2016 Winners


Kristina Groves Female Athlete of the Year Trophy

A teary-eyed Erica Wiebe singing O Canada atop the podium was the final image in the CBC’s closing video montage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and will certainly stand as a lasting moment in our city’s sports history.

The Stittsville wrestler controlled her opponents in the women’s 75 kg division at almost every moment of every match at the Olympics. The 27-year-old’s trademark quickness and fitness were on full display as she methodically downed opponents from Germany, China, Belarus and Kazakhstan to win the gold in her Olympic debut.

After her 6-0 win in the final, Erica paraded around the mat with the Canadian flag and then showed she had plenty of energy left by hoisting her coach on her shoulders before eventually celebrating with Canadians in the crowd, which included her mom, Paula Preston (who is being honoured with our 2016 Spirit of Sport Award).

The former National Capital Wrestling Club athlete and Ottawa Fury soccer goalkeeper had the gym at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex named after her in a ceremony shortly after her return from Rio.

From her start as a high school wrestler with the Sacred Heart Huskies, then on to her current training base at the University of Calgary, Erica is now Ottawa’s first Summer Olympic champion since Glenroy Gilbert (our 2016 Male Coach of the Year) won gold at the Atlanta 1996 Games.

Male Athlete of the Year

A star on blades and on bike, Vincent collects his second career Male Athlete of the Year honour from the Ottawa Sports Awards in recognition of a spectacular 2016 season where he continued his rise in the sport world.

The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the planet’s best speed skaters and is a threat for the podium each time he takes to the ice in international competition. He recorded sixth- and eighth-place finishes at the 2016 World Championships and anchored Canada to a team sprint silver medal to conclude his 2015-16 season at the World Cup Final.

Vincent’s 2016-17 campaign is off to a blazing start. He again anchored Canada to the team sprint podium, earning gold and silver medals at World Cup meets in Kazakhstan and the Netherlands. The Gloucester Concordes product also captured his first career individual World Cup gold medal in Kazakhstan, winning the men’s 1,000 m.

That medal matched the gold he won earlier this fall when he jumped on his bike for a couple weeks and won the men’s 1,000 m time trial event at the Canadian Track Cycling Championships.

The 2014 Olympian is focused on skating at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, though he would one day like to shoot for the Summer Olympics as well.

The Cyclery-Opus women’s cycling team
Female Team of the Year

Sponsored by The Cyclery bike & ski shop in Old Ottawa South, this Ottawa-based women’s team was the dominant force at the 2016 Canadian Road Cycling Championships, held in Ottawa/Gatineau.

Annie Foreman-Mackey won the women’s road race and Tara Whitten won the individual time trial, while Ariane Bonhomme was the U23 champion in both those races. In the criterium, Justine Clift and Ellen Watters were the silver and bronze medallists.

Two of the team’s riders – Whitten and Foreman-Mackey (as an alternate) – attended the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, while two riders (Foreman-Mackey and Watters) earned the opportunity to move on to top professional World Tour teams.

Watters also won the longest-running bike race in North America at the Tour of Sommerville, while Whitten won the International Cascade Classic in Bend, Oregon, and Bonhomme won gold and bronze medals at the Pan American Championships in Mexico.

Now nine years old, The Cyclery Racing Team has established itself as Canada’s top amateur development team to help female cyclists bridge the gap from local racing to the world stage.

Male Team of the Year

The Carleton Ravens men’s basketball dynasty carried on in 2016 with the team’s 12th national title in the past 14 years.

With many new pieces, several returning players filling new roles, and Rob Smart taking over as head coach from his uncle Dave, this was perhaps the hardest title to win on paper during Carleton’s current run of six consecutive titles.

But the Ravens trademarks of strong team play and dominating defence carried through again, as they won every game by double-digits at the national championship tournament, including the 101-79 final over Calgary.

Carleton went 16-3 in league play and picked up an Ontario silver medal prior to their dominant performances at nationals.

Female Coach of the Year

Jen Boyd raised the bar once again in 2016, directing her University of Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s rugby team to a new all-time program best finish, a national silver medal.

Jen was named Quebec conference coach of the year for the third consecutive season.

Praised by her graduating players for transforming the program she began coaching in 2013, Boyd’s troops also have an undefeated streak against Quebec opponents over the same time period, including three conference titles.

Jen also served as Team Canada head coach for Canada’s FISU rugby sevens women’s championships silver medal win.

She coaches at many levels, including club rugby with the Ottawa Irish, and numerous athletes of hers are now part of national team programs.

This is Jen’s fourth career Female Coach of the Year honour from the Ottawa Sports Awards.

Male Coach of the Year

After a few down years in his absence, Glenroy Gilbert has brought Canada’s relay teams back to the world elite, with 2016 serving as the exclamation point.

Glenroy served as the national team coach for Canada’s three Olympic relay entries in Rio. After a heartbreaking disqualification kept his men’s 4×100 m team off the podium at the London 2012 Olympics, Glenroy’s crew of Akeem Haynes, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney and Andre De Grasse experienced the reverse fate in Rio, when USA was disqualified to elevate them into the bronze medal position.

This was Canada’s first Olympic relay medal since Glenroy ran the second leg himself in Canada’s men’s 4×100 m gold medal triumph at the Atlanta 1996 Games. Canada’s women’s 4×100 m team also reached the final in Rio, and the women’s 4×400 m team had perhaps the greatest unsung Canadian performance at the Games.

With Glenroy-coached Ottawa Lion Farah Jacques stepping into the lineup due to injury and running some of the team’s best splits, the 13th-seeded Canadians not only reached the final unexpectedly, but then came within .55 seconds of winning a medal, finishing in fourth place.



Sue Holloway

Many Canadians know Sue Holloway as one of our country’s best athletes of all-time – the first woman in the world to compete in the Summer and Winter Olympics in the same year, and a two-time Olympic medallist.

But if you’re from Ottawa, you’re just as – if not more – likely to know her as a tireless sport volunteer and a champion for our community.

As the recipient of the 2016 Mayor’s Cup for Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Ottawa, this award salutes Sue for the tremendous impact she’s made on our city well beyond her inspirational high-performance sport career.

Sue has held about every volunteer role under the sun with local cross-country ski and canoe-kayak clubs. The past Nakkertok Nordic club president is a leader of the volunteer effort that allows the capital and Canada to host the annual Eastern Canadian Championships, dolling out stew to keep the workforce going over long, often frigid, weekends.

The former Rideau Canoe Club commodore is a pillar behind the Galley Girls dragonboat crew and keeping women active in physical activity and high-level sport through all of life’s commitments.

She is the lead organizer of the Canadian Olympic Foundation’s Gold Medal Plates Ottawa fundraiser, and supports women’s leadership and sport development groups. And of course, Sue is currently the co-chair of Ottawa’s bid to host the 2021 Canada Summer Games.

Sue volunteers, coaches, competes, organizes, engages and promotes, and continues to inspire our community on a day-to-day basis.

Don Moxley

Don Moxley comes from a couple of sport backgrounds and has been coaching Ottawa cyclists and nordic skiers for over 30 years.

With the Ottawa Bicycle Club for the past couple of decades, Don worked his way through the coaching ranks, first developing beginner competitive cyclists and then nurturing their athletic careers as they learned to become champions.

Many coaches who deliver national and international results are given top athletes and take them to the next level. Don started with first-time cyclists and grew them into athletes that delivered national and international results. He empowered them and provided them with tools to understand and to monitor their training. That is to say, he created athletes.

Over his coaching career, dozens of cyclists from his program made provincial and national teams, and won international championships. For many years, Don’s athletes have been recognized by the Ottawa Sports Awards, including 2014 Male Athlete of the Year Vincent De Haitre, for whom he wrote his first cycling-specific training plan.

While many coaches develop a standard program for a group of athletes to follow, Don felt that each athlete should receive an individualized plan to match their goals and their competition schedule. This required a tremendous amount of personal dedication and time on behalf of the coach, but it was the Moxley way. Clearly, it was a very successful approach for competitive cyclists in Ottawa.

Don shared his knowledge and experience over the years and brought new coaches into the program and had them working with athletes. Beginning in 1995, he organized and coordinated coaching courses in both road and mountain bike. He introduced Jenny Trew as an up-and-coming coach. In 2012, Jenny was selected as the female Canadian coach for the Pan Am Championship and the Ontario Coach for the National Track Cycling team, and now she leads Canada’s premiere women’s development team under The Cyclery banner.

These were just his efforts on behalf of cycling. Don found time to be the Nordic ski assistant coach at Carleton University for many years, as well as Nordic ski coach with the Ottawa Racers and the Kanata Racers. Don believed in the benefits of training in different sports, and that there are many crossover benefits from one sport to another.

Don may very well have set the bar against which development coaches in Ottawa will be measured.

Lois Laquerre

Lois Laquerre comes from the sport of artistic gymnastics and has been a registered artistic gymnastics judge since Canada was celebrating its Centenary! She has officiated at every level: club, provincial, national and international.

She has held the highest international certification for a judge since 1989.
Internationally, Lois has officiated at the 2006 Commonwealth Games; the Pan American Games in 1999, 2003, and 2007; and many other international events in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Domestically, there is no level of competition where Lois has not officiated. Her judging credits include countless provincial and national championships and 5 Canada Games.

For over 3 decades, Lois fulfilled the role of National Judges Registrar for the Canadian gymnastics federation, has been a member of the Judging Development Committee, and has conducted numerous clinics nationally. As a mentor, she has had a positive effect on an untold number of Canadian gymnastics judges.

She has been the recipient of several awards for her contribution to Gymnastics, including the Canadian gymnastics federation’s Program Service Award in 1999 and the Ontario Gymnastics Federation Special Achievement Award in 2000.

Lois is mainstay at just about every local and regional meet that is held. These meets were often 3 days, with long sessions running from morning to night. On top of this, she routinely attends clubs’ “mock meets” – simulated competitions for young athletes to practice their skills, providing constructive feedback to athletes and coaches on areas where they can improve.

For these reasons, Lois has always been a popular and dedicated official because of her positive and supportive attitude, her love for the sport, and her contribution to the development of officials, coaches and athletes across all levels.

Cathy O’Doherty

Cathy O’Doherty’s name is almost synonymous with the sport of Volleyball at the elite level in Ottawa for the past 30 years. There is not much that Cathy hasn’t done for the sport over that time.

Just for starters, she has 31 years coaching in the high school sector, with many championship teams at the city, regional and provincial levels.
She formed, coached and managed a number of elite volleyball clubs in Ottawa over the past 15 years: Ottawa Kangaroos (1999-2004), the National Capitals (2004-2009) and Ottawa Fusion (2009-2010).

Her coaching and team-building skills have been recognized and sought out at higher levels. For 12 years, Cathy found additional time to coach volleyball at the provincial and national levels.

She has volunteered at the provincial level in many roles, including Technical Director of the 14U Elite Centre, and Women’s Team Head Coach for National Championships and Canada Summer Games. Cathy also served as Team Ontario Mission Staff for the 2013 Canada Summer Games.

For many years, Cathy has been a volunteer instructor for the National Coaches Certification Program for her sport. As a testament to the excellence of her coaching and mentoring, it has been calculated that Cathy has directly coached over 50 girls who have gone on to play at either the CIS or NCAA levels.

As well, Cathy has been an outstanding educator for over 33 years. She has impacted many students, providing mentorship for staff and defining the role of the student success teacher. She worked tirelessly to ensure students are introduced to numerous instructional strategies aimed at meeting each of their educational needs. Cathy’s goal was to ensure that each student was afforded every opportunity to succeed.

Paula Preston

Paula Preston followed her daughters into the sports that they wished to pursue, as many parents do. Unusually, however, she has remained as a volunteer in each of those sports for many, many years past her daughters’ time with local clubs. By giving back to the communities that gave her daughters such positive experiences, Paula Preston embodies the principles behind the Spirit of Sport Award.

Paula first became involved as a volunteer with the Kanata Rhythmic Gymnastics Club and rhythmic gymnastics in general when her daughter, Alisa, became a successful gymnast with the club. After years of competing at the provincial level, Alisa retired. However, her mother has stayed with the club in various roles for 23 years. The ongoing success of the Club is in no small part due to Paula’s role on its Board of Directors.

Orchestrating almost every event hosted by the club, Paula has been the meet director of the Kanata Cup for over a decade, as well as meet director for several Provincial Championships and two National Championships.
Gymnastics Ontario has also been the lucky recipient of Paula’s skills and volunteered time. The new sport of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics benefited from Paula’s involvement when she wrote and edited the technical document for the sport. She has received two of the highest volunteer recognition awards from Gymnastics Ontario.

Paula also organized ‘memory-of-a-lifetime’ trips for young local gymnasts to participate in 4 World Gymnaestrada events overseas, which are non-competitive events that celebrate of all forms of gymnastics.

Another of her daughters wanted to play youth soccer so Paula followed her into that sport and again for several years took on another set of volunteer roles, helping with game-day operations for the Ottawa Fury Soccer Club.

This daughter, Erica Wiebe, decided to focus her athletic pursuits on wrestling so Paula followed her to that sport and learned a whole new set of volunteer skills. She learned to become a drawmaster so that the National Capital Wrestling Club could run its own tournament, which is now 12 years old.

Erica has of course gone on to win the biggest prize in sport, Olympic gold in Rio, and credits her mom and other dedicated sport volunteers for being “the backbone” to her success.



ATHLETICS – MELISSA BISHOP: This Ottawa-born athlete was our female athlete of the year in 2015. Melissa continued on her winning ways in 2016 by capturing the Canadian women’s 800 m title and making the 2016 Olympic team. In Rio, the Ottawa Lions Track-and-Field Club athlete battled her way through all the heats to make the Olympic final. She finished just off the podium in fourth place. Her time of 1:57:02 in Rio established a new Canadian record. Melissa also won the Track Town Classic in Edmonton, set an Ottawa Lions club record of 4:09:58 over 1500 m and set two Canadian indoor 800 m records, one of which was the fifth fastest time in the world. The 28-year-old runner now has her sights set on 2020.

BADMINTON – ANDREW D’SOUZA: Andrew is Ottawa’s top badminton player for the third year in a row for 2016. At the 2016 nationals, he was the men’s singles silver medallist. The University of Ottawa human kinetics student is also ranked #1 in Canada in the open category.

BASEBALL – MELISSA ARMSTRONG: Melissa is a Saskatchewan native who is enrolled in a PhD program at Carleton University. She is also a pitcher on Canada’s national women’s baseball team, now a 10-year veteran of the national program. In 2016, she played in her fifth Women’s Baseball World Cup, helping Canada to a silver medal performance. She is a repeat winner in this sport.

BASKETBALL – MICHAEL L’AFRICAIN: This point guard was a steady player for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees for five years, helping his team reach the national championships tournament for the last four years. He led his 17-2 team in points per game (20.4), assists (101) – which were both career-highs – in minutes played (31.4), three-pointers (51 at a 41.8%) and free throws (67 for 85.9%). For his efforts, Michael was named Ontario and Canadian Player of the Year. He leaves UOttawa as the team’s all-time leader in assists (406) and fourth in career points with 1,272.

BASKETBALL (WHEELCHAIR) – SAM GRAHAM: Sam has been a member of the Ottawa-Carleton Wheelchair Sports Association for many years now both as a player, coach and fundraiser. The 2015 Canada Summer Games participant played for the Bulldogs de Quebec team that won the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League Championship in 2016. He is giving back to his sport by coaching a junior team in Ottawa.

BIATHLON – LEILANI TAM VON BURG: For the second year in a row, Leilani is Ottawa’s top biathlete. In 2016, she was named to the Canadian national development squad, with her sights set on 2022. A great performance saw her qualify for the World Junior Championships for the third time in her career. She also competed in the 2016 Canadian Biathlon Championships, winning three gold medals and a silver in junior women’s events.

BOBSLEIGH – KASHA LEE: A newcomer to the sport of bobsleigh, Kasha has made great strides due to commitment, attitude and hard work. While only in her second year, she has earned a spot on the NextGen National Women’s Bobsleigh team. To cap her season, Kasha helped Canada to a 5th-place finish in the team event at the 2016 World Championships in Austria. The Sacred Heart Catholic High School grad also pushed for Canada’s gold medal-winning sled piloted by Kaillie Humphries at the first-ever four-woman bobsled competition staged alongside the World Championships as an exhibition event.

BOBSLEIGH (SKELETON) – MIRELA RAHNEVA: After a difficult start to her 2015-16 season, Mimi competed on the European Cup circuit, winning two races and finishing second in the overall standings. In 2016, she made Canada’s World Cup skeleton team. In her first season on the top international tour, the former university rugby player broke a track start record in Whistler and placed fifth in her first World Cup race. While racing on the track closest to home, she won her first career World Cup medal – a bronze in Lake Placid, New York. After an explosive start to the 2017 portion of her season (including her first World Cup title), Mimi has her sights set on making the 2018 Winter Olympic team.

BOWLING (5-PIN) — MATTHEW LEONARD: Matthew finished his bowling season in April with an average of 271, the highest in our zone. He helped a master bowlers team to fourth place finish nationally. As well, Matthew qualified to represent Ottawa Valley in both the men’s open team and singles competitions at the provincial championships. This competition for elite bowlers saw him increase his average to an amazing 283, among the highest in Canada. Matthew is a long-time bowler who has won national titles in the past.

BOXING – ERICA ADJEI: This year saw Erica compete at the regional, provincial and international levels. She won her weight class (54 kg) at the Brampton Cup and then successfully defended her Canadian title, becoming the only boxer from Ottawa to do so. She was selected as a training partner for the Canadian women’s team at a camp held in France, where she also got to spar with the French national team. Erica also earned her place to fight for Canada at the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Kazakhstan, thus becoming the first Ottawa boxer to compete for Canada at a world championship in over 30 years. Her advancement to the final round of 16 is proof of how hard this 26-year-old athlete trains and competes.

BROOMBALL – JOEY KEALEY: Joey, playing as a power forward, helped the Ottawa Nationals become the #1 team in the world. His team won the Canada Cup, the Ste. Agathe tournament, the provincials, nationals and then the World Championships. At the Worlds, held in Regina, Joey was among the leading scorers and was chosen tournament MVP. Invited to play in the Australian nationals, he was the top scorer and MVP for the champion team.

CANOE/KAYAK (SPRINT) – BEN TARDIOLI: This Rideau Canoe Club paddler had his best result at the World Cup event held right before the Rio Olympic Games by placing 5th at the 2016 ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 2 race in Czech Republic. Ben won the senior men’s C-1 200 m gold medal at the Canadian Championships in Dartmouth, N.S. He just missed making the 2016 Olympic team, so is shooting for 2020.

CANOE/KAYAK (WHITEWATER) – CAMERON SMEDLEY: Cam is now an Olympian as Rio 2016 was his Olympic debut. He placed 15th in his C-1 event at the Games, becoming Canada’s top finisher for his sport, barely missing the semi-finals by one spot. This is the fourth year in a row Cam has won our award for the sport of canoe slalom.

CRICKET – AYOUB AHMADZAI: In the 2016 season, this young 24-year-old phenomenon racked up the highest season aggregates in the Ottawa Valley Cricket Council. He averaged an astounding 125.71 while scoring five centuries in the Challenge Division and posted over 1,400 runs across all three formats. He has consistently demonstrated the highest level of performance and outstanding sportsmanship.

CURLING – LISA WEAGLE: Lisa plays the lead position on the powerful team skipped by Rachel Homan. She is recognized as one of the best at her position in the world of women’s curling as she sets up the ends for the rest of the team. She even has a shot called “The Weagle” named after her. Her team is ranked at the top in both Canada and the world and has qualified for the 2017 Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Curling Trials to be held here in Ottawa.

CYCLING – MIKE WOODS: Mike had exceptional results in road racing during the 2016 season. His results included a second-place finish in the Milano-Torino road race, thirds in the Santos Tour Down Under third and fifth stages and the king of the mountain standings, and fifth in the overall general classification. The former Ottawa Lions Track-and-Field Club runner was also an Olympian in Rio, but was not at his peak due to an early-season injury that hampered his performance. He did however rebound and have several exceptional results after Rio. Back in 2005, Mike was a winner in the sport of athletics at our banquet.

DIVING – KATHRYN GRANT: Over the past two seasons, this Ottawa National Diving Club athlete has won three national titles, 12 provincial crowns and has been selected Ontario’s Outstanding Diver for her age. After having won a bronze medal on the international stage at the Junior Pan American Championships in the 3 m springboard event, she has her eyes set on medalling again at the nationals and representing Canada at the upcoming Jr. Pan Ams in Victoria, B.C.

EQUESTRIAN – SAMANTHA PENELTON: This 13-year-old rides for the Stratford–Fox Run Equestrian Centre. An honour roll student at Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Samantha was the Eastern zone provincial circuit reserve champion. She competed and placed at the provincial championships, the largest horse show in Canada. Riding her horse, Glamorous, she competed successfully and placed consistently at both the Ottawa National and Ottawa International show jumping events.

FENCING – MELANIE McCANN: Melanie competes in the sport of modern pentathlon, which includes fencing as one of its sports. She has been fencing for eight years and it has become one of her strongest events as she finished third in the fencing round at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games en route to a 16th-place finish overall in the modern pentathlon event.

FIELD HOCKEY – ROHAN CHOPRA: Rohan plays forward and is now part of Canada’s men’s development squad. He helped Canada qualify for the Junior World Cup thanks to their silver medal performance at the 2016 Junior Pan American Championships in Toronto. This Nepean Nighthawks club member played for Canada at the World Cup held in India and has now taken up coaching, guided his team of local players to a gold medal at the 2016 Ontario Summer Games.

FIGURE SKATING – CHRISTIAN REEKIE: This Gloucester Skating Club athlete was the 2016 Canadian junior men’s bronze medallist. In addition, he was the Eastern Ontario junior men’s champion and a silver medalist at the Skate Canada Challenge event, held in Edmonton. Having recently switched to skating in the pairs event, he represented Canada along with his new partner, Hannah Dawson, in his first international competition at the 2016 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Estonia.

FOOTBALL – ELI ANKOU: This former Cumberland Panther, St. Peter Knight and Ottawa Sooner played his university football at UCLA in California. The 6’ 3”, 325-lb. defensive lineman played 27 career games at UCLA. In this, his final year, he played in 10 games, making 20 unassisted tackles, 18 assisted tackles and blocked one kick. Eli was invited to play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl, held this past week in California. He is predicted to go in the top three picks in the upcoming 2017 CFL draft.

FOOTBALL (AUSSIE RULES) – VIVIAN NGUYEN: Vivian has been a member of the Ottawa Swans Australian Football Club for the past three seasons. In 2016, she had her best season to date, playing a pivotal role in both the 9-a-side and 18-a-side competitions and winning the Lockhart Medal as the women’s best and fairest. She was selected as her club’s most consistent women’s player for a second year. Vivian has been selected to play on the Northern Lights, Canada’s national women’s team, which will seek to defend its world title at the 2017 International Cup of Australian Football to be held in Melbourne, Australia.

FOOTBALL (TOUCH) – MICHELLE LEAFLOOR: This member of the Ottawa Nepean Touch Football League Hall of Fame has had a touch football career spanning 35 years, during which she has won 14 provincial and nine national championships. This year, Michelle helped lead the Toronto Rebels to both the provincial and national titles. She is recognized as one of Ontario’s top defensive women’s touch football players.

GOLF – GRACE ST. GERMAIN: Grace is a member of the Camelot Golf and Country Club who now plays at Daytona State College as a NJCAA freshman. In 2016, Grace won the Ontario Women’s Amateur title, she finished second in the Quebec Women’s Amateur, tied for 20th in the Canadian Women’s Amateur, and tied for ninth in the Canadian Junior Girls’ Championship. Based on her solid season, Grace was selected to Canada’s four-member amateur squad for the upcoming 2017 season – the only Ottawa player to be so honoured. Grace also made the final round of 16 at the 2016 U.S. Junior Girls’ Championship. This is Grace’s third time winning our golf award.

GYMNASTICS (ARTISTIC) – SAMUEL ZAKUTNEY: Sam is a member of the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre who is now on a scholarship at Penn State University. In 2016, while competing at the Canadian Championships in Edmonton, he placed second in his favourite event, the parallel bars, and third on high bar, placing him 12th overall out of Canada’s best senior men. Sam was also a member of the Canadian team that competed at the final Olympic qualifier in Rio on the heels of a fifth-place all-around performance at the Elite Canada event in Halifax. This is Sam’s fifth consecutive Ottawa gymnast of the year award.

GYMNASTICS (RHYTHMIC) – KATELEEN JIA: This 16-year-old member of the Ottawa Rhythmic Gymnastics Club will now compete at the national senior level based upon the success she has had in the provincial stream. The provincial Level 6B all-around silver medallist won many medals while competing in Ontario and Quebec, including gold in the hoop and clubs events at the Eastern Regional Championships. Kathleen has had to overcome a serious back condition that required major surgery and a determination on her part to get back to a higher level of gymnastics. She gives back to her sport by serving as a volunteer coach for the Special Olympics Rhythmic Gymnastics Team.

HOCKEY – BRETT WELYCHKA: While playing for the Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team, Brett finished second in scoring in the OUA in his rookie season, totalling 46 points. The past two-time Memorial Cup competitor with the London Knights registered 14 goals and a CIS-leading 32 assists in 27 games. His production helped lead Carleton to an OUA bronze medal and a fifth-place finish nationally. For his efforts, Brett was named CIS Rookie of the Year and an OUA East all-star. He was selected to play on the Canadian university all-star team that faced the Canadian national junior team in a December exhibition series. He has been invited to play for Canada in the upcoming FISU Games this month in Kazakhstan.

HOCKEY (BALL) – ELYSIA DESMIER: In 2016, Elysia lead the Ottawa Vanier Ball Hockey League in scoring and claimed the league championship. A member of the Canadian women’s ball hockey team since 2011, she was selected to the national team once again this year for the upcoming World Cup of Ball Hockey. The tournament in the Czech Republic this summer will be her fourth appearance for Team Canada.

HOCKEY (SLEDGE) – TYRONE ANDREW HENRY: Now in his second year with the national team, Tyrone continues to play as a defenceman. This 23-year-old has worked hard to get to this level after being badly injured in a 2010 car accident. In 2016, he played for Canada in Charlottetown, PEI, at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge, earning a silver medal following a loss to the powerful U.S. team in the finals. He trains in Ottawa, keeping in shape for a shot at playing in the 2018 Paralympics.

JUDO – BEN KENDRICK: Ben is a rising star in the world of judo, with many top results in 2016. The Quebec Senior Open bronze medallist won the Canadian Elite 8 U18 title and then the Pan Am Cadet Championship in Argentina, not long after recovering from a broken foot. The Louis-Riel high school student beat the world’s #1-ranked 81 kg cadet competitor from Brazil at the Pan Ams and was the only Canadian male to win a gold at the event. He is a repeat winner for his sport.

LACROSSE – NATHAN GRENON: This 17-year-old player has just accepted a scholarship to play lacrosse in 2017 at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. While playing Junior ‘B’ lacrosse in Nepean, he led his team in points with 37 goals and 23 assists in 16 games. Drafted 11th overall in Ontario, Nathan moved to the Junior ‘A’ level where he now plays for the Toronto Beaches. He was a key player on the Team Ontario field lacrosse gold medal-winning team in 2016 and also helped the Ottawa Nemesis U19 field lacrosse team win back-to-back provincial championships.

LAWN BOWLS – BILL SHEFFIELD: A recent addition to the lawn bowling scene, Bill had a very active and successful season. He led his team to a win at the district mixed pairs championships and a spot in the Eastern Ontario regionals where they won a silver medal, narrowly missing the gold by one point.

MODERN PENTATHLON – MELANIE McCANN: Melanie, a national team member, has worn the maple leaf for over 10 years now, including seven World Championships, dozens of World Cups, two Pan Am Games, and the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. Melanie qualified for the Rio Games on the strength of a victory at the Open Spanish International in Barcelona and a 7th-place showing at World Cup #1 in Egypt. She is the current Canadian Olympic record holder for points scored in a modern pentathlon and is passionate about introducing her sport to Canada’s youth. This is Melanie’s fifth Ottawa Sports Awards modern pentathlon honour.

ORIENTEERING – EMILY KEMP: In 2016, Emily took the international orienteering scene in stride by finishing fourth in a thrilling World Championship middle distance race. While competing in North America, she won all four races and now finds herself ranked third in Finland, having won its premier league championship. She has had many top-10 finishes at races in Finland and elsewhere in Europe, including a first in the ultra-long distance. She now finds herself ranked 14th in the world and the record holder as the all-time best North American female orienteer.

PARASPORT – JASON DUNKERLEY: Jason competed in the 2016 Paralympics, finishing fifth in the men’s 1,500 metres in the T11 class for athletes with no vision, recording a season-best time of 4:07:98. This was his fifth Paralympics in a row, having competed in 2000 in Sydney, followed by Athens, London, Beijing and now Rio. During this time, he has won two bronze and three silver medals. Along with his guide of six years, Josh Karanja, 39-year-old Jason is retiring from international competition, though they plan to compete at home for the 2017 Canadian Track-and-Field Championships in Ottawa.

RINGETTE – SARAH-LYNNE BEGIN: Sarah-Lynne got to play Canadian hero at the 2016 World Ringette Championships in Helsinki, Finland. In the 66th minute of the U21 championship game, she scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give Canada the gold. On top of this, she was honoured as Canada’s MVP and chosen as the top centre in the tournament. The Ottawa Ice player has been racking up the points in National Ringette League play as well, averaging well over two points a game. She is at the top of her game, ranking as one of the best ringette players in Canada and the world.

ROWING – ANDREW TODD: Andrew’s 2016 season was even more accomplished than 2015, so much so that he was named Rowing Canada’s Para Rower of the Year. While rowing for Canada’s four-person boat at the World Cup held in Poland, he won the gold medal. The Ottawa Rowing Club product’s winning ways continued with a bronze medal in his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games.

RUGBY – SIMONE SAVARY: Simone is the captain of the University of Ottawa women’s rugby team, where she earned conference and All-Canadian honours for her outstanding play, and helped the Gee-Gees to the all-time best finish in program history, a national silver medal. She was a member of a Canadian team that toured England (Maple Leaf Tour) and Utah. Simone was also a member of the Barrhaven Scottish club team that were semi-finalists in the Quebec senior women’s league.

RUNNING (CROSS-COUNTRY) – SHONA McCULLOCH: This Longfields–Davidson Secondary School senior dominated all the fall cross-country races held in Ottawa during the high school season, winning her fourth city title in four years, and then went on to win an OFSAA bronze medal. While running for the Ottawa Lions Track-and-Field Club, Shona placed seventh at the nationals, earning herself a position on Canada’s national junior team that will compete in the World Championships in Uganda. She just recently signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Washington to run for the Huskies.

RUNNING (ROAD RACING) – TOMMY DES BRISAY: Tommy was selected the road racer of the year at the recent Ottawa Lions banquet. This 25-year-old came very close to making the Canadian Paralympic team for the Rio Games in the T20 class for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The problem is all the Paralympic races are too short for a distance runner of Tommy’s abilities. He won the 2016 half-marathon race at the Canadian Army Run with a personal-best 1:12:24, winning by almost two minutes over second place and finishing ahead of over 8,500 participants. He added more wins at the Scotiabank Canada Day 5 km, the Wakefield Moon River 10 km and the Nine Run Run half-marathon race. A previous winner of our award for this sport, Tommy is looking forward to the next IPC Athletics World Championships when the 5000 m distance will be added.

SAILING (ABLE) – SHAYLAGH LEY: Shaylagh is a sailor with a physical disability who has been sailing in the Nepean Sailing Club’s able-sail program for three years. In 2016, the 16-year-old placed first in the silver fleet (sail with a companion) event at the Mobility Cup in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. In this race, she defeated 22 sailors from all across Canada and two from the U.S. Shaylagh also finished second in the Quebec Disabled Sailing Championships against a field of 14 competitors.

SHOOTING – MARY PATRICK: This RA Gun Club member is an international target rifle shooter competing in the air rifle 10m discipline and the fullbore (large caliber) shooting discipline. She competed in Ohio at the Camp Perry Open, placing as the top junior Canadian shooter. In spite of changing coaches and type of rifle, Mary competed at the Canadian smallbore national championships, earning a third in the expert category. A busy summer of shooting saw her win double silver at the Ontario Summer Games, win honours as the top under-25 Canadian at the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association Championships and being ranked as one of the top-18 Canadians overall. Mary has now qualified to shoot in Bisley, England as a member of Canada’s adult team while she is still a junior. The Carleton University mechanical engineering student also qualified for the Canadian high-performance national junior team for air rifle. Mary is the back-to-back winner in this sport.

SKIING (ALPINE) – KELLY MOORE: Kelly is a sophomore skier on the Dartmouth College ski team. The first-team conference all-star has been recognized as her conference’s alpine skier of the week and her school’s female athlete of the week. She won the giant slalom at the Bates races and also added a fourth in slalom. She placed in the top-10 in seven other races, including a giant slalom victory at the eastern regionals and five overall podium finishes. Kelly was second in the east in the GS, fifth in slalom and second overall heading into the NCAA Championships.

SKIING (CROSS-COUNTRY) – MEGAN EVANS: This Carleton Ravens cross-country skier finished the season with three silver medals and one gold at the 2016 OUA Nordic Championships, helping the Ravens to the provincial gold medal over Lakehead, winners of the previous 11 championships. At the Canadian Championships for Universities and Colleges held in Whitehorse, Megan won two silver medals and a bronze. For her outstanding efforts, she was selected as Carleton’s Female Athlete of the Year.

SKIING (FREESTYLE, MOGULS) – DEVON MARTEL: This 20-year-old has been a member of the Ontario mogul ski team for three years. Devon placed 18th at the Canadian Selections in December and 12th at the Canadian Series event held at Le Massif. While skiing in the duals competition at the Apex Canadian Series event in B.C., he qualified in sixth position. He continues to work on his skills by adding more speed and more difficult air tricks to his skiing performances.

SKIING (FREESTYLE, SLOPESTYLE) – NOAH PORTER-MACLENNAN: Noah is a young Ottawa-based skier on the rise. At the 2016 Ontario Slopestyle Championships, he finished first in his U14 age category and second overall. Noah also earned two first-place finishes on the Timber Tour. At the Junior National Championships, Noah finished third in his age category and was the best from Ontario. He has been named to the 2016-17 Ontario Park and Pipe Team.

SOCCER – ALEXIS MARTEL-LAMOTHE: Alexis is a member of Canada’s national team program. While only being 17 years old, she was a player on the Canadian U20 women’s national team that won a silver medal at the CONCACAF continental championships. Her talent was further recognized when she was called up to play centre-back with the U23 national team in May. Alexis also played with a Quebec select team for a match against the French senior women’s national team in Laval, Quebec.

SOFTBALL – ERIN DURANT: Erin played for the Bytown Belles this summer, a team that went on to win a silver medal at the senior women’s provincials. When her team decided not to compete in the nationals, she was picked up by the Whitby Eagles to play at the tournament in PEI. Her great fielding and hitting skills spurred her on to be selected as an All-Canadian outfielder. The former University of Ottawa Gee-Gees player helped coach her old team during the fall months and also won a local league title. This Prescott girl now lives in Ottawa where she works as a lawyer.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS – MARIANNE SCHARF: Marianne is an athlete with Special Olympics Ottawa. She has competed in various sports for 28 years, including track & field, cross-country skiing, swimming, bowling and soccer. In March of 2016, she competed in the National Winter Games in Newfoundland and came home with a gold and silver medal in cross-country skiing. While always proud of her own achievements, Marianne is also a great team player and appreciates the efforts of all the other athletes.

SPEED SKATING (LONG-TRACK) – IVANIE BLONDIN: Ivanie has dominated our award for many years now, her streak now standing at 11 years as the city’s top short-track or long-track speed skater. The top-performing woman on Canada’s national team now hits the podium more times than not at international competitions. Ivanie became a world champion in 2016, winning the mass start event at the World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Russia. She finished the 2015-16 World Cup season ranked second overall in the mass start, and won two gold medals and a bronze in four World Cup mass start races this fall, along with a 3,000 m bronze.

SQUASH – BARRETT AASS: This keen young squash player has all the talent and energy to climb up the ladder fast. Barrett is an active member of the OAC squash club and plays on one of their Ottawa-area first-division teams. In 2016, the 16-year-old improved his ranking by over 120 places to now rank in the top-25 out of all ages in Ottawa. He is now ranked provincially in the top-5 and nationally in the top-10 in his age category. He has become a valued member of the Ottawa junior squash team and often places very high in the open divisions of adult tournaments.

SWIMMING – ERIKA SELTENREICH-HODGSON: Swimming for the UBC Thunderbirds to begin her 2016 season, Erika was the most-decorated athlete at February’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport Swimming Championships in Quebec City, winning five gold medals and two silver while setting a CIS championship record in the women’s 200-metre individual medley. The Nepean-Kanata Barracudas/GO Kingfish product qualified for her first Olympic Games with her performance at the Canadian team trials, and earned a place in the 200 m IM semi-finals in Rio. This is Erika’s third Ottawa swimmer-of-the-year award.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING – MEGHAN LAPIERRE: Meghan has been a fierce synchro swimmer for years despite her young age. In 2016, she competed as a 12-year-old on a national stream age 13-15 team in the GO Capital program of the former Gloucester Synchro Club. Meghan won gold in every solo competition in which she swam, including the provincials, the Hilton Worldwide Invitational and the nationals. She won an individual silver medal at the UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Championship in Puerto Rico, and won another silver while competing on Ontario’s age 11-12 team. Currently, Meghan is a member of the 13-15 national stream team and a soloist with GO Capital Synchro.

TABLE TENNIS – EUGENE WANG: The winner of our award in this sport for the fifth year in a row, Eugene is simply the best table tennis player from Ottawa, Canada and North America. He dominated all his competitors at the 2016 North American Olympic qualification trials by not losing a game through all of the quarterfinals, semi-finals and the finals. He was the only Canadian male table tennis athlete selected to play at the Rio Olympics, where he earned the first two men’s singles Olympic victories of his career before bowing out in the round of 32.

TAEKWONDO – LISA GIBSON: Lisa is a second-degree black belt competing in Poomsae, also called patterns. She is a three-time provincial champion and a two-time Canadian champion. In 2016, Lisa ranked first in Ontario and second in Canada, and she also finished sixth at the U.S. Open in Reno, Nevada, and seventh at the Pan Am Championships in Mexico. Having earned enough international points, she then competed in the World Poomsae Championships in Peru, finishing with a top-32 performance.

TRAMPOLINE – AIDAN DOWNIE-CHEETHAM: Aidan has been a member of the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre for five years. During this time, he has developed from the recreational level to the competitive stream. In 2015-16, he won a silver medal and had two fourth-place finishes at Ontario Cup meets, finished fourth at the Ontario Championships, and represented his province at the Eastern Canadian Championships, winning a team silver medal and an individual bronze.

TRIATHLON – JOANNA BROWN: This is Joanna’s sixth career triathlon honour at the Ottawa Sports Awards. In 2016, she was one of 32 triathletes chosen to compete in the first Major League Triathlon season. Joanna finished as the top Canadian in her elite women’s race held during the Canadian Triathlon Championships hosted here in Ottawa, and 10th in the Xterra World Championships held in Maui. She also competed for Canada in the World Triathlon Series event held in Edmonton, finishing as the top Canadian in 17th place.

ULTIMATE – WYNNE GEE: Wynne was the only female player from the Ottawa region selected to play in the U20 women’s program in 2016. The Wicked junior competitive team player was the second-youngest player on her team at the World Junior Ultimate Championships held in Poland, where she showed her high technical skills in helping the team win a gold medal. Wynne follows in her brother’s footsteps as Ottawa’s ultimate player of the year. Kinley Gee won our award in this sport in 2015, and earned a silver medal himself at the 2016 world juniors.

VOLLEYBALL – ADAM SIMAC: This past year, Adam helped Team Canada end a 24-year Olympic drought, qualifying as one of the 12 entries into the Rio Olympic Games despite coming off shoulder surgery a few months earlier. While Adam was not selected for the final Rio roster, this recently-retired eight-year Team Canada veteran is a big reason why our men’s volleyball team has become of the world’s best, currently ranked eighth in the world.

WATER POLO – BOGDAN DJERKOVIC: This Ottawa Titans water polo player has had great success both at the club and international levels. While playing for the Titans U16 team, he scored 97 goals and made the U16 Eastern Conference all-star team. Moving up in age to play for the U18 team saw him score 73 goals and once again earn a conference all-star position. Playing for Team Ontario in the John Halle Tournament held in Los Angeles, California, Bogdan won a gold medal and was selected the tournament MVP. Later, while playing for Canada’s U18 team in the World Championships held in Montenegro, he established himself as one of Canada’s best players, scoring at better than a goal-per-game pace.

WATER SKIING – JONAH SHAFFER: Jonah is a Canadian national team member who competed at the 2016 FISU Championships, earning a seventh-place finish in the slalom event. He is a two-time Canadian slalom record holder in the Boys 3 and Junior Men divisions, a three–time Canadian national-champion in Boys 2 slalom, Boys 3 Slalom and Junior Men Slalom. He is a repeat winner of this award.

WEIGHTLIFTING – CATRINA EARNSHAW: This member of the Physics Elite Club won her 58 kg class at the Ontario Junior Championships by lifting 70 kg in the snatch and 70 kg in the clean and jerk events. While competing at the Canadian Senior Championships in Richmond, B.C., she placed sixth, lifting 70 kg in the snatch and a personal-best 84 kg in the clean and jerk. She was named to Team Ontario’s ‘A’ team and just recently competed in the 2017 Canadian Junior Championships held in Brossard, Quebec, placing third in her division.

WHEELCHAIR RUGBY – PATRICE DAGENAIS: Patrice was selected to play in his second consecutive Paralympic Games for the Canadian wheelchair rugby team. Serving as a co-captain for this team, Patrice helped Canada to a fourth-place finish at the Paralympics. While playing for Team Ontario, his team won the Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Championships and added a fourth-place finish at the Canada Cup.

WRESTLING – ERICA WIEBE: Erica is a Stittsville native who has won our wrestling award for four years in a row. This year she added a bit bigger prize, proving to the world that she is the best by winning an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games. Prior to the Olympics, Erica won the Canadian team trials and the Pan American Olympic Qualifier, along with several international tournaments, including the Yargin Grand Prix and Killpan Lady Open. She is an Olympic Champion – it does not get any better than that.



OCAA Provincial Champions
Karleigh Bell, Jenna King, Hailey Martin, Vanessa Macmillan, Andrianna Dmulchalsky, Sylie Avedessian, Melissa Baynes, Michelle Wilson, Melissa Harrison, Becky Leese, Rebecca Ladouceur, Georgia Illiopoulos, Haleigh Robertson, Maggie Draper, Darby Perry, Leah Buchanan, Melissa Scissons, Bailey Gassier, Jenna Baldree, Breanna Humphreys, Sarah Diamond, Courtney Gibbs, Jenna Robinson, Rachel Armstrong, Vanessa Cavanaugh, Allison Clayton, Stephanie Sapienza, Head Coach Dominic Oliveri, Assistants Robin Rushton, Jasmine Phillips & Les Escobar.

Quebec/Ontario League 1st & 2nd Division Men’s XV Champions
William Taylor, Nick Park, Read Spencer, Drew Henry, Rob Graham, Angus Wilson, Steven Strahan, Eric Reid, Fraser Colquhoun, Connor Algie, Scott D’Souza, Brandon Theobald, Brian Hue, Sydney Stokes, Paul Ungoed, Adam Ardmore, Dylan MacLeod, Phil Malfara, Alex Hajjar, Erick Hanson, Brock Spencer, Steve LeBrun, Zack Mayo, Mark LeBrun, Brett Tighe, Mike Griffith, Howard Lam, Josh Jensen, Einar Murchison, Phil Assad, Abdullah Jaber, William Ngu, Gaelan O’Shea, Chris Barrett, Finnian Cronin, Scott Robinson, Daryl Knight, Scott Seguin, Aidan Brown, Cyrus Edgar, Matt Torrance, Eric Morrissette, Dave Thompson, Tyler Roy-Smith, Brandon Marshall, Duncan Sheperd, William Henson, Stephen Byford, Bernard Couchman, Damo Jones, Nathan Brock, Connor Murchison, Head Coaches Fabio Romano & Forrest Spencer & Assistant Ken Simonsen.

Provincial & National Senior Men’s Champions
Ian MacAulay, Doug Johnston, Ken Sullivan & Bryan Cochrane.

Winners of 3 Gold Medals at Dragonboat Club Crew World Championships
Claire Robinson (captain), Cathie English, Cathy Loosley, Cathy Smyth, Coco Comtois, Colette Kenny, Debby Whately, Deborah Forestall-Lamontagne, Elizabeth Koopman, Francine Auger, Helen McGraw, Helena Proszanski, Jennifer Miller, Jocelyn MacKenzie, Julie Sauve, Leslie Jodoin, Manon Lavalee, Marissa Freedman, Melissa Reyes, Mona Schuller, Terry Longhorn, Vaida Hicks, Carolyn Odecki (steersperson), Liz Tapley (drummer), Gary Quartermain (head coach), Isabelle Fradette (manager), Natalie Aucoin (manager) & Pascal Coggins (assistant manager).

CIS National Champions
Gavin Resch, Sheldon McIntosh, Connor Wood, Tajinder Lall, Mitchell Jackson, Cameron Smythe, Mitchell Wood, Stanley Mayambo, Guillaume Payen Boucard, Marcus Anderson, Kaza Kajami-Keane, Anthony Pate, Glenn Thelemaque, Ryan Ejim, Yasiin Joseph, William Kohler, Jake Newman, Head Coach Rob Smart, Assistants Dean Petridis, Kevin Churchill, Victor Raso, Aaron Chapman, Aaron Blakely, Greg McManus & Richard Anderson, Athletic Therapist Bruce Marshall & Strength & Conditioning Coach Andy Stewart.

OUA Provincial Bronze Medallists
Patrick Killeen, Connor Boland, David Weckworth, Jason Seed, Brett Gustavsen, Corey Durocher, Brett Norris, Derek Brown, Sean Bamford, Ryan Van Stralen, Joey West, Brett Welychka, Hayden Hulton, Curtis Melghan, Jeremie Fraser, Alexandre Bolvin, Mitch Zion, Michael McNamee, Justin Stevens, Francis Dupuis, Connor Devereaux, Maxime Dumond, Chett Binning, Adam Chapman, Derek Froats, Clark Veenstra, Brandon Belding, Owen Werthner, Matthew Jenkins, Francois Brassard, Ryan MacLean, Brett du Puy, Jeremy Gottzmann, Head Coach Marty Johnston, Assistants Shaun Van Allen, Ryan Medel, Mark Cavallin, Richard Bue & Tom Dempsey & Staff Jill Stockton, Nick Westcott, David Sauve, Dale Wilson & Dr. Taryn Taylor.

OUA Provincial Champions
Cecily Dawson, Gemma Dingwall, Logan Hong, Isabelle Maclean, Megan Evans, Alyssa Stowe, Zoe Williams, Emily Jones, Emile Stewart-Jones, Adrienne Hynes, Laura Inkila, Anna Mallory, Alexandra Slobodian & Head Coach Nicholas Clifford.

Road Race & Time Trial Elite & U-23 Women’s National Champions
Annie Foreman-Mackey, Tara Whitten, Ariane Bonhomme, Justine Clift, Emily Flynn, Amélie Bruneau, Ellen Watters, Miriam Brouwer, Carrie Cartmill & Director Sportive Jenny Trew.

Provincial Men’s U21 Champions
Jason Camm, Matt Camm, Curtis Easter & Doug Kee.

Provincial Junior Champions & National Bronze Medallists
Brendan Adams, Ben Anderson, Andre Bess, Tristan Godmaire, Alex Hum, Justin Jamer, Chris Jelley, Logan Klein, Ryan Klein, Nicholas Kootstra, Justin Mombourquette, Jayden Oliver, Adam Saleh, Manager Karim Oliver, Assistants Dan Bellini & Peter Klein.

Canadian Women’s Masters Silver Medallists
Cathy Miedema, Andrea Proulx, Katie Wood, Megan Berry, Jaime Boss, Laura Chambers Storey, Tanya Gallant, Clare Gee, Kindha Gorman, Janet Ibit, Genevieve Labelle, Julia Laforge, Vanessa Lyon, Yvette MacAbuag, Vanessa Mann, Justine Price, Kirsten Querbach, Jessie Robinson, Sherri Ross, Ewelina Sosnowska, Lorraine Steick, Susan Sunde, Julie Vachon, Shannon Watt & Stephanie White.

OFSAA Provincial ‘AA’ Champions
Cristopher Malekos, Simon Brunet, Daniel Barriault, Danny Farhat, Francois Albert, Alexandre Sollars, Charlie Azzi, Julien Caswell, Marco Najem, Matheusz Wlodarski, Alexandre Nsakanda, Jackson Dunning, Alexandre Rioux, Head Coach Thierry Lavigne & Assistant Rejean Godmaire.

OFSAA Provincial Girls’ Aggregate Champions
Mei Mei Weston, Keili Shepherd, Cassidy Grimes, Kate Millar, Anna Welburn, Anna Larkin, Suzannah Barrett, Lauren Mouser, Tegan Shapansky, Rosalyn Barrett, Sarah Macintosh, Sarah Moore, Sophie-Anne Burger, Corina Peres & Coach Kirk Dillabaugh.

Glebe CI Gryphons Nordic Ski Team
OFSAA Combined Senior, Combined Junior, Junior Girls, Junior Boys, Senior Girls & Senior Boys Champions
Adam Nuraddeen, Adrianna Sullivan, Aidan Moore, Aidan Westdal, Alexander Darcovich, Alexander Morris, Alison Pouw, Andrew Burney, Anna Pazdzior, Anna Welburn, Benjamin Milley, Cameron Graham, Cameron Pouw, Carter Conboy, Carter Saunders, Cassidy Grimes, Claire Wright, Corina Peres, Darion Dillabaugh, Dawson Lyon, Emily Wright, Evan Kealey, Ezra Pierce, Finn Perrault, Jenna McClure, Johanna Smith, Justin Harrison, Karver Girgis, Katherine Clarke, Katherine Marshall, Kathleen Millar, Keili Shepherd, Kendall Saravanamuttoo, Kieryn Davison, Lachlan Robertson-Martin, Liam Powers-Kelly, Lila Lee Pottie, Mei Mei Weston, Nicholas Dolcetti-Koros, Nicole Smith, Oisin Smith, Phuoc-An Duong Hoang, Pierre Grall-Johnson, Reilley McClure, Rosalyn Barrett, Samuel Jordan, Samuel Lyon, Sarah Macintosh, Sebastian Elder, Stephanie Williams, Teagan Harris, Teagan Shapansky & Thomas Omura.

Provincial Champions & National Bronze Medallists
Olivier Babineau, Kenneth Caceros, Justin Dasah, Adam Davies, Alexandre De Couvreur, Emmanuel Desjeunes, Joshua Dewar-Morris, Toni El-Asmar, Bezick Evraire, Matthew Gagnon, Joey Kewin, Ryan Lauzon, Tommy Macdonald-Depew, Panagiotis Manginas, Robert Murphy, Andrew Park, Matthew Quon, Warwick Sangster, Phil Sangster, Bradley Weinberg, David Williams, Head Coach Jason Dacosta, Assistants Michael Lanos, Andrew Park, Hari Vaidyanathan & Matt Williams.

Gloucester Devils National Ringette League Team
National Silver Medallists
Allison Biewald, Sarah Brown, Amanda Gour, Samantha Green, Colleen Hagan, Jasmine LeBlanc, Jessica Mainwood, Allie Marcotte, Lauren McGonigal, Katherine Mulders, Alison O’Brien, Dom Scapillati, Brianna Thompson, Jenna van Koppen, Darcy Woods, Kaitlyn Youldon, Coaches Paul Youldon, Art Marcotte & Shelley Coolidge.

Provincial Champions
Maya Bell & Anastasia Bell.

Provincial Champions
Caroline Bouchard, Maya Bell, Anastasia Bell, Kate Berry, Olivia MacMillan, Noemie Guidon-Riopel, Michaela Lowe, Maiya Saunders, Meghan Vrkoc, Coaches Sabrina Lekadir & Katie Simanzik.

Provincial Champions
Brit O’Neill, Stephanie Hanna, Karen Sagle & Jenn Hanna.

Louis-Riel Rebelles Boys’ Alpine Ski Team
OFSAA Slalom & Giant Slalom Level 2 Boys’ Champions
Damon Kral, Justin Neron, Ben Beaudoin, Jonathon Neron & Coach Ken Levesque.

Louis-Riel Rebelles Boys’ Volleyball Team
OFSAA ‘A’ Boys’ Volleyball Champions
Fabrice Ahadi, Luca Beaulieu, Merveille Benjamin, Michael Brisard, Richard Bucar, Hamza El-Ouedghiri, Abdirahman Ali, Oderah Pecore-Ugorji, Alexandre St-Denis, Maxime St-Denis, Cedric Torres, Coaches Patrick Fortin & François St-Denis.

Maverick Bandits 14U Boys’ Volleyball Team
Eastern Canadian Champions
Ahmed Abdulaziz, Antoine Ducharme, Olivier Ducharme, Jacob Ferland, Cedric Glavine, Tristan Godmaire, Maxime Gratton, Jacob Matheson, Javier Prud’homme, Josh Ruby, Head Coach Paul Gratton, Assistants Claude Ferland, Réjean Godmaire & Manager Tammy St-Denis.

Maverick Rangers 17U Boys’ Volleyball Team
Provincial & National Bronze Medallists
Alexandre Rioux, Mahmoud Abdulaziz, Julien Caswell, Jackson Dunning, Alexandre Nsakanda, Matthew Wlodarski, Alexandre St-Denis, Maxime St-Denis, Alexandre Hill-Huard, Richard Bucar, Head Coach Bruce Dunning, Assistants Denis Gaboury, François St-Denis & Manager Tammy St-Denis.

OVFL Provincial Champions
Jacob Dugas, Parker Lynds, Connor Vanasse, Rabiy Hyderi, Kaseem Ferdinand, Emil Bayarov, Eric Son, William “Liam” Baglole, Bryce Russell, Patrick Mendoza-Saud, Kaleb Kelly, Derek Giacobbi, Steven Rivera, Ethan Rocha, Daniel Briere, Kyle Brum, Natale Frangione, Haris Malik, Josue David Rodriguez, Kahir Padamshi, Yousef Amer, Brad Simser, Austin Jones-Purdie, Eric Carchidi, Denny Ferdinand, IsaiahButts, Armando Pascual de la Cruz, Joshua (Joe) Brennan, Devaughn Blackwood, Mickael Roy, Robert Brogan, Shawn Lukusa, Jack Gillis, Trey O’Brien, Daniel Alabi, Jack McCrady, Zachary Bowness, Ethan Ryan, Noah Soliman, Head Coach Ralph Siciliano, Assistants Ryan O’Reilly, Keith Butts, Anjelo Vushaj, Ashton Vanasse, A.J. Oickle, Carlo Trunzo & Dylan Lachance, Manager Rosella Urbani & President Sandy Ruckstuhl, assisted by Winnie Spears.

OVFL Provincial Champions
Nicklas Sua, James Keenan, Hono IIoki, Tristan Ready, Jared Valentino, Albert Hanna, Hayden Tripp, Ben Williams, Cody Rintoul, Billy Denault, Connor England, Demian Gonzalez, Ron Peters, Gregory Harris, Matthew Tarasco, Kyle Sonnenburg, Jovanni Joseph, Aiden Arnott-Smith, Eric Bento, Terrell Brown, AJ Akagi, Nathan Coleman, Connor Ogilvie, Adam O’Connell, David Wardowski, NanaYaw Serbeh, Anesu Latmore, Sebastien Vienneau, Stephane Tshishimbi, Jon Mena, Osa Ekiyor, Colin Henley-Vachon, Quinton Micallef, John Gunn, Benjamin Maihiot, Blake Mckenzie-Thompson, Harrison Cooney, Nick Porteous, Shabach Kerr, Michael Byrne, Malik Yusuf, Nick Simms, Quinton Hodgson, Connor Sigouin, Owen Lanctot, Joseph Lukusa, Tristen Warnock, Michael Lightbody, Ethan Williams, Cedrik Rumbold, Kelly Bean, Head Coach Matt Kassner, Assistants Ntare Bainomugisha, Phil Iloki, Rod Cressman, Shavin Fernando, Nick Randall, Craig Hodge, Kevin Pidgeon & Zach Clark, Manager Heidi Trick, President Sandy Ruckstuhl, assisted by Winnie Spears.

Provincial ‘B’ Champions
Hanna Durham, Hunter Gibbons, Hailey Gibbons, Ashantae Spalding, Shaelin Kelly, Sofie Green, Tara Lepine, Haley Bowitch, Athena Williams, Tesssa Zanders, Ariana Bowditch, Grace Armstrong, Brigette Deering, Mackenzie Ford, Jessika Green, Emilee Hendryks, Jessica Peters, Coaches Craig Bowditch, Clayton Lepine, Jeff Green, Chris Armstrong & Mark Bowditch.

Nepean Nighthawks U14 Girls’ Field Hockey Team
Winners of All 3 Tournaments Entered
Aleda Milne, Ava Lanouette, Bailey O’Brien, Jacklynne Kuhn, Jane Sourges, Kait Davidson, Kristen Butterfield, Lyndsey Lafreniere, Spencer Watson, Annabelle Murray, Coaches Connor Baird, Maureen Chopra & Halley Chopra.

National Bronze Medallists & Ontario Summer Games Gold & Silver Medallists
OSG Champions Jovan Singh Khela, Adam Kapasi, Shivam Aggarwal, Rajan Singh, Reilly O’Brien, Casey Brennan, Brendan Goddard, Shaylen Naidoo, Matthew Mackay, Nicolas Syrros, Cameron Randall, Christopher Tardiff, Noah Loomis, Joshua Daniel Kuempel, Head Coach Rohan Chopra & Assistant Marek Chopra, OSG Silver Medallists Akash Tanotra, Alexander Bird, Adam Sourges, Nityanand Rewankar, Cameron Sommerville, Ryan Mackay, Daniel Nahir, Edward Manning, Evan Davidson, Flynn McCulloch, Jackson Syrros, Jérémie Fredette-Roy, Coach Braedon Muldoon & Manager Liam Manning.

Provincial Champions
Maia Barter, Nola Hinton, Annie Liu, Sarah Lockie, Julia Salzer, Veronica St. Michael, Clara Thomas & Coach Emma English.

Provincial Champions
Emily Armstrong, Elise Bordeleau, Caitlin Hayes, Ellena Damini, Lindsay Damini, Brianna Kelly, Mackenzie Lafreniere, Kassia Makris, Lauren Stokes, Coaches Michaela Kostron & Laura Mouck.

Ottawa District Badminton Association
Ontario Summer Games Gold Medallists
Chyna Liu, Varalika Tyagi, Yiyang Jiang, Felix Lafortune-Lemieux, Jenny Lei, Sherry Wu, Ipellie Foo, Mathieu Simard, Nia Patel & Minh Pham.

CYBL National Champions
Jennica Klassen, Kennedy Thompson, Sarah Benoit, Madison Reid, Rielly Thompson, Gabrielle Tourigny, Sasha Thomson, Morganna Hinds, Emma Kiesekamp, Amanda Lloyd, Darien Wrona, Katie Elliot, Head Coach Jaime McLean, Assistants Anthony Carter & Jeff Heath & Manager Tina Klassen.

5 Olympians & 3 Paralympians
Rio 2016 Olympic competitors Sekou Kaba, Farah Jacques, Melissa Bishop, Tim Nedow, Oluwasegun Makinde & Coach Glenroy Gilbert. Rio 2016 Paralympic competitors Josh Cassidy, Jason Dunkerley & Guide Josh Karanja.

Ontario, National & World Champions
Wade McAmbley, Pierre Luc Sauve, Lance Ouderkirk, Tyler Hughes, Joey Hillis, Ben Kealey, Dan Nash, Jeff Verbeek, Jamie Dewar, Jamie Norman, Paul Norman, Joey Kealey, Kyle Killeen, Landon James, Mark Melenhorst, Zach Kealey, Zach Leclerc, Chad Henderson Gary Charlebois, Jake Byers, Alexander White Brown, Rob Christie, Rob Archambault, Scott Aitken, Justin Lippert, Jordan Wideman, Jeremiaha Wideman, Dallas Ouellette, Christian Beasse, Cody Baumber, Coaches Steve Norman, Keith Presley, Rob Munro & Kevin Kealey.

National High School Champions
Gillian Ross, Hayley Watt, Margaret Hemphill & Katie Clarke (Senior Women’s 4x), Gillian Ross & Hayley Watt (Sr. W. 2x).
Row Ontario Champions
Gabriele Zitikyte, Mikayla Arends, Amandine Drew, Louise Munro, Karlee Vanhie, Hayley Watt, Gillian Cross, Milica Banic, Tiffany Dang (Sr. W. 8+), Hayley Watt, Gillian Cross (U19 W. 2), Sam Garber, Matthew Fournier, Mac Bruce-Fuoco, Charles Li-Benard (Sr. Lightweight Men’s 4x), Gabriela Zitikyte, Mikayla Arends, Amandine Drew, Louise Munro (U23 W. 4x), Alanna Fogerty (Sr. Lwt. W. 1x), Alanna Fogerty, Anna Currie (Sr. Lwt W. 2x), Charles Li-Benard, Mac Bruce-Fuoco (Sr. Lwt. M. 2x), Alanna Fogerty, Anna Currie, Alyssa Pastic, Lilianne Page (Sr. Lwt. W. 4x), Alex Bernst (U23 Lwt. M. 1x).
Royal Canadian Henley
Tiffany Dang, Myma Okuda-Rayfuse, Melissa Paradis, Daria Lutz, Emmie Page, Anna Currie, Jasmine Chase, Madeline Howell (U23 Lwt. W. 8+), Tiffany Dang, Emmie Page, Ciara Stevenson, Ashley Broadhurst, Megan Haley, Jasmine Chase, Dana Howell, Katie Prufer, Madeline Howell (Sr. Lwt. W. 8+), Hayley Watt, Gillian Cross (U19 Jr. W. 2x), Alex Bernst, Sam Garber (U23 Lwt. M. 2x).
Royal Canadian Henley Masters Regatta
Marcela Tendilla, Maureen McEvoy (W. 2x), Tracy Brown, Melanie Goodday, Pamela Peacock, Isabelle Teolis (W. 4x), Anna van der Kamp, Rachel Inch, Amy Moen, Julia Fournier (W. ‘C’ 4x), Anna van der Kamp, Caitlin Salter-Macdonald, Rachel Inch, Pamela Peacock, Chelsie Smith (W. 4+).
International Results
Hayley Watt, Gillian Cross (W. 2) – 1st CanAmMex, Andrew Todd (LTAMix4+) – 1st World Cup & 3rd Paralympic Games.

OPDL East & Charity Shield Champions
Claire Borne, Katie Broadhurst, Madolyn Bush, Katherine Chadwick, Georgia Damianakos, Sofia Del Castillo, Isabella Hanisch, Dalia Ibrahim, Jaime Lamont, Elsa Luzinga Lange, Victoria Miller, Shannon Phee, Ashley Pitcher, Jana Pledge Dickson, Katie Richardson, Seana Shaka, Kathryn Stockdale, Jade Taylor-Ryan, Head Coach Abe Osman, Assistants Claire Ditchburn & Paul Harris.

OPDL Overall Provincial Champions
Daniel Assaf, Zachary Barwick, Antonio Carlini, Peter Damianakos, Mehdi Essoussi, Michael IIiopoulos, Ryan Lindsay, Luca Nicastro, Nana Nuarma-Mensah, Jack Pensom, Matt Philps, Adamo Salvatore, Cameron Shaw, Bryan Sun, David Zhu, Head Coach Simon Wilshaw, Assistants Jody Royer & Paul Harris.

Ottawa Valley 5-Pin Bowling Association Senior Open Mixed Team
Provincial Champions
Joanne Nadeau, Bernie Menard, Michel Menard, Pam Lucyshyn, David Anderson, Rose Graves & Coach Michel Carrier.

Senior (Age 15-16) Provincial Champions & National Silver Medallists
Jayson Moss McEachern, Evan Pierce, Tess Forman, Colin Lemire, Max Labovitch, Mitchell Mazara, Kurtis Adams, Jamie Samhaber, Layton Moss McEachern, Patrick Fitzmaurice, Euan Hall, Robert Bleich, Jeremy Lefebvre, Manager Fern Lefebvre & Assistants Doug Moss & Martin Lemire.

#1 World-Ranked Team, Canada Cup Champions & Winners of 7 World Curling Tour Events in 2016
Lisa Weagle, Joanne Courtney, Emma Miskew & Rachel Homan.

3rd Overall at National Club Championships with 13 Gold, 17 Silver & 17 Bronze Medals, Masters’ Combined, U17 Men’s, U19 & Junior Women’s Burgee Champions
Canadian Champions Nathalie Davison (Jr. W. K-1 200m), Stephen Frodsham (Jr. M. C-1 200m), Ben Tardioli (Sr. M. C-1 200m), Isaac Finkelstein (U17 M. C-1 1000m), Lexy Vincent (U19 W. K-1 1000m), Bryan Davey, Jacob Hammel, Alexander Hoferek, Owen Rainboth (U17 M. K-4 1000m), August Sibthorpe, Lexy Vincent (U19 W. K-2 1000m), Isabelle Fradette (Master W. C-1 500m), Reid Farquharson (Captain), Kate Braddon, Maren Bradley, Rosalie Cappuccino, Diana Carranco, Natalie Davison, Diana Deek, Michaela Ermanovics, Gisela Grossman, Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh, Katie Kelly, Rachel MacIntosh, Anna Matthews, Madeline Schmidt, Naomi van Walraven (Jr. W. C-15 500m), Wade Farquharson (Captain), David Carranco, Frank Desrosiers, Stephan Frodsham, James Hicks, Drew Hodges, Thomas Huff, Angus Mortimer, Liam Powers-Kelly, Adam Richard, Zacharie Richard, Emmett Schmidt, Ben Tardioli, Lucas Tardioli, Joshua Winger (Jr. M. C-15 1000m), Andres Carranco (Captain), Bryan Davey, Patrick Fahey, Isaac Finkelstein, Jacob Hammel, Ryan Handler, Alexander Hoferek, Sean MacIntosh, Matthew McGarrity, Conor O’Neill, Liam Powers-Kelly, Owen Rainboth, Adam Richard, Jacob Smith, Joshua Winger (U17 M. C-15 500m), Stephen Frodsham, Drew Hodges (Jr. M. C-2 200m), August Sibthorpe, Naomi van Walraven (U19 W. K-2 500m).

St. Matthew Tigers football team
OFSAA Metro Bowl Champions
Jonathan Mufuta, Willy Pierre Dimbongi, Mohammed Souit, AK Ismail, Kian Williams, Octave Nawej, Aidan Ross, Katley Joseph, Chaz Alain, Jamal Mavinga, Xavier Gervais, Enoc Enyeke, Talik Bah, Jacob Lapensée, Kervins Bonhomme, Jamal Nero-Peterkin, Gerry Dinelle, Allan Pierre, Eliya Enyeke, Nathan Casimir, Jehad Joseph, Owen Ford, Keith Kyalo, Brett Nadeau, Brayden Casimiro, Tyrell Anderson, Michael Stenta, Albert Laoyan, Dennis Mills, James Pembroke, Nolan Meinzinger, Zaima Daniel, Brandon Landry, Abdullah Ayoub, Nicholas Fairweather, Gabe Canelo, Tylor Mitchell, Nathan Walsh, Derick Hagel, Collin Kaduck, Alex Ross, Emmanuel Cawuop, Josh Mainville, Nicholas Scheunert, Kepler Saint Hilaire, Nathan Sharpe, Devon Guy, Samir Lucien, Wesley Ross, Dillon Cholet, MaKayla Wellman & Marc-André Dansou. Head Coach Jean S. Guillaume, Assistants Alex Gibson (DC), Julien DaSliva (OC), Farley Joseph, Simon Losanja, Greg Veenstra, Reggie Casimir & Jovana Smoljanic.

Novice Selects Provincial Champions
Avery Smith, Violet MacEwen, Jayde Shouldice, Sarah DiCrese, Brianna Flowers, MacKenzie Bresee, Jordyn LeBoutillier, Reagan Lonsbury, Jordyn Lindsay, Fiona Wheatley, Alyssa Rollin, Danika Gareau, Head Coach Don Rollin, Assistants Matt Wheatley & Jon Le Boutillier.

OUA Provincial Bronze Medallists
Vikas Gill, Calvin Epistola, Mehdi Tihani, Caleb Agada, Mackenzie Morrison, Matt Plunkett, Brandon Robinson, Michael L’Africain, Andrew DeGroot, Nathan McCarthy, Malick Turenne, Brody Maracle, Noel Jones, Zachary Traer, Head Coach James Derouin, Assistants Clarence Porter, Emil O’Neill & Director of Basketball Operations Ahmed Mahamoud.

Canadian University Champions
Marie Albert, Emma English, Bridget Moore, Lindsay Pinch, Melanie Robichaud, Valerie Makarewicz-Nault, Amelie Proulx, Isabelle MacLean & Coach Katie Simanzik.

OUA Provincial Silver Medallists
Sarah Besselink, Jennifer Crowe, Isabelle Dion, Julia Dostaler, Brianne Elbers, Kellie Forand, Jacynthe Gratton, Aliisa Heiskanen, Emilie Lamarche, Ariane Lefebvre, Katherine Lemoine, Brooklynn McAlear, Kellie Ring, Julia Soriano, Catherine Traer, Krista Van Slingerland, Anne Wagar, Head Coach Andy Sparks, Assistants Patrick Flynn, Mario Gaetano & Ian Mackinnon.

RSEQ Provincial Champions & National Silver Medallists
Samantha Alli, Emily Badcock, Amanda Bentley-DeSousa, Elizabeth Boudreault, Tamara Butera, Aedyn Cressman, Madison Cunha, Taylor Donato, Alexandria Ellis, Danielle Erdelyi, Jessica Lynn Foran, Chanelle Fortin, Justine Gelinas, Emily Gray, Paulina Karwowski, Michelle Larouche, Alexandra Liepmann, Afton Maisonneuve, Patricia Mandon, Courtnay Mastine, Erin McCallan, Rachel McCallan, Fiona McNeil-Knowles, Taylor Newman, Anissa Nour, Alexandra Ondo, Bianca Paiement, Breanna Phillipps, Emma Sandstrom, Simone Savary, Danarae Sommerville, Georgia Stewart, Kelsey Welsh, Julia White, Tori Wyman. Head Coach Jen Boyd, Assistants Duncan McNaughton, Andrew Armstrong, Sarah Keindal, Sophie Drouin & Eleanor Miller.

West Ottawa Warriors U14 Boys’ Soccer Team
Ontario Player Development League Overall Champions
Aidan Messinger, Nicholas Kam, Nathaniel Unrau, Lars Gierull, Seydou Kone, Luke Rosettani, Nicolas Fleuriau-Chateau, Matthew Ling, Nathan Frans, Luca Crea, Samuel Swinwood, Jason Tao, Dyan Emmanuel Vil, Simon Ludington, Ilyes Iounis Outaleb, Adam Myers, Darius DeAveiro, Head Coach Chris Roth, Assistant Eduardo Ramirez & Manager Steve Rosettani.