1 p.m., Jan. 24)
of east end athletes honoured at Ottawa Sports Awards banquet
By Fred Sherwin
Taylor from Orléans was among seven local athletes would received a plaque
during the Ottawa Sports Awards Banquet this past week. File photo
east end was well represented at the annual Ottawa Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday
night with seven local athletes and a coach picking up plaques in their respective
Blondin picked up an award for the second year in a row in short track speed skating,
largely due to her third place finish at the Canadian Junior Championships in
November which earned her a spot on the World Junior team.
placed eighth overall at the World Junior Championships in Sherbrooke two weeks
ago and helped pace Team Canada to a silver medal performance in the women's 3,000
burst on to the national short track speed skating scene in 2004 when she became
the youngest woman to make the World Junior team. Two years later she became the
youngest person to make the national senior team and competed in two Word Cup
events as a 16-year-old.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier sprinter Richard Adu-Bobie received an award for track and
field after making the Olympic relay team as an alternate. The Orléans resident
ran a personal best 10.25 in his final year at Texas A&M last spring and helped
the Aggies 4x100 metre relay team to a second place performance at the NCAA outdoor
Taylor picked up an award for women's softball thanks in part to her performance
on the University of Ottawa softball team which made it to the finals of the OUA
playoffs and as the star pitcher on the Orleans Rebels under-23 squad which made
it to the national championships for the first time in 10 years.
her efforts she was named MVP on the Gee-Gees team for the second straight year
and picked up MVP honours in the provincial under-23 championships. She was also
named the OUA's top pitcher in 2008.
resident Patrick Biggs received the award for the fourth straight year in alpine
skiing. Last January, he placed 21st and 23rd in back to back World Cup slalom
events in Europe and he recently placed 21st in a World Cup event in Alta Badia,
Commonwealth Taekwon-do Championship gold medalist Joseph Azzi picked up an award
in his field of endeavour, while Gloucester's own Gabriela Dabrowski received
the award for the second year in a row in tennis and former Cairine Wilson grad
Malinda Hapuarachchi earned an individual award in the field hockey category.
but not least, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School rugby coach Suzanne Chaulk
received the award for Coach of the Year. The Orléans resident is responsible
for resurrecting the women's rugby program at the school in 2006. She also coaches
the University of Ottawa women's rugby team, the Coven club program and the national
university sevens team.
were handed out to 55 athletes in 53 individual sports. There were also 12 major
trophy winners, including the male and female athletes of the year, teams of the
year and coaches of the year, and three lifetime achievement award winners.
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