3 a.m., Feb..3)
athletes among Ottawa Sports Awards recipients
By Mike Beasley
Skating Cub member Christian Reekie receives
the Ottawa Sports Award for figure skating
at the awards banquet on Wednesday. Charlie
best amateur athletes from 64 different sports gathered
at Algonquin College on Wednesday to be singled out and
congratulated for their outstanding achievements during
the past year.
major awards were also handed out including the Mayor's
Cup for Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Ottawa (Sue
Holloway), the Brian Kilrea Lifetime Achievement Coaching
Award (Don Moxley) along with Lifetime Achievement Awards:
Technical Official (Lois Laquerre) and Volunteer (Cathy
Spirit of Sport Award winner was also named (Paula Preston)
along with the 2016 Female Athlete of the Year (Erica
the category of Male Athlete of the Year, Vincent De Hatre
collected his second win in a row in recognition of a
spectacular 2016 season where he continued to rise in
the sports world.
22-year-old speed skater from Cumberland recorded a sixth
and eighth place finish at the 2016 World Championships
and anchored Canada to a team sprint silver medal at the
World Cup final.
asked for his thoughts on winning the Male Athlete of
the Year for the second straight year, De Hatre said,
"I'm pretty happy about it.
I'm glad that people like to follow speed skating and
my career. I'm hoping that I can keep up the performance
and show people that I'm dedicated to it."
accomplished cyclist after winning the 1000 metres time
trial event at last fall's Canadian Track Cycling Championships,
the 2014 Olympian is focused first on skating at the 2018
Winter Games in Pyeonchang, South Korea. He also has an
eye on competing in the Summer Olympics as well.
upcoming Winter Olympics are on my mind but it doesn't
stop there for me," admitted the Gloucester Concordes
product. "I'm planning at taking a run at the 2020
Summer Games for cycling. I may take some time away from
speed skating after the 2018 Games to see if I have the
potential and talent to get on that team."
local winners included Eli Ankou in football; Grace St.
Germain in golf; Ivanie Blondin in speed skating; and
Adam Simic in volleyball.
Hill native, Christian Reekie took home honours in figure
The Gloucester Skating Club athlete had a successful year
in 2016 with a bronze medal at the Canadian junior men's
championship. He also won the Eastern Ontario junior men's
category and was a silver medalist at the Skate Challenge
Event in Edmonton.
a tremendous honour to be named the winner in figure skating,"
said the 19-year-old Concordia University student. "I
had a good season last year with plenty of work and training
to put in to achieve my goal of making the Senior National
team in a couple of years."
of the youngest but most accomplished winners was Ben
Kendrick who was honoured in Judo.
16-year-old Louis-Riel secondary school student won the
2016 Canadian Elite 8 U18 title and the Pan-Am Cadet Championship
in Argentina. The repeat winner in Judo beat the world's
No. 1 ranked 81 kilogram competitor from Brazil at the
Pan-Ams and was the event's only Canadian male to win
becoming more confident with every win," Kendrick
said. "Staying healthy and avoiding injury will help
me in my ultimate goal of competing in the 2020 Summer
will be 20 years old in 2020 and will be on the cusp of
reaching his prime in the sport of judo.
moved up a weight category and will compete at 90 kilos
this year as I attempt to reach a Top 7 finish at an international
event in March. If I can do that then I will qualify for
the U 18 World Championships this August in Chile."
more information and a complete list of Ottawa Sports
Awards recipients go to: www.ottawasportsawards.ca.
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