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Locals figure prominently at Ottawa Sports Awards gala
By Fred Sherwin
Posted February 6, 2019

Orléans native and Gloucester Concordes speed skating club member Isabelle Weidemann was recently honoured as the Female Athlete of the Year for 2018 at the annual Ottawa Sports Awards gala.

Weidemann has been a member of the Canadian long track speed skating team for the past three years and competed at the Winter Olympics in South Korea last February where she placed in the top 10 in both the 3,000 and 5,000 metres. But it was her accomplishments in the later stages of 2018 for which she was honoured last week.

The 23-year-old former Colonel By Secondary School student started the current World Cup season by winning a gold medal in the 3,000-metre event in Japan. It was her first ever individual medal in international competition. She followed that performance up with a silver medal in the 5,000 metres in Poland and a second silver medal in the 3,000 metres in the Netherlands and she currently sits in first place in the overall World Cup standings.

During a recent interview with the Canadian Press, Weidemann said that her sixth and seventh place performances at the Olympics motivated her to train harder during the off season and provided her with the goal of finishing on the medal podium.

“I got a sense I was close and nothing drives anybody more than being just off the podium,” said Weidemann. “I worked very hard towards it this year and really made it my goal to jump to the next level. I’d been stuck at in that fourth, fifth, sixth place for awhile now. I was really driven to make that jump to the top three.”

Gloucester Concordes coach Mike Rivet recevies the Lifetime Achievement Award for coaching at this year's Ottawa Sports Awards gala. Photo supplied

Weidemann’s first coach with the Concordes was also honoured at this year’s Ottawa Sports Awards gala. Mike Rivet received the Lifetime Achievement Award for a career that has spanned more than three decades.

Besides Weidemann, Rivet has also coached fellow Olympians Ivanie Blondin and Vincent De Haitre, as well as Orléans deaf blind athlete Kevin Frost, not to mention the hundreds of skaters who have passed through the Gloucester Concordes ranks during his tenure with the club.

His generosity and enthusiasm was noted in his commendation by the Ottawa Sports Awards selection committee.

“For Mike it has never mattered if the person he was coaching was just learning to skate or if they were preparing to represent Canada – he would treat them all with enthusiasm, respect, and share his evident love of the sport of speed skating,” they stated. “He is truly the first person that comes to mind when anyone in the sport talks about coaching in Ottawa.”

Rivet has previously been named Ontario Speed Skating Coach of the Year and Speed Skating Canada’s Coaches Award of Excellence.

Fellow Orléans native Rachel Homan picked up her eighth individual award in curling at the Gala. The Cairine Wilson grad bounced back from a disappointing Winter Olympics to win several World Cup and Grand Slam of Curling events this past fall and her rink is currently ranked first on the World Curling Tour. They also recently broke the record for most all-time Grand Slam of Curling wins with their 10th title.

No fewer than five area teams were named among this year’s recipients for Team of the Year, including two Cumberland United Soccer Club teams. The Cumberland Cobras Masters Women’s team was honoured for winning the Ontario Cup and finishing third at the National Championships, and the club’s U15 girls Academy team was named for winning the Ontario Cup and placing fourth at Nationals.

The Gloucester Cumberland Devils U14 ringette team was honoured for being the first Devils team to win a provincial “AA” title on over 12 years and the Gloucester Wolverines U16 boys basketball team picked up an award for winning the provincial Division 1 championship.

Last but by no means least, the Louis-Riel seniors boys basketball team received a Team of the Year award for winning the OFSAA ‘A’ provincial high school championship.

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

 

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