7:30 a.m., Jan. 22)
Ottawa Sports Awards have distinctive Orléans flavour
Orléans native Ivanie Blondin has been
named among the recipients of the 2012 ACT
Ottawa Sports Awards. It is the seventh year
in a row Blondin will receive an award for
the sport of speed skating. File photo
will be well represented at this year's ACT Ottawa Sports
Awards banquet with area athletes picking up six individual
and a more than a dozen team awards, including the Gisele-Lalonde
senior girls AA volleyball team for winning the OFSAA
provincial championship last spring.
skater Ivanie Blondin will receive the award for long
track speed skating, becoming the only person to win the
award seven straight years.
22, is being recognized for her success on the World Cup
circuit this fall. She won a silver medal in the mass
start event in Russia and placed ninth in the 5000-metre
event in Kazakstan where she also won a gold medal in
the team pursuit event with teammates Christine Nesbitt
and Brittany Schussler.
phenom Demi Orimoloye will be getting an award for the
second year in a row. The 15-year-old St. Matthew High
School student batted .338 with four home runs and 30
stolen bases playing for the Ottawa Nepean Canadians last
a result of his success he was named to Team Ontario despite
being two years underage, and was one of the youngest
players on the Canadian Junior National Team for a Florida
pick-up player for the Canadian Bantam championships,
he was a tournament all-star. One Major League Baseball
scout went so far as to call Demi the finest Canadian
prospect he has seen in 30 years high praise
considering Demi is not eligible to be drafted until June
and Orimoloye will be joined by fellow two-time recipient
Courtnay Pilypaitis who played on the Canadian national
team at the Summer Olympics in London. She last won the
award in 2009 in recognition of her senior year at the
University of Vermont.
Fox is a first time recipient in the sport of lacrosse.
Currently enrolled at Trinity-Pawling Prep School in New
York, Fox was a member of the Team Ontario midget team
that won the Canadian Box Lacrosse Championship this past
year, He also received rookie of the year honours playing
for the Gloucester Griffins Junior B team and is commited
to playing for John Hopkins University in 2015.
Ceci is another first time winner. The former Cumberland
Baron had an outstanding season playing for the Ottawa
67s last year. He was the second leading scoring defenceman
in the OHL with 17 goals and 43 assists and was named
a second-team All-Star. But the highlight of his year
was being selected 15th overall in the NHL draft by the
sixth individual award recipient is Samantha Morrison
track speed skating. Despite relocating to Calgary to
focus on long track, she managed to win a silver medalist
at the Ontario short track championships and she placed
7th overall in the junior womens category at the
the individual award recipients, a number of other local
athletes will get an award as members of teams that won
a provincial or national championships including Chelsea
Lanos, Julia Francki and Alexie Morin-Holland who won
the OUA championship playing for the University of Ottawa
women's soccer team.
Makinde, Devin Biocchi and Tolu Makinde won the CIS 4x200
relay and set a new CIS record with University of Ottawa
teammate Michael Robertson.
St. Matthew Tigers Tyson Hinz and Gavin Resch were members
of the Carleton Ravens men's basketball team that won
the CIS national championship, and Kellie Ring and Emilie
Vachon played an integral roll on the University of Ottawa
women's basketbal team that won the OUA provincial championship.
60th annual Ottawa Sports Awards banquet will be held
on Jan. 30. Besides the 2012 award recipients, representative
athletes from each of the past six decades wll also be
include skier Anne Heggveit-Hamilton, ski jumper Pat Morris,
the Takahashi Family, Olympic gold medalist Linda Thom,
sprinter Glenroy Gilbert, and speed skater Kristina Groves.
10 a.m., Dec. 18)
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