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ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
EARL BULLIS APPRECIATION AWARD
Presented to Jack Kinsella, retired Ottawa Citizen sportswriter for his contribution to amateur sports in the Ottawa area and the A.C.T. Sports Awards Dinner.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
ALPINE SKIING – Alain-Franck Britt Cote, Hull – Alain-Franck was the top Canadian in the men’s downhill at the world junior alpine ski championships, placing 22nd. At the Canadian championships, he was seventh in the giant slalom and second among juniors. His biggest victory was in the Cavendish Cup downhill.
ARCHERY – Bruce Malmberg, Nepean – At the Canadian indoor and provincial championships, Bruce was a medal winner. He also finished in the top three at the international invitational tournament in Atlantic City.
BADMINTON – Mike Bitten and Bryan Blanshard, Ottawa – Last season was a quiet year for Mike and Bryan, but they did manage to win the Canadian men’s doubles championship.
BASEBALL -Mike Kusiewicz, Nepean – A left-handed pitcher, Mike had an impressive 13-4 win-loss record with the Ottawa-Nepean Canadians of the Canada-New York Baseball league. He had a 1.52 ERA and struck out 81 batters in 105 innings. At 16, Mike also recorded victories over the Baseball Academy of Montreal and Canadian under-18 youth teams.
BASKETBALL – Fabienne Perrin, Ottawa – As captain of the University Of Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s basketball team, Fabienne was the club’s most valuable player for the third straight year and was the university’s top female athlete of the year. One of the Ontario Women’s Intercollegiate Association’s top scorers, she also was a two-time tournament all-star.
BALL HOCKEY – Jimmy Paquette, Gloucester – An 11-year veteran of the Ottawa-Gloucester Sports Club Cobras in the Ottawa-Carleton Ball Hockey League, Jimmy led his team to a silver medal at the Canadian ball hockey championships. At five feet, three inches tall, he topped the Cobras in scoring with 10 goals and 17 assists last season and did not pick up a penalty minute as his team had a perfect 18-0 season.
BIATHLON – Lise Meloche, Old Chelsea – After a trying Winter Olympics in 1992, Lise rebounded with a consistent World Cup season. She was 16th in Ostersund in a 15-kilometre race and 24th in a 7.5-kilometre race in Ridnaun.
BOARD SAILING – Caroll-Ann Alie, Hull – One of the best competitors in the world on the Mistral board, Carol Ann won the Canadian championship, was second in the North American meet and 16th at the worlds. She also picked up bronze medals in a pair of Olympic class regattas in Florida and California.
BOBSLEIGH – Sheridon Baptiste, Ottawa – Sheridon was a member of Chris Lori’s four-man crew, which finished second overall in the World Cup standings. During the season, Baptiste helped push Lori to bronze medals in Calgary and Cortina, Italy and three other top-six results.
BOWLING (5 pin) – Helene Godmaire, Gatineau – A prominent figure on the Quebec scene, Helene won the provincial open singles tide and finished ninth at the national finals. She also placed first in the Quebec mixed team open championships and helped her team to a silver medal at the nationals, where she maintained a 280 average and was named an all-star. Helene also represented Quebec on the TSN Roll-Offs and was the Quebec women’s masters champion.
BOWLING (10 Pin) – Stephane Corriveau, Ottawa – Imagine bowling a perfect game not once, but twice. That’s what Stephane did only one month apart. He rolled one 300 game in the Ottawa-Hull championship tournament and the other in the Eastview major men’s league. At the Ottawa-Hull championships, he won the singles title With a 227 average, the doubles event with Tom Clarke and the all-events championship with an overall average of 207.
BOXING – Humberto Alvarez, Nepean – A rising star on Canada’s national boxing team, Humberto won the flyweight division gold medals at both the pre-Commonwealth Games meet in Victoria and the Canadian senior championships in Winnipeg. His international record stands at eight gold medals in 12 tournaments.
BROOMBALL – Yvan Breton, Kanata – Named Mr. Broomball for 1993, Yvan was the leading scorer for the Embrun Plumbing Supply Beavers, which won the Ontario and Canadian championships.
CANOEING – Renn Crichlow, Nepean – In nine kayak solo races, Renn earned five firsts and three seconds, including a silver medal effort over 500 metres at the world championships. He also won both K-1 races over 500 and 1,000 metres at the national championships.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING – Lucy Steele, Hull – While competing for her home territory of Yukon. Lucy won four medals at the Canadian senior championships. She had firsts in the 30-kilometre free technique and 15-kilometre classic races, was second in the mixed relay and third in the 10-kilometre free technique event.
CURLING – Anne Merklinger, Theresa Breen, Patti McKnight, Audrey Frey, Ottawa – The Rideau Curling Club rink won the Ontario women’s curling championship and finished third at the Canadian competition. The Merklinger rink also won the women’s division of the Welton Beauchamp Classic.
CYCLING – Gord Fraser, Nepean – Gord had that winning feeling 12 times in ‘93. He won the Canadian cycling series in Edmonton and was first in the Quebec to Montreal road race. Gord also was first in the Tour Vet Vilaine, and the Tour of Nutley.
DIVING – Fernado Henderson, Nepean – Fernando was a regular medallist at national meets. He won a silver medal at the national championships in Vancouver and a bronze medal at the Winter nationals in Calgary. At the Winter nationals, he helped the Nepean Ottawa Diving Club place third overall in the team standings.
EQUESTRIAN – Jill Henselwood, Oxford Mills – Two points was all that kept Jill from winning the Canadian World Cup title. At the Washington international she was second in the Nations Cup and third in the du Maurier Challenge at the Atlantic Winter Fair. During the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, Jill was fourth in the Bank of Montreal Nation’s Cup.
FASTBALL – Randy Peck, Aylmer – As a catcher for the Stittsville Turpin Pontiacs of the International Softball Congress Travel League, Randy led the league in batting average, runs batted in, extra base hits, walks and home runs. Randy, who hit 51 home runs last season, played a significant role in helping the 11-player Toronto Gators win the Pan-Am championship in Monterey, Mexico.
FENCING – Christian Wojcikiewicz, Ottawa – A member of the R.A. Centre and Canadian junior team, Christian had an outstanding 1993 season. His victories included the national cadet sabre and junior sabre titles, the Can-AM competition in Montreal, the Governor General’s international meet in Ottawa and the Ottawa Shield.
FIGURE SKATING – Penny Mann and Juan Carlos Noira, Ottawa – In their final Canadian figure skating championships as a senior ice dance team, Penny and Juan Carlos won a silver medal and missed going to the World championships by one place. Penny has decided to retire, but Juan Carlos remains active with the Minto Skating Club.
FOOTBALL – Chris Banton, Ottawa – Chris finished his Ontario-Quebec Interuniversity Football Conference career in style. Selected as an All-Canadian, Chris not only led the O-QIFC with six interceptions for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, but also set a conference record with 573 punt return yards and a conference single game record of 142 yards against Concordia.
FREESTYLE SKIING – Darcy Dawns, Manotick – One of the world’s few combined event skiers, Darcy had his best-ever World Cup season. He won seven World Cup medals, including his first victory at La Plagne, France and picked up three seconds. Darcy also won the national combined title and missed a ballet medal by one place.
GOLF -Tom Larocque, Kanata – Tom’s best season on the golf links included winning the Alexander of Tunis tournament and helping Quebec finish in a tie for second place during the Willingdon Cup team competition at the Canadian amateur golf championship.
HOCKEY – Mike Peca, Ottawa – The Ottawa 67’s top player helped Canada pull a major upset by winning the world junior hockey championship. Mike led the 67’s in points with 38 goals and 64 assists, was the team’s best offensive players and booster Club’s most valuable player. The winner of a variety of monthly awards, Mike also attended the NHL training camp of the Vancouver Canucks.
JUDO – Nathalie Gosselin, Ottawa – Nathalie is one of the best judokas in the world at the under-52-kilogram class. The national senior champion finished fifth at the Fukuoka tournament in Japan and is a candidate for the 1996 Summer Olympics.
KARATE – Fortunato Aversa, Nepean – In the lightweight division, Fortunato captured four straight matches in Denmark to win the International Amateur Sport Karate Association world championship. He is also is the national champion.
KICK BOXING – Eric Boudreault, Vanier – Eric had a perfect season in 1993 with five consecutive victories, which brought his career record to 16 wins and no losses. Last season, he also passed his black belt exam in Kung Fu.
LACROSSE – Mike Eby, Ottawa – In his fifth year with the Gloucester Griffins Junior B team of the Ontario Lacrosse Association, 20 year old Mike was voted top defensive player. He led his team to a second-place finish in the regular season and a berth in the playoff semi-finals.
LUGE – Jaret Connolly, Ottawa – In his ninth year of natural luging, Jaret was second in the Canadian Championships and 21st overall on the World Cup circuit.
MOBILITY IMPAIRED – Herve Lorde, Ottawa – Herve is a successful three-sport athlete. He was a member of the Ottawa Sledge Hammers, which won the bronze medal at the Canadian sledge hockey championships. In track and field, he won silver and bronze medals at the Canada Games and five gold medals at the Ontario Games. He also was the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club’s most outstanding wheelchair athlete. On the basketball court, Herve helped the Ottawa Royals reach the Final Four at the North American wheelchair championships.
ORIENTEERING – Brian Graham, Ottawa – A silver medallist at the Canadian championships, Brian posted the best North American result in the men’s class at the world championships, when he placed 35th. It also was the second best finish by a Canadian man at the worlds.
RACQUETBALL – Daniel Denis, Gatineau – A member of the espoir national team, Daniel played in six provincial tournaments and reached the semifinals twice. He is a former Quebec junior champion.
RINGETTE – Gail Macartney, Gloucester – With 12 goals and 12 assists in seven games, Gail was the leading scorer for the Ontario intermediate team at the Canadian ringette championships. She helped Ontario win the bronze medal and was selected as a forward to the first line all-star team.
ROAD RACING – Bruce Deacon, Nepean – Named the Timex athlete of the year for his performances on the British Columbia road racing circuit. He was fifth in the Chicago Marathon with a time that may qualify him for the 1994 Commonwealth Games. He won bronze medals in a 14-kilometre race in Australia and a half marathon in Japan, and was eighth in the nine-kilometre Around the Bays race in Auckland, New Zealand, which attracted 70,000 runners.
ROWING – Rachel Starr, Ottawa and Nori Doobenen, Nepean – Rachel and Nori formed half of the team which won the silver medal in the straight fours at the world lightweight rowing championships. Rachel also was first in the lightweight doubles sculls at the World University Games and won three gold at the Royal Canadian Henley meet. Nori had firsts in the lightweight straight pair at both the Royal Canadian Henley and United States Championships.
RUGBY – Al Charron, Ottawa – Recognized as one of the world’s premier players, Al scored the winning try in a victory over Wales in Cardiff. Al earned international caps for representing Canada in matches against England, twice, the United States and Australia. Al played flanker and second row on the Ontario and Canadian teams. He represented Canada in the World Cup Of Sevens in Australia, Fiji and Hong Kong.
SAILING – Hank Lemmens, Brockville – Canada’s top Finn class sailor not only won the Canadian and North American championships in his single-man class, but also the two-time world champion was sixth at the world championships.
SHOOTING – Melanie Langlois, Hull – At the Canadian championships in Winnipeg, Melanie won three medals, a gold in the junior team event and bronzes in the individual and senior team competitions.
SKI JUMPING – Rennie Watt, Ottawa – Rennie set a junior men’s hill record when he won the Empire State Games K-90 metre competition with a best jump of 94.5 metres. He also won the Ontario junior title.
SNOOKER – Kirk Cloutier, Ottawa – In his fourth consecutive trip to the Canadian snooker championships, Kirk finished in the top four. He also won the Quebec City championship, the Ervin Budge Classic and the Orange Monkey Open.
SOCCER – Jennifer Tanguay, Nepean – A midfielder or fullback, Jennifer played with the Provincial under-23 team. A strong disciplined player, she was outstanding for the Ontario team at the World University Games and was in the pool for the national team.
SPEEDSKATING – Ingrid Liepa, Ottawa – Ingrid had her best result at the world championships, where she placed 12th in the women’s 3,000 metres. In the final World Cup standings, she was 13th in the combined 3,000 and 5,000-metre races, and 16th overall.
SQUASH – Heather Wallace, Ottawa – A member of the Canadian women’s team, Heather won the Japan and San Francisco open tournaments, was third at the JSM super squash tourney in Japan and reached the quarterfinals Of the British, Welsh and Hong Kong open competitions.
SWIMMING – Eddie Parenti, Nepean – The Stanford University student captured three medals at the Canadian swimming championships. He was the national champion in the 200-metre butterfly and earned silver medals in the 100-metre butterfly and in the 4×100-metre medley relay.
SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING – Sandra Fransen, Ottawa – The Ottawa Synchro Club “A” team member had a perfect competition at the Friendship Cup in Mexico, winning figures and solo, placing first with Joanne Hemstead in duet and taking top spot in the team event. Sandra also won the Ontario silver medal in solo and was on the provincial team, which won the team title at the Scottish Open.
TABLE TENNIS – Lijuan Geng, Ottawa – Canada’s top female player was the champion at both the Italian Open and French Open championships. She also reached the quarterfinals in mixed doubles at the world championships.
TAE KWON DO – Mark Remington, Ottawa – Mark was seventeen in 1993 and fought in the middleweight division. He won gold at the Battle of Toronto tournament and helped his team win gold in Peterborough and in the provincials at Oakville was the bronze medal winner.
TENNIS – Eva Januskova, Nepean – Eva, 15, had her best success as a doubles player, winning the Canadian Outdoor under-18 and under-16 titles. She also reached the women’s singles final at the national under-16 outdoor tournament. At the Canadian under-18 indoor championships, she was a semifinalist in both singles and doubles.
TOUCH FOOTBALL – Jim Kent, Gloucester – A former draft pick of Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates and an invitee to Canada’s Olympic basketball tryout camp, Jim was voted the most valuable player for his team and the senior division of the Ottawa-Nepean Touch Football League. He led his team to an 11-4 record and more than 600 offensive points.
TRACK AND FIELD – Glenroy Gilbert, Ottawa – Whether as an individual or a member of a relay team, Glenroy was a medal podium fixture. He helped Canada to a national record in winning a bronze medal at the world track and field championships in the men’s 4×100-metre relay. Individually, Glenroy was third in the 100 metres at the World University Games. At the NCAA division I championships, he was second in the 100 metres and third in the 200 metres. He later joined the Canadian bobsleigh team for the 1994 Winter Olympics.
TRIATHLON – Lynne McAlister, Ottawa – In her rookie season on the Ironman triathlon circuit, Lynne placed third overall. In five Ironman meets, Lynne was second in Australia, fourth in Germany and Canada, fifth in New Zealand and 20th in Hawaii.
ULTRAMARATHON – Michel Careau, Hull – Michel was third in the world indoor six-day running championship in La Rochelle, France. Careau’s six-day distance of 539 miles, 1,491 yards came within 1,589 yards of breaking the 103-year-old Canadian six-day record.
VISUALLY IMPAIRED – John Baxter, Maxville – John wore two hats last year in visually impaired powerlifting – athlete and convenor. As wold record holder in the masters super heavyweight category, John won three gold medals at the world championships, which he convened in Ottawa. He also won the 1993 Ontario intermediate title in which he was the only visually impaired athlete competing.
VOLLEYBALL – Jennifer Villeneuve, Ottawa – Captain of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, Jennifer was first in digs in Ontario and across Canada. Jennifer, who was named an Ontario all-star, helped the Gee Gees finish second in the Ontario Intercollegiate Athletic Association playoffs after a fourth in the regular season.
WATER POLO – Heather Kaulbach, Ottawa – Captain of Canada’s women’s water polo team since 1983, Heather’s team was fourth in qualifying for the world championship and sixth at the FINA Cup. At the Canadian championships, Heather’s Aqua Polo de Hull team was fourth.
WRESTLING – Gerard Bourdeau, Gloucester – Gerry participated in 15 tournaments coming away with gold each time. He won bronze at the Provincials in Toronto and went on to win gold in Saskatoon at the Canadian junior championships in the 63-kilogram class. Gerry has accepted a scholarship to B.C.’s Simon Fraser University and hopes to compete in the 2000 Olympics.
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA GEE GEES MEN’S BASKETBALL – The Gee Gees completed their most successful season by winning the Ontario Universities Athletic Association championship and the Wilson Cup, and reaching the semifinals of the Canadian Interuniversities Athletic Union championship tournament, losing to eventual champion St. Francis Xavier.
EMBRUN PLUMBING SUPPLY BROOMBALL TEAM – Won every game they played in 1993, 46 in total. At the Provincials in Barrie, Ontario they took the title in four straight games. They won the Canadian Men’s Broomball Championship for the sixth time with seven straight wins in Goose Bay, Labrador. They also won tournaments in Barrie, Ernbrun, Mont Laurier and Rockcliffe. They are off to Lethbridge, Alberta in Search of their 7th Canadian Championship in eight years. Coaches – Wilson Montgomery, Gille Dore, Allan McDuff, Manager Maurice Lemieux.
OTTAWA SENATORS JR HOCKEY TEAM – The Senators won the CJHL Robinson Division with a league record of 50 wins 7 losses. Blake Martin was MVP, John Bedard was top defenceman and Art Webb leading scorer in the league. They defeated Hawkesbury, Cornwall and Kanata to advance to the Central Canada Playdowns where they were 4 and 1 in the round robin, and lost to Thunder Bay in the final. Coaches – Vince Mallette, Bruce Bullard and Chris Martin. General Manager – Peter Hudson.