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(Posted 1 p.m., Jan. 24)
Bevy of east end athletes honoured at Ottawa Sports Awards banquet
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Jillian Taylor from Orléans was among seven local athletes would received a plaque during the Ottawa Sports Awards Banquet this past week. File photo

The far 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 categories.

Ivanie 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.

She 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 metre relay.

Blondin 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.

Former 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 championships.

Jillian 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.

For 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.

Orléans 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, Italy.

2008 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.

Last 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.

Awards 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.

(Posted 1:30 p.m., Jan. 21)


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