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Tokyo Tracker: Ottawa Sports Awards Edition

Jul. 23, 2021

The Ottawa Sports Awards salutes the large number of our Award Winners who have been named to Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic teams for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The Ottawa Sports Awards is proud to have presented awards to Olympic and Paralympic athletes both before, during, and after their Games experiences over the 68-year history of the awards.

At this time, the following individuals have been named to Canada’s official rosters for the Games. An update will be issued if necessary when all Paralympic rosters are complete, and another post will outline coaches who are in Tokyo who have been Ottawa Sports Awards winners.

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Tim Nedow – Athletics: 2019 Male Athlete of the Year. Returns to the Olympic Games for the second time.

Mike Woods – Cycling (Road): 2018 Male Athlete of the Year and two-time winner of the Ottawa Sports Award for Cycling (2016 and 2018). Returns to the Olympic Games for the second time.

Vincent de Haître – Cycling (Track): 2014, 2016 and 2017 Male Athlete of the Year. He has won Ottawa Sports Awards in three different sport categories: Short Track Speed Skating (2011), Cycling (2014), and Long Track Speed Skating (2017). Tokyo is his first Summer Olympic Games after competing at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Erica Wiebe – Wrestling: 2016 Female Athlete of the Year and six-time Ottawa Sports Award winner for Wrestling (2013-16 and 2018-19).

Melissa Bishop-Nriagu – Athletics: 2015 Female Athlete of the Year and four-time winner of the Ottawa Sports Award for Athletics (2012, 2015-17). Returns to the Olympic Games for the third time.

Justin Dunkerley – Para Athletics: 2004 Male Athlete of the Year and nine-time winner of the Ottawa Sports Award for Parasport (2005-08, 2011-12, 2015-17). Returns to the Paralympics for the sixth time.

Joanna Brown – Triathlon: making her Olympics debut. She is a nine-time winner of the Ottawa Sports Award for Triathlon (2010-13, 2015-19).

Cam Smedley – Canoe Slalom: returns to the Olympic Games for the second time. He is a seven-time winner of the Ottawa Sports Award for Canoe/Kayak (2013-19).

Kelleigh Ryan – Fencing: making her Olympics debut. A seven-time winner of the Ottawa Sports Award for Fencing (2007, 2009-11, 2013, 2018-19).

Eugene Wang – Table Tennis: returns to the Olympic Games for the third time. He is a five-time winner of the Ottawa Sports Award for Table Tennis (2012-16).

Derek Gee – Cycling (Track): making his Olympics debut. A two-time winner of the Ottawa Sports Award for Cycling (2017, 2019).

Madeline Schmidt – Kayak Sprint: making her Olympics debut. A three-time winner of the Ottawa Sports Award for Canoe/Kayak sprint (2013, 2017-18).

Merissah Russell – Basketball: making her Olympics debut. She was named to the Olympic team as an alternate and is a two-time winner of the Ottawa Sports Award for Basketball (2018-19).

Vanessa Gilles – Soccer: making her Olympics debut. Recognized as part of championship-winning FC Capital United U17 team in 2013.

Additionally, Lynda Kiejko is Canada’s representative in shooting. Her father, Bill Hare, was a three-time winner of the Ottawa Sports Award for shooting (1964, 1973-74) and a three-time Olympian. Tokyo is Lynda’s second Olympics.