2003 Award Winners

Major Award Winners


Melanie Banville


Corey Locke


Tobie Gorman


Dave Smart


Carleton Ravens Men’s Basketball

Lifetime Award Winners


Gary Mighton & Mike Millington


Barclay Frost

Club Athletes Nominated for Outstanding Athletic Performance

(The minimum standard for inclusion was to have competed at the provincial championship level during the 2003 calendar year. Athletes were nominated by either the media or Ottawa sports clubs.)

ALPINE SKIING – Ryan Semple: A 3rd year member of the national team, Ryan won a bronze medal in slalom, and placed 7th in giant slalom at the Canadian Championships. On the NOR-AM Cup Circuit, he recorded four top 10 results including a bronze medal and a 4th place finish in two slaloms. He also raced slalom at the world alpine championships in 2003.

BADMINTON – Andrew Dabeka: A member of the RA Badminton Club, he won the men’s singles title at both the Canadian Championships and the Miami International. Andrew won a silver medal at the Pan-American Games, and was also a semi-finalist in singles at the French Open and the U.S. Open.

BALL HOCKEY – Isabelle Aube: In 2003, Isabelle was named the Ontario Ball Hockey Association Female Athlete of the Year, as a member of the Spitfires which won the 2003 Ontario Championships. She also helped the Spitfires of the Ottawa-Vanier Women’s Ball Hockey qualify for the Canadian Ball Hockey Championships.

BASEBALL – Sebastien Boucher: As an outfielder for the Bethune-Cookman University Men’s Baseball Team, he helped his team to win its fifth consecutive Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference Championship and qualify for the NCAA regional tournament. Sebastien was ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division in base stealing – with 48, had a .333 batting average and was named to the conference first All-Star team.

BASKETBALL – Josh Poirier: Josh distinguished himself as a dominant forward on the CIS National Champion Carleton Ravens coached by Dave Smart. He averaged 19 points per game, was a first team OUA All-Star and (was) a member of the Canadian World University student games team that won a bronze medal in Korea.

BIATHLON – Robin Clegg: A skier since childhood, Robin has been a member of the National Team for 5 years. Her career highlights include winning two gold medals at the Canadian Championships in Val Cartier, Quebec, finishing 18th at the World Championships, and placing 19th at the World Cup in Oslo, Norway. Robin is currently training in Canmore, Alberta and attends University.

BOWLING (5 PIN) – Chantale Cyr: While representing the Walkley Bowling Centre, Chantale participated in 5 tournaments to qualify for the Ontario team Master Teaching Ladies Division for the National Championship, where they finished 4th.She averaged 215 and was voted “Rookie of the Year”. She earned a berth on the women’s team at the Ontario Provincial team open class championship where the Ontario team finished 5th.

BOWLING (10 PIN) – Kristal Craig: She was the first woman in Ottawa ever to average over 200, with an average score of 204. She bowled her way to a triple score of 764 with a high game of 299, and placed 2nd in a major doubles tournament in Montreal, bowling 276. This young mother also represented Team Canada in an International event in Hong Kong.

BOXING – Samir Louati: Representing the Beaver Boxing Club, Samir won the 69kg class at the Ontario Championships and also won his class at the prestigious Brampton Cup. In 2003, he was a gold medalist at the Canadian Intermediate under 18 Championship in New Brunswick. TSN voted his final bout as “best” at the tournament. Internationally, Samir competed in Poland and Ireland, winning 5 of 7 bouts. Coached by Joe Sandulo, overall in 51 bouts, Samir has won 41.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING – Perianne Jones: As a member of the NAKKERTOK Ski Club, she won two qualifying meets to qualify for the Junior World Championships in Sweden. She attends University of Calgary, trains with the National Team and won medals at the 2003 Canadian CC Ski Championships.

CURLING – Bryan Cochrane: Bryan Cochrane, along with Bill Gamble, Ian MacAuley and John Steski are members of the RCMP and Ottawa Curling Clubs and together have won many local bonspiels. After competing in 7 consecutive Provincial Championships, 2003 was their triumphant year as they won the Ontario Men’s Curling Championship.

CYCLING – Aaron Fillion: Aaron recorded first place finishes at the Ottawa Bike Club Paris-Roubaix, the Niagara Classic, Warkwoth Road Race, Oktoberfest Cycle Cross and the Ontario Cyclecross Championship. Racing for the Ottawa Bike Club, he was a medalist in 5 other races and placed 3rd overall in the Ontario Cyclecross Series.

DIVING – Erika Malmberg: At age 18, Erika helped the Nepean-Ottawa Diving Club to capture the 16-19 age group Ontario Provincial Championship with 3 second place finishes. In senior events she was 1st on the 10m platform and 5th on 1m board. At an invitational meet in Etobicoke she broke Sylvie Bernier’s 3m springboard record set in 1983. At Nepean Ottawa Invitational against 17 top clubs from Quebec, Newfoundland and Ontario, she recorded 3 firsts and 3 seconds on 1m board, 3m board, and 10m platform.

EQUESTRIAN – Kelly Small: Kelly won the Doug Catton Memorial Award with Esprit de Lys to rank as the top Ontario Rider qualifying for the national Talent Squad Championships. Kelly finished the year with 2 horses in the top 8 in Canada and was named to the National Talent Squad for 2004.

FASTBALL – Danna Masters: Danna was MVP on the University of Ottawa Women’s Team that won the Ontario Inter-Collegiate Fastball Championships. During 2003, Danna batted .533 and stole 30 bases. She was named the University of Ottawa Sports Club Female Athlete of the Year.

FENCING – Ataa Azarbar: Ataa was a member of the Carleton University Ravens Fencing Team that won the OUA team title. Ataa also won the OUA individual gold medal in mens’ sabre.

FIELD HOCKEY – Laura Dowling: Laura attends the University of BC in Vancouver and trains with Canada’s Senior National Team. In 2003, she was named Ontario Junior player of the year (under 21), Canadian Rookie of the Year and Western Rookie of the Year as a member of the UBC Field Hockey team. At the university field hockey Nationals, this Kanata resident was selected to both the All-Star team and to the Canadian All-Star team.

FIGURE SKATING – Fedor Andreev: This Minto Skating Club member won a bronze medal in senior men’s competition at the Canadian Championships. Training in Detroit, this former Canadian Junior Champion was 9th at First Four Continents Championships in Beijing.

FOOTBALL – Brent Hill: Brent is a complete football player with the Ottawa Sooners in the Quebec Major Junior Football League. The league selected him as Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Most Valuable to his team, and named him as All-Star quarterback. Brent also led the league in scoring and was voted as the Sooner’s Most Valuable Player as he kicked field goals, converts, kick-offs and punts.

FREESTYLE SKIING – Jeff Bean: Jeff has been a world class skier for many years. In 2003, he earned two world cup victories and ranked 3rd in overall world cup rankings. Jeff was last year’s Athlete of the Year.

GOLF – Chris McCuaig: He was the 2003 City and District golf champion. In addition, Chris won the Champion of Champions Championships and finished in 8th place in Club Champions Tournament. Chris is a 20 year member of the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club and finished top 10 in most “A” class competitions and in Provincial and National events.

GYMNASTICS (ARTISTIC) – Melanie Banville: Active in gymnastics for 10 years at the Ottawa Gym Club, Melanie was 5th all-around at the Pam-American Games with Canada finishing in 2nd place overall. She also won silver at Elite Canada Championship and at the National Championships. She represented Canada at the 2003 World Championships and is a candidate for the Olympic Team.

HOCKEY (ICE) – Corey Locke: A member of the Ottawa 67’s Junior A Hockey Team, he was voted the outstanding junior player in Canada. In 2003 he led the Ontario Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League in scoring with 63 goals and 88 assists. Corey was a 4th round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens.

JUDO – Nicholas Tritton: A first degree Black Belt from TAKAHASHA DOJO, Nicholas, in 2003, was named National Junior Judo Champion (16-10) and represented Canada at the Junior Worlds. He also won 2 bronze medals at the Canadian Senior Judo Championships and placed at the US Open in Las Vegas. At Perth district Collegiate HS, he has starred in basketball, football (all-star), swimming and soccer. In wrestling he won gold, silver, and bronze at OESSA. At the Junior Canadian Wrestling Championships, he won his third consecutive gold in Greco-Roman.

KARATE – Peter Douvris

LACROSSE – Mickey Gilchrist: As a member of the Nepean Knights, Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League, Mickey was the team’s top scorer for the third straight year with 43 goals, 43 assists in 16 games. He was 5th in league scoring. Mickey became the Knights all-time leading scorer last season with 202 goals, 230 assists in 107 games.

LAWN BOWLING – Steve McNamara: Steve, 22, is a member of the Ottawa Lawn Bowling Club, and currently is the Ottawa area singles champion who won bronze at the Ontario Championships and silver at the Canadian (under 25) Junior Championships. In 2003, this University of Ottawa student also won numerous club and district tournaments.

ORIENTEERING – Cherie Mahoney: This hi-tech worker, who began orienteering in high school, had an excellent year in 2003. Representing the Ottawa Orienteering Club, Cherie finished 1st overall in the Ottawa Solstice series, captured gold in the elite women’s class at the Quebec Championships, finished 5th at the Ontario Championships and placed 4th at the US Nationals.

ROWING (TIE) – Andrew Harfield & Adam Reynolds: These two members of the Ottawa Rowing Club had an exceptional year in 2003 winning coxless pairs at the Ontario Rowing Championships, the Royal Canadian Henley and the Canada Cup Regatta in Montreal. They were selected Rowing Canada Aviron “Crew of the Year”.

RUGBY – David Thompson: Dave represented Canada at the under 21 World Championship and was a valuable member of the Ottawa Indians, Carleton University and Ottawa Harlequins.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS (RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS) – Ada Chan: Ada is a seven year member of Ottawa Rhythmic Cats – special Olympics. In 2003, she represented Canada at the World Summer Games in Ireland, winning 1 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze medals.

SAILING (ADAPTIVE SAILING) – Pierre Vachon: A member of the National capital Able sail Association, Pierre finished 1st out of 20 competitors in the Silver Fleet of Mobility Cup for sailors with a disability.

SHOOTING (PISTOL) – Wayne Salhany: This RA Gun Club member is also a member of Canada’s National Team. At the Canadian National Handgun Championships he won Olympic Air Pistol and Olympic Free Pistol and won class medals at the Ontario CSSA Outdoor Championships. Wayne was 1st in Olympic Air Pistol and 2nd in Olympic Free Pistol at the Canadian Grand Prix Air Gun Championships, and represented Canada at the US World Cup and at the Pan-American Games.

SHOOTING (SKEET) – Linda Conley: This long-time member of the Stittsville Shooting Club was 2003 National Women’s Skeet Shooting Champion and won a bronze medal at the Pan-American Games.

SOCCER – Janson Blake: Janson was the captain of the U16 Championship winning Ottawa Fury Soccer team that won the Northeastern Conference and then went on to the North American U16 soccer finals. Janson is a member of the Canadian national training squad.

SPEEDSKATING – Kristina Groves: She was 4th overall at the World Speedskating Championships. Kristina also won a World Cup Medal in Italy and finished 2nd all-around at the Canadian Championships.

SQUASH – Robin Clarke: Robin began playing squash at 9 years of age. Now 18, he is ranked #1 in Ontario and #2 in Canada in boys division, under 19. In 2003 he placed 3rd in the Canadian Junior Open, 5th in Canadian Junior Closed, and 1st in Ontario Junior Closed. Robin is a member of Goodlife-Queensview Racquet Club.

SWIMMING – Emily Gillespie: This 16 year old attends John McRae Secondary School and is an up and coming swimmer with the Nepean-Kanata Barracuda Swim Club. Emily was a medalist at Provincials and Junior Nationals and also reached the finals as senior nationals. She won 2 gold and 1 silver at an International meet in London, England.

TAEKWONDO – Kelsey O’Brien: This 13 year old, who attends Featherson Public School, won a gold medal at the Provincial Championship in the Bantam Girls Class — 1031bs, and also captured a silver medal in a second weight class at the same competition. Kelsey trains 6 times a week under the tutelage of Korean Grandmaster Tae Eun Lee.

TENNIS – Galin Nizortchev: Galin won the U14 Indoor National Tennis Championships to be ranked #1 in Canada. At the Summer (outdoor) Nationals, Galin was semi-finalist. He competes for the Rideau Tennis and Squash Club.

TRACK & FIELD (ATHLETICS) – Sultana Frizell: Sultana is a member of the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club and is currently attending University in Georgia. In 2003, at OFSAA, she was 1st in shotput, and 1st in discus. At the National Juniors she placed 1st in shotput, 1st in hammer throw and 2nd in discus. She also competed at the Pan-American Juniors with a 4th place finish in the hammer throw.

TABLE TENNIS – Faazil Kassam, Bence Csaba: In 2003, as a member of the Champlain Table Tennis Club, they won the North American Senior Doubles Championship and won bronze at the World Junior Championships. These two have been a team for 9 years.

TRIATHLON – David Harju: He began the season in Panama City Florida with 2nd place in the Half Ironman. Over the Olympic distance, he won the Guelph International Triathlon and finished 2nd at the Muskoka Triathlon. Following an 11th place finish at Ironman USA, and after suffering a flat on his bike, he was 1st at Ironman Wisconsin.

VOLLEYBALL – Tess Edwards: This 16 year old member of the Ottawa Kangaroo Volleyball Club won the 2003 Ontario Provincial Championship, 16 and under Tier l. Her team won the East National and she was named to the six member all-star team, and chosen as MVP. Tess, a grade 11 student, is a member of the Ontario Provincial Team and highly rated candidate for the Junior National Team.

WATER SKI (ADAPTED) – Chris Bourne: An adapted water skier, Chris placed 6th in Men’s Slalom (6 Buoys at 18.25m) at the 2003 World Disabled Water Ski Championships in Florida. He is Chair of the Water Ski Canada Committee, which is organizing the first Canadian Adapted Water Ski Championship in 2004 in Montreal. He is also a disabled ski instructor.

BASKETBALL (WHEELCHAIR) – Chantal Benoit: Ottawa Jazz & National Team.

Club Teams That Won Provincial/National Gold Medals

BALL HOCKEY (GIRLS): Vanier Spitfires: Isabelle Aube, Shannon Aubut, Melanie Bedard, Stephanie Borden, Cathy Bureau, Anik Chenier, Catie Clapp, Natasha Danschiko, Manon Dupuis, Angela Durigan, Pascale Gauthier, Jennifer Idone, Karina Potvin, Kim Thompson, Amy Yablonski. Head Coach: Francoise Mongeon.

CURLING (MENS’): The Cochrane Rink: Bryan Cochrane, Bill Gamble, Ian MacAuley, John Steski

FOOTBALL (TOUCH): Ottawa Nepean Canadians: Bruce Dunning, Donnie Carle, Wayne Carle, Leo Benvenuti, Mark Thompson, Marco Dinardo, Dan Berrea, Richard Ngombo, Leon Richins, Gilles Champagne, Sean Murphy, Frank Chiarello, Steve McDougall, Matt Nealon, Rodney Moors.

HOCKEY (ICE – MIDGET GIRLS “AA”): National Capital Hockey Team.

RINGETTE (BELLE “A” DIVISION): The Ottawa Ice: Josiane Bordeleau, Genevieve Dorval, Kyrie Love, Carrie Lugg, Katie Lugg, Stefanie McArdle, Jenna McBride, Karen McWilliams, Jessica Neale, Erica Ogilvie, Genevieve Rancourt, Heather Roth, Allison Shoobert, Josee Surprenant, Sarah Waddell. Coaching staff: Dave Shoobert, Lyndsay Wheelans, Barb Bautista, Sue Bromley.

ROWING: (MENS’ COXLESS PAIRS): The Ottawa Rowing Club: Andrew Harfield, Adam Reynolds.

SOCCER (WOMEN): The Ottawa Fury Soccer Club: This talented team won the Eastern Conference of the W-League. Taryn Swiatek, Isabelle Morneau, Linda Consolante, Patricia Bourcier, Allison Kelly, Marie-Eve Nault, Kelly Parker, Leah Robinson, Jeanette Akerlund, Aisha Alfa, Rhian Wilkinson, Amy Vermuelen, Erin Ramsay, Kyla Clarke, Laura Harper, Eilish McConville, Sara Cebulski, Jill Johnson, Stacey Warren, Christine McCartney.

SOCCER (YOUTH U15): The Ottawa Fury Soccer Club: This Super Y-League team won the North East Super Y Conference and went on to compete at the North American finals. Dhanbir Jaswal, Kenny Caceros, Rob Lungstrass, Dan St. Jacques, Corey O’Connell, Orhan Akkaya, Patrick Blackman, Ed Edward, Julien Edwards, Stephen Da Silva, Sam Maheu, Alex Davidson, Alex Gagnon, Matthew Rigby, Sean Pound, Erich Bailey, Brendan Walker.

SOCCER (YOUTH U16): The Ottawa Fury Soccer Club: This North East Super Y-League team won the Northeastern Conference and went on to compete at the North American finals. Janson Blake, Eric Desserault, Troy Hernandez, Gareth Pugh, Marc Medas, Russel Potvin, Phil Sangster, Phil Appolon, Mac Ojiaku, Lucas Zinn, Patrick Charlebois, Edwin Moran, Matt Parry, Adrian Leroy, Javier Alfonso, Andrew Lafkas, Sean O’Reilly.

VOLLEYBALL (16 AND UNDER, K1 GIRLS): Ottawa Kangaroo Volleyball Club: Yana Barankin, Margot Bowen, Liane Coté, Leah Duke, Kate Eckhardt, Tess Edwards, Miranda Eng, Becky Lauks, Ashley Matier, Meghan O’Doherty, Charlene Staffa, Jess Wolfenden. Head Coach: Cathy O’Doherty, Assistant Coach: Matt Harris.

WATER POLO (CADET BOYS 14-16): The Ottawa Titans: Patrick Bickerton, Jean Francois Jacques, Robert Kalwarowsky, Trevor Mitchell, Alex Moggridge, Stefan Pavicevic, Phillip Sonea, Marc Antoine Tanguay, Matthew van Gael. Team Head Coach: Jerry Tesanovic, Club Head Coach: Dave Hart.

Individual Club Athletes That Won Provincial or National Titles

ATHLETICS (JAVELIN): Dominique Bilodeau, National Champion.

TENNIS (U12 GIRLS): Petra Januskova, Ontario Indoor Singles & Doubles Champion, Ranked #1 U12

Ontario Federation Secondary School Athletics (OFSSA) Gold Medal Performances

ALPINE SKIING: Boys’ Slalom, Level 1: South Carleton High School. Tyler Robinson.

ALPINE SKIING: Boys’ Slalom, Level 2 Team: Ashbury College. Mark Singer, John MacDonald, Ian Syrett, Josh Nadolny, Tyler Wilgress. Head Coach Jan Matthews.

ALPINE SKIING: Boys’ Giant Slalom, Level 1 Team: Nepean High School. Spencer Dyer, Jamie Wiseman, Brent Meadows, Brad Meadows. Coach Richard Mellor.

ALPINE SKIING: Boys’ Giant Slalom — Level 2 Team: Ashbury College. Mark Singer, John MacDonald, Ian Syrett, Josh Nadolny, Tyler Wilgress. Head Coach Jan Matthews.

ALPINE SKIING: Girls’ Giant Slalom, Level 2: Mother Teresa Secondary School. Katrina Follis

BADMINTON: Mixed Doubles: Holy Trinity High School. Vivian Tam and Yearny Tam

BASKETBALL: Girls’ “A” Basketball: Ashbury College. Bess Lennox, Katherine Mclsaac, Taylar Reid, Stefanie Delvecchio, Krista Zeidan, Jackie Sanderson, Kathryn Christie, Elaine Richardson, Monica Kajouni. Head Coach Andy Sparks, Assistant Coach Ian MacKinnon.

CURLING: Boys’: Sir Robert Borden High School. Jesse Attfield, David Lusk, Adam Lusk, David Seal. Coach: Attfield.

TRACK & FIELD: Junior Boys’ 200 metres and also long jump: Brookfield High School. Seyi Smith.

TRACK & FIELD, Senior Girls’ 3000 metres: Bell High School. Janice Ashworth

Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Gold Medal Performances at the Provincial Level

BASKETBALL (MENS): Algonquin College. Bennie Greene, Richard Groniger, Ryan Bennison, Mark Newman, Angel Medina, Geoff Eisenstat, Devin Taylor, Owen Dias, Tyrone Baugh, Scott Lelievre, Adam Eisenstat, Jonathan Bell, Dale Swift, Justin Essert. Head Coach: Trevor Costello. Assistant Coaches: Dino Pezoulas, and Jim Langis.

CURLING (MIXED): Algonquin College. Melody Bridgen, Katrina Carr, Brian Forrest, Johan Gingras. Head Coach: Ron Port.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Gold Medal Performances at the OUA and/or CIS Level

BASKETBALL (MENS): Carleton University Ravens. Charlie Cattran, BJ Charles, Bernie Edmunds, Osvaldo Jeanty, Nick Khlystov, Paul Larmand, Jafeth Maseruka, Shawn McCleery, Rob McLean, Josh Poirier, Matt Ross, Pat Ross, Mike Smart, Rob Smart. Head Coach Dave Smart. Assistant Coaches: Bill Arden, Bill Fraser and Taffe Charles.

FENCING (MENS’ TEAM): Carleton University Ravens. Ataa Azarbar, Bruce Cooper, Yannick Dandurand-Manley, Brant Daniluk, Shawn DeSalvo, Shan Gu, Abimanyu Makerji, Wesley Ross, Kurt Schmick, Jeffery Seto, Patrick Snider, Tim Walker. Head Coach: Eli Sukunda, Assistant Coach Steve McLean.

FENCING (MENS’ SABRE): Carleton University. Ataa Azarbar.

NORDIC SKIING (WOMENS’ TEAM): Carleton University Ravens. Julie Afelskie, Dana Christianson, Laura Clements, Megan McTavish, Sandra Mortimer, Monika Stroeger, Eva Szabo. Head Coach: John Langstone. Assistant Coaches: Don Moxley, Christa Ramonat.

NORDIC SKIING (MENS’ TEAM): Carleton University Ravens. Tim Adams, Nevin French, Toivo Korvukoski, Chris Martin, Ed McCarthy, Tom McCarthy, Skeets Morel Karl, Saidla, Graydon Snider, David Zylberberg. Pavol Skvaridlo, Head Coach; John Langstone, Assistant Coaches: Don Moxley and Christa Ramonat.

NORDIC SKIING (MEN’S 10KM SKATE): Carleton University. David Zylberberg.

NORDIC SKIING (MENS’ RELAY): Carleton University Ravens. David Zylberberg, Tom McCarthy, Karl Saidla.

FASTBALL (WOMENS TEAM): University of Ottawa.