instructor at only age 10, Jamie has been a four-time North American champion in his age group. He competes on the triple “A” circuit, which is the highest in the North American Sport Karate Association.
LACROSSE – Jeff Skinkle, Ottawa – For the past two years, Jeff has won the most valuable player award for the Gloucester Griffins juniors. Jeff was one of the team captains, scored two goals in the all-star game, was a strong defensive player, a recognized leader and had 21 goals and 11 assists.
MOBILITY IMPAIRED – Denis Lapalme, Nepean – A member of two national teams, Denis was the outstanding goaltender for Team Canada when it won the world sledge hockey title and placed fifth overall at the Paralympics in wheelchair basketball. The all-star point guard was the Ottawa Royals’ top scorer and helped the Royals become the first Canadian basketball team to reach the final of the North American wheelchair championship,
MODERN PENTATHLON – Lawrence Keyte, Nepean – Making the Canadian Olympic Association qualifying standard wasn’t quite good enough for Lawrence to make the team. A total of three made the grade, but only two could go to Barcelona. Lawrence had the lowest score of the three and was dropped from the team. He had an 11th in Helsinki. Lawrence had his third knee operation in January, 1992, but quickly returned to compete in four international meets.
ORIENTEERING – Ted de St. Croix, North Gower – Another year, another Canadian senior men’s championship for Ted. This time he made it 14 national crowns. He also was runner-up at the North American championships.
RINGETTE – Nancy Blouin, Gloucester – As she prepares for the Canadian “AA” ringette championships, Nancy hopes to duplicate the success of last season when her Gloucester Debs “A” team went undefeated. She was the goalie as Gloucester won the Ontario Championship and five tournaments.
ROAD RACING – John Halvorsen, Ottawa – Two of John’s three victories came at home in the Canadian Timex road racing championships and the Nordion National Capital 10-kilometre race. The other win was at the Virginia 10-miler. The Olympic track finalist in 10,000 metres for Norway also was sixth overall in the Association of Road Racing Athletes standings. His marathon debut was at the prestigious New York City race and placed 15th in two hours and 17 minutes.
ROWING – Elizabeth Kuran, Ottawa – At the Ontario championships, Elizabeth earned a gold medal in singles as well as doubles. The Ontario Summer Games saw the Ottawa Rowing Club member win a gold in the quad boat and a silver in the single.
RUGBY – Al Charron, Ottawa – Following a successful year on Canada’s World Cup team, Al was a key member for Rugby Canada in the 1992 CANZ Series in New Zealand and also played in the 32-9 win over the United States. He was unable to play in a memorable match against England last fall after suffering a shoulder injury on the eve of the departure.
SAILING – Shonna Moss, Ottawa and Hank Lemmens, Brockville – In a rare tie, Shona and Hank had almost identical results at the Summer Olympics. Hank, who is hoping to play for Canada’s Olympic hockey team in 1994, had some bad luck and placed 13th overall in the Finn class, while Shona was 15th in the Europe class.
SHOOTING – Michael and Christina Ashcroft, Kanata – The husband and wife team competed at the Summer Olympics in the rifle competition. Christina was tied for 14th in women’s three-position rifle and tied for 31st in air rifle, while Michael was tied for 15th in men’s prone rifle. Christina also had six top 10 international results, including a second in prone title at a World Cup meet in Los Angeles.
SKI JUMPING – Rennie Watt, Ottawa – A member of the Ontario team, Ronnie placed second in the 50-metre competition and seventh on the 70-metre hill al the Canadian small hills championships. Rennie, who came within one spot of making the national junior team, also was fourth at Empire State Games.
SNOOKER – Kirk Cloutier, Ottawa – Winner of the City Of Ottawa and Quebec City open tournaments, Kirk qualified for the Canadian Championships by capturing the Irvin Budge Classic. At the national championships, he reached the final eight.
SOCCER – Lyndon Hooper, Nepean – A midfielder with the last-place Toronto Blizzard, Lyndon was named to the Canadian Soccer League all-star team for the third time and received the Fair Play Trophy. In his six CSC seasons, he has received only two yellow cards. He also represented Canada in three World Cup qualifying games and three exhibition matches.
SPEEDSKATING – Valerie Kavar – A member of the Canadian junior team, Valerie was the Ontario junior champion and third in North America. She also was 13th in the Canadian short track team trials.
SQUASH – Johanna Thomas, Ottawa – Ranked No. 1 in both the Canadian and Ontario girls’ under-19 division, Johanna was the provincial junior open champion and national junior runner-up. She also was eighth at the national senior championships.
SWIMMING – Eddie Parenti, Nepean – At the Summer Olympics, Eddie helped Canada win the consolation final in the 4×200-metre relay and finish ninth overall. Individually, Eddie was 26th in the 200-metre butterfly and 27th in the 400-metre freestyle.
TABLE TENNIS – Lijuan Geng, Ottawa – A full-time athlete playing in Germany, Lijuan hit two international high notes last year, winning the French and Italian open tournaments in women’s singles. At the French Open, she also won a bronze medal in mixed doubles with her husband, Horatio Pintea, who won the ACT, table tennis award for 1991.
TAE KWON DO – Mohammad Abdul Ghani, Ottawa – After studying taekwondo for nine years, Mohammad entered his first tournament last September and won a silver medal at the Ontario championships in batamweight sparring.
TENNIS – Eva Januskova, Nepean – A player for all seasons and surfaces, Eva won both the singles and doubles under-14 girls’ titles at the Canadian indoor junior championships and the same two awards at the under-16 girls’ titles at the national outdoor junior tournaments.
TOUCH FOOTBALL – Leo Benvenuti, Kanata – For the second straight year, Leo was the top offensive player of the year in the senior division Of the Ottawa-Nepean Touch Football League. He finished second in the league scoring with 138 points, including 21 touchdowns.
TRACK AND FIELD – Glenroy Gilbert, Ottawa – The national and provincial 100-metre relay team at the Barcelona Olympics. Nationally ranked in the top five in the 100 and 200 metres and the long jump, Glenroy was named the Ottawa Lions Track and field club male athlete of the year for the second straight year and set a club record for the 100 metres at 10.27 seconds.
TRIATHLON – Rick Hellard, Ottawa – In his final year as a serious triathlete, Rick was a member of the Canadian squad which won the team title at the world triathlon championships. Individually, he was 45th overall and the fourth Canadian. He won the Eastern Ontario Series, was third at the Ontario championship and 10th at the national championship.
ULTRAMARATHON – Andy Jones, Gloucester – Setting a course record, Andy won the Kananaskis 50-mile race in five hours, 50 minutes and 52 seconds. That result helped him earn the honor of Ultramarathoning Magazine athlete of the year. Andy also was runner-up in the National Capital Marathon in an Ottawa Lions Track and field Club record of two hours, 23 minutes and 30 seconds, which ranked him seventh nationally.
VISUALLY IMPAIRED – Carla Qualtrough, Ottawa – At the Paralympics in Barcelona, Carla won bronze medals in the 4×100 free style and 4x100m medley relay races and missed an individual medal when she placed fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke.
VOLLEYBALL – Sarah Belanger, Ottawa – An Ontario Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Association east division all-star, Sarah led the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees in passing percentage, serving aces and digs. The left side power hitter also was on the athlete-academic role.
WATER POLO – Heather Kaulbach, Ottawa – An excellent defensive player, Heather was the captain of the Hull team which placed second at the women’s championship and second at a tournament in Hull. She also was a member of the national team.
WRESTLING – Kevin Stemp, Nepean – A member of the National Capital Wrestling Club, Kevin won the Ontario junior championship in the 158-pound class and placed fifth at the Canadian championship. He missed a medal opportunity at the Ontario high school championships because of the Carleton Board of Education high school teachers’ strike.
Ottawa Sooners Football Team – Won the Ontario Junior Football Conference, the Eastern Canadian championship and the Canadian Championship. They finished the season with a record of 13-0 and led the country in fewest points allowed and most points scored. Head coach Greg Marshall, assistant coaches Ron Smith, Curtis MacNeil, Randy Fournier and Fred Farianccio.
Embrun Plumbing Supply Broomball Team – Won the 1992 Canadian Men’s Broomball Championship for the fifth time. They won 42 of 43 league games, won tournaments in Barrie, Ontario and Mont Laurier, Quebec, won 4 straight at the Provincials in Thunder Bay and 7 straight with a 3-2 final win over Montreal in Saskatoon. Coached by Wilson Montgomery and assistant coaches Gilles Doré and Alan McDuff, and Manager Maurice Lemieux.
Kanata Valley Lasers Hockey Team – 1992 regular season record was 42 wins, 12 losses and 2 ties. In only 6 years in the league they have been to the finals 4 times and the Central Canada Centennial Cup twice. They won 16 of 19 playoff games last year and after winning all the round robin games and the semi final, lost the sudden-death final to host club Thunder Bay. Head coach and General Manager, Archie Mulligan, assistant coaches Steve Sundin and Emmett O’Donnell.