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The Heartbeat of the Ottawa Sports Community

Vol. 2, #5

February 2013

Climb to the Top

homan is scotties home team

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Team Homan had a perfect 11-0 Ontario Scotties run and will now compete at the Feb. 16-24 nationals in Kingston.

li hits canadian team camp

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Adrienne Li recently attended her first national team camp and now wants to earn a spot like close friend Haïsha Cantave did.

pilypaitis wins groves award Kanata Nordic’s Kate Brennan was a double medalist at the Eastern Canadian cross-country ski championships, winning bronze in the senior women’s sprint final and silver in the 15 km classic pursuit at the Feb. 1-3 event at Nakkertok nordic ski club in Cantley. On the other side of the globe, former Nakkertok athlete photo: steve kingsman Perianne Jones won a World Cup bronze medal on the 2014 Olympic course in Sochi, Russia.

Local cross-country skiers making tracks at home Eastern Canadians, at World Juniors, and in Sochi By Anne Duggan

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Olympian Courtnay Pilypaitis was the first winner of the newly-named Kristina Groves Female Athlete of the Year Award.

Chartrand shoots to podium

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16-year-old Nepean Skating Club athlete Alaine Chartrand won the senior women’s bronze medal at the nationals.

Every second counts. That was the lesson learned by Ottawa area cross-country skiers on trails near and far from Feb. 1-3. On the 2014 Olympic course for a test event at Sochi, Russia, former Nakkertok nordic ski club racer Perianne Jones earned a team relay bronze medal, while back at home, more than 600 athletes looking to follow in her tracks competed at the Haywood Eastern Canadian Championships and Nor-Am races at Nakkertok in Cantley. A tiny number of athletes attending the Easterns understood the importance of a second, or even a fraction of a second, with a perspective that can only be gained from competing on a much larger scale – in this case, the FIS Nordic Junior & U23 World Ski Championships, held only a week earlier in Liberec, Czech Republic. This group included four local athletes: Katherine Stewart-Jones, her brother Patrick Stewart-Jones,

Ezekiel Williams and Alexis Turgeon. “It’s a lot different in Europe,” notes Katherine Stewart-Jones. “At worlds, there is a lot more competition. It helped me this weekend, by thinking about how every second counts.” The 17-year-old had a few short days of recovery – not to mention catching up on missed schoolwork – before competing in two of the weekend’s three days of racing. Stewart-Jones managed to finish first in Friday’s 3 km classic prologue and second in Saturday’s 5 km skate race in the junior girls category to continue on the blazing path she began at the world juniors with her surprise 25th-place finish in the classic sprint race. “It was my first international race, so I was not expecting to do that well at all,” Stewart-Jones says. “My goal was to qualify, and my strategy for the heats was to ski even better and I did that.” The junior worlds experience brought new perspective to Williams. “After racing in Europe where the

competition is insane, I know I have to be in the to- 5 in Canada just to be in the top-20s there,” he explains. “Now I know what I have to do.” Williams was disappointed with his results from Easterns but acknowledges that the two weeks of travel and competition in Europe affected his performance. “I brought back a fair bit of fatigue,” signals the athlete who placed fourth in the classic 1.7 km sprints and fifth in both the 15 km freestyle and 30 km classic races. “I definitely can do better.” Williams’ best result in Liberec was 46th in the classic sprint race. Patrick Stewart-Jones had a solid weekend of racing at the Eastern Canadian Championships with a silver medal in the classic sprints (where that fraction of a second worked against him, getting beat to the finish line by the tip of a ski) and a 10thplace finish in the 30 km classic race. Turgeon, from the Skinouk club, didn’t quite have the same legs that propelled him to a 30th-place finish in the men’s sprint at the world juniors,

placing 20th in the 30 km classic race at Easterns. For numerous other athletes such as Nakkertok’s Dominique Moncion-Groulx, the Easterns represented an opportunity to gain experience in hopes of reaching competitions like the world juniors in the future. With a second-place finish in the classic sprints, a 10th in the free 15 km and a sixth in the classic 30 km, Moncion-Groulx says there is nothing like practice to improve performance. “Last year I had my very first 30 km race at the Easterns. It was horrible. The first lap was too fast and then I exploded,” he recounts. “I learned a lot from that.” The chance to race at a major event like Easterns on their home course was something the Nakkertok athletes savoured. “It’s always fun to race at Nakkertok, to hear your name called many times as you race,” Moncion-Groulx highlights. XC SKI continued on p.10



Nepean skater scores sr. bronze, Minto’s Gong novice gold By Dan Plouffe

It was a pinnacle moment many years in the making for Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships medalists Alaine Chartrand and Zoe Gong. And when they accepted their prizes in mid-January in Mississauga, both athletes reflected on how their parents’ years of dedication to the sport was also paying off. In celebrating her triumph, Chartrand couldn’t help but think of the countless hours she’s spent on the road with her dad in the family pickup truck, which has over 500,000 km on it from twice-a-week trips to the Nepean Skating Club from her home in Maitland, plus journeys to Prescott and Barrie each week. “I knew where my parents and my whole family were sitting, so I got to see them when I went to go on the podium,” recounts the 16-yearold senior women’s bronze medalist who found tears dropping from her eyes seconds later. “I looked up at my dad and was like, ‘Ya! I got the bronze!’ He just jumped up and he was so excited.” When Gong heard she’d won the novice women’s category, the first thing she did was run to find her mom – “jumping and skipping happily” along the way, she describes. The Gong family has also made a major commitment to figure skating. The athlete who still represents Minto Skating Club moved to Colorado Springs with her mom in February 2012 to train alongside the likes of Patrick Chan and many top U.S. skaters. “She was really proud of me,” recalls Gong,

Zoe Gong

Alaine Chartrand

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who is very thankful for her mom’s support. “Figure skating is really expensive, so financially it’s really big. And she made just as big a sacrifice as me moving and leaving behind her friends and pretty much her life. She spends all sorts of time driving me to the rink and all the things involved in my skating. “I am really grateful to her. I could not have done it without her.” It was a big, and gutsy, decision to leave her family, and friends at Earl of March Secondary School and Minto. “I miss them a lot,” the Grade 10 student

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acknowledges. “My goal ultimately is the Olympics and I thought by moving here it would be the best move to achieve that goal.”

Sochi 2014 desires sharply in focus For Chartrand, that Olympic dream could potentially just be a year away. Her bronze medal win – which came about thanks to a protest her camp launched when judges failed to give her credit for a combination instead of a sequence, a 2.5-point difference in her 157.22 total score – knocked defending national champion and twotime world championships competitor Amelie

Lacoste off the podium, and in the process shot her name onto the radar as a true contender for a Sochi 2014 berth. Before that, Chartrand will compete at the ISU junior world championships Feb. 25-March 3 in Milan, Italy, where she’d like a top-10 finish and expects that top-5 is possible. Then her quest will continue towards the 2014 Canadian championships and final Olympic trials, to be held locally at Scotiabank Place. “I had so many people there supporting me in Toronto, I can’t think of all the people that will be in Ottawa, my cheering section is going to be even bigger,” marvels Chartrand, who suddenly had youngsters asking for her autograph and photos at nationals and her home Nepean club. “It’ll be great. It’s an Olympic qualifying year and I’ve proven myself worthy this year. “If I can bring out a really good performance next year, I’m sure great things will happen again.”

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World champ craves Olympics next By Josh Bell With a long and growing curling resume, Craig Savill was honoured with the male athlete of the year award at the 2012 Ottawa Sports Awards banquet on Jan. 30 at Algonquin College. Savill throws the lead rocks for the Glenn Howard curling team, who were the 2012 Canadian Tim Horton’s Brier champions and the reigning men’s world champions. Savill owns four world championship gold medals – two as a junior and two as a senior. The 34-year-old lives and works in Ottawa as a real estate appraiser, and curls locally with the Ottawa Curling Club when not on tour with the Howard team. “I was shocked and pleasantly surprised,” Savill says of winning the male athlete of the year prize. “You know the best part about it? I get to go back to my buddies in high school and kick them in the butt and say ‘I told you I was an athlete’ when they never picked me first for anything.” Savill never really thought about the worlds as a goal until it materialized. “Growing up, I wanted to get to the Brier and play in one nationals,” he recalls. “Just to play in a game and be on the ice with the big crowd.

2012 world champion curler Craig Savill earned the nod as the city’s male athlete of the year at the Ottawa Sports Awards banquet on Jan. 30 at Algonquin College.

And then in junior, we started getting better and better and then we went to nationals, and then worlds. I’m still humbled by the fact that we’ve been the best team in the world.”

Ottawa Sports Awards major award winners FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR


Courtnay Pilypaitis, Team Canada basketball MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Dave Smart, Carleton University/Canadian men’s senior basketball teams FEMALE TEAM OF THE YEAR

Craig Savill, Glenn Howard curling rink FEMALE COACH OF THE YEAR

Ottawa Fury W-League soccer team MALE TEAM OF THE YEAR

Jen Boyd, Algonquin Carleton University Ravens College/Ashbury College men’s basketball team women’s rugby teams See for more.

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The Kanata kid has grown up now, managing to fit his family, his job and world-calibre curling into his schedule. “My wife is outstanding and very supportive,” Savill notes. “I couldn’t do it without her and her looking after our son.” Savill rates his season up to this point as “up and down,” but the biggest competitions of the year are still to come. “We’re pretty pumped to try and defend that Ontario, and Canadian and world title,” he highlights, although building towards another event in 2014 is also constantly on his mind. “My main goal now is the Olympics. That’s why we put this team together; everything from now on is building to the Olympics.”

Doc Hockey Corner

Moulding a winner

--By Dr. Shayne Baylis, Doc Hockey For the next few Doc Hockey Corner articles, we will be exploring different injuries, where they occur, how they occur, symptoms of the injury, how to prevent them and how to treat them. One of the newest trends in the running world is barefoot running, to enhance our foot strength and overall activity performance. Developing good foot strength helps build power in jumping, agility, maintaining healthy joints of the foot, ankle, knee, low back and much, much more. I recently came across an article by Dr. James Stoxen concerning shin splints and the role of intrinsic foot strength and the spring mechanism of the foot. I often did not think this type of injury was common in hockey players since personally I only experienced it during running. As time has gone on, however, I’ve treated players young and old, amateur and professional, for this type of inner shin pain. Dr. Stoxen states that as long as the spring in the arch is functioning, then the foot can absorb the impact coming down and use the ground reaction force to transfer the energy to spring or propel you forward with every stride. With this injury, players often complain of an achy pain on the inner shin during or after exercise, and, when injured, basic walking can be problematic. The main cause is abnormal impact stress, and can be related to over-pronation (foot rolls inside) or supination (foot rolls outside) of the foot, and weakness in the muscles and ligaments that support the arch of the foot. Another causative effect comes from the binding and rigid footwear (skates) players wear, which stops the normal spring that our arch is supposed to absorb during impact (this might be the reason for hockey players’ poor jumping ability), but thank goodness our skating strides are more lateral and not consistently putting axial compressive loads on the foot like running. Another key to avoiding shin splints is to ensure our deep calf muscles are flexible and strong, along with the muscles and ligaments under the foot. Without this strength, we will consistently be overusing our muscles until the point that they’re being injured, producing the inflammation and pain that causes us to have shin splints.

Although they tend to occur more frequently in runners, shin splints can be a major hindrance to hockey players as well if not treated properly. At this time, the spasming muscles and adhesions will lock up the spring mechanism and cause pain until they are treated to restore strength and flexibility.

Treatment key to avoiding progessive serious harm Other complications that may materialize from lack of strength and flexibility include bunions, plantar fascitis, heel spur, degeneration of joints (knee and hip replacements), stress fractures, degenerated disks, etc. Treatment at the first onset of injury involves ice to decrease inflammation, and active release technique of muscle ligaments and nerve entrapments to break up scar tissue and unlock the lower limb’s spring mechanism. Studies have identified that Vitamin D, calcium and omega-3s also help healing. Foam rolling or massage ball rolling is always a good idea for getting fluid and circulation into the calves. If all else fails, work on your walking gait, and if you’re still not having relief, then the structure of your foot, ankle or hips may be to blame. If this is the case, consulting a qualified practitioner in orthotics may be a reasonable alternative to investigate. Training the spring suspension system for prevention and strength involves progressive jumping, multidirectional running (trail running is ideal), and plyometrics. Ankle mobility is important because of the need for deep calf muscle flexibility and plantar foot flexibility (rolling a golf ball under the foot is good way to loosen these tissues). Dr. Spina of Functional Anatomy also provides excellent resources for intrinsic foot exercises that involve individual flexion and extension of the toes, moving toes inward and outward, etc. Learn more at . Visit or call 613-371-4774 for more info, or to become a patient.

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All work no play suits Pilypaitis fine for now

With Kristina Groves looking on, Courtnay Pilypaitis accepted the female athlete of the year award now named after 4-time Olympic speed skating medalist Groves at the Ottawa Sports Awards on Jan. 30.

By Josh Bell

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After a huge summer for the Canadian senior women’s basketball team, Courtnay Pilypaitis was back in Ottawa to be honoured as female athlete of the year at the Jan. 30 Ottawa Sports Awards dinner. The St. Peter Catholic High School grad led Canada with 21 points in a 71-63 must-win game over Japan at the last-chance 2012 Olympic qualifier, granting Canada its first Games appearance in 12 years. Pilypaitis was named

team MVP at the tournament and carried the momentum into London, where the Canadians advanced to the playoff round and finished fifth. Pilypaitis picked up her award from four-time Olympic medalist Kristina Groves, a six-time winner of the city’s top female athlete prize whose name is now attached to the trophy. “Growing up I heard her name a lot,” Pilypaitis notes. “She was a great role model and to get athlete of the year from her is just icing on the

cake.” Pilypaitis is currently an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Vermont, during Team Canada’s off-season. The long break with no games is a difficult transition, but she’s taking it in stride. “I’m able to practice with the girls so I can get some basketball movements in,” explains the 24-year-old. “The coaching staff there has been really great in allowing me to take a lunch hour here and there and work out.

They’re really supportive of my basketball career.” Pilypaitis expects to get back together with Team Canada in May for her sixth year with the squad, although details of the program are uncertain at the moment since they currently do not have a head coach. “I’m looking to take it year by year,” Pilypaitis says in regards to what’s next for her. “I’ll see how this year goes with no playing and just training. I’m going to see where it takes me.”




Homan happy to be home team at 2013 Scotties they say, is the real goal this season.

By Ian Ewing

Rachel Homan can’t wait for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts to begin. Homan has skipped her young rink to their second Scotties in three years, and is looking to improve on a fourth-place finish in 2011. The annual Canadian women’s curling championship is set for Feb. 16-24 in Kingston, making Homan’s Team Ontario the home rink. The Ottawa Curling Club women – lead Lisa Weagle, second Alison Kreviazuk, third Emma Miskew, and skip Homan – are expecting many friends and family to come down. The tournament will be the biggest one they’ve played close to home yet. Homan says she’s not nervous – not yet, anyway. “I’m just really excited, and I can’t wait to see everybody there and have them cheer us on in the crowd,” explains the 2010 Canadian junior champion who’s now once again coached by the man who directed her rink to that first national victory, Earle Morris. Team Homan went a perfect 11-0 at the Ontario Scotties Jan. 21-27 in Kitchener-Waterloo to secure their berth at the national event. The team overcame last year’s heartbreaking last-rock loss at the provincials – their lone loss on that occasion. This year, their dominant play carried through to the final game. At the nationals, they’ll come up against legends of the sport, including four-time Canadian champion and former world champion

Life devoted to curling passion

(From left) Skip Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle went 11-0 to capture their second career Ontario Scotties title Jan. 21-27 in Kitchener-Waterloo. photo provided

Jennifer Jones, representing Manitoba, and sixtime Scotties champion and two-time world champion Colleen Jones, playing third for Nova Scotia. But the team won’t be focusing on their opponents’ credentials. “It doesn’t matter who you’re playing,” Weagle notes. “You still have to make your shots, and sweep the rocks, and do all the things that we do in practice. You still have to execute the same skills.” The girls talk a lot about focusing on the process, rather than the outcome, when they play. Work with a sports psychologist has helped. So although they have the path to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics mapped out on their website, with each tournament along the route scheduled, the team never seems to get ahead of themselves.

“By breaking it down into achievable smaller goals, the path to these big events kind of takes care of itself,” Weagle says. “By focusing on the process, the outcome – winning the game – will take care of itself.” “We’ve worked so many hours and put in all the practice we need to get to where we are now,” Homan echoes. “We just believe in our ability and what we’ve done to prepare, and trust ourselves to keep doing what we’ve been doing. It’s been working for us so far this year.” No kidding. Since winning the Rogers Masters of Curling on Nov. 18 – their first World Curling Tour major – they haven’t lost a game. Every tournament they win and place well gives them valuable points in the Canadian Team Ranking System, used to determine who gets a spot at Olympic trials next fall. And that,

To get there, the women have made sacrifices. They practice nearly every day they’re not competing, spending evenings, weekends, and lunch hours at the rink or the gym. Work ethic, dedication, and a drive to achieve their goals are their trademarks. Weagle is the eldest, at 27. Kreviazuk is 24, and Homan and Miskew are 23. They talk about how the team has matured since the latter three left junior three years ago. “We’ve had some lessons to learn,” Weagle admits, “but you know, we’re learning them. We’re trying to speed up the learning process so that we can achieve our goal of going to Sochi.” Playing for Ontario at the Scotties in Kingston is a key step. But in spite of its importance, the girls expect the tournament will be fun. “It’s amazing that we’re going to get to compete at home, and be Team Ontario in Ontario,” Weagle highlights. “A lot of our family and friends have already booked tickets. We’re really hoping that as many fans as possible can come out and cheer us on.” “It’s just going to make it that much more fun,” Homan adds. “I don’t think it’s going to impact our game. I think it’s going to be awesome, and hopefully we play amazing for the home crowd.” Perhaps following in Team Homan’s footsteps is Jamie Sinclair’s Manotick Curling Club rink, who won their second consecutive Ontario junior women’s curling title earlier in January.

Gabel helps Devils turn tide in NRL By Josh Bell It was a dream season in 2012 for Jennifer Gabel, and the 19-year-old ringette player now wants to carry it on in 2013. Recently chosen as the city’s top ringette player at the Ottawa Sports Awards banquet, Gabel gathered a giant collection of gold last year. As a member of the Nepean Ravens U19 ‘AA’ team, she won a provincial championship, and she also earned gold with the Eastern Region Ontario Winter Games team, making her a two-time Ontario Champion within one year. The Team Canada East captain also helped her country end a decade of dominance by Finland at the U19 ringette world championships, winning gold at that competition as well. Her success did not go unnoticed as she wound up in Gloucester through the National Ringette League draft. As a Devil, she’s currently excelling in the league as one of the top rookies, sitting fourth in team scoring with 27 points in 20 games. “I was an affiliate player for them in previous years, so I know the team really well,” notes Gabel, whose older sister Allison also stars for Gloucester. “It’s pretty awesome playing with them, and the year is going very well for us.”

Devils exorcise Ice curse Third in their conference with a 14-4-2 record, the Devils are in the midst of a breakout year. They hold a three-point advantage over their long-time nemesis, the Ottawa Ice. After many years of the Ice having the Dev-

Jennifer Gabel captained Team Canada East to gold at the U19 ringette worlds and is now helping Gloucester’s resurgence in the NRL.

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ils’ number in every meeting, Gloucester at last beat Ottawa, 3-2 on home ice Dec. 22 at Ray Friel. “We started off the season against them, and lost by a goal, then the next game we went to a shootout and lost. Finally, this last game we beat them,” Gabel highlights. “It felt pretty good. There’s a little rivalry there, even though we are all friends with each other. Everyone on the team felt great winning that game.” Although the Carleton University neurosciences student’s main focus these days are her studies, she and her teammates are ready to step it up with playoffs and nationals just around the corner. “I’m not ready to hang up the skates just yet,” Gabel smiles. “Our whole season is coming down to these moments. Everyone is getting excited, getting hyped up and getting more ice time.”


Soccer rookies taste new game Kids from across the city took part in KidSport Ottawa’s Soccer For All wrap-up tournament on Jan. 20 at St. Patrick High School.

By Dan Plouffe It was a quiet Sunday snow day for much of the city but St. Patrick High School was alive with smiles and screams for the Soccer For All wrap-up tournament on Jan. 20. Children from underprivileged areas across the city were bussed from their home schools to St. Pat’s to show off what they learned following the eight weeks of after-school soccer lessons that were part of a KidSport Ottawa initiative. “The kids were super excited,” recounts Hannah Juneau, KidSport Ottawa’s chair of volunteers and fund/program development. The Soccer For All program

was funded by a grant of nearly $30,000 from the Ontario Ministry of Sport, Culture & Tourism and reached its goal of involving over 300 kids aged 8-12. “I thought it was extremely successful,” Juneau says. “It really couldn’t have gone any better.” All participants received a kit upon arrival at St. Pat’s, featuring a soccer ball, a T-shirt, shin pads and soccer socks, plus a carton of Tide for their parents’ sake. Each participant also got a medal at the end of the day. The swarm following the ball was of course a popular theme with the soccer rookies, but they did learn soccer skills under the direction of coaches

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that the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association helped find. With Ottawa Public Health present, the event also incorporated health topics such as nutrition, safe environments, mental health and stress management. But the greater purpose was introducing a new sport to kids, most of whom had never before played in an organized environment. “There was lots of laughing,” Juneau describes. “We hope this will kind of whet their appetite and that they’ll want to continue playing sports, which they could do through KidSport grants.” See for more information.


Local teams, players excel provincially & abroad

The West Ottawa Warriors had the largest representation out of local clubs on the first weekend of Ontario Indoor Cup championship tournaments, although it was the Nepean Hotspurs U16 boys who made it deepest at the Jan 26-27 finals in Vaughan. The West Ottawa U16 girls earned their club’s top result, narrowly missing the playoff round by tiebreaker after a win, loss and draw in group play. The U14 Warriors boys also competed, as did a pair of U14 girls’ entries. The Hotspurs booked their place in the semi-finals early thanks to 3-1 and 2-1 victories over Brampton East and London before falling 1-0 to Aurora. Liam Morgan and Vuk Stefanovic scored second-half goals in a tense semi-final against Group A winners Brampton that wound up going to penalty kicks. Nepean prevailed 2-0 to setup a rematch against Aurora, who again prevailed despite several late Hotspurs chances. Alyssa Capon “This success will be a good motivation for the team to continue photo: to danwork plouffe hard and reach their soccer goals,” Nepean club photo provided

head coach Boris Bajagic says of the Ontario Youth Soccer League-bound squad in a Hotspurs media release. The U16 Hotspurs boys’ silver performance came on the heels of Nepean player Alyssa Capon earning a full athletic scholarship to play soccer for the West Virginia Golden Bears of the NAIA. The St. Pius student dressed for the Hotspurs team that competed in the U18 division of the OYSL this past summer and was first spotted by U.S. recruiters when her squad reached the finals of the Disney College Showcase tournament. “They’re a talented group of girls and many of them are aiming to play university or college soccer,” Nepean coach Louis Maneiro explained, somewhat prophetically, midway through his group’s rough, injury-riddled season. “I think for the most part, anyone with any intellectual foresight would say, ‘Ya. This is going to help my game because it’s pushing me.’ “If you play the regional league where no one is going to give you that challenge, you’re not going to be a better player. We’ve had our struggles, but in the end, it’s helping them.” The second set of Ontario Indoor Cup finals will take place Feb. 9-10, again in Vaughan. OSU will send two teams to the U13 boys’ tournament, and another one in U13 girls. —Dan Plouffe

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‘Little sister’ following similar path to Team Canada By Dan Plouffe If you’re at the Louis-Riel Dome, you’ll likely spot them together. One has played for Team Canada, while the other recently took a big step closer to realizing her national team dreams. Together, they are a pair of highly talented young soccer players who’ve developed a close friendship despite an age gap of four years. First, there’s 19-year-old Haïsha Cantave, a former under-17 CONCACAF continental champion with Canada whose most recent career stop was with Swiss club FC Neunkirch. And then there’s Adrienne Li, a 15-year-old who’s eager to follow in Cantave’s footsteps and who attended her first national team camp this past December – part of the selection process for the Canadian 2014 U17 World Cup squad. Cantave is actually Li’s coach with FC Capital United, although that doesn’t mean she won’t jump on the pitch now and again, or suddenly grab Li in a headlock as the case may be – playfully, although neither competitor gives an inch nonetheless. “She’s like a little sister to me,” Cantave explains. “But I look up to her and I’m very proud of her achievements and everything that she’s done too.” Li finds herself on a similar path as Cantave. They first met when they were both working out with Parmar Sports Training, and then got to know each other better at Louis-Riel high school.

played against two German national team players in the league, but didn’t enjoy her club’s defence-oriented approach. “It wasn’t really my cup of tea.” After a year-and-a-half away, Cantave was happy to come home, see her family and friends, and coach players at Cap U, on top of her job at Bayshore Shopping Centre. “Ever since I got home, I want to figure out how far soccer can take me,” she highlights. “I do want to play pro eventually, but it’s going to take time, so all I need to do is keep working out and keep training.”

Adrienne Li (left), who recently attended her first national team camp, is on track to follow in the footsteps of her coach and close friend Haïsha Cantave, a former CONCACAF U17 champ.

Li rates camp a success

“It’s really great” knowing that someone else from the same background can be a leader for a Canadian national team, Li notes. “There’s somebody to look up to, someone to ask questions to.” Li’s carried big soccer dreams for a long time, and when a real-life star walked in the same hallways as her, she couldn’t let an opportunity like that pass to learn from one of the best youth players in the country. “Adrienne and I used to be together every single day,” recounts Cantave, who played on boys’ teams for much of her youth career at Capital United, and also dressed for the Ottawa Internationals and Ottawa Fury. “She always used to be at my locker. She knew the combination to

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my locker and I knew hers.” While that may be a recipe for pranks, the friends actually took the opposite route, often surprising each other with their favourite candy, birthday gifts, or notes of encouragement when they had a big camp or competition coming up. So on the day Cantave decided she’d be going to a junior college in Albany, GA for her senior year, there were tears from both. But Cantave felt it was time to experience the game abroad. The speedy former OFSAA finalist sprinter finished second in the country with her Darton team, then went straight to Switzerland for three months at the suggestion of her uncle, who was already overseas with Cantave’s cousin Miki at FC Nantes’ youth academy. “I always wanted to play in Europe, and I still want to go back,” says the striker who

Cantave returned just in time for Li’s first appearance at a national team camp, in Vaughan. “It was really intense. Everyone was there to win a spot on the team, and everyone was always, always working hard,” recalls the midfielder/centre back who travels to Toronto frequently for training with the provincial team. “But I felt I could keep up with them, so that was really good.” Li has to wait awhile to make sure she gets invited to the next camp, which has not yet been scheduled but is expected to occur in the next couple months. For now, she’s happy to have her friend and role model back, even if it means a few extra surprise headlock attacks than usual. “A lot of people would say I’m just like her younger sister. We’re always together,” the Grade 10 student describes. “We have similar personalities. And we both share the passion and love for soccer.”


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high schools 3 schools contenders at home OFSAA By Dan Plouffe

It’s a three-horse race down the stretch of the national capital high school ‘AA’ girls’ volleyball season, and with the type of exceptional results local teams have produced provincially in recent years, those three schools all stand as gold medal threats when the OFSAA championships come to town March 4-6. “We have such good competition and that’s why we have such good teams every year in NCSSAA,” says De La Salle Cavaliers coach Yan Leroux, whose school will act as tournament hosts for the first time ever. “And for the past six or seven years, coaching in Ottawa has progressed at a different level.” Take this as proof of local coaches’ dedication: in a world where set scores often disappear as soon as the score chart is flipped, Leroux has such a firm handle on league statistics that he knows that a player of his broke the record for kills in a single season. That honour goes to Kaly Soro at 552 and counting – a dominant performance by the Cavaliers middle who’s exceeded her own record mark from Grade 10 by almost 100. “I won’t hide it – she’s a big

Kaly Soro (left) is an intimidating force at the net for the De La Salle Cavaliers team.

piece of the puzzle on our team,” Leroux shares. “If she’s not there, it’s a different team.” De La Salle currently sits second in league play with a 7-1 record, their only loss coming against the 9-0 Samuel-Genest Laser, who are led by Grade 10 phenom Sara Piana. To put the quality of the Laser and Cavaliers squads in perspective, the defending OFSAA ‘AA’-champion Gisèle-Lalonde Titans sit further back at 5-4, but could very easily find their way to the top with standout siblings Sabrina and Rebecca Roy – U18 high-performance Maverick Volleyball Club teammates of Soro’s – in their lineups.

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He tripped and fell twice due to cracks and bumps in the ice, but Orleans’ Kevin Frost became the first deaf-blind athlete to complete the 8 km skating portion of the Winterlude Triathlon Feb. 2 on the Rideau Canal. Frost completed the relay with visually-impaired skier Leona Emberson and sighted runner Sean Maddox.

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How many of those contenders for a provincial crown will actually get to play at OFSAA is still to be determined. Usually there’d be three – a berth for a league champion, another for the reigning OFSAA champion’s league (in this case, NCSSAA, thanks to the Titans’ 2012 victory), plus a host association berth – but with the whole high school sports scene in chaos across the province due to the public school teachers’ labour conflict, it will be a smaller 20-team event and whether there’s a third spot for a national capital team was unknown as of press time. Due to the labour disturbance, De La Salle also hasn’t faced many of their top rivals from across Ontario due to tournament cancellations, although with four victories in five tourneys, Leroux has plenty of confidence in his girls’ abilities to match up against the province’s best – he’s more worried about getting out of Ottawa. “If my team is not there, it would be a big disappointment,” Leroux acknowledges. “The girls all play together. They have a good chemistry. They know each other well, and that’s a big reason why we’re a good team.” The OFSAA snowboarding festival, which had been slated for Ottawa, has been cancelled due to the labour dispute, along with OFSAA nordic skiing and gymnastics.


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Ottawa South United Soccer Club celebrates 10th anniversary It’s been 10 years since members of South N e p e a n United and the Osgoode-Rideau Soccer Association approved the merger that gave life to Ottawa South United Soccer Club, and set out on an ambitious quest to become the best youth club in Ottawa and amongst the best in Ontario and Canada. “We thought if we followed the principles and vision we setup, that it would realistically take more than 15 years,” recalls OSU Founding President Bill Michalopulos, who remains President of what’s now the only Ottawa based club to: earn a top position in the provincial soccer club Terra rankings, a Gold Level Club Excellence Award from the Ontario Soccer Association and win a couple of gold medals in North America’s most prestigious showcase tournament; the Disney showcase, while helping to place scores of soccer players in universities and colleges on soccer scholarships in North America. “By any tangible measurement, I think, thanks to our volunteers and full time operating staff, we’ve exceeded our vision in record time,” Michalopulos adds. OSU hit many key milestones along the way to its 10th anniversary, including establishing strategic alliances with leading clubs in the U.S. and Europe – the Dallas Texans and Everton FC – and providing a dedicated and qualified staff approach to running a club in order to provide better programs. “We still depend on our volunteers who are a key link to our community, and we’re very thankful we have our volunteers to carry most of the load,” Michalopulos notes, adding that those same people recognize the indispensable value of having full-time staff such as Jim Lianos, Club General Manager since almost Day 1. “We knew that a completely volunteer-based club was not a sustainable model if one really wanted to improve the delivery of soccer and be efficient,” Michalopulos emphasizes. “We knew we had to ‘professionalize’ some aspects of the club while retaining the right type of genuinely soccer-loving and experienced volunteer Board of Directors in

order to maximize resource efficiency, maintain value for money and to make sure that our soccer playing youth could be the best they could be. “We were able to put together a sustainable environment for excellence. On a grand level, we have simply pushed soccer forward in Ottawa and significantly improved the level of play of our youth. That’s our biggest accomplishment.” A major project – which now stands as a physical symbol of the club’s progress – was the construction of six playing fields in Manotick to accommodate a growing membership base that’s now reached 6,500 – from youth recreational/developmental soccer to competitive/elite, through to adult & sr. levels. Within two years, a home clubhouse will be built at George Nelms Sports Park, a further signal of the bright future that lies ahead for OSU. Also playing a key role in ongoing success will be UEFA ‘A’ Licence Coach Paul Harris – a recent groundbreaking addition as OSU Club Head Coach via Everton’s famed youth academy. Moving top players onto the next level is an OSU trademark, with over 80 players receiving scholarships to play university and college soccer in Canada and the U.S., and others recruited into pro team academies. Without discounting the tremendous success OSU has achieved in becoming a force locally, provincially and throughout North America, perhaps the biggest source of pride is seeing the deeper impact the club has made on members’ lives over 10 years. “We’re a huge part of the community. You walk around in the summer and every field is being used by the club and you see soccer players all over the place,” observes founding board member Rene Braendli. “It’s been a fantastic journey, but this is not the end. We’re still pushing ahead and we’ve still got to do better. We cannot stand still.”

277 participants took to the ice, snow and ground for Ottawa’s unique Winterlude Triathlon – an 8 km skate, a 6 km cross-country ski and a 5 km run along the Rideau Canal. Graham Frank of Ottawa was the men’s champion in a time of one hour, one minute and 22.8 seconds, while Ottawa’s Lindsay Los was the fastest female in 1:10:30.3. photos: steve kingsman



Ottawa trio carving place in international speed skating By Jaehoon Kim With three medals from the fall World Cup season and an overall title at the North America/Oceania regional qualifying event for the world all-round championships, Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin was the shoo-in winner of an Ottawa Sports Awards speed skating athlete of the year award for a seventh consecutive time, but she may soon have some company to contend with. Two other up-and-coming talents from the capital have joined Blondin, 22, at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, and both recently earned Canadian team positions for international events. Lauren McGuire, a 24-year-old member of the Canadian developmental team, also competed at the January North America/Oceania event thanks to her medal-winning performance at the Canadian Single Distance Championships, while 18-year-old Vincent De Haître is a dual-sport phenom who has qualified to compete at the World Junior Speed Skating Championships. By moving to Calgary, McGuire has been reunited with her former babysitter. That happens to be Kristina Groves, a three-time Olympian and a legend in Canadian speed skating, who’s provided her with a great mentoring presence. “I always speak with Groves and she’s great,” Maguire details. “And another skater who I really look up to is Cindy Klassen, who won five medals in Torino. She’s the most positive and encouraging veteran on the team. She has a great attitude, loves the sport, and wants everyone to do well. I’ve gotten to know them

together for the competition.”

Vincent De Haître will represent Canada at the World Junior Speed Skating Championships Feb. 22-24 in Collalbo, Italy.

quite well—they’re great to bounce ideas off of and it’s awesome to get to know these athletes who you idolized growing up.” De Haître is following in the footsteps of another Canadian legend: Clara Hughes. Like Hughes, De Haître is an international-level athlete in both cycling and speed skating. The Ottawa Bicycle Club member qualified for the World Junior Track Cycling Championships

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last year, but a collarbone injury prevented him from competing. Now fully healed, De Haître is excited to compete in his first junior worlds for speed skating Feb. 22-24 in Collalbo, Italy. “It’s a really nice competition to travel to because Italy has a really nice rink out there,” explains the world’s second-ranked junior men’s 1,000-metre skater who is gunning for a top-8 finish. “It’s great to be part of the team, training

The trio’s success is even more impressive when you consider the fact that Ottawa’s lone speed skating facility is located outdoors at the Brewer Park oval, which is only open for a short time during the winter. “Because of climate change, the ice for longtrack speed skating in Ottawa is not available for as long as it needs to be,” notes Maguire, echoing the message Groves delivered to Mayor Watson at the Ottawa Sports Awards banquet – that a refrigerated oval is a coveted wish. “I think that’s definitely affecting the younger athletes who are trying to grow in the sport.” Though the three athletes train in different groups, they say it’s nice to have some familiar faces around from their hometown while training in Alberta. Samantha Morrison, the Ottawa Sports Awards’ top short-track speed skater, is also now in Calgary to focus on long-track. Each is hoping more international appearances lie ahead in their bright futures. De Haître, from the same home Gloucester Concordes club as Blondin, would like to make the Canadian developmental team next year in speed skating, and hopes to earn a trip to the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games in cycling. Maguire also carries big dreams. “I want to make the World Cup team so I can travel and compete internationally,” says the former Ottawa Pacer. “And hopefully, I’ll kick some butt at the Olympic trials next winter.”

Local gymnasts shine near and far Ottawa gymnasts participated in events far away and closer to home this past month, and soon they’ll get the chance to compete at the only local provincial championships qualifier this season from Feb. 22-24 at Ottawa Gymnastics Centre. In Edmonton Jan. 25-28 for the National Stream Cup, Tumblers Gymnastics Centre athletes Avery Rosales and Juliette Chapman, both nine years old, helped Team Ontario to a bronze medal performance in the team competition. Competing in the Canadian Pre-Novice Aspire category in a field of 37 gymnasts, Rosales was fifth allaround, winning gold on uneven bars and beam. Chapman qualified for two events finals despite battling the flu, which caused her to withdraw on the second day of competition. “For both, it was an incredible experience matching their skills up against some of the top girls in the country in their age group,” noted Tumblers general manager Karl Balisch. Matthew Frosst of Ottawa Gymnastics Centre traveled to Chicago for the Windy City Invitational Jan. 18-20, helping

the Ontario tour team to a fifth place finish. Athletes from Olympia Gymnastics will also make a trip to Chicago for a large competition in early February. The first men’s artistic gymnastics provincial championships qualifier took place in Toronto Jan. 26-27. OGC’s Taylor Jackle Spriggs was the lone local allaround champion, dominating the National Open category for a victory by almost five points. Women’s artistic gymnasts continued their seasons with January provincial qualifiers in Oshawa, Woodbridge and Milton. All-around category winners included Olympia’s Emily Urbisci and Meghan Heer, Tumblers Chelsea Gauthier and Maya Rana, and Corona’s Piper Veloso, Anna Meech, Olivia

Avery Rosales (left) & Juliette Chapman.

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Hein and Jamie LeFort. Full results were not available from the Feb. 2-3 qualifier in Mississauga as of press time. Local gymnasts ranked in the top-5 of the women’s artistic qualification standings include GCGC’s Caleigh Choi (Level 7, A14/15), Emillie Dubuc from Les Sittelles (L7, A16+), Corona’s Jennifer Vo (L8, A 12/13), Tumblers’ Beth Webster (L9, A10/11), and Sarah Hu (Level 8, Age 10/11), Lubina Nayak (L9, A14+) and Natalka Forrest and Bella Musca (L7, A9), all of OGC. ­—Dan Plouffe



Roach rises to Ravens leading role


By Dan Plouffe

Back in Elizabeth Roach’s high school years, if you lined up the players on her team, or even watched a game of theirs, not many would have picked her out as a particularly special talent – her current coach included. “She wasn’t a scorer, she wasn’t overly tall or long,” reflects Carleton Ravens women’s basketball coach Taffe Charles, who likely would have passed Roach right over if he hadn’t had his eye on recruiting another player from her team. “She’s kind of unassuming, but when I saw her play more and more, I realized that she really knew how to play the game of basketball. “Now she’s one of the best players on a pretty good team. Her basketball IQ is the best on our team.” Roach is averaging 28 minutes and eight points per game as a starting guard for the #5-nationally ranked Ravens, who downed the Ottawa Gee-Gees 68-50 at the Jan. 23 MBNA Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place. “She’s done a really good job in surprising me,” Charles highlights. “Two years in, I wasn’t really sure she was going to be able to do it. But I’ve learned a lot about her. She’s quite the kid, and she’s a great player.” Roach concedes that there’s very little “awe factor” in her game, but she thanks her coaches with the Gloucester-Cumberland Basketball Association and St. Matthew Catholic High School for the solid foundation they provided her in the sport. “It’s a great city to play basketball in,” says Roach, a fourth-year




Ravens guard Elizabeth Roach (left) grew up with many players on both sides of the Capital Hoops battle.

political science student. “The culture at Carleton is great. I’m really lucky to have had Taffe as a coach.”

Family affair for ballers Players Roach grew up with are littered throughout both the Carleton and Ottawa U lineups. The connections run deep for the Orleans native – Roach’s parents, as well as those of Gee-Gees star Kellie Ring and former Raven Jessica Resch (whose brother Gavin is also a Raven) all played university ball together. “They all threw us into basketball when we were really young,” Roach mentions, noting that the experience of playing in the Capital Hoops Classic in her hometown is even more special since her friends are involved. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s also very competitive. You’ve played with and against them forever, so it’s kind of personal.”

Eye on a national title Carleton now sits in first place in the Ontario University Athletics east division with a 14-3 record. The Ravens got the upper hand in their

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first matchup against 13-4 Gee-Gees – who continue to excel despite three fifth-year veterans graduating last year – but they know it’ll be a tough match later this year once injured Ottawa U scoring leader Jenna Gilbert returns. Carleton boasts a strong veteran lineup that is seeking an improved playoff performance, having lost the 2012 OUA bronze medal match last and the 2011 national quarter-final. “Our goal is obviously to win nationals,” Roach emphasizes. “I think we have a really good shot.”

Call it another coup for the capital. For years, Ottawa’s top triathletes have had to move away to find op-

ITU paratriathlon world champion Jennifer Hopkins of Ottawa is aiming to compete at her sport’s first Paralympic Games competition at Rio 2016. photo: dan plouffe

timal training, but now, on the heels of the Regional Training Centre launch a year ago at the University of Ottawa, the country’s first National Paratriathlon Academy will also be coming to town at Carleton University. “There are a lot of triathletes in Ottawa,” notes Jennifer Hopkins, an ITU paratriathlon world champion in the Les Autres category who has multiple sclerosis. “Having the camp here is certainly recognition of that.” A major challenge for the sport at the moment is simply that there aren’t that many people involved in paratriathlon – which will make its debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – so the initiative aims to provide a boost to help build a base at the grassroots level. Hopkins welcomes the

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Ravens men escape at Classic


Friday, May 24

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The Carleton and Ottawa U men’s teams are also both putting together solid seasons. Ottawa (134) gave Carleton a fairly big scare in what was truly a Classic for the first time in several years, although the 16-1 Ravens prevailed 63-58. Carleton will be chasing what would be a record ninth national title (all in the span of 11 years) when they host the Canadian university Final 8 tournament March 8-10 at Scotiabank Place.


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Ottawa Fury vs. Quebec City Amiral


Wednesday, July 10

Ottawa Fury vs. Laval Comets


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Ottawa Fury vs. Toronto Lady Lynx


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Ottawa Fury vs. GPS Portland Phoenix

National paratriathlon comes to Carleton By Dan Plouffe

W-League squad will return to action beginning their title defence on the road against their rivals from Quebec City on May 25. Ottawa will travel away from the friendly confines of Algonquin College for the first four games of the season, returning home on June 12 to unveil their 2012 W-League Championship banner when they host the Laval Comets.

chance to workout with other paratriathletes at the Academy, which will hold weekend training camps twice a month at Carleton. “It’s an amazing opportunity because we learn from each other,” underlines the 31-year-old who also works full-time as a lawyer. “It can be tricky to juggle, but I try my best,” adds the athlete who runs with the OAC women’s team and swims at the Club aquatique de l’Outaouais when possible. “It means a lot more independent training (due to) work hours.” It isn’t expected that paratriathletes will be flocking to the capital to live and train here, however. “The goal is to reproduce this pilot project across the country,” explains Academy manager Michel Elibani. “We want to move the academies out to spread out and help everybody.” For Carleton, having the Academy

setup shop there represents a groundbreaking moment, signals Carleton disabilities coordinator Dean Mellway. “It’s exciting for me to see,” says the former athlete who won both Summer and Winter Paralympic Games medals. The Academy is also a sign of success for the school’s six-month-old READ (Research, Education, Accessibility and Design) initiative, Mellway indicates. The university will act as more than just a training site – if they require an adaptive bicycle that’s a little different than usual, for example, they’ve got engineers from Carleton’s industrial design department at their disposal to build it.

“We wanted to take a leadership role, but we wanted to develop something at Carleton that can be transferred anywhere across the country,” Mellway states. “Our goal was to show the way.” Showing the way is also a theme for Hopkins, who plans to continue training and hopes that will mean she can get a place in the Rio Games, although she expects to have company by then. “(Rio)’s in the long-term plan,” Hopkins smiles. “The closer we get, the more likely athletes are to cross over. Hopefully it will encourage more people to give it a try. The level of competition will increase, and I think that’s only a good thing.”














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Name: Adrienne Li Sport: Soccer Club: FC Capital United School: ESP Louis-Riel Grade: 10 About: A Grade 10 student at LouisRiel, FC Capital United player Adrienne Li appeared at her first national team training camp recently as part of the selection process for the 2014 U17 Women’s World Cup team. Li plays both midfield and centre back.

Name: Kaly Soro Sport: Volleyball Club: Maverick Volleyball Club School: ESP De La Salle Grade: 12 About: Kaly Soro is the key weapon for the De La Salle Cavaliers senior girls’ volleyball team. The middle set a new single-season kills record in the national capital league and will be a big force in her team’s push to win a berth in the OFSAA ‘AA’ championships in Ottawa.





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coming up Feb. 20-March 3, 2013 in Italy, Jones is in the midst of a breakout international season. The 27-yearold Almonte native has posted several career-best results on the World Cup circuit, including her first-ever top-10 individual result on Jan. 12 – a ninth-place finish in the classic cross-country ski sprint in Liberec. “My season thus far has been pretty solid, the best one yet,” Jones highlighted. “We changed a lot of my training pretty drastically and took a bit of a risk doing so but it seems to have paid off. My training this year has had more of an intensity focus. I wouldn’t say it was

throughout. Jones changed skis to a set that were waxed differently after the first leg of relay because hers weren’t best suited for the conditions. And Gaiazova again proved that mantra about “every second counts” when she double-poled to the finish and earned their first team sprint medal together in a photo finish. “I was really struggling with my skis on the first lap, and then the techs totally aced it and responded so well by giving me a new pair of skis that worked for the final two laps,” Jones said in an Own The Podium news release. “This is a huge confidence boost for sure.”


Ottawa native records shootout hat trick in Ravens win By Mark Staffieri

Jessica O’Grady

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As the second half of the CIS season saw the Carleton Ravens and Ottawa Gee-Gees renew their women’s hockey rivalry, Jessica O’Grady provided a classic performance that was unprecedented in Ravens history. A hat trick is no easy feat any time, but a hat trick in a shootout is just about impossible. Yet that was the uncanny reality during a Jan. 20 contest at the Ravens Nest. With second-period goals by Ainslee Kent, Sydnie MacDonald and Sadie Wegner, Carleton turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead, but a Gee-Gee powerplay goal by Carolann Upshall with 1:13 left in the third forced overtime. With the OT not resolving anything, the squads went to a shootout, setting the stage for O’Grady’s date with destiny. MacDonald was the first skater in the shootout, and after overskating the puck,

Ottawa U goalie Cassie Seguin poked it out of the way. The Gee-Gees replied with Janie Paquette, who put a backhand between Tamber Tisdale’s pads. Coming right back for Carleton was O’Grady. She deked Seguin and beat her on the stick side to tie the score.

shootout shenanigans persist Another eight skaters would fail in their shootout attempts before O’Grady returned to the ice. With the shootout round deadlocked at 1-1, O’Grady released a backhand shot past Seguin for a 2-1 lead. Despite the setback, Ottawa replied again with Paquette. With no sign of quit in her, she scored the same goal as O’Grady – a backhand past Tisdale to tie the score again. With O’Grady holding the hot hand, Ravens coach Shelley Coolidge put her back on the ice. Soaring down the ice,

O’Grady showed great poise as she put the puck through Seguin’s legs for an amazing third shootout goal. Gee-Gees coach Yanick Evola tried to turn the same trick, but this time Tisdale blocked Paquette’s shot to bring an end to the marathon shootout, and the Jessica O’Grady skills showcase. “I always practice breakaways with the goalie,” shared the fourth-year psychology student from Ottawa. “After the first move, I was confident. They asked me if I could go again, and I said sure.” O’Grady set a Carleton record with her three goals in the shootout, which may help set the tone for the rest of the Ravens season. With three games left on their schedule, Carleton (5-11-1) trails Ottawa (6-9-3) in the chase for third place in the conference. The winner of that race will avoid a firstround playoff matchup with undefeated McGill.



locals receive diamond jubilee medals

Jason Dunkerley and Josh Karanja each picked up their third British medals in the space of a few months at a ceremony on Jan. 25 at Hotel Indigo. The Ottawa Lions runner with a visual impairment and his guide earned silver and bronze medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and now have Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals in addition. Local Olympians Courtnay Pilypaitis and Nick Tritton also received Jubilee medals, as did Dunkerley’s brother Jon, a fellow Paralympian, and his guide, Sean Young. Numerous other Olympians, Paralympians, coaches and builders also collected Medals.

sorensen earns team bronze, struggles with carrière in 4-man

Ottawa natives Cody Sorensen and Jean-Nicolas Carrière started the season on the Canada-1 and Canada-3 bobsled teams, but wound up pushing together in Chris Spring’s Canada-2 sled for the biggest competition of the year Feb. 1-2 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The new lineup finished 17th, two spots behind Lyndon Rush’s Canada-1 sled. After a seventh-place finish by Team Rush at last year’s world championships in Lake Placid, and Spring’s sixth-place finish in the two-man competition in St. Moritz earlier in the week, the Canadians’ fourman results came as a disappointment. Sorensen did come away with a medal however, earning bronze with the Canadian combined bobsleigh/skeleton team.

ottawa native howe sets clarkson career goalie win mark

In a Jan. 25 contest against fellow nationally-ranked conference rival Harvard, Ottawa native Erica Howe made 18 saves to give her Clarkson Golden Knights a 3-1 win. Not only was it career win #50 for Howe, it also broke the all-time Clarkson University record for wins by a goaltender. The next day, Howe followed it up with a 22-save performance in a 5-0 victory over Dartmouth to record her fifth shutout of the year. The third-year former Ottawa Senator boasts a 19-6 record and a 1.65 GAA.

Conway advances to FINA worlds

Ottawa’s John Conway helped Canada to a gold medal and a berth in the 2013 FINA water polo world championships at the UANA (Americas zone) qualifier Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in Calgary. Conway scored three goals during the round robin portion of the tournament, but missed the playoff round when his team survived a tense 7-6 overtime semi-final game against Brazil to claim one of two worlds berths, and then defeated USA 6-5 in the final. Ottawa native Alec Taschereau was also on Canada’s roster, but did not appear in any matches.

gloucester coach earns distinguished certificate

At the 2013 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships last month in Mississauga, Darlene Joseph of the Gloucester Skating Club was presented with her certificate as a Level 5 nationally-certified coach. Joseph is one of 120 coaches from coast-tocoast to reach that level, of which there are 10 in figure skating. Kelsey MacLean and Nikki Mattocks from Gloucester placed ninth and 18th in the junior women’s category at nationals.

ottawa special olympian snoeshoer places 4th

Orleans resident Jacob Mathews finished fourth in his first event at the Special Olympics World Winter Games Jan. 29-Feb. 5 in PyeongChang, South Korea. The 24-year-old who’s also competed in swimming and five-pin bowling at the national games earned his fourth-place result in the 800 metres, with the 1,600 m and 4x100 m relay still left on his schedule.

canada summer games-bound

Tsunami Academy wrestler Theresa El-Lati won a gold medal in the juvenile girls’ 65 kg provincial title at the Ontario championships Feb. 2-3 in St. Catharines. The victory also earned the Louis-Riel high school student a trip to the 2013 Canada Summer Games as Ontario’s representative, which came on the heels of the official Canada Games torch lighting at Parliament Hill on Friday, Feb. 1. The torch will travel through 40 cities photo & texts: dan plouffe and towns in Quebec before reaching Sherbrooke for the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 2. Tsunami wrestler Liam Macfadyen also won a medal in St. Catharines, taking bronze in 54 kg Cadet.

henderson & ellis to star at Relive the Moment ’72 series event

Canadian hockey legends Paul Henderson and Ron Ellis are coming to town for a Feb. 27 event at the Ottawa Convention Centre to the 40th anniversary of the ’72 Canada-Russia Hockey Summit Series. Hosted by Liam Maguire and organized by PwC, the “Relive the Moment - ’72 Series” evening will support disadvantaged youth, in both Canada and Russia, through Christie Lake Kids and iOrphan Canada – charities that will receive proceeds from the cocktail dinner and auction. See for more information.

World Cup rookie Tommy begins new chapter in family’s ski history

Mikaela Tommy of Edelweiss Ski Club made her World Cup debut on Jan. 26 in Maribor, Slovenia. Tommy, whose family operates Tommy & Lefebrve locally and have their own storied history on Canadian ski teams, did not finish the giant slalom race. The 17-year-old has won three Nor-Am Cup medals this season and is the circuit’s top-ranked giant slalom athlete. Ottawa native Dustin Cook has appeared in nine World Cup races this season, earning two top-30 results – 28th in a super-G at Lake Louise, Alta., and 22nd in GS at Soelden, Austria.

West Ottawa Soccer Scoop

WOSC announces surplus, elects new directors at club’s 2012 AGM The Wes Ottawa Soccer Club (WOSC) held its 2012 Annual General Meeting on Monday evening, January 28th, 2013 at Sacred Heart High School in Stittsville. Despite inclement weather a strong member contingent joined the proceedings to learn about Club successes and challenges in 2012 and the path ahead. The meeting was kicked off by WOSC President Brian Mason highlighting key Club successes in the area of capacity-building, primarily through the addition of new staff resources, including the Club’s inaugural CEO Bjorn Osieck. The spotlight was also shone on the remarkable reconstruction efforts of the Club’s dome and office facilities on Richardson Side Road, which had been destroyed in a fire in 2011. The facility re-opened in October 2012 and has been the sought after hub of the Club’s Winter programs and leagues since. “To see how far we as a club have come in recovering from the near catastrophic loss of our home in 2011 has been truly inspiring,” stated President Mason. “We are unspeakably grateful to our partners at TMSI, who have supported the rebuilding process decisively and skillfully every step of the way.” The assembly was treated to a presentation of club program highlights and statistics, underscoring WOSC’s continued unwavering commitment to the principles of Long Term Player Development at all levels of its “Pyramid of Play”. Recognizing the critical importance of volunteer leadership for the Club’s success, President Mason took the opportunity to recognize outgoing director and Club Head Coach Ray Scobie. “Ray Scobie has been a tireless and tremendous contributor in the at times very challenging journey that led the Club to where we stand today, and for that we are deeply indebted to him,” stated President Mason. “All along Ray has been a true friend of the Club and of our beautiful game and a champion of LTPD. His technical vision and enthusiasm will be sorely missed at the Board level and

President Brian Mason saluted Ray Scobie for his contributions to WOSC at the club’s AGM. we hope to keep him engaged with the Club in other capacities going forward.” Treasurer Sam Sgabellone then presented the Treasurer’s report and audited financial statements. Recovering from the challenges of 2011 on and off the field, WOSC finished its fiscal year ending September 2012 with a modest surplus from operation. These funds will be added to the Club’s reserve funds, which will enable the organization to consider pursuing future opportunities including potential facility development partnerships, and also provide a required safeguard against unforeseen challenges. New WOSC CEO Bjorn Osieck, who joined the organization 2 months ago after a 6-and-a-half year stint as Executive Director of BC Soccer, then took the floor to introduce himself and outline the priorities for WOSC in 2013 and beyond. He stressed the importance of teamwork in moving an organization the size of WOSC to the next level and emphasized that his approach would be driven by connecting and collaborating with stakeholders. “As the Club’s CEO, I really see myself as the Community Engagement Officer,” stated Osieck. “It will be with and through our members that I am confident we will be able to formulate and articulate a compelling vision for West Ottawa Soccer that will define our leadership brand and make us the obvious choice for soccer lovers in our region.” Elections of officers marked the final portion of the proceedings. The positions of Vice President, Treasurer, and two directorships-at-large were up for election for twoyear terms respectively. Steve Loomes was elected as the Club’s new VP; Sam Sgabellone was confirmed as Treasurer by acclamation, and Peter Kuciak and Steve Rosettani were elected as directors-at-large.

‘Barbara Olympic Champion’

On February 6th, 1948, “Ottawa’s sweetheart” created the lasting memory that forever made her an icon in the city’s sports history. Nineteen-year-old Barbara Ann Scott won Olympic women’s figure skating gold in front of 5,000 spectators in St. Moritz, Switzerland that day, garnering scores of 5 (out of 6 at the time) from all seven judges. Described by the Ottawa Journal as “wholeottawa journal some,” “sensible,” “modest,” and “sweet” archives upon her return home, Scott passed away in Barbara Ann Scott after winning August 2012, but her name remains present figure skating gold at St. Moritz, Switzerland in February 1948. on numerous local landmarks.

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Nestled between Kanata and Stittsville on Iber Road, it’s not always easy to spot Olympia Gymnastics, but as the club turns eight years old, it’s grown up immensely and built a deep connection with the surrounding community along the way.

Ontario Developmental Program (ODP) Gymnasts Ages 6-7 years old

“We’re not a secret any more,” notes Dezso Mesko, a Romanian-born former physical education teacher who founded Olympia in 2005. “We’ve got all the infrastructure – staff and equipment – you need. It’s really great seeing the facility fully setup and children practicing physical exercises now in 2013.” Olympia began as a very small club, but thanks to additional acquired space, equipment purchases and the recent installation of new lighting, it now features a full set of apparatuses in a bright atmosphere that is ready to service gymnasts of all ages and abilities.

March Break March 11-15

There are a group of girls who started training with the club at the very beginning who are now fully-certified gymnastics coaches. It’s a sign of Olympia’s maturity that they’re teaching the “foundation sport” – one of three that Sport Canada encourages all kids to try because gymnastics teaches agility, balance and coordination – to a new generation. “I love the whole gymnastics environment,” says Meghan Heer, who now enjoys her role instructing. “I really like coaching and helping the younger kids grow in the sport and learn to love the sport like I do.” The “amazing people” involved with Olympia are Heer’s favourite aspect of the club, especially the group of close friends she started out with eight years ago.

Meghan Heer, Provincial Stream Level 6 athlete

Olympia Gymnastics Camps provide enjoyable experiences for young athletes. Day-to-Day Camp Activities include: > Trampoline & Tumbling > Gymnastics > Fundamentals of Cheerleading > Arts & Crafts > Quiet time after lunch (colouring, puzzles, board games & movies)

“We’re like sisters,” describes the 2012 provincial vault silver medalist. “We spend so much time together. We can talk about anything with each other. I can trust them with anything. We treat each other exactly like family.” Olympia provides not only a friendly atmosphere, but also a competitive environment for those looking to reach the top. Under Level 3 national-certified head coach Nausikaa Muresan, Emily Urbisci won gold on floor in the Level 5, Age 14+ competition to become the club’s first provincial champion in its short history last season.

ODP Gymnast

“The best part is that for the little ones, they now have role models to look up to who have the drive,” Mesko highlights. “They can see it’s possible.” Mesko sends many thanks to the club’s staff, customers, and the Kanata, Stittsville, Richmond and Carp communities for building Olympia into the wonderful place it now is. With programs ranging from introductory to school age to competitive, fun-filled March Break and Summer Camps, birthday parties, and trampoline & tumbling classes, Olympia offers gymnastics opportunities across the board. Visit or call 613-836-9149 for more information.