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(Posted 3 a.m., Feb..3)
Local athletes among Ottawa Sports Awards recipients
By Mike Beasley
OrleansOnline,ca

Gloucester Skating Cub member Christian Reekie receives the Ottawa Sports Award for figure skating at the awards banquet on Wednesday. Charlie Pinkerton/Photo

Ottawa's 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.

Several 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 O'Doherty).

A Spirit of Sport Award winner was also named (Paula Preston) along with the 2016 Female Athlete of the Year (Erica Wiebe).

In 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.

The 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.

When 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."

An 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.

"The 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."

Other local winners included Eli Ankou in football; Grace St. Germain in golf; Ivanie Blondin in speed skating; and Adam Simic in volleyball.

Chapel Hill native, Christian Reekie took home honours in figure skating.
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.

"It's 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."

One of the youngest but most accomplished winners was Ben Kendrick who was honoured in Judo.

The 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 gold.

"I'm 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 Olympics."

Kendrick will be 20 years old in 2020 and will be on the cusp of reaching his prime in the sport of judo.

"I've 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."

For more information and a complete list of Ottawa Sports Awards recipients go to: www.ottawasportsawards.ca.

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