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(Posted 8:30 a.m., Jan. 2)
Canada’s Queen of the Rings named Female Athlete of the Year

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

This year’s selection for Team of the Year was extremely close with two deserving teams in the running for the title.

It seems only fitting that with the Winter Olympics just over a month away, the Orléans Star’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year for 2017 will both be competing at the Games in PyeongChang next month.

At 28 years of age, Orléans native and Cairine Wilson Secondary School alum Rachel Homan is arguably the best skip in the world.

After becoming a three-time winner of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts last February, Homan led her foursome to a gold medal win at the World Curling Championships in Beijing, becoming the first team to ever go unbeaten throughout the entire competition.

The Scotties and World Championships established the Homan foursome as the team to beat at the Roar of the Rings Olympic qualifying tournament in Ottawa last month.

Playing in front of a partisan hometown crowd, Team Homan didn’t disappoint as they finished second in the round portion of the tournament and went on to beat the Chelsea Carey foursome in the final to earn a ticket to the Winter Olympic Games.

Homan began her curling career in the Little Rocks program at the Navan Curling Club. She would go on to win four provincial bantam championships between 2003 and 2006; the gold medal at the 2006 Canada Winter Games; the 2010 Canadian Junior Championship and three Scotties Tournament of Hearts titles in 2013, 2014 and 2017.

Cumberland speedskater earns Male Athlete of the Year honours

During the past 12 months, Male Athlete of the Year recipient Vincent De Haître established himself as a legitimate medal threat in the sport of speed skating.

The Cumberland native and Béatrice-Desloges alum started the year off by winning his fourth straight national title in the 1000-metres at the Canadian Single Distance Championships.

A month later, De Haître won a silver medal in the 1000-metres at the World Single Distance Championships. Two weeks afterwards he shattered Jeremy Wetherspoon’s 10-year-old record over the distance on his way to another silver medal at the World Sprint Championships in Calgary.

De Haître maintained his level of con-sistency in the final World Cup event of the season, placing second in the 1000-metres and second in the distance in the overall World Cup standings. He also won the overall World Cup title in the men’s team sprint event along with Laurent Dubreuil and Olivier Jean

In the run up to the Winter Olympics, De Haître has struggled to find the same form of a year ago. After placing second in the 1500-metres at the opening World Cup event in the Netherlands, he has placed no higher then fourth in his specialty, the 1000-metres.

With four weeks to go before the start of the Winter Olympics, De Haître is still confident he will find the form needed to win an Olympic medal.

This year’s runner up for Male Athlete of the Year was Ryan Licandro. The 17-year-old St. Peter High School senior led the Cumberland Panthers to a dramatic come from behind win in the Ontario Provincial Football League championship in August, and then followed that up by leading an undefeated St, Peter Knights team to the city championships.

Honourable mention as well went to Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School alum Kurleigh Gittens Jr. who was named a First Team All-Canadian and the OUA’s Player of the Year as a receiver with the Laurier Golden Hawks.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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