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Jan. 17, 2020
The Ottawa Sports Awards will recognize the impact of three members of the city’s sporting community with special awards at this year’s annual gala. The trio of Andy Binda, Richard Starnes, and Stan Banville are winners of the Special Recognition Award, Lifetime Award for Media Excellence, and Spirit of Sport Award, respectively.
The honourees will be celebrated in person at the 2019 Ottawa Sports Awards Dinner, January 29, 2020 at Algonquin College on Woodroffe Avenue. Tickets for the Ottawa Sports Awards Dinner are now on sale at https://ottawasportsawards.ca/buy-2019-gala-tickets/
The Ottawa Sports Awards is the largest and most inclusive amateur sport recognition event in Canada will mark its 67th anniversary this year. Last year’s event sold out with 700 people in attendance.
Special Recognition Award: Andy Binda
Andy Binda joined the Ottawa Rowing Club in 1955 as a competitive oarsman and won his first medal at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in 1961 in the 145 pound single. Andy rowed competitively from 1955 to 1973. Over the years he served as Ottawa Rowing Club captain, as a coach, and as a member of the club executive. Since obtaining his RCA umpiring license in 1967, Andy has umpired extensively at local regattas in Eastern Ontario and Quebec, has been to every Royal Canadian Henley Regatta since 1972, and been selected for eight international juries. Locally Binda continues to be a presence around the club, offering a helping hand to repair boats and organize events. In appreciation of his years of hard work on behalf of the Canadian rowing community, the Ottawa Rowing Club named its historic boathouse after Binda and the Ottawa Sports Awards is proud to present him with a Special Recognition Award.
Lifetime Award for Media Excellence: Richard Starnes
For more than three decades in the Nation’s Capital Richard Starnes shared his passion for the game of soccer, capturing the beauty of the game and conveying it to the readers of the Ottawa Citizen. Article by article, year by year the game grew and so did the local storylines. Richard chronicled successes at the local universities and the years when Canadian Women’s National Team players spent their summers in the city helping the Ottawa Fury women’s team rank among the best in North America. When men’s professional soccer arrived, Starnes covered Ottawa Fury FC in the paper and on the airwaves. The team’s beat writer for their first three seasons, he also co-hosted Corner Kicks on TSN 1200 and served as a colour commentator of the club’s radio broadcasts.
Then there were the young players, the referees and the coaches that he celebrated – always wanting to ensure their efforts of growing the game at the grassroots level was not unnoticed. He was a coach himself, coaching his children who grew up playing the sport he loved so much. Richard passed away at the age of 75 in July, and is greatly missed by all who knew him.
Spirit of Sport Award: Stan Banville
Stan is known as a super-fan at Ottawa 67s games, where he has been a loyal season seat member for over 30 years. His attendance record is impeccable as it is believed he has only missed one game in over fifty years. His positivity is his trademark – from his seat at centre-ice on the short side he never disparages an away team or getting down on the home team. Stan was equally devoted to the Ottawa Lynx and is also well-known around sporting venues across the city, supporting local baseball, curling, and softball leagues. A true sports fan, Stan encapsulates the Spirit of Sport in his enthusiasm and dedication to being part of the sporting experience.