2010 Award Winners

Major Award Winners


Kristina Groves


Brad Sinopoli


Julie Hutsebaut


Jimmy Zito


Rachel Homan Curling Rink


Ottawa Rowing U23 Men’s 4


Ottawa Lions Track Club

Lifetime Award Winners


Keith Brown


Sandra Chenard


Mark Aubry


John Hawes


Dan Mooney

Club Athletes Selected For Their Outstanding Athletic Performances in 2010

The minimum standard for this award category was to have competed at the Provincial level in their sports during the 2010 calendar year. Athletes were nominated by the media, Ottawa sports clubs and/or Provincial and National Sport Organizations. The athletes listed below were considered for the Howard Darwin Memorial Athletic Scholarships and the Female and Male Athlete of the Year Awards.

ARCHERY – PETER GARRETT: In 2010, Peter won titles at both the Provincial Indoor Championships and the Outdoor Target Championship, setting new provincial and national scoring records. He placed 2nd at the National indoors and won both the Provincial and National 3D championship for the 3rd straight year. Peter will be representing Canada at the World 3D Championships in September 2011 in Austria.

ATHLETICS – SULTANA FRIZELL: Known as “The Sultana of Swing” because she is a hammer thrower, Sultana set two records in 2010. Throwing at a meet in Europe, she set a new Canadian record for the hammer with a throw of 72.24 metres. She is the number one ranked thrower in Canada as well as in the Commonwealth demonstrated by her gold medal winning performance in New Delhi, India, setting a new Commonwealth Games record with a throw of 68.57 metres. A native of Perth, Ontario, Sultana wears the colours of the Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club when not competing for Canada.

BADMINTON – ANDREW D’SOUZA: Andrew is a grade 11 student at St. Pius and trains at the RA Centre. In 2010, he won several tournaments including the Canadian Elite Series Calgary Junior Open U16, U16 National Junior Championships, Canadian Elite Series Toronto Junior Open U19 Championships and the Canadian Elite Series Toronto Junior Open U16 Championships. He played in 10 major tournaments in 2010, winning 4 of them and had high placements in the other six.

BASEBALL – ALEX GAGNE: This right-handed pitcher who plays for the Ottawa Nepean Canadians impressed enough scouts this summer to get himself listed for the 2012 major league draft. Selected to play for Team Ontario (U17) for last year’s Canada Cup, he pitched his team to an 8-3 win over New Brunswick. In 2010, Alex was invited to the prestigious Mizuno Baseball Camp (top 40 pro prospects) held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto where he worked out with Canada’s national team coaches. Alex was recently selected to a Canadian High School All- star team that will play in the 2011 Sunbelt Classic to be held in Oklahoma. He is also an outstanding volleyball player have played with the Maverick Volleyball Club at Provincial and National level tournaments.

BASKETBALL – KEVIN McCLEERY: This tall forward was a key factor in the Carleton University Men’s Basketball team claiming their third consecutive Wilson Cup (OUA Champions) with a 20-2 record regular season. He was selected an OUA first team all-star and a second team CIS allstar. Kevin led his team in scoring in 2010, averaging 16.82 points per game while shooting an amazing 62.7 per cent from the floor en route to 370 points for the season. Having now graduated from Carleton, Kevin is playing in the Netherlands in the Dutch Basketball League.

BOBSLEIGH – CODY SORENSEN: The 2009 winner of the top bobsleigh athlete, Cody continues to improve and in 2010, he was the first alternate for both the 2 and 4 man bobsleigh teams at the Vancouver Olympics. He was also selected to be a member of Canada’s 2010 National 4-man Bobsled Championship Team. He is currently competing on the World Cup circuit with the Canada #1 team.

BOXING – ERIN KREKOSKI: Originally from Calgary, Erin is a member of the Beaver Boxing Club and has fought in 55 bouts. In 2010, she won an Ontario Elite Tournament, was an Ontario Champion and won a bronze medal at the Nationals losing by one point in her 64 kg class. In January of 2011, she will compete for a berth on the national team.

BOWLING (5 PIN) – WAYNE RICHER: Wayne bowls every Monday night in the Special Olympics league and in 2010, he won both a gold medal and a silver medal in the Special Olympics National Summer Games. He also won a silver medal as part of the Ontario team at the Nationals where he personally excelled winning an individual gold medal rolling a new personal best score. He also rolled a 300+ game last season and won a first place finish against 150 other bowlers in the Ottawa Invitational Tournament.

BOWLING (LAWN) – SANDRA JEFFERIES: Sandra is a member of the Galetta Lawn Bowling Club who has been a perennial winner of numerous district tournaments and district championships. She has been a Provincial Mixed Pairs Champion and a bronze medal winner at Nationals. In 2010, she played as a member of the Ontario Ladies Provincial Championship team representing Ontario at the Canadian Championships.

BROOMBALL – PAUL PETERSEN: While playing for his team, Les Boys, in the Ottawa Municipal Broomball League, Paul won the scoring title as his team won the regular season and the play-offs. Joining the Valley Gamblers Masters team, he helped this team win the East Regional Championships and the Provincial Championships. He was the leading tournament scorer and selected a First Team All-star. For the consistent high skill level of play that Paul brings to each game, he was chosen as the Eastern Ontario Male Player of the Year for the 2009-2010 season.

CANOE/KAYAK (SPRINT) – ANGUS MORTIMER: Angus has been paddling for 13 years and is a member of Canada’s National Team. A 2008 Olympian, his highlight in 2010 was winning a bronze medal in the K-1 class at a 30 country World Cup race in Duisberg, Germany. He won the 500m race at the Pan-Am Canoe Championships in Mexico and at the Canadian Championships, he won two silver medals in K-1 behind Olympic Champion Adam vanKoeverden.

CANOE/KAYAK (WHITEWATER) – JOHN HASTINGS: John is a member of the Ottawa River Runners Club and is ranked number one in Canada. In 2010, he competed in World Cup events in Spain, the Czech. Republic and Germany finishing the season ranked 8th overall amongst 100 competitors from 43 countries. A graduate of the Sprott School of Business, he is a founder of an award program to honour the top male and female junior athletes at the national whitewater championships.

CRICKET – ZAIN MAHMOOD: Zain started playing cricket in Pakistan at the early age of 4 years. Now, playing in Ottawa in the Ottawa Cricket League, his outstanding season earned him a selection to the U19 Ontario team that played in the Provincial Scotiabank Shield Tournament in Winnipeg. Internationally, Zain was on the Canadian U19 team that represented Canada in the U19 Cricket World Cup held in New Zealand in January of 2010.

CURLING – RACHEL HOMAN: Rachel attends the University of Ottawa and curls out of the Ottawa Curling Club. In 2010, her rink won the Canadian Women’s Junior Championship going a perfect 13-0 to win the championships, becoming the first team to ever have a perfect record at this event. Their win qualified the rink to represent Canada at the World Championships where they finished second. She won the Shorty Jenkins Classic in 2010 becoming the only rink to ever win this completion in back to back years. Moving from the Junior to Senior level, they were ranked 16th in the 2009-2010 World Order of Merit. Rachel is a repeat winner of this award.

CYCLING – FLORENCE LAPLANTE-LAMARCHE: Our winner of this award last year, Florence has had an outstanding 2010 season winning a Pam American and Junior National Championship title in track cycling. She was the most decorated Junior Canadian Cyclist in 2010 winning medals at the Pan American Championships, Canadian National Championships, Track Cycling Junior World Championships (2 top 10 finishes) and the Track National Championships. An excellent student in her first year of university, she is able to obtain top marks while keeping up her cycling schedule.

DIVING – JAMIE BISSETT: This 16-year-old, honour role student is the Head Boy at Sir Robert Borden High School. He is also the Team Captain of the Nepean Ottawa Diving Club, competing in the Boy’s Group “A” Class. In 2010, Jamie won gold in Tower and silver in 1-metre and 3-metre at the Orlando Dive Team – All Star Challenge. At the John Dickinson Invitational Meet, Jamie won all 3 Open Men’s events plus the Boy’s “A” 3-metre springboard. He continued his dominance in winning 4 Provincial Spring Board titles and 2 silvers at the Ontario Provincial Championships, setting a new Provincial 3-metre record for the Boy’s “A” class and surpassing the previous Men’s Open Tower record. He is a repeat winner in his sport.

EQUESTRIAN – ROBIN ANDREWS: Robin, originally from Newfoundland and a 3-time provincial figure skating champion, had her career ended after suffering a serious brain injury. After a long struggle, she discovered the sport of Para-Equestrian and in 2010 riding her trusty horse, Fancy, she dominated her sport, with 12 first place finishes in various competitions. With her is “Dream hard, or not at all” mantra, Robin dreams of competing at the World Equestrian Games and the Paralympics.

FENCING – KELLEIGH RYAN: Kelleigh is a member of the Ottawa Fencing Club and also fences for Carleton University. While at Carleton, she won an individual gold medal in the Foil competition and helped Carleton to an OUA Team Championship. For her efforts, she was selected as the 2009/2010 Carleton University Female Athlete of the Year. While competing for Canada, she qualified for the top 64 at the Grand Prix, losing a close match to the #3 ranked fencer in the world. She finished in the top 32 at a World Cup Event in Budapest and won a silver medal with the Canadian team at the 2010 Pan Ams.

FIGURE SKATING – ANNA McCORRISTON: This top student at Ashbury College skates for the Minto Skating Club. In 2010, she placed first in the Novice Ladies Division at the Minto Summerskate, first at the EOS Autumn Skate, she medaled at the Thornhill and Octoberfest competitions and is the reigning Eastern Ontario Section Novice Ladies Champion for 2010-2011. Recently, she skated in the Canada Challenge competitions, finishing in the top 10 which qualifies her to skate in the Junior Canadian Figure Skating Competition to be held in Victoria, BC in January 2011.

FOOTBALL – BRAD SINOPOLI: A fourth year quarterback for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, he finished the regular season as the OUA and CIS leader with 301 attempts, 184 completions, 2756 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. He was named the OUA MVP while breaking four Gee-Gee all-time records for most attempts, completions, passing yards and touchdowns in a season. His wonderful season was capped off with his selection as the Hec Crighton Award winner as the best player in Canadian college football.

FOOTBALL (TOUCH) – MICHELLE LEAFLOOR: Michelle is the team captain of the Ottawa Devils, the 2010 National Champions. As a defensive back, she makes all the defensive calls and plays with uncompromising intensity. In a 30 year playing career, she has won the national championships at the “AA” level on 8 different occasions and the “A” level 3 times, along with 6 provincial championships. She has been honoured as an Ontario Touch Football League achievement winner and has had the opportunity to play for Canada in France, Mexico and the United States.

FOOTBALL (GAELIC) – ANNE-MARIE NAULT: This grade 11 student at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School has been playing gaelic football for 3 years as a member of the Ottawa Gaels Football Club. She was chosen “Youth Player of the Year” and “Rookie of the Year” while playing for the Senior Ladies team. She represented Canada in 2010 for the third time as a youth player in the Continental Youth Championships. A multitalented person, Anne-Marie also finds time to play high school basketball and rugby while playing flute in the school band as well as the piano in her spare time.

GOLF – ALLEN MCGEE: Allen continues to dominate the local golf scene, getting better every year as his 2010 season will attest. His 2010 accomplishments include finishing as the runner-up in the Flagstick Shootout, combining Kyle Koski to win the Ottawa Valley Golf Association 4-Ball Championships, winning the Ottawa Citizen Amateur City & District “A” Class Championship and combining with Koski once again to win the Ottawa Sun Scramble Open Championship for the 6th straight year. Allen now plays out of the Arnprior Golf Club and lives in Dunrobin. Allen is winning this award for 5th consecutive year.

GYMNASTICS (ARTISTIC) – MONICA ESTRADA: This 16-year-old student at Notre Dame High School was the Provincial AA Champion in Level 8 Age 14+ category, winning a gold medal on Floor and silver on Bars and Beam. She represented Ontario twice in 2010, traveling to California and winning first in her AA Division and helping her team to the Team Gold medal. Competing at the Eastern Canadian Championships, she helped her team win the gold medal and in her individual competitions, she won gold on the Floor and silver on the Bars.

HOCKEY (BALL) – NATHALIE GIROUARD: Nathalie was the goaltender on the Ottawa Vanier United Women’s Ball hockey team that won the Canadian Championships held in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In the semi-final game at the Nationals, Natalie had a fantastic performance facing 16 shooters in the sudden-death shootout, which her team eventually won on their way to the championship title. Natalie has won the MVP award for the past 10 years in the Ottawa Vanier Women’s Ball Hockey.

HOCKEY (ICE) – ERIK GUDBRANSON: This 6’ 4”, 212 pound, defenseman plays for the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. A past winner of the Bobby Smith Trophy as the Scholastic Player of the year in the OHL, Eric was selected 3rd overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers. He capped off the year with a key role for Canada as they won the the silver medal at the recent World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo, NY.

HOCKEY (SLEDGE) – ALAIN BAZINET: Alain has been playing sledge hockey since he was 12 years old with the Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario (SHEO) Association. Now, 25 years old, he has been a valuable member of Team Ontario for 3 years and has become part of Team Canada’s Development Team. He is a player on the rise who demonstrates team play, consistent scoring ability, leadership qualities and sportsmanship while playing on the Junior Ottawa Lasers, the Intermediate Barbarians and the Sledgehammers.

JUDO – TONY WALBY: Tony, age 37, is a member of the Takahashi Martial Arts Club. He began taking judo lessons in 1980 and by 1981, he was on the Canadian sighted team. He has worked hard at learning his sport and in 2010, he joined the Canadian Visually impaired team. He has been a medalist on 12 different occasions at Senior National Sighted competitions and in 2010, fighting in his Over-100kg class, he won a gold medal at the Pan American Visually Impaired Games. He later added another gold medal in the Open Division. He is busy training for the upcoming 2012 Summer Paralympics to be held in London, England.

LACROSSE – TIM BERGIN: This 21-year-old Kingston native plays with the Gloucester Griffins Junior B Lacrosse Club, leading his team in scoring with 16 goals and 50 assists for 66 points in 18 games; good enough to finish 12th overall in the league scoring race. Tim also added 4 goals and 9 assists in the team’s 3 play-off games. While attending Carleton University, he also plays on the Ravens Field Hockey team helping them to finish in first place finish in the Eastern Division of the CUFLA 2010 season.

MODERN PENTATHLON – MATHEA STEVENS: Mathea, a 19-year-old student at the University of Ottawa, has been competing for 6 years in Modern Pentathlon, a sport that combines fencing, swimming, equestrian, running and shooting into one day-long competition. In 2010, she won gold in the Junior Category at the Canadian National Championships held in Red Deer, Alberta and then moved up the senior level to win a bronze medal. Internationally, Mathea represented Canada at competitions in Great Britain, Hungary and China. She is a repeat winner of this award.

ORIENTEERING – ROBBIE ANDERSON: Robbie, age 22, is a member of the Ottawa Orienteering Club and has competed for 10 years. In 2010, he won gold at the Canadian Orienteering Championships in the sprint event, silver in the middle distance race and finished 4th in the long distance event. He won all his local races, won a silver medal at the Ontario Championships and captured a bronze at the U.S. Classic Championships.

PARALYMPICS – MARC DORION: A Criminology student at the University of Ottawa, Marc had a formidable 2010 season with Canada’s National Sledge Hockey team as a top-six forward and the team’s second-leading goal scorer (with five goals in five games) at the 2010 Paralympics Games in Vancouver. While the team finished fourth, he was one of the bright spots as well as being one of the youngest players on the squad.

RINGETTE – KATIE LUGG: Katie, a centre for the Ottawa Ice, was a Top-10 National Ringette League scorer this season. She was a member of Team Canada which won silver at the 2010 World Ringette Championships in Finland. She has played in no less than five national championships, as well as the Ontario and Canada Winter Games where she managed to strike gold every time. A versatile athlete, she also plays women’s premier soccer in the Ottawa Carleton Soccer League.

ROWING – DAVID BLAIR: A four-year member of the Ottawa Rowing Club, David, age 19, stroked the Canadian mixed gender, adaptive coxed four (2W2M) to a gold medal in the 1000m race at the World Rowing Championships in New Zealand. In the final, the Canadians defeated crews from 8 countries. This was Canada’s first World Championship gold medal for the adaptive rowing program. To qualify, the Canadian crew established a World Record mark. David, who is visually impaired, also won the coxed four race at the Royal Canadian Henley and is the Provincial Champion (U23) in men’s lightweight double sculls.

RUGBY – SHANNON SPURRELL: Shannon was an inspiration for her rugby club, Upper Ottawa Valley, winning several player of the match awards and the clubs MVP of the Year. Shannon also played for the Rugby Ontario U18 provincial team and won gold at the East Coast Nationals tournament. She went on to play for the University of Guelph, winning the OUA League title and a bronze medal at the Canadian University Championships.

RUNNING (CROSS COUNTRY) – YVES SIKUBWABO: This Glebe Collegiate student, age 17, won the OFSAA Senior Boys Championship and then added another first place finish at the Athletics Ontario Championships running in the senior mens race. He ran in the senior race rather than the junior race to compete against more experienced competition. He was a member of Team Ontario’s winning senior team at the Canadian Cross Country Championships, finishing a very respectable 8th against the best senior runners in Canada. While running for his club, the Ottawa Elite Running Club, he won the Queen’s University Invitational. He also competed for his native Rwanda at the 2010 World Junior Track and Field Championships in Moncton, NB, running a personal best 3:50 in the 1500m.

RUNNING (ROAD RACING) – LEAH LAROCQUE: This 21-year-old runner competes for both the OAC Racing team and Queen’s University. In 2010, she was the first female runner to finish both the Emilie’s 5K race and the Ottawa Race Weekend 5K. In addition, Leah finished 2nd in the Kingston Limestone 5K and led her OAC Racing team to a first place in the team division at the Canada Day 5k race held in Kanata. In cross country running, she added a 16th place finish at the CIS Championships as the first Queen’s runner to cross the finish line.

SAILING – DAVID FOY: David is the skipper of the Shark Class boat that placed second in the 2010 International Shark World Championships in Switzerland. In addition, his crew won both the 2010 Canadian and North American Shark Class Championships. He is a repeat winner of this award having won in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

SAILING (ABLE SAIL) – CHRISTINE LAVALLEE: Christine has returned to win the able sailing award for a second straight year. She sails out of the Nepean Sailing Club and finished 27th at the Miami Olympic Class Regatta Championships. Christine crossed the line in 7th place at the Clagett Memorial Regatta held in Newport, Rhode Island and added a third place finish at the Gold Fleet Mobility Cup in Vancouver.

SHOOTING (PISTOL) – MEDHA RUSSELL: Medha has been shooting since 1991 in competitions with the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), a sport where men and women compete equally in the same match. In 2010, she won Top Lady and Multiple Top Lady in the Open Division at both the IPSC Ontario Provincial Championships and the Canadian National Championships. She has represented Canada at many International competitions and now gives back to her sport by officiating matches and volunteering at events.

SHOOTING (RIFLE) – THOMAS YEUNG: Thomas won all 3 classes – Master class Sporting Rifle 3-Position, Veteran class in Sporting Rifle Prone position and Veteran class in ISSF Air Rifle at the Ontario Indoor Championships. He also won gold in two of these classes at the Ontario Outdoor Championships and added a first place finish in the Veteran class at the Canadian Air Gun Grand Prix. Thomas topped off his season winning first in the Veteran class in Sporting Rifle Grand Aggregate at the Canadian Outdoor Championships.

SKIING (ALPINE) – DUSTIN COOK: This 20-year-old skier is a member of Canada’s National Ski “C” Team. In 2010, he was the North American (NOR-Am) Overall champion. In addition, Dustin claimed the crown as the NOR-Am Super G Champion and then won the Super Series Championship. He is already off to a super start in the 2011 season.

SKIING (CROSS COUNTRY) – PERIANNE JONES: Perianne races out of the Ottawa-based Nakkertok Ski Club and is a 9-year member of the Canadian Cross Country Team, racing in numerous World Cup races in Canada, the USA and in Europe. In 2010, she was a member of Canada’s Olympic Team competing in Vancouver. Perianne won a bronze medal in freestyle sprint at the Haywood Nor-Am Cup and is a repeat winner of our award for her sport.

SKIING (WATER)- DUSTIN BYRTUS: This young waterskier performed well at the Eastern Canadian and Canadian Water Ski Championships winning medals in Junior Men’s Slalom, Tricks and Jump events. In competitions in the USA, he won 3 gold medals in Boys 3 Slalom events. The highlight of his year was a solid 4th place finish in Junior Men’s Slalom at the 2010 Pan American Water Ski Championships held in Santiago, Chile.

SKIING (ALPINE) – DUSTIN COOK: This 20-year-old skier is a member of Canada’s National Ski Team. In 2010, he was the North American NOR-Am Overall champion. In addition, Dustin claimed the crown as the North American NOR-Am Super G Champion and then won the Super Series Championship. He is already off to a super start in the 2011 season.

SOCCER – RACHELLE BEANLANDS: Goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands played a key role in the storybook season of the Ottawa Fury U17 Girls team that finished the season with a 12- 0-2 record and allowing only 5 goals against. She also played on the Canadian women’s U17 CONCOCAF Championship team, that beat the US team in the World Cup Qualifier; the first time a US team has missed a World Cup final. Rachelle, along with her Fury teammates won the 2010 Super Y-League North American Championships with a 3-0 victory over the London Gryphons. This was the first ever North American Championship for the Fury Soccer Club.

SOFTBALL – GRACE LONERGAN: This Notre Dame High School student shines on both the baseball and softball diamonds. As a catcher, she used her 57 mph. throwing arm to throw out 31 out of 32 base runners. Grace played 61 games, hit 0.549 for the season which included 75 hits, 10 of which were homers. She won the Top Catcher award, 2 game MVP awards and a bronze medal at the Eastern Canadian 2010 Championships. Graces’ home team is the Ottawa Valley Attack but in 2010, she also played in tournaments in Florida, New York State and Pennsylvania as a member of the Mississauga North Tigers Midget Tier 1 team and found some extra time to play in Cuba on Canada’s Women’s Baseball Team.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS – MARIANNE SCHARFE: Marianne won both a gold and silver medal at the 2010 Special Olympic Summer Games held in London, Ontario. She will be traveling to Athens, Greece in 2011 as part of the Canadian Special Olympics World Games team to compete in Athletics where she will compete in the 800m and long jump. This multi-talented athlete also competed in cross country skiing at the Region 7 Winter Games, winning a spot on the team that will competed at the Provincial Winter Games in February of 2011.

SPEEDSKATING (LONG TRACK) – KRISTINA GROVES: Kristina is Canada’s most decorated skater in the World Single Distance Championships with 13 career medals. She qualified for no less than 5 events at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, more than any other athlete on the Canadian speed skating team. In Vancouver, Kristina became the 11th Canadian athlete to win at least 4 medals at the Olympics (summer or winter), when she won a silver in the 1500m and a bronze in the 3000m to add to the 2 she already won in Turin in 2006. She also finished fourth in the 1000m in Vancouver, missing another bronze by .06 seconds. A dominate female athlete from Ottawa, she is a 5-time winner of our Ottawa Sports Awards Female Athlete of the Year.

SPEEDSKATING (SHORT TRACK) – IVANIE BLONDIN: Ivanie Blondin had a strong season in 2010. She qualified for her first World Cup in Europe and dominated the field at a Canada Cup event winning gold in the 3000 and 5000m and adding a bronze in the 1500m. This Garneau High School grad also races long track where she is now ranked 7th in the country in the 3000m and 4th in the 5000m. She is a repeat winner of this award.

SQUASH – ADRIAN DUDZIKI: This University of Ottawa student has become dedicated to his squash game in the past four years and his hard work is paying off. He is the 2010 Canadian University Champion and helped Canada achieve a 4th place finish at the World University Team Championships held in Melbourne, Australia. He improved his world ranking from 348 to 191 in just one year of play, winning his first PSA event in Montreal.

SWIMMING – MATT HAWES: Matt is a repeat winner of this award dating back to 2008. He had one of his best seasons in 2010, winning the 200m backstroke at the Spring Nationals/Pan Pacific Trials, the Canada Cup/short Course Nationals and the Summer National Championships. He added two more firsts in the 50m and 100 m backstroke at the Canada Cup thereby making the Pan Pac Canadian Team. Matt won 3 bronze medals in other major competitions and finished the season with a strong 10th place finish at the World Cup held in Berlin and Stockholm.

TABLE TENNIS – PRADEEBAN PETER-PAUL: Pradeeban has been a national team member since 1996 and in 2010, he was the Canadian and North American Men’s Singles Champion. In addition, he was a member of Canada’s Commonwealth Games table tennis team and also played in the 2010 Men’s World Cup representing North America. Pradeeban trains at the Canadian National Training Centre here in Ottawa and is a repeat winner in this sport.

TENNIS – GABRIELA DABROWSKI: Gabriella, age 18, of Gloucester has completed her last year as a junior tennis player reaching a personal best #5 ranking in world junior tennis. In 2010, Gaby was a Junior Grand Slam Doubles finalist at the Australian Open and reached the semi-finals in singles and doubles at the Canadian Junior Open. Now Gaby is launching her pro career moving up into the top 500 in WTA rankings, having defeated 3 players ranked in the top 100 this year. Her dream is to bring home a Grand Slam tennis trophy for Ottawa and Canada and to see all the
Ottawa tennis courts overflowing with enthusiastic players. She is a repeat winner of this award.

TRIATHLON – JOANNA BROWN: Joanna, a member of the Bytown Triathlon Club, had a stellar season in 2010 winning a gold medal in May at the PATCO Junior Triathlon Pan American Championships in Mexico. Later that year, she captured a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships held in Budapest. Joanna became only the third Canadian athlete to ever reach the podium at a World Juniors event. In addition, she won the Teck National Juniors Series race in Magog, Quebec (a race in which she missed a turn resulting in her running an extra km) and won gold at the Canadian National Championships in Kelowna.

VOLLEYBALL (COURT) – MYRIAM ENGLISH: Myriam made the Ontario Provincial Volleyball Team for the second straight year and Team Ontario went on to win the National Team Challenge Cup. She also was a member of the Maverick Shotguns which finished fourth in the U18 National Championships where she was named to the tournament’s all-star team. Then she capped off her season by helping Louis-Riel High School Rebels to the AAA OFSAA title where she named the team’s most valuable player.

WRESTLING – BEN SAYAH: A member of the National Capital Wrestling club, Ben, age 22, competes in the 66kg class in a sport he’s been involved with for the last 7 years. In 2010, he won gold at the Canadian University Championships, was 3rd at the Senior Nationals and competed at the Canada Cup and the World University Championships held in Italy.

Ottawa Teams That Have Won Provincial, National, or International Championships

The teams listed below were considered as candidates for the Female and Male Team of the Year Awards.

CARLETON UNIVERSITY RAVENS MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM: This team won the House- Laughton Hoops Classic, the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament, the Capital Hoops Classic and the Wilson Cup as OUA Champions. In 2010, this team had an impressive 20-2 record. Team members include: Michael Kenny, Elliot Thompson, Greg Faulkner, Willy Manigat, Kyle Smendziuk, Derek McConnery, ColE Hobin, Anthony Ashe, Luke Chapman, Scott Ring, Kevin Churchill, Tyson Hinz, Aaron Chapman and Kevin McCleery. The head coach is Dave Smart assisted by Rob Smart Jr., Dean Petridis, Shawn McCleery and Andy Stewart. Bruce Marshall is the Therapist, Harinder Ghuman is the Nutritionist and Kyle Vezzaro is the manager.

CARLETON UNIVERSITY MEN’S AND WOMEN’S FENCING TEAMS: 2010 marks the first time that both Carleton fencing teams won OUA titles. The women’s team includes: Rachel Gardner, Mozynah Nofal, Katrina Ross, Jennie Russell, Kelleigh Ryan, Adrienne Sukunda, Gillian Turnbull, Alexsandra Baic, Jennifer Dunev, Emily Robinson and Brittny Vongdara. The men’s team includes: Jonathan Girard, Evan Heyes, Cale Hornford, Michael Ivankovic, Konstantin Kaindl, Devan Marr, Scott McNeil, David Nadeau, Ben Riley, Jeremiah Rother, Alexander Vetrov and Philippe Stock. Both teams are coached by Eli Sukunda, winner of the Christian Vidosa Trophy as OUA Coach of the Year. The Assistants are Wesley Ross and Kyle Girard.

CARLETON UNIVERSITY RAVEN’S MEN’S NORDIC SKI TEAM: This team won the Canadian College and University Nordic Ski Championships held in Whitehorse, YK. Team members include: Colin Abbott, Michael Abbott, Robert Anderson, Greg Cederwall, Alexis Guigue, Lee Hawkings, Colin Huang, StepHen Kirby, Nathan Kirby, Steffan Lloyd, Kent Mamen, Andre Marchand, Kristian Medri, Paul Moore, Taylor Pieprzak, Logan Potter, Kyle Power and Matthias Purdon. The coaches are: John Langstone, Chris Mamen, Greg Mark and Rob MacDonald.

CARLETON UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S WATER POLO TEAM: This team won the OUA title for the fourth time in the last 5 years. Team members include: Olga Lucia Bednarek, Ashtyn Bevan, Meaghan Broddy, Clare Brown, Audrey Caron, Anne Chinneck, Sydney Ferguson, Kailey Flower, Michelle Langstaff, Evelyn Marshall, Cecilla McClellan, Sarah McIlveen, Lindsay Paquette, Kate Plyley, Kaitlyn Sennema, Katharine Stewart, Macy Tremblay and Leonor Vulpe Albari. The team is coached by Steve Baird, – time OUA Coach of the Year, assisted by David McClintock, Heather Brown, Rachel Baxter and Alison Hunter.

DAVID FOY SHARK CLASS SAILING CREW: This crew won the Canadian and North American Shark Class Championships. Team members include: The skipper is David Foy with crewmates David O’Sullivan and Jamie Foy.

ELMDALE LAWN BOWLING CLUB LADIES FOUR RINK: This team won the District 16 Championships and advanced to the Provincial Championships where they went undefeated to claim the Provincial title. Team members include: Joelle Massey (Skip), Sandra Jefferies, Pat Lamoureux and Edith Pedden represented Ontario at the Nationals held in Edmonton in Aug. 2010.

GLUM ULTIMATE CLUB: This team won the Canadian Masters National Title in 2010. Team members include: Blayne Ferguson, Mike Hill, Andy Morrisey, Jamie Noonan, Eric Hassenzahl, Glenn Ford, Eric Budgell, Owen Lumley, Pierre Felx, Chee Chan, Derek Hodgson, Seton Stiebert, Geofford Seaborn, Glenn Walker, Dave Maggs, Chris Keith, Paul Morrison, Shawn de Raaf, Todd Beech, Eric Gross, Ian Brooks, John Rayner and Pete Knowles.

LAUREN HORTON CURLING TEAM: This Bantam team won the Ontario Winter Games Girls Curling Championships. They will represent Ontario in the 2011 Canada Winter Games to be held in Halifax in February, 2011. Team members include: Lauren Horton (Skip), Andrea Sinclair, Cassandra Lewin, Jessica Armstrong and Tom Sinclair (Coach).

NEPEAN KNIGHTS INTERMEDIATE LACROSSE TEAM: This team won the Ontario Provincial Championships. Team members include: David Joseph, Brayden Krusch, Kevin Cahill, Neil McGrath, Thomas Buckley, Thomas Oulton, Morgan McGrath, Everett Waters, Jesse Ambridge, Kyle Drisdelle, Colin Gidds, Joel Fried-Favreau, Pat Fortin, Daniel Murawsky, Jordan Holmes, Alex Jenkins, Andrew Eastwood, Aidan Scott, Connor Wiseman, Charlie Foster, Greg Emberson, Griffin Rohonczy and Matthew Tenute. The head coach was Peter Tenute, assisted by Chris Murawsky and Peter Oulton. Imre Rohonczy (Trainer), Norah Foster (Manager) and Rad Joseph (GM) complete the staff.

ORLEANS RED SOX BASEBALL TEAM: This team won the 2010 Ontario Little League Junior Provincial Championships. They were also National runner-ups at the Canadian Championships. Team members include: Jacob Charron, Josh Egert, Tommy Farah, Alex Ferris, Zack Harkin, John Lobban, Graham McArthur, Sean McCloskey, Mike O’Connor, Demi Orimoloye and Justin Silverwood. The coaches were Paul Charron and Dwayne Cowick.

OTTAWA DEVILS WOMEN’S TOUCH FOOTBALL TEAM: This team won 2 major tournaments in 2010 on route to winning the National Championships in the Elite AA Division. Team members include: Michele Dumel, Jenny Lavoie, Jenny Minnille, Michelle Leafloor, Franny Pritchard, Ashley Powers, Laila Gibbons, Heather Dupuis, Jess Keeling, Danika Smith, Hilary Dowdall, Erika Blais, Kim Young, Kelly Hartley, Kim Kerr, Steph Goliss, Nicky Latreille and Ashley Burrill. The head coach is Rodney Moors.

OTTAWA FURY U17 GIRLS SOCCER TEAM: This team won the 2010 Super-Y League North American Championships. Team members include: Madison Allen, Rachelle Beanlands, Audrey Bernier–Larose, Brianna Boutziouvis, Laurianne Brissette Lesage, Breana Burton, Laura Callender, Kodi Cumming, Marissa Duguay, Melisa Erturk, Elizabeth Foody, Amy Hocking, Lauren Hughes, Abbey Lindblad, Joanna Lynch, Elizabeth MacDougall, Taylor Piovesan. The head coach was Jimmy Zito, assisted by Marcelo Plada and Alex Skeggs. Caroline Holt-Smith was the team manager.

OTTAWA JUNIOR RIDERS FOOTBALL TEAM: This team won the Joe Pistitti Trophy as champions of the Quebec Junior football League. This is their 7 championship win since joining this league. Team members include: Randy Roseway, Al Palladino, Shane Curley, Nyjill Wilson, Stanley Victor, Leith Fisken, Tim Burton, Dallon Kuprowski, Ryan Rivera, Mitchell Spence, Steven Lang, Tyler Meilleur, Peter Mineault, Matt Kassner, Steve Anderson, Jamie Lirette, Geoff Turnbull, Tunch Akkaya, Cedric Moore, Jamaal Aglan, Larry Ardullai, Louis Boisvin,Marc Gardner-Noel, Brad Gorgichuk, Junior Peter, Jesse St. Louis, Jordan Bradley, Rashic Timbilla, Martin Ince, Kevin Harvey, Jordan Henry, Shawn Mathurin, Tyson Morris, Jessie Durward, Jonathan O’Sullivan, Suray Shukla, Jason Hoddinott, Kyle Gordon, Charlie Carabine, Bassam Taha, Evan Nightingale, Kyle Mercier-Woods, Nick St. Louis, Paul Mensah, Sheldon Haynes, Jamie Fitzgerald, Quincy Hills, Nicholas Porquet, Stephen Fitzgerald, Alie Mansour, Gilbert Kimani, Matt Griffiths and Ian
Jennings. The head coach is Max Palladino, assisted by Shane Babikian, Jeff Balys, Robert Bento, Shawn Collins, Greg Guillet, Matt Kassner, Larry Mohr, Kyle Sorrie and Vince Cipriani.

OTTAWA LIONS JUNIOR WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM: This team won the Ontario Championships. Team members include: Emma Galbraith, Emma Norman, Julia Nikonorova and Kathryn Tuck.

This powerful club won the following team titles in 2010:
• National Junior Club Champions (U-20)
• National Youth Club Champions (U-17)
• Ontario Overall Club Team Champions (All Groups)
• Ontario Junior Club Team Champions (U-20)
• Ontario Juvenile Club Team Champions (U-18)
• Ontario Midget Club Team Champions (U-16)

They had 5 relay teams that won National Championships.
• Under 18 Boys 4x100m: Shawn Mills, Toluwalope Makinde, Denray Jean–Jacques, David Cotton
• Under 18 boys 4x400m: Toluwalope Makinde, Denray Jean-Jacques, Isaiah Moses, Kevin Nault
• Junior Men’s 4x100m: Devin Biocchi, Segun Makinde, Chase Gregoire, Matt Basler. The team set a new Junior Canadian Championship Record (42.29).
• Junior Men’s 4x400m: Matt Basler, Cameron Smithers, Devin Biocchi, Mohammed Souleiman. This team set a new Junior Canadian Championship record (3:17.40)
• Junior Women’s 4x400m: Evelyn Scott, Fiona Callender, Samantha Murphy, Ashlea Maddex. This team set a new Junior Canadian Championship record (3:46.33)

The Lions had 3 relay teams win Provincial Championships.
• Youth Boys 4x100m: David Nsabua, Toluwalope Makinde, Denray Jean-Jacques, Erik Hiratsuka.
• Youth Boys 4x800m: Sebastian Saville, Alex Hutton, Isaiah Moses, Mohammed Souleiman.
• Bantam Girls 4x800m: Alexandria Menard-Esteves, Colle Thompson, Natasha Wong, Nadine Slupeiks

OTTAWA NATIONALS ELITE MEN’S BROOMBALL TEAM: This team won the 2010 Provincial Championships and finished 3rd at the Nationals. They will represent Ontario in the 2011 Nationals to be held in Montreal. Team members include: Allan Reid, Chad Brownlee, Gary Charlebois, Chris Carroll, Lance Ouderkirk, Dwayne Achtereekte, Jamie Dewar, Ryan Shirley, Mark Recoskie, Kent Achtereekte, Miguel Belisle, Jason Brydges, Wade McCambley, Todd Munro, Joey Hillis, Jeff Verbeek, Rob Munro, Jean–Noel Gilbert, Chris Duhamel, Jamie Norman, Paul Norman, Justin Marion, Marc
Melenhorst, Dany Marion.

OTTAWA ROWING CLUB UNDER 23 MEN’S QUADRUPLE SCULLS CREW: This crew was named Ontario’s Crew of the Year for 2010 for their wins at the Royal Canadian Henley Championships and the Provincial championships. At the Provincials, they won both the U23 Men’s 4 and the Senior Men’s 4 race. Two in the crew also won another gold medal in the Under 23 Men’s Doubles at the Canadian Championships. Team members include: Dylan Dodge, Eric Farquharson, Kent Mamen and Ben Vandervliet.

OTTAWA VANIER UNITED WOMEN’S BALL HOCKEY TEAM: This team won the National Championships played in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Team members include: Nathalie Girouard, Krista Black, Brittany Jones, Danika Smith, Isabelle Aube, Fannie Desforges, Lesley McArthur, Claudia Bergeron, Nicole Latrielle, Jacqueline Everson, Alicia Blomberg, Tammy Cote, Jessica O’Grady, Elysia Desmier, Priscille Cyr and Erika Pouliot. The team is coached by Shelley Callaghan, assisted by Nathalie Faubert. Seven players from this team have been invited to play for Canada at the upcoming World Championships to be held in June.

RACHEL HOMAN CURLING RINK: This team won the 2010 Canadian Woman’s Junior Curling Championships and represented Canada at the World Championships, winning a silver medal. Team members include: Rachel Homan (Skip), Emma Miskew, Laura Crocker and Lynn Kreviazuk. Their coach is Earl Morris.

RIDEAU CANOE CLUB: The following athletes and teams won national championships in their events in 2010.
• Midget K-1 6000m – Alexandra Joy
• Midget K-2 1000m – Alexandra Joy & Madeline Schmidt
• Jr. Women’s C-15 (War Canoe) 500m – Capt. Ian Mortimer, Crew: A. Joy, M. Schmidt, N. Nehlawi, N. Wills, S. Murphy-Burke, C. Bourassa, H. Schmidt, L. Schmidt, E. Huntley, C. Cameron, G. Paull, C. Dimitrova, C. Farquharson and L.A. Schmidt.
• Jr. Men’s C-15 (War Canoe) 1000m – Capt. Graeme Lind, Crew: S. Wilson, I. Mortimer, R. Hill, M. Singer, C. Marcus, B. Lind, J. Blackadar, R. Farquharson, G. Hutter, B. Tardioli, D. Acelvari, D. Hardy-Kavanagh, I. Acelvari and N. Deek.

UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA WOMEN’S GEE GEES ULTIMATE TEAM: This team won the Canadian University Ultimate Championships making them National Champions. Team members include: Alisha Zhao, Aline Pfefferle, Stephanie Mandal, Anne Mercier, Veronica Santos, Gabrielle Robineau- Charette, Meaghan Labrecque, Kathryn Pohran (Captain), Aleksandra Ostojic, Viviane Bartlett, Anna Revzine, Sonia Komenda (Captain), Laura Evgin, Louise Guolla, Heather Andruff, Kaylee Sparks (captain), Tessa van Leeuwan, Jenn Williams, Valerie Hoang, Eloise Clement, Heather Smith, Vivianne Fortin, Micaela Caza, Jenna Atchison, Emma Burns, Jahleel Bonaobra, and Brianna Jaffray. Practice roster included: Shannon Becker, Haley Digel, Chantal Mayotte, Nadya Pohran, Angie Hughes, Michelle Warren and Caity Giles. The head coach was Ken Alexander.

Special Recognition of Achievement in Sport

NOAH HOSELTON: After watching a YouTube video about the impact a lacrosse program had on teen suicide rates in a school just west of Iqualuit, Nunvaut, 16-year-old Noah, made a pledge to try to help build on the momentum he was seeing in the video to help other kids his age who were seeing substance abuse and suicide as very real paths for them. Noah decided to take a two-pronged approach to helping those in Nunavut: providing them with equipment and starting a camp which would teach them the values of healthy living, coupled with improving their lacrosse skills. With the help of his father Bob, news about Noah’s plans spread through the Nepean Knights Minor Lacrosse Association who held an equipment drive and to Jason Wiles, a former National Lacrosse League player and instructor at ProStar Lacrosse who partnered with the Hoseltons to develop the NorthStar camp in Nunavut. The first camp was held in Iqualuit in September 2010 with plans to spread the camp into other communities in the coming years. In addition to his efforts to help youth in Canada’s north, Noah also found time to compete for Team Slovakia – thanks to his mother’s Slovakian ancestry – at the World Lacrosse Championships in July 2010 in Manchester, England.

MARIE-EVE CHAINEY: Marie-Eve, a 27-year-old University of Ottawa student, exemplifies the word “perseverance” as she battled severe kidney disease to make a memorable return to competitive high jump at the 2010 Canadian Track and Field Championship in Toronto, ON in July. For Chainey, it meant returning to elite competition after a nine-year battle with the disease that has nearly killed her several times and forced her to endure some 800 blood transfusions. Three years ago, she was unable to walk and even lacked the strength to wash her hair but the fight to return to the sport that she describes as her “happy place” drove her to persevere. Through nocturnal hemodialysis, which Chainey undergoes six nights a week for eight to nine hours while she sleeps, she was able to get back into training in pursuit of her athletic goals. The night before the Nationals in July, Marie-Eve battled competition nerves in a Toronto hospital going through her regular dialysis routine. In the end, her “NH” for “No Height” will be what the record books will show for her performance at the 2010 Nationals but the lessons she learned and the example that she demonstrates to those who learn of her story make what’s in the books only a minor sidebar in this incredible story.

High School Sports – OFSSA Gold Medalists

To be an Ontario High School champion in an individual sport or team sport is a great achievement. We would like to honour in our program the following athletes and teams from the high schools of Ottawa who have accomplished this feat:

• Ashbury High School – Boys Basketball (A)
• All Saints High School – Curling (Boys)
• Louis Riel High School – Girls Volleyball (AAA)
• Emma Galbraith – Franco Ouest – Junior Girls 800m and 1500m
• David Nsabua – E.S. Louis–Riel – Senior Boys Triple Jump
• Adam Palamar – Merivale – Jr. Boys 1500m and 3000m
• Yves Sikubwabo – Senior Boys Cross Country Running