2009 Award Winners

Major Award Winners


Kristina Groves


Ian Mortimer


Lesley Anne Schmidt


Andy McInnis


Ottawa Rowing Club U23 8s


Carleton Ravens Men’s Basketball


Ottawa Lions Track Team

Lifetime Award Winners


Don Brown


Dick Coleman


Howard Darwin


Lionel Woods


Tom Casey

Club Athletes Nominated For Their Outstanding Athletic Performances in 2009

ARCHERY – PETER GARRETT: This 54-year-old Ottawa archer competes for the South Nation Archery Club. In 2009, he won a gold medal at the Provincial Indoor 3D Championships. He continued his successful season by winning gold again at the National Indoor Championships in both the 3D and Field events. For his efforts, he was selected to compete for Canada as Captain of the team at the World Championships held in Italy. He was a proud member of this team that won its first-ever bronze medal. Peter carried Canada’s flag in the Opening Ceremonies parade; a very proud moment for him. He is a repeat winner of this award from 2008.

ATHLETICS – TRACK & FIELD – ESTHER AKINSULIE: A member of the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club, Esther had a very busy international schedule in 2009. In August, she represented Canada at the IAAF World Championships competing in the 400m and 4x400m relay team which placed 9th. July found her in Belgrade, Serbia competing for Canada once again at the FISU (World Student Games) where she won a gold medal in the 4x400m relay and a silver medal in the 400m. In September, at the Jeux de la Francophonie Games in Beruit, Lebanon, she collected another gold medal in the 4x400m relay and a bronze in the 200m. At the Canadian Track & Field Championships, Esther won the 400m and placed 2nd in the 200m.

BADMINTON – JOSEPH ROGERS: Joseph plays badminton out of the RA Club and is on Canada’s National Team. He plays in singles competitions and is currently ranked #3 in Canada. In 2009, he made the semi-finals at both the Canadian Senior Nationals and the Pan Am Championships. Joseph won a silver medal at the 2009 U23 National Championships and was part of the gold medal winning team at the Pan Am Championships Team Event. A former OFSAA singles champion, he is a past winner of this award.

BASEBALL – CHRIS BISSON: This Orleans athlete is currently a junior second baseman with the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Chris was named to the All Southeastern Athletic Conference second team as a sophomore finishing the season with a .361 batting average. This past summer, he led the prestigious Cape Cod Collegiate Summer League in stolen bases. Chris, now 20 years old, is presently ranked 5th amongst Canadians looking toward next June’s Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. He is a product of the Orleans and Ottawa Nepean Canadians programs and a former member of the Team Canada Youth Team.

BASKETBALL – COIJRTNEY PILYPAITIS: This Gloucester native is a point guard on the University of Vermont Catamounts Women’s basketball team. This 6′ 2″ player has excelled since joining the NCAA winning the 2007 America East Rookie of the Year, 2008 America East Player of the Year and the 2009 America East Championship Outstanding Player Award. A complete player, Courtney has led the league in scoring (24 pts per game), free throw percentage (.905) and steals (4.67 per game). She led her team to the 2009 America East Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Women’s tournament. During the summer of 2009, Courtney played for Team Canada at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia marking the third time that she has played for Canada.

BIATHLON – ROBIN CLEGG: Robin Clegg, a 10-time Canadian Biathlon Champion and a 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympian, has helped a young Canadian team make great strides as it heads towards the upcoming Vancouver Olympic Games in February 2010. In 2009, Robin was the top Canadian finisher at several World Cup events, including the 125 km pursuit competition at the World Championships held in Korea. He also captured a gold medal in the 20 km individual competition at the North American and Canadian Mazda Biathlon Championships held in 2009. Robin is a repeat winner of our biathlon award.

BOBSLEIGH – CODY SORENSEN: Cody was successful sprinter and hurdler at the University of Guelph where he captured 3 medals and captained his university team to its first CIS National Championship in 2009. He was recruited to the sport of bobsleigh in 2008 and as a brakeman in Bobsleigh Canada’s Development Team and in 2009 Cody contributed to Canada finishing on-top of the America Cup circuit. His rapid improvement resulted in his promotion to the World Cup Level as a candidate for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Team.

BOXING – LINDA DIMITRA-JONES: This graduate of Carleton University was selected an All-Canadian for her abilities as a mid-fielder on the university women’s soccer team. Lynda then began taking kickboxing classes for fun and fitness and won 3 bouts before joining the Beaver Boxing Club. Now, after 4 years and 22 bouts under the guidance of Joe Sandulo and Jill Perry (former boxing award winner), she won the 2009 Provincial Championships in Windsor and is training for the Canadian Championships to be held on January 26, 2010 in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

BOWLING (10 PIN) – DAVID WISKOWSKI: This Stittsville native bowls at the McArthur Lanes Bowling Complex. He has maintained a 200-plus sanctioned average over the last ten years. In 2009, David bowled a perfect 300 for the third time in his career and put together an 810 total pinfall for a three game series. He was a member of the winning team in the 2009 Capital Distinct Tenpin Bowling Association Annual Tournament.

BOWLING (LAWN) – GRANT FLETCHER Grant is a member of the Galetta Lawn Bowling Club. In 2009, he skipped his team to a gold medal in the Ontario Lawn Bowing Championships for senior Men’s triples, qualifying them to compete at the Canadian Senior Men’s Triples Championships. He also won the District 16 Playdowns in Men’s Pairs advancing his team to the Ontario Championships. In his six years since taking up the sport, Grant has demonstrated a consistent development in his skills and is very involved in his club.

CANOE/KAYAK SPRINT – KRISTIN GAUTHIER: Kristin has paddled at the Rideau Canoe Club for 13 years. In 2009, she paddled at three World Cup events in Europe winning two silver medals and one bronze with her K-4 crew. In addition, this crew finished 8th at the World Championships. She also represented Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the 2009 Canadian Championships, Kristin won 6 gold medals including 2 kayak medals in the K-1 500m and 1000m races. A six-year member of Canada’s National Team, she attends the University of Ottawa.

CANOE/KAYAK WHITEWATER – BEN HAYWARD: Ben has been kayaking for 6 years. He is a member of the Ottawa River Runners as well as National Whitewater Kayak Team. In 2009, he competed at a World Cup event in France and won a bronze medal in slalom at the Canadian Nationals in Alberta. At the World Cup Championships in Spain, against 95 competitors from 55 countries, over a 400m course with 21 gates, he finished 13th and contributed to a 4th place finish for the Canadian Team amongst 22 countries. Ben is currently studying architecture at Carleton University.

CRICKET – SYED TAUSEEF SHADID: This right-handed batsman and right-handed bowler had a great 2009 season excelling in both batting and bowling stats in the Ottawa Valley Cricket League. His excellent all-round play helped the Canterbury Cricket Club win the Allan Bishop Trophy for the third time in 4 years. Syed was selected to play on the Ontario team that won the Atholston Cup, defeating Quebec in the finals. He is now training with the National team and the future looks very promising for him. He is a repeat winner in his sport from 2008.

CURLING – RACHEL HOMAN: This young skip has two teams that she skips, one that plays in junior competitions and one that plays at the senior level. In 2009, she skipped her junior team to a win at the Provincial Championships and to an overall 10-3 record at the Nationals, before losing in the finals. She curls out of the Ottawa Curling Club and in 2009, her senior team was named the World Curling Tours “Rookie of the Year team”. Based upon points earned in bonspiels, her senior team is currently ranked in the top 10 in Canada and The Curling News Magazine has her team ranked as high as 9th in the World. Her team won its first two games in the Road to the Roar, the qualifying tournament for the 2010 winter Olympics. Rachel attends the University of Ottawa.

CYCLING – FLORENCE LAPLANTE-LAMARCHE: This young rider competes for the Espoir Saputo Club and had such an outstanding 2009 season that she was named to both Canada’s World Junior Road Team and Canada’s Junior Track Team. Competing at the Junior National Road Championships, Flo Flo placed second in the Road Race and third in the Criterium. At the Junior National Track Racing Championships, she had one first place finish, two seconds and two thirds. She is a rising Canadian cycling star who is at home both on the track or on the road.

DIVING – JAMIE BISSETT: This Grade 11 student at Sir Robert Borden High School dives competitively for the Nepean Ottawa Diving Club. Jamie participated at both the Winter and Summer Senior Nationals and was the only Ontario diver to make 3 springboard finals. He was selected to take part in the World Diving Trials for Canada. As a member of Team Ontario at the 2009 Summer Canada Games in PEI, Jamie was the top Ontario Male diver in the 1 metre springboard and made the finals in 3 events. Competing in his own age class, Jamie won 4 golds and 1 silver medal at the Forest City Diving Club Invitational.

FENCING – KELLEIGH RYAN: As a member of the Ottawa Fencing Club, Kelleigh has been competing for 13 years and has won both Junior and Senior National titles. In 2009, as a member of the National Team, she competed at the Pam-Am Championships and was 12th at the Team World Championships in Turkey. Kelleigh is studying Political Science at Carleton University.

FIELD HOCKEY – JOCELYN MITCHELL: Following an outstanding four years at Earl of March Secondary School, Jocelyn a full four year scholarship at the University of Maine. In her conference, she ranked 4th in game winning goals, 2nd in goals scored and 24th in goals scored per game. For her efforts in 2009, she was named to the All-American East Field Hockey second team. Jocelyn played an important role in helping her team, the Nepean Nighthawks, win first place in the Ottawa Premier Field Hockey League.

FIGURE SKATING – HELENE LETOURNEAU & KEVIN BOCZAR: This Senior level dance team from the Minto Skating Club are tie Eastern Ontario Section Champions. This qualified them to skate against Canada’s best in the recent Canadian Championship held in London, Ontario last weekend. In 2009, they placed 6th in a national challenge competition held in Mississauga which was the best result for any skaters from Ottawa.

FOOTBALL – JASON CABANA: Jason is a defensive end with the Ottawa Sooners, 2009 Ontario Junior Football League Champions. Number 77 was the team captain and was the leader both on and off the field leading the league in quarterback sacks and anchoring a defense that was also the best in the league. His tough play saw him make 37 solo tackles, block 2 kicks and cause a fumble. For his efforts, he was selected a Defensive All-star at his position and won the league award as Top Defensive Lineman.

FOOTBALL (TOUCH) – DEREK PIERCE: Derek was selected the MVP in the Ottawa Nepean Touch Football League (ONTFL) for the 2009 season. He is an exceptional two-way player scoring 62 points on offence and picking off 7 interceptions while playing defense. He is a player who is known for always giving maximum effort and exhibiting true sportsmanship on and off the field.

FOOTBALL (GAELIC) – DERMOT GUINNANE: Dermot began playing gaelic football in his native Ireland at an early age and played club level football with teams in Galway and Dublin with great success. Since his move to Ottawa in 2005, he has been an ardent member of the Ottawa Gaels Club winning MVP awards and playing in two Toronto GAA championship finals. His zest for this game has led him to give back by passing his extensive knowledge on to others at both the youth and adult levels.

GOLF – ALLEN MCGEE: Allen plays out of the Clublink’s Hautes Plaines Golf Club and is a 4-time winner of the OSA golf award from 2006-2009. In 2009, he was the winner of Smugglers Glen Shootout, the Ottawa Valley Golf Association City & District Championship for the third consecutive year and teamed with his partner, Kyle Koski, to win their fifth consecutive Ottawa Sun Scramble Championship. Allen also finished 2nd in the rain shortened Ottawa Citizen Amateur City Championships.

GYMNASTICS (ARTISTIC) – MARY VILLEMAIRE: This 15-year-old, Grade 11 student at Notre Dame High School has been a member of the Ottawa Gymnastics Club since she was 4 years old. In 2009, she was the Provincial Champion in her level (Level 8 – Ages 14+) and traveled to the Eastern Canadian Championships held in Newfoundland where she won the AA title. Mary also represented Ontario at a competition held in Florida winning the AA title and a team gold as well. Her mother Kathleen, was a past winner of this award in gymnastics during her competitive days.

HOCKEY (BALL) – DANIKA SMITH: This former captain of the Ottawa University Gee-Gees Women’s Hockey team plays women’s ball hockey for the Ottawa Rebels, 4 time champions of the Ottawa Carleton Ball Hockey League. This team, combined with a few members from the Toronto Crushed Ice Team won both the Ontario and Canadian Championships. Based upon her play at these championships, Danika was selected to play for Team Canada where she won a gold medal at the World Championships in the Czech Republic (Danika had 2 goals and 3 assists in 6 games). In 2009, while a student at Ottawa University, Danika won the CIS Marion Hillard Award given to the student who best combined academics, athletics and community spirit.

HOCKEY (ICE) – MARC RANCOURT: This Gloucester native plays left wing for the Saint Mary’s Huskies hockey team. In 2009, he led the country recording 57 points (16 goals & 41 assists) including a 19-game point streak and points in 26 of the 28 games played. He was awarded the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy as the CIS Hockey Player of the Year and was named to the CIS First All-Star team.

HOCKEY (SLEDGE) – SHAWN MATHESON: This resident of Carp began playing sledge hockey in 1988 with the Ottawa Wings and has been a member of Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team since it was established in 1989. Shawn has played in 4 Paralympic Winter Games winning a gold, silver and bronze medal. In addition, he has 2 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championships gold medals and 2 World Cup gold medals. A proud father of two young children, Shawn wants to win a gold medal for them in Vancouver at the upcoming Paralympics Games in March 2010.

JUDO – ADAM TAKAHASHI MACFADYEN: Adam is a 15-year-old with a brown belt in judo. He also wrestles and plays high school rugby. In 2009, he placed 3rd at the National Youth Judo Championships held in Calgary and won several tournaments including the Ontario International Open and the Quebec’s Coupe Bertelette. Adam won a silver medal at the Ontario High School Championships and a bronze at the RMC Open and International Quebec Open in both the U17 and senior divisions. He will be competing at the 2010 Ontario Winter Games in March 2010 in the Muskoka area. Adam is following in the family tradition as his mother, Tina Takahashi and his uncles Phil, Ray and Al Takahashi have all been previous winners of the ACT/Ottawa Sports Awards.

LACROSSE – RYAN FOURNIER: This 15-year-old native of Gloucester was the only minor age player to make the All Ontario Midget Field Lacrosse team. Ryan was also the only player from Eastern Ontario on this team and helped them win the gold medal at the U16 Canadian National Field Lacrosse Championships held in Winnipeg. Ryan is a hardworking, unselfish midfielder who is expected to be a big part of the 2010 Ontario Team.

MODERN PENTATHLON – MATHEA STEVENS: This 19-year-old student at the University of Ottawa is a member of the Ottawa Modern Pentathlon Club. In 2009, after only 4 years in this 5-sport competition (fencing, swimming, equestrian, shooting and running) she won gold in the Canadian Championships Youth Category, silver in Junior and was 4th in the Senior Class. At the Junior Worlds in Taipei, she was the only Canadian to advance to the finals in a 40-country competition. Competing in Ontario, Mathea won gold in the Youth Class, silver in Juniors and added a bronze in the Senior Class.

ORIENTEERING – EMILY KEMP: A member of the Ottawa Orienteering Club, this 17-year-old student at Nepean High school is ranked #2 in Canada among the Elite Women’s Class (ages 21-34). At the 2009 Canadian Championships in the Elite women’s race, she placed 2nd in Sprint, 1st in the Middle Length event and 1st in the Long Event. In an 8-hour Orienteering Event held in the Laurentides region of Quebec, her team finished 1st against 66 other teams and at the Junior World Orienteering Championships held in Italy, she finished 24 out of a field of 60 competitors, both fields also included many elite men. She has dominated this award winning it for the 4th consecutive time.

PARALYMPIC – NOELLA KLAWITTER: Noelta is a member of the Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club who competes in the T-12 class for athletes with visual limitations. A recent newcomer to track, she has developed at an amazing rate; so much so that within a two-year span, she has set new Canadian records in the 80m, 100m, 200m and 400m races. In 2009, she competed at the IBSA Pan American Games winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m. Later in the year, she travelled to the Czech Republic where she competed in the “mixed categories” for athletes facing a variety of disabilities and once again excelled winning a silver medal in the 100m and 200m and a bronze in the 400m. Her goal is to be in London, England in 2012 for the Paralympic Games. She is not here tonight as she is training in Australia, accompanied by her guide dog, Zeke.

RINGETTE – ALEX BATEMAN: This centre with the Ottawa Ice Under 18 AA ringette team had a banner year in 2009. Considered one of the top 3 players in the province, she was picked up by the Stratford team to play with them at the National Championships held in Charlottetown, PEI where she won a silver medal. Alex also played for Canada East at the inaugural World Junior Ringette Championships held in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where she won game MVP honours. As a call-up player with the Ottawa Ice Open AA Team (18 and over), she gets to hone her skills against older players and contributes to this team’s success in the National Capital Ringette League.

ROWING – LAUREN WELLS: Lauren rows for the University of Western Ontario and the Ottawa Rowing Club. As a member of her university team, she was the OUA Female Athlete of the Week (October 27, 2009) as a result of her double gold medal wins in both the lightweight and heavyweight singles at the OUA Championships. Rowing out of the Ottawa Rowing Club, she made Canada’s Senior A National Team and finished 4th at the World Championships in Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Sculls. She was selected the ORC Female Sculler of the Year for 2009.

RUGBY – LAURIE BIEWALD: A graduate of Ashbury College in 2009, Laurie played many sports and was voted the Athlete of the Year for her contribution to girl’s field hockey, volleyball and the rugby team (she was captain) that won the NCSSA title and a Silver medal at OFSAA. She also played with the Ottawa Irish Senior Women’s Rugby team and the Under 19 Ontario team that won gold at the Nationals. In her first year at the University of Western Ontario, she led her Western Mustangs to second place finish in the OUA, was selected the Ontario University Rookie of the Year and made the All-Star team. In 2010, Laurie will be playing for Canada on the Under 20 Women’s Rugby Team against the USA and also at the Nations Cup.

RUNNING (CROSS COUNTRY) – ALLAN BRETT: Allan is a member of the Ottawa Lions Track and Field and attends the University of Guelph. In 2009, he successfully defended his OUA Cross Country Championship title and finished fifth at the CIS Championships in the 10km race. His school won both the OUA and CIS Championships in 2009 and Allan was selected the OUA MVP, an OUA First Team All-Star and a First Team All-Canadian. He has been named to the Canadian Team that will race in the World University Cross Country Championships to be held in Kingston, ON in April 2010. In addition, Allan was selected the OUA and CIS Male Athlete of the Week in November 2009.

RUNNING (ROAD RACING) – DANIELE RIENDEAU: This Ottawa Athletic Club Racing Team member and graduate of the University of Memphis and Northern Arizona bested an international field in 2009 to win the Army Half Marathon, setting a new course record. That win added to an already impressive series of other road race victories in 2009, including the Winterman 5km and the St. Patrick’s Day race. Daniele teamed up with another runner to win a trail race in Boulder, Colorado.

SAILING – DAVID FOY: David is the skipper of shark class sailing boat that once again won the Shark World Championships beating 5 other countries. This crew also won the Quebec Provincial Shark Class Championship, the Canadian Championship and finished second in the Nepean One Design Regatta. In the seven competitions David had in 2009, he never placed lower than fifth. He is a repeat winner of the OSA sailing award having won in 2007 and 2008.

SAILING (ABLE SAIL) – CHRISTINE LAVALEE: In 2009, Christine was second in the Ontario Martin Championships and fifth in the Quebec Cup held in Pointe Claire. She then switched to the Paralympic 2.4m type sailboat and placed 39th at the World Championships in Fort Myers, Florida. Christine sailed in the 2009 Miami Olympic Classes Regatta and the North American 2.4m Championships in Toronto. In the 2.4m class, Christine competes against able bodied sailors as well as sailors with a disability.

SHOOTING (PISTOL) – MARK HYNES: This marksman competes in several pistol classes. In 2009, he was the open Champion in air pistol at the LSBA event and the Ontario Provincial Champion in both air and free pistol. He also won a bronze medal in standard pistol at the Ontario championships. Shooting at the National Championships, Mark won gold in the air class, silver in CF shooting, silver in standard pistol, and bronze in both the Canadian 1800 and free pistol. Mark has been selected to the Canadian National Developmental Team that will represent Canada at the 2010 World Championships in Munich, Germany.

SHOOTING (RIFLE) – CHRISTINE MCGREGOR: Christine is a member of the RA Gun Club and has developed her skills very quickly having taken up the sport only 3 years ago. Christine won the Ontario Indoor Championships in 2009 for Sporting Rifle – Prone position, Expert class scoring 595 out of 600 with 33 perfect shots. At the Ontario Outdoor Championships, she finished 2nd in the same event scoring 584 out of 600 with 30 perfect shots. In her Club Championships, Christine placed 2nd in the Sporting Rifle – Prone combined Expert and Masters class scoring 595 out of 600 with 33 perfect shots. She is currently competing in the 2009/2010 LSBA Championships and is leading after the first round with a score of 597 with 42 perfect shots. This competition ends in April 2010, so best of luck to Christine the rest of the way.

SKIING (CROSS COUNTRY) – PERIANNE JONES: In 2009, Perianne, an 8-year member of the National Cross Country Ski Team, finished an impressive 6th in a World Cup Team Sprint event. She raced in 15 World Cups and reached the podium in numerous sprint events held in Canada. She will represent our country at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February 2010. Perianne is a repeat winner of our award.

SKIING (WATER) – JONAH SHAFFER: This 13-year-old Ottawa youth specializes in slalom skiing. Competing in his age division, Jonah finished 2nd at the Provincials, 3rd at the Regionals and 4th at the Nationals. Jonah has made a steady improvement all season and finished in the runner up position for selection to the Canadian Team for the 2009 Can-Am Championships.

SOCCER – KRISTOPHER TWARDEK: Known as the “Golden Boy” with the lightning fast feet, this 12-year-old striker with the Ottawa South United team was handpicked from 6,000 players across the country to represent Canada East at the Nationals in Toronto. There, he lead his team to a 2-1 overtime victory over Canada West opening up the opportunity to play in the world’s biggest junior soccer tournament – the Danone Nations Cup – to be held in Brazil in 2010. He has also been invited to play in some of the most prestigious international soccer tournaments for young players, including the Tivoli and Gothia Cups. He has already been scouted by Everton of the English Premier League.

SOFTBALL – JENNY ALLEN: In 2009, Jenny was a member of the bronze medalist Orleans Rebels at the Senior Women’s Canadian Softball Championships. She led her team batting in 56 runs during the season, stealing 24 bases (caught only once) and played flawless defense at her shortstop position. Jenny seems to play her best in the big games as she had 3 game winning hits en route to the bronze medal at the Canadian Championships. Jenny also finds time to serve as an assistant coach for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Women’s Softball team.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS – MEGAN MICHIE: Megan, a student at Algonquin College, is an accomplished swimmer who trains with the Greater Ottawa Kingfish Club. At the 2009 Canada Summer Games in PEI, she raced in 5 finals and won 3 medals: silver in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke and bronze in the 100m Freestyle. A multiple sport athlete, she also competed at the 2009 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec winning a silver medal in the Kl 100m for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

SPEEDSKATING (LONG TRACK) – KRISTINA GROVES: Kristina is a medal threat in no less than 5 women’s speed skating events at the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She already has 2 silver medals from the Turin Olympics. Kristina has had a banner year in 2009 including the World Cup title in the 1500m for the second year in a row. In World rankings, she is currently ranked 2nd in the 1000m and 3rd in the 3000m and 5000m. In addition, she was second overall at the 2009 World All-Round Championships and was a 3 time medalist in the Single Distance Championships (gold in Pursuit and bronze in 3000m and 5000m). Kristina finished in 6th place in voting for the 2009 Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year as the best female athlete in Canada. She is a repeat winner of our award for long track speedskating and a multiple winner of the Ottawa Sports Awards Female Athlete of the Year.

SPEEDSKATING (SHORT TRACK) – IVANIE BLONDIN: Ivanie won silver in the relay at the 2009 World Short Track Speedskating Championships as well as a fifth place finish in the 1000m. This versatile skater did well in the long track class at the Worlds as well, finishing fifth in the 3000m. Ivanie put some other wins together winning the 1500m at both the Canadian, and North American Long Track Championships. She is one of the youngest skaters on the Canadian team and is a repeat winner of our award from 2008.

SQUASH – SAMANTHA CORNETT: Samantha is the dominant player in her sport in Ottawa winning the OSA award for squash every year since 2005. In 2009, she finished 2nd at the Junior Nationals and 6th at Senior Nationals. Competing for Canada at the Junior Worlds she finished in the top-16 and helped Team Canada to a 5th place finish. Moving up to Senior level play, Samantha attended her first senior team event, the Pan American Championships, winning all her matches helping Canada to a silver medal. Currently living in Toronto for training purposes, she is aiming at a top 80 world ranking on the pro tour.

SWIMMING – MATT HAWES: Matt is a past winner of our award (2008) and trains with the Carleton University Ravens when he is home from University in British Columbia. In university swimming, Matt won a gold medal in both the 100 and 200m backstroke at the Spring National meet and followed up with 2 more golds at the CIS Championships with wins in the 200m backstroke and a team event. At the World Championship Trials, he set a new BC and Canadian record in the 200m backstroke. Competing in Leeds England at the British Open, he once again set 2 records, one in the 100 m backstroke (BC record) and then the 200m backstroke (new Canadian and BC record). He continued his winning ways picking up a 3rd in a meet in Santa Clara and 2 more gold medals in the Mel Zajac International.

SWIMMING (SYNCHRONIZED) – MADELINE WALKER BYRON: In 2009, Madeline Walker Byron was the top ranked 12 and under synchronized swimmer in Eastern Ontario. She competed in both the solo and team events at the Provincial and National Championships. Maddie was also named to the prestigious Ontario Provincial 12 and Under Team, which is a team consisting of the top 10 Provincial synchronized swimmers. She continues to train and compete at the national level.

TABLE TENNIS – PRADEEBAN PETER-PAUL: This 2009 Canadian Men’s Singles Champion was born in Sri Lanka and has made Canada his home since he was 16-years-old. He trains at the Canadian National Training Centre here in Ottawa and has been a National Team member for the past 12 years becoming Canada’s #3 ranked Men’s table tennis player and #228 in the World. He competed in the 2009 Francophone Games held in Beirut, Lebanon winning gold in the team event and a silver medal in Mixed Doubles, teaming with fellow Ottawa resident, Mo Zhang. He speaks 3 languages fluently and has been a past winner of our award.

TENNIS – GABRIELA DABROWSKI: Gaby is now the #13 ranked junior in the World. In December 2009, she won the Dunlop U18 Junior Orange Bowl Tennis Singles Championships in Key Biscayne, Florida, defeating the #1 ranked player in the world. Her victory made Gabby the second player in Canadian Tennis history to win this prestigious junior tournament. She made the singles final in the Gerry Webber Open held in Germany and the Yucatan Cup held in Mexico. She also had strong results in doubles play winning the Canadian Junior Open and the Pan American Championships. She won a bronze medal in singles at the Canada Summer Games held in Charlottetown, PEI this past summer and was also a member of Team Ontario’s silver medal winning team. This 17-year-old Gloucester native is a repeat winner of our award from 2008.

TRIATHLON – MATT VIERULA: Matt is one of Canada’s bright young stars on the triathlon scene. This Bytown Storm Triathlon Team member was the 2009 National Junior silver medalist and the 2008 Provincial and National Junior Champion. He was named to the 2009 World Junior Team as an alternate and was selected the 2008-2009 Cross Country Running Male MVP at the University of Ottawa.

VOLLEYBALL – JEREMIE LORTIE: This 6’7″ athlete has been a member of Team Ontario for the past 2 summers. As a member of the 18U Mustangs, he led his team to the National Title at Carleton University in May 2009. He was selected to the tournament All-Star team and won the prestigious Ken Davis award presented to the outstanding individual athlete in the OVA. He has been heavily recruited by several universities and hopes to make an impact on the CIS landscape.

WATER POLO – JOHN CONWAY: A ten-year member of the Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club, John is a member of Canada’s National Team. He attends University at the University of Calgary. In 2009, he competed for Canada in the Junior World Water Polo Championships in Croatia. Within Canada, he played in both the U18 and U22 Canadian Championships where he was selected to the respective tournament All-Star teams.

WRESTLING — ILYA ABELEV: A member of the National Capital Wrestling Club, Ilya graduated from Earl of March High School with a 95% average. He now attends Central Elgin Collegiate in St. Thomas, Ontario to be near his coach, Ray Takashashi at the University of Western Ontario. In 2009, he was the Ontario Juvenile Champion in the 64Kg class, a Canada Games Champion and a Canadian Champion. Moving up to wrestle in the Junior class, he won a gold medal at the Canadian Championships and was voted the “Most Outstanding Wrestler” in the Juvenile and Junior categories. On the International level, he won a bronze medal at a tournament in Turkey. He is a repeat winner of this award.

Ottawa Teams That Have Won Provincial, National or International Championships

RIDEAU CANOE CLUB – Their National Champions include: Emily Raymond and Rochelle Van Coller in Junior K-2 200m and Junior K-500m; Kristin Gauthier in Senior K-1 500m and Senior K-1 1000m; Kristin Gauthier and Victoria Tuttle in Senior K-2 500m and Senior K-2 1000m; Kristin Gauthier, Victoria Tuttle, Emily Raymond and Tiera McLeod in Senior K-4 500m; Kristin Gauthier, Victoria Tuttle, Emily Raymond and Diana Deek in Open K-4 200m; The Junior Women’s C-15 War Canoe team: Lauren Arthurs, Christine Bain, Alina Carranco, Diana Deek, Kaitlin Findlay, Jaclyn Gardiner, Stephany Mayer, Jane McBride, Samantha Nealon, Ann Raymond, Emily Raymond, Julia Riddick, Vtctona Tuttle and Myriam Wills. Captained by Ian Mortimer; The Juvenile Women’s C-15 War Canoe team: Alina Carranco, Galia Carranco, Natalie Davidson, Cheyanne Farquharson, Kaitlin Findlay, Jaclyn Gardiner, Alexandra Joy, Jane McBride, Charlene Nealon, Samantha Nealon, Julia Riddick, Myriam Wills and Natasha wills. Captained by Ian Mortimer; Ben Tradioli in Junior C-1 500m and Ryan Cochrane and Rhys Hill in Senior K-2 200m.

GLUM MASTERS ULTIMATE TEAM – This team won the 2009 Canadian Championships and has qualified to play in the upcoming 2010 World Championships to be played in Prague. Team members are: Blayne Ferguson (Captain), Jamie Noonan (Captain), Mike Hill (Captain), Andrew Morrisey, Brad Rollo, Chee Chan, David Janssen, David Maggs, Derek Sigurdson, Glenn Ford, Glenn Walker, Gord Johnston, Ian Brooks, Kevin Eckstrand, Owen Lumley, Paul Morrison, Pierre Felx, Seton Stiebert, Shawn De Raaf, Simon Teather and Todd Beech.

MIXED PAIRS LAWN BOWLING – This husband and wife team of Sandra Jefferies and David Jefferies from the Galetta Lawn Bowling Club won the Ontario Lawn Bowling Championships in Mixed Pairs.

SENIOR MEN’S TRIPLES LAWN BOWLING – This Galetta Lawn Bowling Club team of Grant Fletcher (Skip), Les Cassidy and David Smith won the Ontario Championship in Senior Men’s Triples.

OTTAWA SOONERS FOOTBALL TEAM – In their first season back in the OFC after a 14-year absence, the Sooners posted a 6-2 record and won both their 2 play-off games to claim the Teddy Morris Memorial Trophy as Ontario Junior Football Champions. The team had 6 players selected to the All-star team. The team roster includes: Adam Keats, Alex Mateas, Alex Van Vaerenberg, Alexis Patenaude, Andrej Zmegac, Andrew Leeflang, Ben O’Connor, Bobby Marcil-Massie, Clayton Kemp, Corey Armstrong, Curtis Cates, Danny Mullins, Derek Neacappo, Devon London, Fletcher Benjamin, Jason Cabana (Captain), Javier Alfonzo, Jonathan McNulty, Kennedy Hall, Kevin Damiano, Kevin Moloney, Louis Piteros, Markus Lovell, Mathew Bertrand, Matt Bergeron, Matt Sisson, Matt Tuckey, MO Njau, Nicolas Longpre, Peter Taylor, Pierre Nicholas Konan, Riley Monaghan, Ron Omara, Ryan Doull, Ryan McFarlane, Scott Effer, Sean Murphy, Shane Nolan, Stephan Masney, Steven Backer, Steven Larocque, Taty Milonga, Thom Sisson, Thomas Shaw, Tyler James-Jardine, Zach White, Zachary Dryngiewicz, Tyler Crapigna, Gary Graham, George Necappo, Jonathan Ryan and Guillaume Beland. The coaching staff includes Andy McEvoy (Head Coach), Bino Cesario, Steve Campagna, Mike McCarthy, Darren Joseph, Mike McPherson, Tristano Raponi and Randy Hobbs.

ALGONQUIN THUNDER MEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM – This team won the Ontario College’s Athletic Associations (OCAA) championships. Team members are: Brian Bettencourt, Gerard Stronks, Ryan Debruyn, Adam Gane, Matthew Cone, Charlie Hamilton, Adam Bryck, Josh Harris, Kelan Stone, Kyle Wood, Costa Solanakis, Karsh MacLean, Michael Childs and Jonathan Sloane. The coaching staff includes: Max Larrivee (Head Coach), Doug Anton and Matt Marjanski.

ALGONQUIN THUNDER MEN’S SOCCER TEAM – This team won the Ontario College’s Athletic Associations (OCAA) Championship for the 6th consecutive season with an exciting 2-1 win in the final game. This was a big win as the team had 14 rookies in their line-up. Team members are: Dejan Radojevic, Sean Pound, Ali Albadry, Julian White, Mike Gagliano, Christian Hoefler, Mili Ombasic, Corey O’Connell, Semir Hadziresic, Mike Domanski, Alexander Campbell, Matthew Rigby, Paul Waigango Kihara, Taylor Benjamin, Kyle Bennington, Nicolas Krstulich, Antonios Assaad, Michael Ranieri, Stephane Emard, Erichson Bailey, Bader Alenazi and Aaron Taylor. The head coach is Kwesi Loney, assisted by Jimmy Zito and Les Escobar.

U18 MAVERICK MUSTANGS MEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM – This team won the Men’s Canadian Open Under 18 National Championships. Team members are: Mitch Clarke, Jeremie Lortie, Andre Begin, Chris Spack, Hugo Curley, John Mostert, Phil Yeldon, Phil James and Jori Mantha. The head coach is Jeff Mooney, assisted by Bruce Dunning, Ron Clarke and Paul Gratton. Ernest Samuel served as the manager.

BRUCE DELANEY CURLING TEAM – This Senior Men’s team won their 3rd Ontario Championships and followed up by winning the Canadian Championships which qualifies them to go to Russia in April to compete in the Worlds. The team is skipped by Bruce Delaney with Rick Backhand (3rd), Duncan Jamieson (2nd and George Mitchell (LEAD) completing the team.

RACHEL HOMAN CURLING TEAM – This women’s team won the Ontario Junior Women’s Championships and finished second at the Nationals, losing in the final game. Winner of many local bonspiels and playing well at provincial, national and invitational events, they were voted the World Curling Tours “Rookie of the Year Team”. They are ranked in the top ten in women’s curling in Canada and Internationally. Team members are: Lynn Kreviazuk (lead), Laura Crocker (second), Emma Miskew (third) and Rachel Homan (skip). For senior competition, Alison Kreviazuk, joins the team. The team is coached by Earl Morris.

CARLETON UNIVERSITY MEN’S RAVENS BASKETBALL TEAM – This team won the Wilson Trophy as OUA Champions and the W.P. McGee Trophy as CIS Men’s Basketball Champions. This was their 6th win in 7 years. Team members are: Michael Kenny, Elliot Thompson, Dan Penner, Stuart Turnbull, Kyle Smendziuk, Derek McConnery, Cole Hobin, Anthony Ashe, Luke Chapman, Robert Saunders, Kevin Churchill, Aaron Doornekamp, Aaron Chapman and Kevin McCleery. The coaching staff includes: Dave Smart (Head coach) and assistants – Rob Smart Jr. Mark McMahon, Dean Petridis and Shawn McCleery. Other staff members are: Bruce Marshall (Therapist), Paul Blackman (Equipment Manager), Robert Leroy (Game Staging Director) and Managers Kyle Vezzano and Aaron Blakeley.

CARLETON UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S WATER POLO TEAM – This team won the OUA championships for the third time in 4 years. Team members are: Anne Chinneck, Cecilia McClellan, Clare Brown, Elizabeth Aldrich, Evelyn Marshall, Gillian Kengis, Jasmine Vos, Kailey Flower, Kaitlyn Sennema, Kate Plyley, Katharine Stewart, Katie Kirkpatrick, Macy Temblay, Michelle Langstaff, Olga Lucia Bednarek, Paula Broderick, Rachel Baxter, Rachelle Aldrich, Sarah McIlveen, Stephanie Di Perna, Sydney Ferguson and Veronika Lapointe. The head coach is Steve Baird, assisted by David McClintock.

CARLETON UNIVERSITY MEN’S RAVENS SABRE FENCING TEAM – This team won the OUA (Ontario University Athletics) Men’s Sabre Fencing title for the third year in a row. Ben Riley won the individual gold medal in sabre and for his efforts he was awarded the George Tully Trophy as the fencer who best combined skill, style and sportsmanship. Team members are: Ben Riley, Jonathan Girard, Michael Ivankovic, Sukhveer Matharu, Joseph McKay and Devan Marr.

OTTAWA TITANS U16 WATER POLO TEAM – This boy’s water polo team won the National U16 Championships defeating 22 other teams to win the title. Team members are: Ben Bower (Captain), Dusan Boskovic, Alex Krsmanovic, Rodrigo Rojas, Boris Frlic, Dusan Radojcic, Alex Taschereau, Owen Kennedy, Ogi Gutovic. The head coach was Jerry Tesanovic, assisted by Nick Foster. Christine Taschereau served as the team manager.

OTTAWA DEVILS WOMEN’S TOUCH FOOTBALL TEAM – This team had a wonderful football season going 48-1, winning 5 major tournaments and the Ontario Championships. Their only loss of the season was in the semi-finals at the Canadian Championships. This team has posted the longest winning streak in Canadian touch football history recording 82 straight victories. Team members are: Michelle Leafloor, Michele Dumel, Jenny Lavoie, Jenny Minnille, Franny Pritchard, Ashley Powers, Laila Gibbons, Heather Dupuis, Jessica Keeling, Hilary Dowdall. Erika Blais, Kim Young, Kelly Hartley, Barb Kerr and Kim Kerr. The coach is Rodney Moors.

OTTAWA LIONS TRACK & FIELD CLUB – This club had another great 2009 season establishing itself as the #1 club in Canada again.
They won the following titles: National Club Senior Team Champions (age20+); National Club Junior Team Champions (U-20); Ontario Overall Club Team Champions (All Groups); Ontario Senior Club Team Champions (Open Division); Ontario Junior Club Team Champions (U-20); Ontario Juvenile (Youth) Club Team Champions (U-18); Ontario Midget Club Team Champions (U-16).
They had 2 relay teams that won National Championships. Junior Men’s 4 x 400m team of Oiuwasegun Makinde, Devin Biocchi, Michal Warchol and Gordon Cave, Junior Women’s 4 x 400m team of Alicia Brown, Fiona Callender, Rachel Aubry and Emilie Halle.
They had 6 relay teams that won Provincial Championships. Senior Women’s 4 x 400m team of Michele Krech, Melissa Bishop, Christiane Lela and Julia Tousaw; Senior Women Distance Medley Team of Melissa Bishop, Christiana Lela, Julia Tousaw and Tiffany Locke; Senior Women’s 4 x 800m Relay Team of Tiffany Locke, Julia Tousaw, Rachel Aubry and Emilie Halle; Senior Men’s 4 x 400m Relay Team of Jeremy Batt, Jack Ohlsen, Stuart Pearson and Tyler Fawcett; Senior Men’s 4 x 800m Relay Team of Sean Young, Aidan Kennedy, Stuart Pearson and Cameron Smithers; Senior Men’s Distance Medley Relay Team of Sean Young, Shane Kelly, Jack Ohlsen and Kevin Brennan.

OTTAWA ROWING CLUB – This club won the 2009 Row Ontario’s Club of the Year Award. Many of its crews excelled with outstanding performances in different boats. Nine women from this club rowed 4 different boats to victory at the Ontario and Canadian Championships. Their teams include:

Under 23 Women’s Eight — Row Ontario Competitive Crew of the Year, Ontario Champions and Royal Canadian Henley Under 23 Champions. Members are: Salty Machin, Cheryl Copson, Kate Goodfellow, Brittany Tovee, Andrea Ernesaks, Emma Lehmberg, Mariel Boomgaardt, Samantha Kayser and Fiona McLean.

Under 23 Women’s Quadruple Sculls — Ontario and Royal Canadian Henley U23 Champions. Members are: Sally Machin, Cheryl Copson, Kate Goodfellow and Samantha Kayser.

Under 23 Women’s Four— Ontario and Royal Canadian Henley U23 Women’s Four Champions. Members are: Sally Machin, Cheryl Copson, Kate Goodfellow and Brittany Tovee.

Under 23 Women’s Pairs — Royal Canadian Henley 023 Women’s Pairs Champions. Team members are: Mariel Boomgaardt and Samantha Kayser.

Senior Women’s Pairs — Ontario Champions. Team members are Andrea Ernesaks and Britanny Tovee.

THE JAMIE SINCLAIR CURLING TEAM – This team won the 2009 Ontario Bantam Girl’s Curling Championships. Team members are: Rebecca Wichers-Schreur, Melissa Gannon, Cheryl Kreviazuk and Jamie Sinclair

DAVID FOY SHARK CLASS SAILING CREW – This crew won the Quebec Provincial, Canadian and World Shark Class Championships. Crew members are David Foy (skipper), David O’Sullivan and Jamie Foy.

NEPEAN RAVENS U14 TWEEN AA RINGETTE TEAM – This team won the Ontario Provincial Championships. Team members are: Sarah-Lynne Begin, Amanda Dey, Jessica Fahey, Erin Inglis, Paige Johnston, Molly Lewis, Megan MacPhee, Alexandra Marcotte, Ruth Mengistu, Katherine Mulders, Karli O’Brien, Alison O’Brien, Rowan Stringer and Laura Winges. The head coach is Art Marcotte.

OTTAWA ICE OPEN AA RINGETTE TEAM – This team plays in the National Ringette League, an Inter-Provincial League considered to be at the highest level of ringette played in Canada. They won the Capital Division Championships, finishing first overall for the 2008-09 season. Team members are: Tobi Goble, Shelley Stairs, Cait Hellingman, Carrie Lugg, Allison Shoobert, Sarah Waddell, Katie Lugg, Jenna McBride, Kelly Bateman, Sophie Goguen, Jessica Neale, Krista Neale and Lyndsay Whyte. The head coach is Dave Shoobert, assisted by Al Bateman, Sue Bromley, and Lyndsay Wheelans.

High School Sports – OFSAA Gold Medalists

Ian Holseadt – Nepean High School – Level 2 Boys Slalom Alpine Skiing, Jr. Boys Nordic Skiing

Kevin Cao – Nepean High School – Men’s Singles A Badminton

Bailey Arnott – Junior Girls Pole Vault

Fiona Callender – Senior Girls 400m

Emma Galbraith – Midget Girls 1500m

Eilish MacDonald – Midget Girls Shot Put & Discus

Ashley Maddex – Senior Girls 100m Hurdles

Dieuleveut Mufuta – Midget Boys 100m

Oluwasegun Makinde – Senior Boys 200m (OFSAA RECORD) and 110 m hurdles (NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC RECORD)

Joanna Brown – Cross-country Running – Senior Girls

St. Matthews AAA Boys Basketball Team

Louis Riel A/AA Girls Hockey Team

Louis Riel Girls AAA Soccer Team

Louis Riel Girl’s AAA Basketball Team

St Peter HS Boy’s Football Team (National Capital Bowl Winners)

Special Recognition of Athletic Achievement

No one can ever deny Kevin Frost’s determination or commitment. An active sportsman since the age of 10, he has officiated more than 20,000 hockey games. When he was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes progressive hearing and vision loss in 2002, he didn’t give up his dreams to be an accomplished athlete; with only 8% of his vision and 15% of his hearing, he became even more motivated. Frost, now 42, was the oldest and best competitor at the Russian Paralympic Open Blind Cup held in Chelyabinsk in the fall of 2009 winning all 4 long track speed skating races he entered (500m, 1000m, 1500m and 3000m), each in a World Record time. For his efforts, Kevin won the All Around Sportsman Award. In the off-season, Frost is an avid rower and can be found most mornings accompanied by his beloved guide dog, Nemo, working out at the Bob McQuarrie Complex. Although speed skating is not included in the upcoming Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Frost is working hard to get it added to the 2014 Games as he plans to be there representing Canada.

Wally has run 716 marathons in 99 countries. In October 1975, at age 49, Wally ran his first marathon in Kitchener-Waterloo and has been at it ever since. Now, at age 83, he has left a legacy that includes: having run in 150 ultra marathons ranging from 50 km to 100 miles, being the first person to run a marathon in all 50 states of the US plus Washington, DC and all the Canadian Provinces and Territories, having run a marathon in 99 different countries that includes a full alphabet of countries except for the letter X as there is no country starting with that letter. Wally was born in Winnipeg and served in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve before his career in the Federal Government. His best time in a marathon was right here in Ottawa during the 1978 National Capital Marathon when he finished in 3 hours 14 minutes 56 seconds. He plans to continue to run more marathons and we certainly wish him well in his future pursuits.