2007 Award Winners

Major Award Winners


Kristina Groves


Craig Savill


Jen Boyd


Dave Smart


Rachel Homan Curling Rink


Carleton Ravens Men’s Basketball


Ottawa Lions Track Club

Lifetime Award Winners


Denis Landry


Douglas Schouldice


Linda & Sandy Ruckstuhl


Bill Heikkila


Martin Cleary

Club Athletes Nominated For Outstanding Athletic Performances in 2007

(The minimum standard for inclusion was to have competed at the Provincial Level in their sport during the 2007 calendar year. Athletes were nominated by the media, Ottawa Sports Clubs, Provincial and National Sport Organizations.)

ALPINE SKIING — Patrick Biggs: This repeat winner of this award from 2005 and 2006 has once again had a great year. He finished 9th at the World Championships in slalom and followed this up with a 1st in slalom and a 3rd in giant slalom at the South American Championships. Patrick finished 5th at the Canadian Championships in giant slalom and completed his year with a first, two seconds and a third on the NorAm circuit.

ATHLETICS — Track & Field — Danelle Woods: Competing as a member of the Ottawa Lions Track Club, Danelle won the gold medal in the 2000m steeplechase at the Canadian Junior Nationals in a new Canadian record time and then won the gold medal in the 3000m steeplechase at the Canadian Senior Championships setting at new meet record. At this meet, she also won a silver medal in the 1500m. She represented Canada at the Junior Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she won the gold medal in another new Canadian record time.

CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNING — Danelle Woods: Danelle is a member of the Ottawa Lions Track Club. She is the reigning 2006 Canadian Junior Champion. She finished 30th in the 2007 World Junior Championships held in Mombasa, Kenya, the top finish by any Canadian runner. Danelle is a repeat winner from 2006 and is now attending university in the US on a scholarship.

MARATHON RUNNING — Liz Maguire: Liz ran a personal best time of 2:53:43 in the ING Ottawa Marathon to place 9th among all Female runners. This time also placed her in her Masters class. Liz also placed 12th Female and 1st Masters in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. She is a repeat winner from 2006.

ROAD RACING — Liz Maguire: Liz ran two personal best times and set a Masters course record in 2007. Her finish of 1st Masters (7th overall Female) in the City of Hamilton’s Around the Bay Road Race set a new Masters Record. Her season had many races where she finished 1st in the Masters Division and between 3rd to 12th in the Open Female Class. As a result of her many fine finishes, Liz clinched the Championship Title for the Master’s Division of the Canada Run Series. She is a repeat winner from 2006.

BADMINTON — Mike Beres: Mike trains at the RA Centre and is a member of the National Team. He is the Triple National Champion, singles, doubles and mixed doubles. At the 2007 Pan Am Games, Mike won the Gold Medal in Men’s singles and doubles. He added a silver medal in the mixed doubles. Mike has been selected to the Olympic Team going to China in 2008.

BASEBALL — Phillippe Aumont: This 6 foot 7 inch, 225-pound right-handed pitcher has a 96m.p.h. fastball. He was selected 11th overall in the first round by the Seattle Mariners making him the first ever Ottawa player ever selected in the opening round. In 2007, he played for both the Junior and Senior Canadian teams at the International Baseball Federation World Cup in Taiwan and the America’s World Junior Qualifier in Mexico. He had strong outings in both these tournaments.

BASKETBALL — Aaron Doornekamp: Aaron is a fourth year forward on the Carleton Ravens Men’s Basketball Team that won the CIS Championships. He was the 2007 CIS National Championship Game MVP, the National Championships Tournament MVP and a First Team OUA All-Star. In Oct. he led Carleton to its 7th straight House-Laughton Hoops Classic title by winning MVP honours. He has recently been selected by the OUA to be one of six spokespeople in the Champions for Life program aimed at keeping Canadian Student/Athletes in Canada for their post-secondary education while playing sport.

BIATHLON — Alexandre Edouard Dumond: Alex is a member of the Chelsea Nordiq Biathlon Club and attends Colonel By Secondary School. In 2007, skiing in the junior division, he won a bronze medal at the Quebec Cup 3 and a silver medal at the Ontario Cup 1. He was a member of Team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games held in Whitehorse placing 15th and 17th in his two races making him Ontario’s top biathlete at the Winter Games. Alex is a well-rounded individual as he teaches windsurfing, plays rugby, speaks 3 languages and has a level 5 certificate in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

BOWLING — (10 PIN) — Eric Dasilveira: Eric is a 22 year old bowler who bowls at McArthur Lanes. His 192 average in 2007 was the highest youth average in the Ottawa area. He bowled a 707 three game series including a 257 game. Eric won all the scratch categories in the 2007 local annual youth tournament and has been a consistent winner in the Capital District Tenpin Bowling Association youth Tournaments. He is currently bowling in adult leagues and maintaining an average of 196. He recently bowled his first perfect 300 game.

BOWLING — (5 PIN) — Josh Perrone: Josh is a 21 year old bowler from the Merivale Lanes Bowling Alley. In 2007, he won the men’s singles event at the Ontario Open Championships held in Hamilton with a 299 average. As the Ontario champion, this qualified him for the Nationals in Sudbury where he finished in 7th position.

BOXING — Jill Perry: Jill was the provincial champion in the 126 lb. class and won a silver medal at the Canadian Boxing Championships. She is a volunteer coach at the Beaver Boxing Club and is a repeat winner of this award in this sport every year since 2004.

BROOMBALL — Wade McCambley: As the starting goalkeeper for the Ottawa Nationals Broomball Team, Wade has had a tremendous 2006-2007 season. After being named to the All-star team and being selected best goalkeeper at the 2006 World Broomball Championships and the 2007 Canadian Nationals, Wade led the 2006-2007 Quebec Men’s Elite Broomball League sporting the best goals against average. Wade was the top goalie in the Ottawa Municipal Broomball League and the Pakenham League, which makes him the dominating goalkeeper in his sport.

CANOE/KAYAK SPRINT — Angus Mortimer: Angus is a 12 year member of the Rideau Canoe Club. In 2007, he won the 1000m kayak singles event at the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro. He also won 2 silver medals at this event in the K-1500m and K-4 1000m. At the Canadian Championships held in Ottawa, Angus captured 3 silver medals. He is currently studying at Carleton University and is a repeat winner in this sport.

CANOE/KAYAK WHITEWATER — James Cartwright: James is a 13 year member of the Ottawa River Runners specializing in canoe singles. He finished 6th both in a World Cup competition and at the pre-Olympic regatta held in Beijing, China. He is the top North American in C-l and ranks 20th in the World.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING — Gavin Hamilton: Gavin is a member of the Carleton University Cross Country Ski Team and the Ottawa Racing Team. In 2007, he was the Canadian University Champion in the 10km freestyle, the 15km classic and a member of the 3 man relay. These honours earned him the Co-Athlete of the Year Award at Carleton. He was also selected to the All-Canadian Team. Gavin was a member of Ontario’s Team at the Canada Winter Games winning a silver and gold medal.

CURLING — Craig Savill: Craig is a former World Junior Champion having played with the John Morris rink. In 2007, he continued his winning ways by playing the lead position for the Canadian and World Championship rink skipped by Glenn Howard. He is a 2 time World Champion from Ottawa.

CYCLING — Greg Reain: Greg has been a member of the National Team for Cyclocross racing at the World Championships for the past 3 years. In 2007, he finished 2nd at the National Pro Cyclocross Championships, 1st at the Etobicoke International ProAm, 1st at the Lachine ProElite Cup stage 2 and 5th at the Canadian National Pro Road Time Trial Championships. He has been racing on the major tour in Europe for the past 2 years and will be a member of the Ultralink Team for 2008. As a bike rider for more than half his life, Greg is said to be the best ever from Ottawa and is a previous winner of this award in 2005.

DIVING — Brennan Villemaire: This 15 year old diver dives for the Ottawa National Diving Club. Competing in all 3 dives, the 1 metre, 3 metre and platform, Brennan won 11 firsts at meets in Canada, Belarus, the US, and Brazil. He is the provincial and national champion in 3 metre and platform diving. In Nov., he had a 7th place finish in platform at the Junior Pan Am Games held in San Juan, Brazil. This is the 3rd year in a row for Brennan to win this award. He is a rising star in Canadian diving.

EQUESTRIAN — Tory Bova: Tory has been riding since the age of three. In 2007, she won the Eastern Canadian Equestrian Team finals thereby qualifying for the Royal Winter Fair where she finished as the Canadian Reserve Champion. Tory also won the Quebec Finals and won many medals in various USA trials. She is currently training with Amy Millar of Millar Brooke Farms and hopes to be a professional rider after graduation from high school and university.

FENCING — Kelleigh Ryan: This University of Ottawa student is also a member of the Ottawa Fencing Club and has been active in her sport for 11 years. In 2007, she won the Senior Open Canadian Championships Open Event (Under 20) and was on the National Championships Team.

FIELD HOCKEY — Laura Dowling: Laura is the captain of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds women’s field hockey team who were the 2007 Canada West Champions. She was voted Canada West MVP of the year. Laura also played internationally for Canada at the Indoor World Cup held in Vienna, Austria.

FIGURE SKATING — Dana Zhalko — Tytarenko: Dana was born in the Ukraine but now lives in Ottawa and skates for the Minto Skating Club. She began skating at the age of 4 and in 2007 she won the Canadian Junior Women’s Championship of Canada. She qualified to compete in her first Senior Nationals and placed 12th at the BMO Skate Canada Challenge event. She is now training in Boston.

FOOTBALL — Josh Sacobie: Josh is the quarterback of the Ottawa University Gee-Gees Football team. He was selected the OUA Football MVP, OUA Team All-Star quarterback and 2nd Team CIS All-Star quarterback. In 2007, he completed 145 passes out of 238 attempted for 2320 total yards, 21 touchdowns and an average of 290 yards per game with only 4 interceptions allowed. He was the top passing quarterback in the OUA and was nominated as the OUA candidate for the Hec Crighton Award. He was a keynote speaker at the Senate of Canada sponsored National Child Day and is a great role model for the youth of Canada today.

FOOTBALL (TOUCH) — Kim Kerr: Kim plays quarterback for the Ottawa Devils Touch Football team. Her team won the Ottawa Nepean Touch Football League Championships where she was selected MVP. Her team then went on to win the Ontario Provincial championships (Trillium Cup) and the Canadian Championships. Once again, Kim was selected MVP in both these championships. In addition, Kim plays hockey on the University of Ottawa Women’s Gee Gees Hockey Team.

FREESTYLE SKIING — Jeff Bean: This world class aerialist has been a previous winner in this sport and our Male Athlete of the Year in 2005. In 2007, he finished 9th at the World Championships and 10th overall on the World Cup circuit having had a third place in a World Cup event held in China. He returned to Canada and picked up a third at the Canadian Championships and is now retired and taking up a new career having become a father in October. His career saw Jeff attend 3 Olympic Games, win 17 World Cup Medals and win 2 National Titles.

GAELIC FOOTBALL — Lisa Wright: This young player plays for the Ottawa Gaelic Football Club and played in the Gaelic Football Continental Youth Championships held in Chicago. She is a determined young player who has become a team leader. Lisa won a starting position on a Senior Women’s team becoming the youngest player to ever accomplish this and then helped the team win the Ontario Senior Ladies Championships. A good all-round athlete, Lisa also plays rugby and curls for St. Pius High School.

GOLF — Allen McGee: Allen is a member of The Marshes Golf Club. He won the Ottawa Valley Golf Association City and District Championships and finished second in the Ottawa Citizen Amateur City Championships. He also teamed with different partners to win the Ottawa Sun Scramble Championships and the OVGA 4 Ball Competition. Allen and his partner repeated as the Volvo Canadian Amateur Champions for the third time. Allen traveled to Spain to defend his 2006 World Championship title and finished a very respectable 10th. He was blessed with the 4th hole in one of his career in May of 2007. He is a repeat winner from 2006.

GYMNASTICS — (ARTISTIC) — Michel Grinter: Michel is a member of the Ottawa Gymnastics Club. At the Canadian Gymnastics Championships, he competed in the men’s level 6 competition against a field of 30 athletes, winning silver medals in rings and high bar and finished third all-round. His efforts helped his Ontario Team win a silver medal in the team competition.

GYMNASTICS — (RHYTHMIC) — Christina Campbell: Christina was our winner last year in the Special Olympics sport category. She is a member of the Ottawa Rhythmic Gymnastics Club and represented Canada at the 2007 Special Olympic World Summer Games in Shanghai. China, winning one gold and 4 silver medals in her events. This 20 year old is a student at Algonquin College.

HOCKEY — Claude Giroux: Claude plays for the Gatineau Olympics (Olympiques) and was a valuable member of Team Canada in the Canada/Russia Super Series. He finished the tournament with 8 points, 3 goals and 5 assists. He is viewed as a player with the smarts, excellent skills, a competitive attitude and a desire to win. He was selected 22nd in the 2006 NHL draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. As a member of Canada’s team at the recent World Junior Championships, Claude played on the number one line and scored the 2nd goal in Canada’s exciting 3-2 overtime win in the Gold Medal Game against Sweden. Claude is a World Champion.

LACROSSE — Jeff Zywicki: This native of Nepean has been the best player from Ottawa for many years: In 2007, he was an attackman for Team Canada’s gold medal winning team at the World Lacrosse Championships. He also represented Canada as a member of the gold medal winning Canadian Team at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships held in Halifax. Jeff plays both field and box lacrosse and has recently joined the Carleton Raven’s Lacrosse Team as an assistant coach.

LAWN BOWLING — David Jefferies: David bowls for the Nepean Lawn Bowling Club. In addition to winning numerous district tournaments in 2007, David was a member of a men’s four man team that won a Provincial Gold Medal and a Canadian Silver Medal. He was the skip of the District 16 Mixed Pairs championship team that went on to win a silver medal at the Provincials and a bronze at the Canadian Championships. David is in Arizona playing against the worlds’ best at the present time so Gerry Laporte, a team member, will accept on his behalf.

MODERN PENTATHLON — Elena Bales: In her first year as a senior, Elena, competing in equestrian, swimming, running, pistol shooting and fencing placed 2nd at the National Championships. She was 6th in the relay at the Senior World’s in Berlin, 8th at the French Open and 20th at the pre-Olympic event in Beijing. She is a three time winner in this event at the Ottawa Sports Awards.

ORIENTEERING — Emily Kemp: This 16 year old girl is an 8 year member of the Ottawa Orienteering Club and attends Nepean High School. She competed at the Canadian Championships in Saskatchewan and won a silver medal in the 9km Junior elite class and a bronze medal in the 5km elite class. At a meet in Colorado, she competed in a 12km male elite class finishing in the top 10. Emily is a repeat winner of this award from 2006.

PARALYMPIC — Jason Dunkerley: Jason is a member of the Ottawa Lions Track Club. In 2007, he competed in the Para Pan American Games held in Rio de Janeiro winning the T11 800m and 1500m. In doing so, he set new Canadian and Para Pan Am records in both events. He also won gold at the Canadian National Championships in the 800m and a silver in the 400m. He is looking forward to the 2008 Paralympics in China having already made the A standard once. He is a repeat winner from 2006 and a previous Male Athlete of the Year winner in 2004.

RINGETTE — Colleen Hagan: This resident of Manotick played for Canada in the 2007 World Ringette Championships played here in Ottawa. Colleen, an assistant captain, scored a goal in the gold medal final game against Finland as Canada had to settle for silver in a long overtime battle. Colleen has an outstanding season playing defense for the Gloucester Devils Open AA Ringette Team and for Team Ontario where she won a bronze medal playing at the Canadian Ringette Championships in Halifax. Colleen also finds time to coach 2 ringette teams and is currently attending Brock University to earn her Bachelor of Education degree.

ROWING — Paul Amesbury & Adam Reynolds: These two rowers are members of the Ottawa Rowing Club. They won a gold medal in the lightweight coxless pairs at the Ontario Championships held in Welland and followed this up with a two gold medal performance at the 2007 Pan-American Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, winning in both the coxless pairs and as crew members in the fours.

RUGBY — Asya Bartley: Asya, a student at Bell High School was a captain for the Barrhaven Scottish Junior women’s program. She was one of the clubs top scorers and selected MVP. She was also a captain for the Ontario Under 17 women’s team that won the gold medal at the National Championships and once again won MVP honours. Asya is now entering her third season with the national junior women’s program and has represented Canada in several international matches in Europe and Jamaica.

SAILING — David Foy: In 2007, David and his crew of David O’Sullivan and Jamie Foy placed 1st at the Shark North American Championships, 1st at the Trillium Regatta at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, 1st at the Nepean One Design Regatta, 2nd at the Golden Horseshoe Regatta in Hamilton and 4th at the Canadian National Championships. Based on the number of aggregate points they earned at regattas’ in Eastern Canada, they were awarded the Shark Class “Boat of the Year” award.

SAILING — (ABLE SAIL) — Aaron Wong-Sing: Aaron sails out of the Nepean sailing Club. In 2007, he finished 5th in the Gold Fleet at the Quebec Cup in Point Claire and 2nd at the Martin 16 Ontario Championships, winning the top Ontario sailor award. Sailing against an international field at the 2007 Mobility Cup, Aaron placed 4th. This is the best ever placing by an Ottawa able sailor.

SHOOTING — (PISTOL) — Wayne Salhany: Wayne has been a member of the National team since 2001 specializing in 10m Air Pistol and 50m Free Pistol. He represented Canada at the 2007 Pan Am Games. Wayne finished 12th out of 133 competitors at the Munich World Cup recording 581 out of 600 points which was the highest score recorded by any Canadian. This score tied the Canadian high score record for Men’s 10m Air Pistol. He is a previous 5 time winner in this sport at the Ottawa Sports Awards.

SHOOTING — (AIR RIFLE) — Asmir Arifovic: Asmir is a member of Canada’s National Team and competed in the World Cup held in Munich. He was 9th at the Grand Prix in 2007 and made the finals in all 3 Firing Positions at the Canadian Nationals. He has been named to the 2008 team and is a repeat winner in this sport from 2005 and 2006.

SLEDGE HOCKEY — Shawn Matheson: Shawn was a gold medallist with the 2007 World Championship Canadian Sledge Hockey Team. Shawn is currently in Japan competing with the national team. Shawn is a veteran of the national team having played in 4 Paralympic Games from 1994 to 2006 and is a three time World Champion.

SOCCER — Alysha Bonnick: Alysha played soccer for the Kanata City Soccer Club here in Ottawa. As a member of the University of Missouri women’s soccer team, she won the Big 12 Rookie of the Year award.

SNOWBOARDING — Crispin Lipscomb: Crispin, a 2006 Winter Olympian, competes in the Halfpipe event and trains out of Whistler as a member of the National team. His best finish in 2007 was a 6th place at the World Championships held in Italy. Crispin won gold at the European Open becoming the first Canadian boarder to ever accomplish this. He has become a spokesperson for RBC visiting schools, community groups and businesses sharing the Olympic values and of course training hard in the constant pursuit of excellence seeking a medal on his home course in 2010. He is a repeat winner in this sport from 2005 and 2006.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS — Caroline Joanisse: Caroline has participated in a variety of sports but now specializes in snowshoeing. She weight trains and runs at the YMCA in Orleans and this has paid dividends as she won 3 gold medals and 2 silver at the Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games. She is the snowshoe representative on the Ottawa Special Olympics Athlete Council.

SPEEDSKATING — LONG TRACK — Kristina Groves: This member of the Pacers speed Skating Club of Ottawa and the National Team had another outstanding year in 2007. Competing on the World Cup Circuit, she had one first, 4 seconds and 3 thirds which makes her one of Canada’s best middle and long distance racers. She was a double bronze medallist in Team Pursuit at the 2007 World Single Distance Championships and ranked 1st overall at the Continental Qualifier. With 11 years experience on the National Team, she has her sights set on Vancouver 2010. She is a repeat winner in her sport.

SPEEDSKATING — SHORT TRACK — Ivanie Blondin: This 17 year old skater is now a member of Canada’s National Team competing on the World Cup Circuit. She won a bronze medal in the relay event at the Saguenay World Cup Event and a gold medal in the relay at the Montreal World Cup. She hopes to be in Vancouver in 2010. She is a repeat winner in this sport from 2006.

SQUASH — Samantha Cornett: This 16 year old student at West Carleton High School is a member of a squash playing family. In 2007, she won the UI7 Canadian Championships title and also won her first international title by winning the Belgium Open U17 championship. She played in several international tournaments representing Canada and recently made it to the final 4 in the British Junior Open winning 4 games while losing 2. One of these losses was to the #1 ranked player and eventual winner. She is the dominating squash player from our region and a repeat winner of this award since 2005.

SWIMMING — Dominique Massie-Martel: This 17 year old member of the Nepean Kanata Barracudas Swim Club made the National Junior Team in 2007. He competed in the Tri-Country meet between Canada, Mexico and the USA winning a silver medal in the 200m freestyle. He is the holder of 3 records in the 15/16 year old age class, two of which he set in 2007 at the Junior Provincials, 51.71 seconds in the 100m freestyle and 1.52.46 seconds in the 200m freestyle. His other record is 8.53.82 in the 800m freestyle set in 2006.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING — Erika Bryson: Erika is a member of the Gloucester Synchro Club and has competed at the Nationals the last 4 years. At the Canadian Espoir Nationals, her team won a bronze medal. As a member of Team Ontario, she travelled to Spain for the Spanish Open winning a silver medal.

TABLE TENNIS — Pradeeban Peter-Paul: Pradee trains full-time at the National Training Centre in Ottawa. In 2007, he won a bronze medal in Men’s Teams at the Pan-Am Games. He finished 3rd in singles play at the Canadian Senior Championships and won the North American Men’s Singles Championship.

TAEKWONDO — Eve-Marie Pilon: Eve-Marie is the top Taekwondo athlete in the history of this sport in Ottawa. She is a member of Canada’s National Team competing in the Bantamweight division. She won the Las Vegas Open and finished 2nd in the Canadian National Championships, Canadian National Team Trials and the Pan-Am Games Team Trials.

TENNIS — Gabriela Dabrowski: This 15 year old tennis player is currently training in Florida where she is coached by her father. She played on the International Challenges Circuit in 2007 earning points towards a World Tennis Association ranking. Playing in the U18 age class, she won the doubles event in Luzerne, Switzerland, another doubles event in Toronto, and was doubles champion at the U18 National Championships. Switching to singles play, Gabriela won National titles in both the Canadian Indoors and Outdoor Championships. Recently, she won her first pro title while playing in Toronto.

TRIATHLON — Cynthia Wilson: This 33 year old PhD student at the University of Ottawa has become Ottawa’s best triathlon athlete. She finished 11th among a pro field at the Ford Ironman World Championships in the 70.3 half ironman. She had strong finishes ranging from 1st elite woman in the K-Town Triathlon and Milton Short Course to thirds, fourths, sixths and a 7th at the Vineman Half Ironman in Sonoma, California. She continues to improve and is a rising star in this sport.

VOLLEYBALL — Christine Lamey: This resident of Ottawa is in her 5th year in the Leisure Studies program at the University of Ottawa. She led the OUA stats in 2007 in many categories and averaged 4.71 points per game, good enough to rank her 3rd in CIS rankings. She has been a First Team OUA All-star in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and was selected Female Athlete of the Year in 2006 and 2007 at the University of Ottawa. She led her team to the 2007 OUA Championships and has had 3 Tournament All-star selections. A graduate of A Y Jackson High School and the Kangaroos Volleyball Club, she is a top candidate for OUA Player of the Year and possible National Team player.

VOLLEYBALL — (BEACH) — Christine Lemay & Amanda Digel: These two athletes teamed up to win the Ontario Summer U24 Gold medal at the Ontario Championships. They followed this up with a bronze medal win at the Canadian Championships. Christine currently plays on the University of Ottawa women’s team while Amanda is a recent graduate from Queens University.

WATER POLO — Rachel Baxter: Rachel won her fourth consecutive OUA Women’s scoring title with 42 goals. She led the Carleton University team to the OUA regular season championship and their 2nd consecutive OUA Provincial Championship. Rachel was named an OUA First Team All-star, OUA regular MVP and an OUA post season All-star.

WATER SKIING — Chris Bourne: Chris has been a member of the Canadian Adaptive Waterski Team for the past 6 years. In 2007, he won a gold medal in tricks and a silver medal in the men’s slalom MP 2 at the Canadian Waterskiing Championships and followed this up with 7th place finish in tricks and slalom at the World Championships in Townsville, Australia. Chris is also an accomplished wheelchair triathlete having won a gold medal at the 2001 World Triathlon Championships. He sits on the International Waterski Federation Disabled Commission and has been selected to compete in the upcoming Pan Ams.

WRESTLING — Ben Sayah: Ben has had 136 matches in his 4 year career and currently wrestles at Algonquin College. In 2007, he won bronze medals in the Junior Provincials, the Intercollegiate Cup and the prestigious Concordia Tournament. He was 5th in the senior class at an International Canada Cup Tournament and then won a gold medal at the Olympic Trials in Greco Roman wrestling. Ben has been instrumental in pioneering the Algonquin Wrestling Club.

Ottawa Teams That Have Won Provincial or National Championships

OTTAWA LIONS TRACK & FIELD CLUB: This club had an unbelievable year winning the following club championships: National Senior Team Champions, National Junior Team Champions, Ontario Overall Club Team Champions, Ontario Senior Team Champions, Ontario Junior Team Champions, Ontario Juvenile Team Champions and Ontario Midget Team Champions.

Lions Men’s National Champions Senior Relay Team — 4 x 100m: Tyler Fawcett, Oluseyi Smith, Todd Pyper, Michael Robertson

Lions Women’s National Champions Senior Relay Team — 4 x 100m: Christiane Lela, Andrea White, Lauren Seibel, Kelly Young

Lions Women’s National Champions Junior Relay Team — 4 x 100m: Christiane Lela, Catherine Lalonde, Karelle Edwards, Emilie Halle

Lion’s Women’s National Champions Junior Relay Team — 4 x 400m: Emilie Halle, Christiane Lela, Catherine Lalonde, Melissa Bishop

Lions Men’s National Champions Junior Relay Team — 4 x 100m: Tony Risling, Michael Robertson, Michael Prime, Ramon Monsour

Lions Men’s National Champions Junior Relay Team — 4 x 400m: Tyler Fawcett, Michael Robertson, Michael Prime, Reda Benazzouz

Lions Junior Women’s Team, National Champions — Cross Country Running: Danelle Woods, Leah Laroque, Tiffany Locke, Bridget Ellacott

Lions Women’s Provincial Champions Senior Relay Team — 4 x 100m: Jordan Skeet-Wilson, Catherine Lajeunesse, Alison Cameron-Vendrig, Alicia Brown

Lion’s Women’s Provincial Champions Senior Relay Team — 4 x 400m: Andrea White, Ester Akinsulie, Kelly Young, Lauren Seibel

Lion’s Women’s Provincial Champions Senior Relay Team Distance Medley: Kelly Young, Courtney Conner, Elysia Robertson, Julia Hicks

Lion’s Men’s Provincial Champions Senior Relay Team — 4 x 100m: Oliver Gauthier-Kwan, Iain Valliere, Philippe Bisson, Gordon Cave

Lion’s Women’s Provincial Champions Junior Relay Team — 4 x 100m: Christiane Lela, Catherine Lalonde, Karelle Edwards, Emilie Halle

Lion’s Women’s Provincial Champions Junior Relay Team — 4 x 400m: Emile Halle, Christiane Lela, Fiona Callender, Alicia Brown

Lion’s Women’s Provincial Champions Junior Relay Team — Distance Medley: Jennie Biewald, Rachel Aubry, Melissa Bishop, Danelle Woods

Lion’s Men’s Provincial Champions Junior Relay Team — 4 x 100m: Tony Risling, Oluwasegun Makinde, Michael Prime, Ramon Monsour

Lion’s Men’s Provincial Champions Junior Relay Team — Distance Medley: Allan Brett, Martin Chayer, Andrew Harrietha, Kyle Milks

Lions Juvenile Girls Relay Team — 4 x 100m. Provincial Champions: Jordan Skeete-Wilson, Sarah Gariba, Karelle Edwards, Emilie Halle.

Lions Juvenile Boys Relay Team — 4 x 100m. Provincial Champions: Iain Valliere, Oluwasegun Makinde, Gordon Cave, Ramon Monsour.

Lions Juvenile Girls Relay Team — 4 x 800m, Provincial Champions: Rachel Aubry, Nicole Francki, Emilie Halle, Sasha Willms.

Lions Midget Boys Relay Team — 4 x 800m, Provincial Champions: Shawn Walters, Gebrezgi Mattews, Andrew Fawcett, Calvin Dolson.

RACHEL HOMAN CURLING TEAM — Women’s Canada Games Curling Champions, Emma Miskew, Lynn Kreviazuk, Jamie Sinclair and Rachel Homan.

RIDEAU CANOE CLUB — Rhys Hill and Matthew Raymond — Junior K-2 200m — Canadian Champions.

RIDEAU CANOE CLUB — Rhys Hill and Ryan Cochrane — Senior K-2 500m — Canadian Champions

RIDEAU CANOE CLUB — Diana Deek, Kristie Gauthier, Emily Raymond and Victoria Tuttle — Senior K-4 500m — Canadian Champions

RIDEAU CANOE CLUB — Diana Deek, Kristie Gauthier, Victoria Tuttle and Alison Caiger-Watson — Open K-4 200m — Canadian Champions

RIDEAU CANOE CLUB – Kristie Gauthier and Victoria Tuttle — Senior K-2 500m — Canadian Champions

RIDEAU CANOE CLUB Diana Deek and Emily Raymond — Junior K-2 1000m — Canadian Champions

THE OTTAWA DEVILS WOMEN’S TOUCH FOOTBALL TEAM — This team won both the Ontario and Canadian Championships. The team players are: Michelle Leafloor, Michele Dumel, Dawn Carle, Kim Kerr, Jenny Lavoie, Tina Debrienne, Jenny Minnille, Frannie Pritchard, Ashley Powers, Laila Gibbons, Heather Dupuis, Gina Dirienzo, Danika Smith, Hilary Dowdall, Natalie Reid, Erika Blais, Jess Keeling and Christie Hughes. This team is coached by Rodney Moors.

NEIL SINCLAIR CURLING TEAM — This curling team out of the Manotick Curling Club won the Ontario Bantam Boys Championships. The also won a silver medal at the Canada Winter Games and rank 2nd on the Ontario Junior Curling Tour. Team members are: Neil Sinclair, Graham Rathwell, Mathew Camm and Andrew Hamilton. Team coach is Graham Sinclair.

OTTAWA ROWING CLUB — This rowing crew of Paul Amesbury and Adam Reynolds, rowing in the lightweight coxless pairs race won the 2007 Provincial Championship and then won gold at the 2007 Pan American Games.

OTTAWA JUNIOR RIDERS FOOTBALL TEAM — This team won the Manson cup which is given to the winning team in the Quebec Junior Football League. They also finished in 1st place in regular season play. The team members are: AJ Brule, Javier Alfonzo, Steven Backer, Morille Njau, Bogdan Raic, Danny Dobson, Andreas Ruhs, Dustin Seymour, Nathan Ware, Tyler Meilleur, Daniel Cama, Allens Pierre, Jonathan Rodas, Freddy Rosarion, Gary Fine, Chad Dalton, Andrew Disipio, Adam Belrango, Todd Nolan, Shane Nolan, Luigi DeLellis, Michael Cefaloni, Timothy Gull, Yannick Kalalal, Mario LaValle, John Beck, Brett Perreault, Marc Sorrie, Daniel Caruso, Joe Kanaan, Derrick Crowder, Jay Coulas, Eric Foster, Luke Foster, Adam Yahn, Zach Burrows,Scott Rodgers, Leland Hogeveen, James Teevens, Mike Alam, Elias Soueitti, Chris Milton, Ryan Nolan, Shawn Collins, James Beatty, Adam O’Donnell, Mathew Bertrand, Gaby Chamoun, Kyle Nash and Scott Fournier. The coaching staff includes: Luigi Costanzo (Head Coach), Assistants- Rohan Bansie, David Boushey, Vince Cipriani, Matt Grise, Randy Fournier, Sonny Ghadhan, Edward Joseph, Larry Mohr, Gerry Moysey, Matt Murfitt and Stephan Adams. Other staff includes: Shirley Blank (Manager), Natalie Morris (Trainer), John Hutchinson (Equipment) and Dave St. Pierre (Stats).

NEPEAN LAWN BOWLING CLUB — Men’s Fours — This team won the Ontario Provincial Gold Medal. The team members are Brian McCartney, Ron Wood, David Jefferies and Gerry Laporte.

OTTAWA GAELS LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL CLUB —This team won the Ontario Senior Ladies Championship. Team members are: Willie Te Plate, Lisa Wright, Lisa Connaughton, Emilie Montgrain, Sara McTaggart, Megan Grier, Lisa Langevin, Dawn Price, Daphne Ballard, Karen Moore, Niamh Ruane, Caitlin Crooks, Tyrenny Anderson, Kate Dean, Angela Martin, Veronica Quinn, Emily Carr, Kathryn O’Hara, Kate Hynes and Aoife O’Toole. The coach is Mark Lannin.

DAVID FOY SHARK CLASS SAILING CREW — This crew won the 2007 North American Shark Class Sailing Championships. They were also named the Eastern Canada Shark Class “Boat of the Year”. Crew members are David Foy, David O’Sullivan and Jamie Foy.

OTTAWA ICE TWEEN AA RINGETTE TEAM — This team won the Provincial and Eastern Canadian Championships. Team members are: Katherine Boxall, Charlotte Dunlap, Kali MacAdam, Montana Licari, Zoe Hart, Emilie Gaudreau, Vanessa Godard, Karine Tousignant, Eileen Quigg, Alex Champagne, Sarah Gross, Shannon Walton, Cristina Cefaloni, Emily Thompson. The head coach is Andy Gross with assistants, Al Walton, Katie Lugg, Carrie Lugg, Lane MacAdam and Luc Tousignant. The trainer is Carole Godard and the manager is Nora Cross.

OTTAWA WOMEN’S IRISH RUGBY CLUB — This team won the Premier Women’s Provincial Club Championships. Team members are: Krista Goulding, Sophie Moher, Sarah Agosta, Sara Tranquilli-Dougherty, Kendra Toby, Taylar Reid, Sasha Lauks, Jill Maclaren, Jennifer Boyd, Fiona Eden-Walker, Meghan Pritchard, Julianne Purcell, Marie Bosco, Leslie Hurst, Justine Brassard, Alex Cestnik, Erica Weinstein and Dana Achtemichuk.

WEST OTTAWA JUNIOR AA RINGETTE TEAM — This team won the 2007 Provincial Championships. Team Members are: Monika Brennan, Kristin Colpitts, Amy Crouch, Natalie Crouch, Katrine Forget, Meagan Lamble, Erika Leek, Krista Lewis, Kristine Longchamps, Shannon McGregor, Jesse Moore, Erin Morley, Emilie Paquette, Dominique Scapillati, Heather Statham and Kelsey Youldon. The head coach is Paul Youldon with assistants, Bryson Lamble, Catherine Moore, Colleen Carriere, Kelsey Chiappa and John Scapillati. Tracey Morley is the manager.

High School Sports – OFSAA Gold Medalists in 2007

Individual Performances:

Leslie Foley — Canterbury High School — Cross-Country Skiing — Junior Girls

Segun Makinda — Colonel By High School — Track & Field — Junior Boys 200 M.

Fiona Callender — Bell High School — Track & Field — Midget Girls 400 M.

Dylan Barnabe — Earl of March High School — Track & Field — Junior Girls 300 M. Hurdles

Danelle Woods — Hillcrest High School — Track & Field — Senior Girls 3000 M.

Karelle Edwards — De La Salle High School — Senior Girls Long Jump

Team Performances:

ASHBURY COLLEGE GIRLS RUGBY TEAM — A AA/AAAA Champions: Playing against schools with a school population much larger than theirs, these girls won a David versus Goliath battle. The winning team includes: Dana Achtemichuk, Marisa Ashley, Anneka Bakker, Katherine Belley, Laurie Biewald, Sarah Burrows, Keegan Butler, Alex Cestnik, Maggie Cogger- Orr, Caroline Garel- Jones, Steph Grand, Katie Grandis, Emma Greenberg, Ayaka Ishikawa, Julia Jones, Pamela Kajjouni, Rebecca LeFevre, Maddie MacDonald, Charlotte Mackenzie, Jill MacLaren, Elyse Malouf, Sophie Moher, Sonja Moroz, Naomi Niznick, Morgan O’Farrell, Taylar Reid, Kayla Rimer, Steph Sardelis, Victoria Shore, Clara Szullo, Olivia Taggart, Natasha Turner, Erica Weinstein and Illesha St-Helene-Uko. Coaches are Jen Boyd (Head Coach) and Shelley Gomme.

ASHBURY COLTS SENIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM — Single A Champions: Team members are: Anneka Bakker, Charlotte MacKenzie, Charlotte Ashe, Pam Kajjouni, Elyse Malouf, Mairin MacDonald, Veroniqe Duschesne, Stephanie Sardelis, Olivia Raftshol, Illesha St-Helene-Uko, Nicole Uher, Tamara Saikaley and Katherine Belley. The head coach is Andy Sparks, assisted by Ian MacKinnon and Alanna Street.

GLEBE GRYPHONS BOYS VOLLEYBALL TEAM — AAAA Champions. Team members are: Minh Le, Jori Mantha, Matt Daye, Wes Chen, Phil James, Raymond La, Phuong Ha, Aaron King, Adam Mowrey, Tyler Houghtby, Aryn Holness, Alex Oneid, Rex Fenton. The head coach is Jacqueline Hopkins.

Gold Medal Performances – College or University Teams – 2007

CARLETON UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM — 2007 CIS Men’s Basketball National Champions, 2007 OUA East Regular Season & Post Champions. Players; Michael Kenny, Shawn McCleery, Ryan Bell, Stuart Turnbull, Manny Jean Marie, Derek McConnery, Daron Leonard, Luke Chapman, Rob Saunders, Sheldon Stewart, Aaron Doornekamp, Osvaldo Jeanty, Kevin McCleery,Abdul Kosar, Jordan Pleet and Graeme Scott. Coaching Staff: Dave Smart — Head Coach, Taffe Charles — Assistant Coach, Rob Smart Jr. — Assistant Coach, Dean Petridis — Assistant Coach, Andy Stewart — Assistant Coach, Bill Arden — Assistant Coach, Aaron Blakeley — Team Manager, Kyle Vezzaro — Team Manager, Bruce Marshall and Adam Davies — Team Therapists.

CARLETON UNIVERSITY MEN’S FENCING TEAM — 2007 OUA sabre Champions. Team members are: Ben Riley, Jonathan Girard and Aaron Caudle. Eli Sukunda is the head coach, assisted by Wesley Ross.

CARLETON UNIVERSITY MEN’S NORDIC SKI TEAM — 2007 CCUNC/CIS National Champions Team members are: Gavin Hamilton, Ed McCarthy, Chris Mamen and Greg Cederall. The head coach is John Langstone with Greg Mark and Don Moxley serving as assistants.

CARLETON UNIVERSITY MEN’S WATER POLO TEAM — 2007 OUA Champions. Team members are: Milan Stevanovic, Marc-Antoine Tanguay, Tristan Nuyens, Juan Mafe, Jordan Chong, Phil Sonea, Jean-Francois Jacques, Dejan Suletic, Stefan Pavicevic, Gordon Cameron, Mario Montes Zetino, Sean Martin, Ben Blackman, Eben Seaman, Pat Bickerton, Zoltan Csepregi. The head coach is Andras Szeri with Bill Meyer and Bela Szeri serving as assistants.

CARLETON UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S WATER POLO TEAM — 2007 OUA Champions. Team members are: Clare Brown, Sydney Ferguson, Jennifer Paul, Katharine Stewart, Jessica Brundia, Celia McClellan, Jenna Wiens, Elizabeth Aldrich, Heather Brown, Michaela Keenan Pelletier, Laura Catana, Brittanie Hutton, Lea Catana, Cassandra Thompson, Chelsea Fahey, Victoria Peters, Kasia Hart, Annette Cyr, Charlotte Thuot, Rachel Baxter. The head coach is Steve Baird with David McClintock serving as the assistant coach.

ALGONQUIN COLLEGE MEN’S SOCCER TEAM — 2007 OCAA Champions & 2007 CCAA Champions. This team repeated as the Canadian Champions winning in 2006 and 2007. Team members are: Chris Medeiros, Tristan Roscoe, Sean Pound, Erichsen Bailey Biagio Forieri, Mike Gagliano, Loui Lagakis, Dejan Radojevic, Joe Maneiro, Corey O’Connell, Brendan Walker, Stephane Lemay, Pat Charlebois, Tyller Farrell-Rose, Will Beauge, Orhan Akkaya, Semir Hadziresic, Michael Tjarera, Ladislas Bushiri and David Olivier-Roy. Head coach is Stephen O’Kane, assisted by Mike Caruso and Jason Whiting.

ALGONQUIN COLLEGE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM — 2007 OCAA Champions & bronze medallist at the CCAA Championships. This team is very proud of winning THE FAIR PLAY AWARD. Team Members are: Brent Valentini, Quentin Skinner, Ahmed Gaabass, Adam Palmer, Matt Marjanski, Colin Mayr, Dave Keo, Brett Dailey, Adam Gane, Kelan Schneider, Charles Hamilton, Costa Solanakis, Daniel Ashfield and Trent Correy. The head coach is Max Larrivee, assisted by Doug Anton and Nestor Mejia.

UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM — 2007 OUA Champions. Team members are: Rachel Runnels, Veronique Yeon, Kristen Brouse, Kaely Whillans, Christine Lamey, Jill Herman, Ariane Thibault, Laura Simons, Karine Gagnon, Amber Buelow, Mackenzie Dysart and Joanie Beauregard-Veillette. The head coach is Lionel Woods. Ling Lee is the head assistant coach with Amanda Purdy as an assistant coach. The strength coach is Lenny Sabourin.

Special Recognition of Athletic Achievements

Boris Zaitchouk: Boris is a member of the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club who specializes in throwing the hammer and coaching other athletes in how to throw it. He was the first man in the world to throw the hammer over 80 metres. Now at age 60, he is still throwing the hammer and doing it very well. In Sept. of 2007, he traveled to Riccione, Italy, to compete in the World Masters Track and Field Championships. During the competition in the men’s age 60+ event, he had 4 throws over 60 metres and one of these included a new World record throw measuring 61.96 metres. He has dominated this event in Canada as he now holds all the records from the age of 45 up to 60+. His closest rival in the world is over 4 metres behind him. A graduate of the famous Moscow Central Sports & Physical Culture University, he has coached 18 athletes who have thrown over 75 metres. Rumour has it that sometimes he can be seen shoveling the snow off the hammer circle at the Terry Fox Facility so that he can practice.