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The Heartbeat of Ottawa Sports

35-year-old Jason Dunkerley races to 2 lifetime bests & 1st career double podium performance at Paralympics By Dan Plouffe

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Team Canada wheelchair rugby player Patrice Dagenais came away with a silver medal from his first Paralympics.

excellent english adventure

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The Carleton Ravens toured England prior to their OUA women’s soccer season and now want to reap the rewards.

OVERCOMING olympic anguish

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Despite the DQ after placing third, Seyi Smith and the 4x100 m relay team put Canadian sprinting back on the map.

paralympic coach insider

LONDON – There they were at Olympic Stadium in London, the Ottawa pair of Jason Dunkerley and guide Josh Karanja, setting the pace not only for the best T11 men’s 5,000-metre competitors in the world, but also for 80,000 fans, who rose out of their seats and did the wave in sync with the leaders. Possibly competing at his final Games, Dunkerley was en route to achieving something he’d never before done in an illustrious career that included three medals from the three previous Paralympics. In the best shape of his life at age 35, Dunkerley set his second personal-best of the 2012 Paralympics, and for the first time, won two medals from the same Games – an accomplishment that should go down as one of the finest moments in Ottawa sports history. “It was a big thrill for us,” smiled the newly-crowned silver medalist, who lost the lead near the final lap and came in 12 seconds behind Chile’s Cristian Valenzuela in 15:34.07, but over 20 seconds ahead of third place. “For me personally, as I get older, the Paralympics are getting harder and harder and the world’s getting faster,” Dunkerley continued. “I’m here racing guys that are younger when I’m 35, but I’m still getting better. I think there’s still a long way we can go, and that’s why I’m excited.” Dunkerley and Karanja left nothing to chance in their 5k race. The Ottawa Lions club members figured their ability to run 74-second laps was their biggest asset, so that’s what they were set on doing. “It didn’t matter who was behind us or in front of us, we were going to hit our times and that’s what we did,” explained Karanja, who loved every moment of competing at his first Paralympic Games. “It was

awesome. This is as good as it gets. I don’t think I’ll ever have 80,000 people cheering for me ever again.”

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A slam Dunk silver

‘True Canadians’ It was almost unfathomable to believe Dunkerley and Karanja had only been training together for just over a year, brought together by Ottawa coach Ian Clark. The pair were photos: ian ewing perfectly in sync, Jason Dunkerley (left) and guide Josh Karanja finished over 20 seconds ahead of the third-place finishers running stride for to claim the silver medal in the T11 men’s 5,000 m – their second medal of the London 2012 Paralympics. in. It’s been a missing part of our stride, side by side, for the duration of Paralympics. their races – more so than any of their Dunkerley believed a local guide sport. It’s long overdue.” competitors. who available for workouts full-time Inspiration from #1 fan The image of Northern Ire- would be a major key to his success land-born Dunkerley and Kenya-born in London. The last piece of the puzzle was Karanja proudly parading around the “I think he was ready to kind of family support, highlighted Dunkermaple leaf flag on two occasions after depart from where he was. He kind ley, who visited relatives in Northern their medal victories impressed Cana- of said, ‘OK, I got one more shot at Ireland once his races were done. dian minister of sport Bal Gosal. it, so let’s try a different approach,” That starts with his wife, Colleen, “Those guys are true Canadians,” recounted Clark, who focused on who’s also been a major source of Gosal said, expressing the pride he maximizing Dunkerley’s aerobic ca- inspiration as she’s battled juvenile felt himself, as an immigrant from pacity in training instead of focusing diabetes and now kidney disease. India, to be wearing the maple leaf on speed. “It’s all about getting in the “She’s undergone a lot of hardin London. “They’ve worked hard, distance as you age and you move to ships through that, with losing her they trained hard, and now they’re a different event.” eyesight, now with her kidneys,” representing Canada. It’s an amazing Dunkerley called Karanja “a real Dunkerley explained. “But she never feeling.” role model” who taught him how to complains about it. She just goes work hard, and was very pleased to about life and takes it as it comes. Her Road to the podium stand on the podium and have his whole attitude is to be strong to help Dunkerley credits his new team guide receive a medal for the first other people feel more at ease with it. “I know what she’s going through, as a large part of the reason why he time thanks to a policy change in adand it helps on those days when you’re was able to run faster than he ever vance of London 2012. “I’m just so thrilled for Josh,” ad- feeling down or feeling like you don’t has at an age when most athletes are slowing down. It started with a very ded Dunkerley, whose team is com- want to be out there working. “She’s my #1 fan, and she’s indifficult decision to split with his mitted to continue working together former Toronto-based guide Greg at least until the 2013 world cham- credibly inspirational.” Dailey, with whom he’d won a 1,500 pionships, where the 5k will be their m medal in each of his first three main focus. “He’s put so much work DUNKERLEY continued on p.10

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Coach Ian Clark provides an inside viewpoint of Jason Dunkerley & Josh Karanja’s run to the medals from start to finish.

Jason Dunkerley & Josh Karanja set the pace for the T11 men’s 5,000 m field, eventually finishing second in 15:34.07 in front of a packed Olympic Stadium in London.




It was a hard-luck Games for wheelchair racing medal contender Josh Cassidy, who was still recovering from an illness that put him on antibiotics just before the Paralympics. The Ottawa Lion’s top result was a fifth in the 800 m – a race where he got bumped onto the track infield due to a crash in front of him.

tony walby

Takahashi Dojo’s Tony Walby celebrated a victory by ippon in his opening men’s 100+ kg judo contest before injuries hit him in his next two matchups, both losses. The 39-year-old first-time Paralympian said the best part of the experience was having his baby daughter in the stands. He doesn’t expect to be in Rio 2016 as an athlete, but would like to help build the national team for judokas with visual impairments and could see himself returning to the Games as a coach.

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rachael burrows

See for full stories on each of these local athletes’ experiences at the 2012 Paralympic Games from o u r team in London.

Ottawa Lions wheelchair racer Rachael Burrows could hardly have been more pleased with her Paralympic debut as she reached T34 100 and 200 m finals.

josh cassidy

leah robinson

sean young

A “terrible heartbreak” is what Lions T37 400 m runner Leah Robinson called her

Having changed their training to support the Canadian 4x100 m relay effort that wound up sixth, Jon Dunkerley and guide Sean Young didn’t get their desired result in the T11 400 m to reflect their years of work together, but the bright Lions pair’s exceptionally strong partnership and friendship emerged even stronger in the face of the disappointment. .

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curtis thom

jody schloss

Lions wheelchair racer Curtis Thom earned a surprise sixth-place result in the T34 100 m, but was also surprised to miss the 400 m and 4x400 m finals.

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elimination in the heats of her event for athletes with cerebral palsy. Robinson went out too hard in the first 275 m and struggled to the finish.

jon dunkerley photo: ian ewing

The pinnacle of a 15year recovery from a spinal cord injury, Jody Schloss and horse Inspector Rebus placed 12th in Paraphoto: dan plouffe lympic equestrian.

david blair

andrew heffernan

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brandon king

The true global community in the Athletes Village was what impressed guide Andrew Heffernan most as he made his Paralympic debut with Lion Brandon King in T12 sprint events.

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canadian women’s goalball team The emotions were like night and day for the Ottawa-based Canadian women’s goalball team as they beat the U.S. with a last-second goal one game to finish atop their preliminary pool and then were eliminated by Finland with an overtime marker the next day in quarter-finals.

They finished their Games with a ‘B’ final win, but missing a medal was a big letdown for rower David Blair & the 2011 LTA coxed four world silver medalists Canadian crew.

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By Coach Ian Clark I am sitting in an East London pub with a pint of lager, suffering from a bit of a hangover. This hangover is of a different sort however; unrelated to alcohol, this one comes the morning after the Closing Ceremonies, a finale that marks the end of the most successful 11 days in Paralympics history. Sipping my lager, I am content and proud as I reflect on the London 2012 performances of Jason Dunkerley, the Ottawa middle distance runner I coach – first, a bronze in the 1,500 metres, and a then a few days later, a silver medal in the 5,000 (in both events, Jason is classified in the T11 category for athletes who have no vision). As I think of my coaching relationship with Jason, and Josh Karanja, his indispensable guide runner, I know that we really began preparing for this success 20 months ago. This preparation addresses the critical components of thoughtful planning around training and racing, nutrition, injury prevention and rest. But at its core, the approach relies upon the tireless dedication of Jason and Josh – toughing-out the hard but necessary practices that I dish out to them in Ottawa over several months, day-in, day-out; good weather and bad. As I begin to coach Jason in 2011, I am aware of his running ability, background and age. I decide to discuss with him the possibility of a new approach to his training; he is receptive. We agree to focus the next 18 months on increasing his maximum aerobic capacity through greater mileage and long, tough track repeats and hill work, while simultaneously maintaining his speed and improving his running efficiency. Jason buys in to this approach, as does Josh, and the pair become increasingly successful running and racing partners. The plan pays dividends as Jason continues to improve his times over both the 1,500 and the 5,000 events; his 5k time improves immensely.

Paralympic buzz As the Games near and as we taper the training, I know the two are mentally and physically ready. Race results and time trials in Ottawa have proven that. We discuss the opposition and

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Coach Ian Clark was proud to see his athletes – Jason Dunkerley (left) and Josh Karanja – come away with London 2012 silver and bronze medals.

agree upon our final strategies and tactics for both races. We have consensus: the goal is to win gold in both races. Inside, the three of us know this will be a tough achievement. In sport, as in life, one has to take risks. We do not take our opponents for granted. Prior to leaving Ottawa, we learn of the Paralympic “buzz” in London – all 2.5 million tickets sold out for all events and the public is demanding more. Our arrival in London demonstrates why Great Britain has been so successful in hosting these Olympic and Paralympic Games. Superb athletic facilities, transportation (the Tube; “mind the gap, please”), 24/7 print, television and electronic coverage and the everpresent, friendly and helpful volunteers dressed in purple. But most importantly, the British, a sophisticated sporting people, have embraced the Games with their hearts and minds.

Race time I take my seat in the Olympic Stadium for Jason’s 1,500 m semi-final. I am astonished that 80,000 screaming Brits are in attendance (for a semi!). I look around. I am moved and a little choked up by the fact Jason and Josh will soon take to this vast international, and potentially intimidating, stage. I am proud of these guys. The race goes mostly according to plan – Jason and Josh make it through comfortably in second place, although not before they are jostled and interfered with, almost going down twice. Post-race, the three of us are pleased and I think a little relieved. We all agree that Jason must get a faster start in the final to avoid the “trouble” and be free to run the race he needs to medal. We rehearse some fast starts at a track outside of Lon-

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don, concentrating on settling back into pace. Three days later, before another packed and thunderous stadium, Jason and Josh get off to a flawless start, accelerating to arrive at the first curve in second place, just as we had discussed, and settling down to 62 seconds for the first 400 m. Led by the Brazilian and Kenyan runners, the race is surprisingly fast. Jason cannot hear Josh’s words or the runner around him as he normally does due to the deafening crowd noise, but a hard, intelligent race allows them to pull through and capture a bronze medal.

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applauded by 80,000 I am pleased and proud. They have executed brilliantly and seem very happy. Though I am unable to talk to them, I see them 20 minutes later on the medal stand, the entire stadium applauding their efforts as I hurriedly take pictures and clap and scream, along with my sister and Mom who have joined me in the stands. Cut to the 5,000 metres final, four days later. The three of us had agreed back in Ottawa that Jason and Josh would run at a pace of 74 seconds per lap for the majority of the race, a strategy they brilliantly adhere to in the race. The result is a silver – Jason’s second medal of the Games, a feat he hadn’t accomplished in three previous Paralympics. Again, I take pictures with great pride when Jason and Josh graciously accept their welldeserved silver medal. A few hours later, we all proceed to a Mexican restaurant to enjoy a beer or two and to share some laughs. The long season is finally over, our Paralympic experience a success. We are all content, relaxed and in need of some rest.

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Coach’s perspective: an inside account of Dunkerley’s run to two Paralympic medals





Relay goal achieved despite DQ By Anne Duggan It was maybe Canada’s most heartbreaking moment of the 2012 Olympics – the improbable bronze medal victory of the men’s 4x100metre relay team suddenly taken away due to one step on the lane line. And make no mistake, Ottawa’s Seyi Smith felt the full weight of the heartbreak, but a month after the team’s disqualification in London, the 25-year-old former Brookfield High School student views the race as a sign of great things to come. “Some people say we fired a warning shot, that we can now vie for the medals,” he notes. “Still, it would have been nice to have the hardware.” A delay in displaying the correct results meant the team thought they had won bronze for the first moments after the race. The eventual DSQ designation was an abrupt and painful end to a full-swing celebration with hugs and maple leaf flags. “My memory of how we felt for those 10 minutes that we thought we had won bronze, it is now becoming hazy,” says Smith. Prior to the Games, Smith said his team’s main objective in London was to bring back the pride in Canada’s


sprinters Seyi Smith and the Canadian men’s Patrice Dagenais (right) found himself on a m relay team momentarily that exis- 4x100 wheelchair rugby thought they’d won bronze before provincial team not ted when they were disqualified for a small long after taking up the violation at the London 2012 Ottawa’s lane sport. He first dressed Olympic Games. for the senior national Glenroy team in 2009 and Gilbert, With the joy of winning the 2012 W-League Championship still in our will make his Paralympic now the thoughts, the long weekend has come and gone and it is already time debut in national to focus on the start of another year of soccer for the Ottawa Fury. London. r e l a y The Club has unveiled the 2013 coaching staff that sees many familiar coach, faces returning and some highly qualified additions. All our coaches have and comthe same commitment to help talented players in Ottawa develop their pany won game to the maximum. With NASL professional soccer coming soon 4 x 1 0 0 to Lansdowne Park, the Fury, now more than ever, strive to provide the gold at highest quality programs for all ages through their Prospects (8-12), the 1996 Youth (13-16) and Professional Development academy programs. Atlanta Heading up an array of talented Fury coaches are Steve Hill, Dom Games. Oliveri, Jimmy Zito and David Bellemare. Hill is the Club’s Boys “The Academy Technical Director while Oliveri serves as the TD of the Girls important Academy. Jimmy Zito, the Club’s full time Staff Coach was Ottawa’s goal of 2011 Coach of the Year. David Bellemare, the Club’s goalkeeper coach, making has an incredible record of developing keepers for representative honours and varsity scholarships. Canada proud: I In 2011, the Fury’s Boys program was ranked #1 in North America among think we all USL Super Y-League clubs and once again has qualified all four of its file photo got that,” teams to the North American Championship Finals to be held later this Smith highlights, noting It’s now up have never run under 10 seconds year in Florida. For the past six years the Fury Youth Academy (boys to the team to return to the Olympic somehow managed to finish third and girls combined) has been ranked in the Top 10 in North America. stage and re-win that medal. against a field full of sub-10The Club firmly believes that ‘our success is measured by the second sprinters. success of our players’ and while our teams have proven successful Unexpected performance “The simple explanation is in match play for many years, it is the more than 80 NCAA scholarChemistry, says the Calgary-based that we are perfect together,” ships and the players who moved onto play for their national teams former Ottawa Lion, is the answer to Smith says, adding that the four or signed professional contracts that best illustrate our success. the puzzle of how four athletes who Canadian runners also have maxOTTAWA FURY 2013 COACHING STAFF imum top Prospects Boys Academy TBA Prospects Girls Academy Kwame Telemaque speeds comFury U13 Boys Jimmy Zito Fury U13 Girls Kwame Telemaque parable to the Fury U14 Boys Steve Hill Fury U14 Girls Nic Horne world’s very Fury U15 Boys Jimmy Zito Fury U15 Girls Audra Sherman best sprintFury U16 Boys Jason Da Costa Fury U16 Girls Andrew Gilchrist ers. Fury PDA Men Christian Hoefler Fury PDA Women Jimmy Zito T h e team, which The Ottawa Fury also boasts impressive grassroots skill development also included programs. Open to all the First Touch (4-7) and School of Excellence 21-year-old (8-12) Programs for both Boys and Girls. The First Touch Program, led Ottawa Geeby Jasmine Phillips, introduces youngest players to the game of soccer Gees sprinter in a fun-filled environment.. The School of Excellence Program led by Segun MaJimmy Zito, looks to develop a player’s basic skills and further develop kinde as an their passion for the game. alternate, may have For More Information on Tryouts and Fury’s Skill Development Programs visit been defeated by a few centimetres of white line, but qualify as an individual in the 100 listen to nobody else.” Smith believes metres,” Smith states. Other athletes with Ottawa he’s come away connections who competed at The power of usain Bolt from the exthe Olympics included: Courtnay perience a vicSmith is proud that the Canadian Pilypaitis (basketball, fifth), Michael tor. He learned team was not cowed by the size of the Tayler (canoe slalom, 20th), Shermuch from his venue or the volume of the crowd’s raine Schalm (epee fencing, 17th), first Olympics, roars. In fact, it helped them to focus, Melanie McCann (modern pentathhe notes, and he believes. lon, 11th), Nicolas Tritton (judo, he’ll bring that Also assisting them to be ready 17th), Mo Zhang (table tennis, 33rd), knowledge with and focused was the great Usain Bolt. Andre Ho (table tennis, 65th singles, him each time “We had just arrived in the sta- ninth team), Pierre-Luc Hinse (table he trains for Rio dium and the officials were rushing us tennis, 33rd singles, ninth team), Eu2016. while we were putting on our shoes,” gene Wang (table tennis, ninth team), “My goals Smith recounts. “We were definitely Cristy Nurse (rowing, alternate due to for the next feeling the stress. injury, silver), Morgan Jarvis (rowing, quadrant are to “Then Usain Bolt held up his hand 14th), Melissa Bishop (athletics 800 make the re- and said, ‘We need five minutes.’ And m, 30th), and Sultana Frizell (athletlay team and to they listened to him like they would ics hammer throw, 26th).





COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL SOCCER You will need a video biography You will need to be seen You will need to be promoted For information, contact The Ottawa South United Force U14 girls are in very unfamiliar territory. Not only are they playing their first season in the province’s top soccer league, they’re also very near the top. It’s already an unprecedented level for an Ottawa team that young to reach, and the 8-41 squad has a chance to cement their name in the record books if they become the first club from the region to win an Ontario Youth Soccer League division title. With three games left to play, OSU is three points back of Woodbridge, who have just one match left. “It’s true – there are not too many teams at that level that have done this,” highlights coach

Widdgin Bernard. “But this group is very determined to finish on top.” The bulk of the Force girls have been training together for a remarkable six years, which has been a big help as the squad made the jump to Level 1 following an undefeated U13 season against regional opponents. “The girls know each other and they want this really bad,” adds Bernard, whose lineup boasts three key offensive weapons – Andrianna Dmuchalsky, Julia Rosenthal and Alexis Martel-Lamothe. “They train hard, they work out together, and they work well together as a unit. They’re a great, great team.”

OSU U15 boys need one win to clinch OYSL

You’ll have to forgive Ottawa South United Force Black U15 boys’ coach Russell Shaw if he’s been haunted by flashbacks leading up to his team’s final Ontario Youth Soccer League match of the season. The scenario is all too similar for him as his squad prepares to face second-place Woodbridge on the road Sunday, Sept. 16. Last season, his U17 boys’ squad had the chance to clinch the capital’s first-ever OYSL division crown with a win in their last game, but they came up short and had to settle for second. “It’s been a terrific season,” Shaw says of the 12-1-4 campaign his boys have produced. “We hope to keep it going. We don’t want it to fall off the wheels like it did for us last year.” Besides of course being

a totally different roster, this OSU group does have a tiny bit of a cushion atop the standings – a loss against Woodbridge would still force their rivals to collect two more points from their final two games. And for a squad that was unsure of its makeup at the start of the year – several members delayed trials with the Vancouver Whitecaps academy

There are a handful of other local OYSL teams still in the chase for division championships, while several others have key remaining games to stave off relegation. At 6-2-4, the Capital United U16 girls sit in second place, six points back of division-leading Glen Shields. Both squads have four games

remaining in their seasons. Just a win away from Ajax, the 8-2-3 OSU U17 boys will face their first-place foes in the last game of the year. Capital United (8-3-4) and OSU (7-4-4) have both put together solid U17 girls’ seasons as well. —Text & photos: Dan Plouffe

titles within reach for more Ottawa OYSL teams

until after their season, while others have been over to Liverpool and returned – the players have shown their dedication to the pursuit of a title. “It’s the way we approach the game,” says OYSL co-leading soccer Yousef Aldaqqaq. “Last year was a learning experience for us, and it was good preparation for this season now. We’re transitioning into it well.” Shaw believes a change in attitude, and a belief that they can be champions, has pushed the team to new heights after finishing 7-4-5 in 2011. “Last year we were just competing, and now we’re trying to boss the league – keep the ball and play,” Shaw highlights. “They do really want to make something happen this year.”


Youngest OYSL group poised for top




ER Cup final matches intriguing

The East Region Cup soccer finals are all set to go for Sunday, Sept. 16 at South Gower fields. Eight championships will be up for grabs in total as teams from under-13 to under-16 go head-to-head in the final round of the knockout-format competition that began back in June. Gloucester and Nepean have the chance to come away with the most titles as they each send four squads to the final, while Ottawa South United and Cumberland each send two entries. Here’s a breakdown of the matchups in each category:

Champs last year, the Gloucester Hornets U16 girls will vie for a repeat ER Cup title on Sept. 16 in Kemptville.

Boys’ U13 In a matchup of the first- and second-place teams from ERSL league play, Capital United takes on the Gloucester Hornets in the ER Cup final. The first two rounds of Cup play were cakewalks for both squads as they smashed their opponents by a combined 45-2 total. Both squads were put to the test in the semis though, as Gloucester required penalty kicks to outlast the West Ottawa Level 4s and Capital United edged Cumberland 4-3. Capital United took the ERSL di-

vision crown by three points on the strength of an early-season 8-5 win, although the teams tied in their later regular season meeting.

Girls’ U13 The ER Cup final could have been the rubber match between the two squads that dominated the girls’ U13 ERSL ranks all season long, but the West Ottawa U13 Level 3s did not participate in Cup play. Instead, it will be the Nepean Hotspurs trying to upset the OSU Force in the final.

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West Ottawa Warriors U13 Girls raise $1,737 for School Box charity

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Nepean finished third in the division with a .500 mark – well behind OSU and West Ottawa, who both won 13 of 14 league matches and lost only to one another by a three-goal margin. Add to that the unlikely event that both OSU and West Ottawa ended up with +56 totals in goal differential and it could have been a match for the ages. But the Hotspurs have played OSU tough this year, falling by just one and two goals in their regular season meetings against a team that received multiple-goal performances in 10 of 14 games from star Gabriela Mendoza-Saud, who scored 39 in total in league and Cup play.

Boys’ U14 It’ll be a classic eastend duel as the Cumberland Cobras battle the Gloucester Hornets for the U14 boys’ Cup crown. Cumberland would be the expected favourite in the contest based on their 112-2 ERSL record and easy 13-point division title over the next best challenger. But it’s the Hornets who have been dominant in Cup play, blasting through to the final with a pair of 8-0 victories. The Cobras, meanwhile, downed Level 4 opponents just 2-0 and 2-1 in their previous Cup matches, although their 1-2 scoring punch of Christ Sangala and Mikaël Conde will be tough to contain.

Girls’ U14 Cumberland has the chance to claim titles on both the boys’ and girls’ sides in the U14 age group as the Cobra ladies get set to take on Seaway Valley in their Cup final. Seaway Valley rides into the game on a major high from their semi-final victory when

We are the West Ottawa Warriors, and we’ve got a strong desire to make this world a better place. As a team, we want to help others who have less than we do. We are proud of our commitment to True Sport, a national movement that believes in the power of sport to transform communities and helps to create safe and welcoming environments for all. As a True Sport team, we work hard on and off the field to promote the values of respect, fairness, personal excellence, giving back, being inclusive, and staying healthy. One of our goals this season was to fundraise for School Box, a Canadian charity that helps to build schools and provide supplies to children in Central America. In support of School Box and to show our team spirit and our commitment to our global community, we decided to train and run 5 km at our last practice to raise money for School Box. “The power of sport extends beyond the field of play to teach children valuable life lessons that will help them become contributing citizens of the world,” Head coach Dina BellLaroche noted. “From my perspective, our School Box project was another tangible way for our athletes to set a goal, inspire others to contribute, and develop leadership skills. I was amazed at the energy these girls had and the inspiration they felt when they saw the impact their contribution would make to children and youth a continent away. Running for a purpose became another way to get fit, push themselves, help others, and bond as a team.” On Aug. 28, the team put all of its training to good use and ran the 5 km … the athletes

exceeded our goal of raising $1,000. In the end, School Box received $1,737! Parents who were on hand to support their girls and cheer them on were amazed at the difference this experience made to the team. “Watching the girls put their energy into supporting the School Box program was very encouraging, as they embraced it as part of their team’s identity throughout the summer,” highlighted parent John Carson. “It allowed them to realize that their team spirit and determination can be applied to help others, just as it can help them achieve their goals on the field. As parents, we’re grateful our daughter had this experience and we wish School Box continued success.” Tom Affleck, the President of School Box, kicked off the run by sharing a few words about the impact that the team’s efforts would have on the lives of children in Nicaragua. “I wanted to thank Dina and the girls for a truly inspiring and successful fundraising run,” he added. “What a great event! $1,737 is an awesome total. We are proud to be partnered with True Sport and the West Ottawa U13 girls to ‘Make Education Possible’ for kids in Nicaragua.” The President of West Ottawa Soccer Club was very proud of the team as well. “Sometimes it takes a spark to ignite an entire group and this dedicated group of young women has done just that!” Brian Mason said. “I know that other coaches and teams were motivated by what this amazing group of girls was able to accomplish and I look forward to exploring how our Club can become more involved next year. Well done Warriors!” We believe this run is a great way to show the soccer community, and the world, that we care about others, and how sport can be used as a tool for change. We hope that other teams will be inspired to do the same.

they knocked off West Ottawa, who’d earned a perfect 14-0 record in ERSL league play and won the division title by a whopping 14 points. Cumberland has enjoyed a strong run in Cup play, earning comfortable 4-1, 2-0 and 6-1 victories leading up to the final, where they’ll have multiple scoring weapons available such as Sydney Switzer, Veronique Landriault, Nadjema Soro and Madisen Foley-O’Brien.

posting a 10-1-3 record in league play and outscoring Cup opponents by a combined 20-3 mark in their three previous victories. Vuk Stefanovic led the team in combined scoring this season, while three different goalkeepers recorded shutouts for the squad that averaged only one goal against per game. Cataraqui took out second-place Gloucester in the Cup opening round on penalties and will look to make up for a 6-8 season.

Boys’ U15

Girls’ U15

The Nepean Hotspurs are one game away from doubling up their ERSL league and ER Cup titles, and they’ll have an excellent opportunity to do it against the Cataraqui Clippers. Nepean was virtually unstoppable this season,

The top two teams from the ERSL girls’ U15 ranks will meet again in the Cup final as the Nepean Hotspurs and Gloucester Hornets face off. ER CUP FINALS continued on p.11



World wrestlers

Two Ottawa wrestlers recently competed at world championships – Augusta Eve of the National Capital Wrestling Club placed fifth in the 40 kg division at the cadet worlds, while Western Mustang and NCWC grad Ilya Abelev placed 11th at the junior worlds.

Ottawa pair play for canadian U22 women’s hockey Team

Ottawa natives Isabel Ménard and Jamie-Lee Rattray wore the maple leaf in an under-22 women’s hockey exhibition series against the U.S. Canada dropped all three games in Calgary between Aug. 16-19, falling 4-1, 4-2 and 4-3. Seeing powerplay time with senior national team star Marie-Philip Poulin, Rattray scored an assist in the final game.

8 individuals reach track youth nationals podium

Ottawa athletes claimed eight individual medals at August’s Canadian Legion youth track-and-field championships in Charlottetown, PEI. It was a breakthrough event for the C.A.N.I. (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) club as the young Ottawa-based group earned more individual medals than the deep-rooted Ottawa Lions Track-and-Field club. St. Paul High School sprinting sensation Shermar Paul was responsible for two of those, earning gold in the U16 200 m and bronze in the 300 m, while Tony N’Zoigba captured U16 high jump silver and Jacob Plunkett won U16 110 m hurdles bronze. Lions medalists included Zachary Kerr in the U18 pole vault (gold), Charifa Labarang in the U18 100 m (bronze), and U16 800 m runner Erinn Stenman-Fahey (bronze). Representing Team Ontario, Lia Codrington won U16 steeplechase bronze. The Lions were U18 girls’ 4x100 m relay national champs (featuring Alexandra Telford, Victoria McIntyre, Shelani Fernando and Labarang), while C.A.N.I. won the U18 boys’ 4x100 with Jonelle Halog, Akhil Edirisinghe, Shermar and Plunkett.

Klus climbs jr triathlon ranks

Four months made a world of difference for Samantha Klus of the Bytown Storm triathlon club. The Bell High School senior began her season with an eye-opening experience at the North American junior championships in Mexico, when she placed 13th out of 16 racers. Originally the second alternate for Canada, Klus got to race at August’s Pan American junior championships in Edmonton and made the most of it by placing 16th out of 54 competitors, and third amongst 14 Canadians.

Young Royals Futuro teams shine at home tourneys

The Ottawa Royals soccer club hosted its Kickin’ in the Capital tournaments on Aug. 11-12 (boys) and Sept. 8-9 (girls), earning several titles at their home tournament. On the boys’ side, the Royals Futuro Red downed Capital United 1-0 for the U10 red crown, and it was the same teams with the same result in the U11 red category as well. The Royals Phantoms topped OSU by a 1-0 count to win U9 blue division and the hosts were also runners-up in U18. The Gloucester Hornets

bested the Ottawa Royals Blue 4-3 in the U10 white A championship and also were on top of the U11 11v11 category. Gloucester cruised to a U12 red win, and beat the Internationals 2-0 to earn the U13 white division victory. St. Anthony Sevilla topped OSU 1-0 in the U11 white final, while OSU claimed U11 blue, placed second in U10 white B and outlasted Nepean City Storm 1-0 in the U15 red final. The Ottawa Internationals were finalists in U10 blue A, U16-17, U17 and U14 white,

won the U10 blue B event and also knocked off the Royals in U12 blue B. The Nepean Hotspurs downed OSU 2-1 in U12 blue A and were also finalists in U13 red, while the Hotspurs Gunners lived up to their nickname in a 5-4 U16 final victory. In the girls’ tournament, winners included OSU (U13 white, U12 white), Nepean (U9 red), Cumberland (U1415 red), Gloucester (U10 blue) and West Ottawa (U11 red, U15 blue, U16 white and U17-18 red.)

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OSU Force Academy pushes the bar with new Centre of Excellence

With the creation of its Centre of Excellence, the Ottawa South United Force Academy begins an exciting new initiative this fall to help players realize their potential and find a route into the College / University level and the professional game in Europe or anywhere else in the world. Run exclusively by OSU head coach Paul Harris in three phases over nine months of the year, the COE provides additional training opportunities for the most serious and committed players who want more time to train. Players have the opportunity to work daily on their technical ability while also learning and practicing superior study and living habits, nutritional knowledge, community respect, responsibility and a sense of family amongst teammates. The COE is based on a proven European soccer philosophy, while OSU partners Nike Soccer and Dallas Texans have also provided advice and consultancy on their own personal philosophy, training methods, techniques and equipment to harness the best that England and North America have to offer. Harris, who has spent the last 20 years involved in youth development as a player through the Crewe Youth Academy (UK) and as an Academy Coach with Everton FC of the English Premier League, will lead training sessions focused on improved technical skills, decision-making, and physical and mental strength. Harris arrived in the nation’s capital early

in the summer, and has observed that a major challenge for young, aspiring players is that they fall well short of the 10,000 practice hours required to become an expert in a given field. “The biggest problem is the amount of training they do,” states the UEFA ‘A’-licenced coach, noting that practicing for an hour-and-a-half 2-3 times a week may leave players up to 8,500 hours short of what’s needed when they complete their youth careers. “How are you supposed to to reach your maximum potential when you’re that many hours short?” The COE helps address some of the shortcomings Canadian soccer players tend to have compared to their counterparts elsewhere in the world. In perfecting players’ skills and technique in a challenging, fun, and positive learning environment, it will inspire creativity, flair, excitement and entertainment. The goal is to provide the right combination of learning through hard work and fun to develop the necessary skills that are required to achieve a greater knowledge of the dynamic game of soccer, and to help players carry on their careers at the highest levels. “We are very proud to continue to play a leading role in creating better player development opportunities for players in our region,” says OSU President Bill Michalopoulos, noting the COE is open to OSU players as well as those from other clubs. “The new Centre of Excellence is positive for OSU, but it’s also important, I think, for soccer as a whole in Ottawa and in Ontario.” For more information on the COE, visit: h t t p : / / w w w. f o r c e a c a d e m y. c a / CENTREOFEXCELLENCE.php


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The Myers Riders kept their impressive record of reaching Ontario Varsity Football League title games intact as both the Varsity and Bantam-level squads competed for the big prize on Aug. 18. But the final step again proved to be the most difficult. The Varsity team rebounded from a 1-3 start to post playoff victories over Metro Toronto and Toronto, but lost to the London Jr. Mustangs 45-28 in the final. The 9-1 Bantam Riders also met their match in the championship, falling 31-3 to Brampton. Meanwhile, the third-year Ottawa Invaders made their first-ever appearance in the Northern Football Conference championship game but were shutout 52-0 by the Toronto Titans.




Everton, Man U & Beatles all part of Ravens’ UK trip By Dan Plouffe

The Carleton Ravens women’s soccer team has progressed well in recent years but they haven’t quite matched the level of the very best in Ontario, which includes their Rideau Canal neighbours, the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. But this year’s squad is hoping that a unique pre-season trip to Liverpool, England will pay dividends when they face the likes of the reigning national champions (Queen’s) on Sept. 16 and bronze medalists (Gee-Gees) on Sept. 15. The Ravens spent 10 days in mid-August overseas, playing four games against various levels of English teams, training daily, watching men’s and women’s pro matches, and of course, checking out all the top Beatles attractions. “It was an amazing experience,” says thirdyear player Andrea Way, a former Gloucester Hornet who’s carved herself a solid university career after attending opening tryouts. “It was so much fun. We all kind of came together as a team and got to know each other really well.” A big highlight in Way’s mind was seeing the crowd roar for a Manchester United vs Everton premier league game, won by the home side, Everton. And simply soaking up the experience of being in a place where her sport is worshiped. “Over there, football was everywhere,” explains the striker who’s also dressed for the Fury, Royals and St. Anthony’s clubs over the years. “It was really exciting because we love football, but you don’t see that as much here.”

The Carleton Ravens don’t go easy on each other in practice, especially as they try to recapture the form they displayed in a pre-season trip to England.

There was a fair bit of respect for Canadian women’s soccer in England, the players noticed. Arriving on the last day of the Olympics may have had something to do with that, Team Canada having earned a well-deserved bronze medal from the football tournament. “It was pretty neat because the Olympics had just ended and Canada did so well,” remarks

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fourth-year midfielder Alex Druggett. “A lot of people recognized Canadian women’s soccer as being pretty good over there. A few people mentioned that Canada beat Great Britain in the (quarters). It was nice. It made us pretty proud.”

Coach’s connection creates chance The trip came about due to coach Alex

McNutt’s Liverpool roots. The fourth-year head coach had the idea in mind for several years, but it took awhile before fundraising efforts were able to pay the tab. He’d like to continue the initiative since he believes it helps build the program, make them a better, closer team and provides inspiration to his troops. “Players do different things, make different decisions, and when you get exposed to that, all of a sudden you’re learning new things,” McNutt adds. “It was better than expected. It was fantastic. Everything clicked into place.” In winning three of four matches, the Ravens were in fine form at the time, but have had trouble rediscovering that level early in their season. Carleton has two wins, a loss and a tie. “That’s a good sign that we’re not play well and still on top in games,” maintains McNutt, who feels he has his best squad in four years this season. “There’s no reason why we can’t do really well this season. I don’t think they’ve shown yet what they can do.” The Ravens would love to put in their best effort and come out on top of the powerful GeeGees, who are ranked second in Canada and carry an enormous win streak against Carleton. “Those ones are pretty personal,” notes Druggett, who’s played for the Ottawa Internationals and Ottawa South United. “A lot of our friends are on Ottawa U and girls we play against (in club matches). Especially for me because I’m in my fourth year now, you don’t have much time left to beat them, so I really want to this year.”

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Injuries lead Morty to retirement By Leah Larocque

Born in a family of paddlers, it almost seemed like destiny that Ian Mortimer would become a paddler himself. But nothing could predict the love and hard work that he would put into the sport during a career that included seven years on the Canadian senior national team. His brother, Angus, is a fellow canoe-kayak national team member, his mother is a masters paddler and his sister, Lucy, is a coach. “Coach” will be Mortimer’s new title as well, as the two-time World Cup gold medallist and 15-time Canadian champion announced his retirement from the national team after a successful national championships in August. It’s difficult for the Rideau Canoe Club veteran to pick out a career highlight – winning the Black Trophy (the Stanley Cup of paddling) twice was significant but overall Mortimer’s “best memories have been when the team is doing well as a group,” he says. Racing at the 2009 worlds in Dartmouth, N.S. is also a special memory. “I love racing in Canada,” notes Mortimer, who competed in the K-4 event alongside Ottawa’s Rhys Hill

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Ian Mortimer (right) received his Ottawa Sports Awards trophy as male athlete of the year for 2009 from former Rideau Canoe Club commodore Mike Scott.

as well as Chris Pellini and Brady Reardon. “It was awesome racing at home, huge crowd and I was literally racing with my best friends in the canoe.”

wounded warrior The hours of training have also produced a fair share of injuries for Mortimer. In 2006, he severely in-

jured his shoulder and underwent major surgery, which took him out of competing for 2007. Then, starting in 2010, Mortimer has been experiencing serious problems with his hip, which will send him to the surgeon’s table this fall. “I have to retire. I can’t keep paddling,” explains Mortimer, who’s now accepted the reality that his high-performance career is over. “I have no bitter feelings. You get to a certain point and you work hard for so long. For the past years, my body hasn’t allowed me to train where I need and can be and that was frustrating.” Despite the beating his body has taken, Mortimer believes it’s worth it. “If I was 12 and you told me what would happen, I would say ‘yes’ in an instant, no hesitation,” says the athlete who made his international debut at the 2001 junior world championships. “I got to race at such a high level. I am very thankful for everything. I became friends

Doc Hockey Corner Where opportunity and experts meet!

--By Dr. Shayne Baylis, Doc Hockey To recap my previous article, Malcolm Gladwell explained that it takes approximately 10,000 hours to become an expert in any given field. Furthermore, he says that opportunity is one of the primary influential factors needed to acquire the skillsets to be an expert and ultimately perform successfully at the highest level. However, it is critical to be on the path or already have 10,000 hours established so that when the opportunity arises, one is able to take full advantage of the situation. Let’s look at one example from Gladwell: out of the 75 richest people in history, 20% of them come from the U.S. in the mid 1900s. Their age and the opportunity of being born when they could take advantage of the beginning of the industrial revolution were hugely important, he notes. When applying this same principle to sports, Gladwell suggests that opportunity has a lot to do with the time of year that a player is born, and age deadlines. Being born at the beginning of the year offers the advantage of additional maturity, being physically larger and better coordination. These attributes attune the player to perform at a higher level and they are more readily selected to high-caliber teams. The athletes who made the cut to be on competitive teams at an early age are positioned to have more practice time, more game time, better coaching, and play in more pressure situations, which allows them to develop their confidence to be the “go-to player.”

10,000-hour mark key to draft In Gladwell’s book Outliers: The Story of Success, he demonstrates a play-by-play of a Memorial Cup final junior game by replacing player names with their birthdates. By taking this approach, he was able to show that the majority of players’ birthdates range from January 1st to the end of April, and it was confirmed these players experienced the most ice time, preferred coaching, and were placed strategically in critical game time situations. The maturity factor appears to be the primary reasons for their success. Accomplishing this landmark of 10,000 hours will allow these hockey players to have the required skills when their draft time arrives, and they then tend to be selected in the early rounds.

with the best people all over the world. “You’re going to get injured and worn down no matter what. I would do it all again.” Retiring in Nova Scotia was meaningful to Mortimer as he got to spend the week with teammates he has been racing with since 1995. “It was nice retiring and sharing the experience at the same time (with the guys), and my family there,” smiles the captain of Rideau’s recently-crowned war canoe national champs. “A great bookend to my career.” Mortimer says he will forever be connected to the sport. He continues to be seen daily at the club. “You can retire from the national team but you can’t retire from the

This is apparent in the longer road NCAA players take to get their chance in the NHL rather than Major Junior Leagues, where there are much more players age eligible and who are drafted directly into the NHL. As mentioned in the last article, the Beatles, Bill Gates and now our Memorial Cup hockey players all achieved their 10,000 hours faster and with better practice quality hours than most, allowing them to excel.

variety & proper programs Get your hours in from multiple sports working on different coordination patterns, different muscle strengths, and different mental processes. Preparation/Training, Prevention, and Quick Recovery is all part of the 10,000 hour requirement. It is important for each player to realize that their dream is all about taking advantage of opportunities, positioning oneself to be exposed to the positive experiences, and practicing the correct methods to improve. Determine your strengths and use them in advantageous ways on the ice. Identify your weakness and practice and work extraordinarily hard to become a master of this skillset. For example, if you realize your skating or stickhandling is deficient, it is time to check out who has the teaching abilities to help you improve. Many times it is entirely the training path you take, the people you meet, coaches and trainers that influence you, and the amount of training (physical, mental, psychological and spiritual) and opportunity that ultimately decides your future. However, when the opportunity surfaces, be prepared with the right mindset and go for it!

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sport,” Mortimer notes.

School, coaching & charity next Mortimer organizes a fun charity race called “Yak for a Stack,” which has featured all of the top-5 kayak finishers from this summer’s Olympic Games. He plans to continue that event, finish his Masters of Canadian Studies at Carleton University, and coach. His advice to young paddlers is simple and honest. “Work really, really hard and never be shy to work harder than everyone else around you,” Mortimer explains. “Find a sport that you love and work really hard. Love it, embrace it. Embrace the training, live every moment.” Advice Mortimer has lived by.






Can loads you name Canada's Pa Paralympics show there is no normal, while revealing of extraordinary Dan Plouff

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When you first start watching parasport, one frequent piece of advice is not to focus on the disability, but rather enjoy the sporting achievements in front of you. Rick Hansen believes that media coverage of the Paralympics has evolved in a positive way, from the patronizing “inspirational” stories of overcoming a disability into more traditional sports coverage, where there is an appreciation and understanding of what really constitutes a world-class performance. In attending my first Paralympic Games, it’s hard not to be inspired by these athletes. But he’s right, it’s not because someone without legs manages to swim, it’s that these champions are laying it in the line in just the same fashion as inspirational Olympians do. Seeing the Paralympics up close has made me realize that there really isn’t a

so-called “normal.” And that people with supposed disabilities can achieve just as much as able-bodied people can. And not just on the sports field – I worked alongside reporters at the Paralympics who were blind, had no arms, needed walking aids, were in wheelchairs. A London newspaper mentioned there was a photographer shooting the Games who is legally blind, but once he’s behind the viewfinder, he’s able to do his job just as well as anyone else. The reporter with very little vision I sat beside at the Opening Ceremonies had a magnified screen so he could type his story. The man with no arms needed help getting his tea, but he could sip at it like anyone else by tipping the cup with his mouth. There were people ready to assist those who needed it. Society seems to be evolving to prop-

erly integrate members who were once marginalized. Of course, there’s still work to be done, and this particular experience came in the birthplace of the Paralympics, but I believe our world is moving forward. And of course there’s that spectacular sporting show that England embraced full-heartedly. Sold-out crowds packing the stands for every athletics session – unbelievable! The goalball venue was mostly full for preliminary round games too. So many memories – from the roar GB’s hero David Weir received each time he went for one of his four gold medals, to Canadian swimming legend Benoit Huot’s pure, unrepressed joy and thankfulness when he won his gold medal. No question what is my favourite memory though – watching my buddy from West End Wolverines house league

hockey guide Jason Dunkerley to two medals. Josh and1 I of course go way back, 2 and I’ve got to know Jason pretty well in 4 recent years too, and let me tell you, there 5 6 couldn’t be two more deserving people. Jason’s got to be the most humble 7 man you’ll ever meet for someone who’s achieved so much. And seeing8Josh’s face light up like a kid in a candy shop when he stepped up 9 on the podium and looked up towards 80,000 people saluting him... Wow. There are no words. 13 A big thank you to Sportspage writer/ photographer extraordinaire Ian Ewing 14 for accompanying me on this London adventure, to LOCOG for having us out, 16 to the fabulous,15generous Games volunteers, and to the wonderful people at the Canadian Paralympic Committee for their top-notch assistance from start to finish.


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DUNKERLEY: ‘Very proud’ of London performance, and unexpected four career Paralympic appearances

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continued from Front Thinking back to high school when he first started running, Dunkerley can’t believe that he’s managed to win medals from four consecutive Paralympic Games – a total of three silver and two bronze. “I was so far away from ever even considering it,” reflected the athlete born with a congenital eye condition called Leber’s Amaurosis. “It’s so different than any other competition. It’s about trying to get it right on one day out of every four years. “It’s all about getting to the starting line feeling healthy and strong and confident and dealing with a crowd like this and the effects of everything that goes with it. “It’s been a privilege to be able to have been involved in this sport. I’m very proud that we’re here and we ran well.”




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Young Cumberland United Soccer Club players got to visit with their Olympic heroes when three members of bronze medal-winning Team Canada came to the Cobras clubhouse on Sept. 10 for Q & A and photo & autograph sessions. Read more on

They’re only seven and eight years old, but the Nepean Knights Tyke team are already making history. For the first time, Nepean won a provincial title in their age group, claiming the ‘B’ division crown in Durham. photo provided


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Several members of the Ottawa Swans Australian Rules Football club travelled to Dublin, Ohio in August to play against the United States in the 49th Parallel Cup. From left, Jay Goldhawk (men’s developmental team member), women’s team members Catherine Geci, Holly Costanza, Emma Dickinson, Lisa Dalla Rosa, Brier Dodge, Ricki-Lee Pitman and supporter Charles Bernard hold up a Swans jersey following the Northern Lights women’s team’s game. The men’s development team and Northern Lights fell to the U.S., while the women’s development team came home with a win. Every three years, the Northern Lights and men’s Northwind team attend the International Cup in Australia, which was last held in 2011.

(From left) Team Canada’s Erin MacLeod, Melissa Tancredi and Diana Matheson.

ER CUP FINALS from p. 6 The Hotspurs are the clear favourites, having earned an undefeated 12-0-2 record in league play, including a pair of three-goal victories over the Hornets. Nepean has been masterful since July 5 – the last time they failed to win an East Region match by at least three goals. Hornets leading scorer Alyssa Baker is due for a Cup goal, having registered all 15 of her markers in league play for her 7-2-4 squad.

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thankful to be in the ER Cup finals, having survived semi-final penalty kicks against OSU Power and Nepean City. It’s a bit of an unexpected trip to the final for Nepean, who went 5-7 in league play but earned three wins in the ER Cup. The Hornets, meanwhile, won the division crown via tiebreaker over the Ottawa Internationals, earning an 8-3-1 record in the ERSL. Stewart Bennett has caught fire in recent matches to lead Gloucester’s offensive attack along with Mathieu Goupil and Xavier Pereira.

Girls’ U16 The OSU Force have a

shot at an East Region double as they take on the Glengarry club that finished closest to them in ERSL league play. One of just two losses for OSU this season came against Glengarry as they cruised to a league title with a 12-1-2 record. Backed by goalkeeper Kathleen McCormick, the Force have not yet allowed a goal in Cup play, while Glengarry has allowed just one. OSU’s top gunner Darby Perry will hope to open up the goal-scoring gates in the final.

U17/U18 wrap The U17/18 Cup finals were played back on Aug.

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19, with West Ottawa prevailing on the boys’ side and Gloucester earning the girls’ crown. West Ottawa U18 boys’ leading scorer Ali Ercan got the lone goal in his ERSL-champion team’s 1-0 victory over Cumberland, while the Gloucester U17 girls followed up their ERSL title with a penalty-kicks Cup victory over Belleville following a scoreless contest. Three other teams earned undefeated records in ERSL play this season – the Cumberland U16 Level 4 boys, the West Ottawa U17 Level 3 boys and the Gloucester U21 women.


By Anne Duggan

Coming home has resulted in a ticket to the Rugby Sevens World Cup for Canadian national team member Julianne Zussman. The Ottawa native and her team not only qualified to compete with the very best next June in Russia, they did it without allowing a single point against them at the NACRA regional qualifying tournament, held Aug. 2526 at Twin Elm Rugby Park in Richmond. Canada’s record in dispatching of Jamaica Cayman Islands, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago is a “testament to our professionalism,” Zussman says. “While putting big points on the board, we maintained a high level of play.” Playing at Twin Elm – a field she knows well from her time with the Ottawa Irish club as well as her high school days at Ashbury College – in front of many friends and family was a career highlight. “It was incredible to have them all there cheering,” smiles the 25-year-old who played her first matches in Ottawa since moving to Langford, B.C., the national team’s home base. Qualifying for the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup may be especially memorable, Zussman adds, since it will likely be the last one ever, with the sevens game set to make its Olympic debut in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. “The Olympics are taking over as the highest level in our sport,” highlights the national team member of five years.

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Julianne Zussman and the Canadian women’s rugby 7s team did not allow a point against at August’s World Cup qualifier in Ottawa.

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Dagenais savours silver in Paralympic debut

“Because he went out and worked harder, and he’s a phenomenal player. His stamina, his speed, and he’s a really, really bright guy. He’s a special athlete.”

By Ian Ewing

LONDON – Patrice Dagenais brought home his first Paralympic medal on the final day of competition, only hours before attending a spectacular Closing Ceremonies featuring Coldplay, Rihanna, and Jay-Z. For “Pico”, as he’s known to his teammates, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream to compete at the highest levels of sport. “I’m finally at the top,” the 27-year-old wheelchair rugby player said of competing at the Paralympic Games. Dagenais’s Canadian wheelchair rugby team fell to an unbeaten Australian juggernaut 66-51 in the gold medal match on Sunday, Sept. 9. Canada was outclassed from the start against the tournament favourites, falling behind 18-11 after the first quarter. But the most memorable match for the Canadian players and Paralympic fans alike was the semi-final one day earlier against the U.S. when they assured themselves of a medal. Canada exploded out of the gate to take a dominant 16-9 lead after eight minutes before hanging on for a

Canada’s wheelchair rugby team celebrated a heart-stopping one-point win in the semis – the first time they beat the U.S. in 8 years.

lift from enthralled paralympic crowd

heart-stopping 50-49 victory. The U.S. tied the game in the final minute, but a crucial turnover allowed the Canadians to run the clock out and score with 0.5 seconds remaining for the win and the berth in the gold medal game. “It was a bit scary,” Dagenais admitted after his squad beat the U.S. in a match for the first time in eight years, dating back to the 2004 Athens Games. “But we had the momentum all throughout the game, and we were confident we could beat them. It was just a matter of executing.” The Paralympic rookie received significant court time throughout the tournament, including over eight minutes in the final, as Canadian coach Kevin Orr sought to blunt the Australian attack with different looks. Although nothing Canada tried helped much, it was a vote of confidence for Dagenais in his debut on the sport’s biggest stage.

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praise from sport’s veterans

“To be a rookie, and play this many minutes – ice-cold,” stated veteran teammate Mike Whitehead. “He’s got ice in his veins. He deserves every minute he plays – he’s worked really hard.” Garett Hickling, the second eldest player on the team and Canada’s Opening Ceremonies flag bearer, echoed that sentiment. “They’ve definitely earned their spot,” he said of the young players on the team. “They’re very well composed.” In fact, Dagenais had to earn his spot twice. The Embrun native was cut from his first stint with the national team in 2009, but took his disappointment and returned to the Ottawa Stingers, his local club, with redemption in mind. In 2011, he made it back to the top level. “You can tell that it was actually a good thing that happened to him,” Whitehead observed.

The squad had also lost to Australia in their opening game of the tournament, 64-52. Although they hoped to maintain their intensity and momentum from the U.S. game into the final, the powerful Australian squad proved too much, in spite of a crowd estimated at 12,000 fans, most of whom were cheering for Canada. “I’ve never played in front of a crowd like this,” marvelled Dagenais, a former Jr. C hockey player who lost use of his legs after a construction accident at age 18. “It motivates me. I had a lot of energy out there.” And after a taste of playing in that atmosphere, and at that level, the La Cité Collegiale business marketing grad is hungry for more. “Obviously we wanted gold, but we got silver, and we’re happy,” Dagenais reflected, smiling down at the medal around his neck. “I loved this. There’s no way I’m quitting this sport right now!”

Patrice Dagenais played significant minutes throughout the tournament to help Canada win silver in his Paralympic Games debut.

Ottawa swimmers rack up medals at Ontario Summer Games

Out of almost 2,500 athletes, Ottawa competitors were front-andcentre at the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, earning a ton of medals across the board in 28 sports from Aug. 1619 in Toronto. Leading the parade to the podium was GO Kingfish swimmer Montana Champagne, who captured eight medals in total – one gold, one silver and six bronze – in the University of Toronto pool. Swimmers Josée Barrette (3 gold, 1 silver), Trae Parsons (3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), Ryan Telford (2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), Sam McLean (2 silver, 2 bronze) and Scott Quirie (2 silver, 3 bronze) all collected four or more medals as well. Victor Turcanu from the Ottawa River Canoe Club also managed to snag four medals in canoe-kayak sprint – gold in the men’s K-2 1,000 metres, gold in the men’s K-1 1,000 m, bronze in the men’s K-1 3,000 m and bronze in the men’s K-4 1,000 m alongside David Burbidge, Chris

Tabri and Jared Schmidt – who were fresh off a silver medal victory at the Canadian championships in the midget age group. The Ontario Summer Games take place one year before the Canada Games – both events that offer developing youth athletes an opportunity to test themselves in a multi-sport environment to prepare themselves for bigger stages such as the Olympics. 2012 medalists from the nation’s capital included:

Men’s Basketball BRONZE – Frederick Njikam, Fraser Curry, Eric Saumure, Brent

David Burbidge, Chris Tabri, Jared Schmidt, Tom Huff, Zach Porter

Fencing SILVER – Arthur Sharf (Men’s Cadet Sabre), GOLD – Alastair Keyes (Men’s Cadet Foil), BRONZE – Jenny Zhao (Women’s Cadet Foil), GOLD Bytown Storm triathlete Alec Jarvis – Alastair Keyes, was a silver medalist at the 2012 Heffernan Ontario Summer Games in Toronto. Aiden file photo (Team Fencing), BRONZE – Geoffrey Devaney, Ashfield, Jonathan Asedri, Souber Patrick Fournier, Phillip Williams Aden Akli, Steve Nkusi, Adam Constanzo, Ali-Hanad Yusuf, Emile Ant- (Team Fencing) oun, Eric Ilunga, Corey Johnson

Canoe-Kayak Sprint Jacqueline Houston, Victor Turcanu, Katie Acelvari, Allison Keller, August Sibthorpe, Lochlin Farquharson, Scott Braddon, Alec Bradford,

Men’s Field Hockey

BRONZE – Connor Baird, Marek Chopra, Rohan Chopra, Adam Graham, Curtis James, Liam Manning, Chad Mosley, Braedon Muldoon, Vittorio Peloso, Syed Asem

Quadiri, Brennan Roach, Joel Ryan, Dylan Singh, Ian Venables, coaches Sandeesh Singh, Sandeep Chopra

Men’s Rugby SILVER – Mason Dingwall, Myles Anderson, Christian St–Louis, Cameron Thomas, Fraser Hill, Mason Fatoric, John Shaw, Kevin Vuckovic

Skeet Shooting GOLD – Zach Andruchow (12 Gauge Team)

Swimming Josée Barrette, Miles Ruttan, Trae Parsons, Ryan Telford, Montana Champagne, Chuchu Yang, Sam McLean, Alyson Lascelles, Scott Quirie, Sarah Asselin, Abigail Gartland, Matthew Hayward, Nic Ferland

Men’s Triathlon SILVER - Alec Jarvis *Ontario’s East region were silver medal winners in both men’s and women’s ball hockey as well.