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SATURDAY BREAKFASTS AT THE ORLEANS LEGION have been canceled until further notice under the nation wide state of emergency to combat the spread of COVID-19.

THE OTTAWA SCHOOL OF THEATRE has postponed its 30th birthday celebration, originally scheduled for April 4 to a later date.

THE BYTOWN BEAT CHORUS has canceled it’s planned Open House scheduled to take place on March 23.

MIFO has canceled the following productions: “Les Fabulateurs - La légende de Barbe d’Or” scheduled for March 19; “Flip Fabrique - Blizzard” scheduled for March 28; and “Laurent Paquin et Simon Boudreault - On va tous mourir” scheduled for April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

THE ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, OPERA FOR CHILDREN’ scheduled to take place at the Shenkman Arts Centre on March 28 has been postponed.


Les Sittelles hosts first annual Brian Leblanc gymnastics meet
By Fred Sherwin
May 16, 2019

Les Sittelles member Maeve Dixon leaps in midair during her balance beam routine at the Brian Leblanc Cup on Saturday, May11. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
Le Club de gymnastiques Les Sittelles hosted the first ever Brian Leblanc Cup on the weekend in honour of the the long-time coach who recently retired after spending more than 40 years in the sport.

The meet was actually a favour by Les Sittelles owner Jocelyne Legault for the GCGC Gymnastics Club which closed at the end of February. Leblanc was a coach at GCGC for most of his career.

More than 250 gymnasts, age seven to 18, took part in the meet from eight different clubs.

The host gym won a number of medals including several of the gold variety. Jasmine McIntyre won the Level 8, 14 -and over division and Elia Lecour took home the gold medal in the Level 6, 12-year-old division.

Elsewhere, Gabrielle Bonneville (1st), Janique Boulet (2nd) and Caitlyn Ross (3rd) swept the medals in the Level 7, 14 and over division. The feat was repeated by �milie Valli�res (1st), Sara St-Onge (2nd) and M�lanie Lalonde 3rd in the Level 6, 12-year-old as group, as well as Caroline Champagne (1st), Melissa Vallee (2nd) and Julia Hajjar (3rd) in the Level 6, 16 and over division.

Holly Ray-Simard and Laureanne Rollin finished 1-2 in the Level 4, nine-year-old age group and Celina Lavoie and Maya Ouellet each won a gold medal at Level 5.

Katrina Markhauser came in first place in the Level 2, 10-year-old age group and Olga Gorodnichy placed second in the Level 1, seven-year-old division.

At Level 3, Gabrielle Barrientos and Lily Benoit finished 1-2 in the eight-year-old age group and Alyssa Stolz and Gabriella Murphy repeated the feat in the nine-year-old group.

When the GCGC closed in February, Les Sittelles absorbed a number of the club's orphaned members. Legault organized the meet as a way to welcome to their new club and honour a highly respected fellow coach.

Leblanc was honoured for his 40-plus years coaching gymnastics as the guest of honour during the opening ceremonies. The celebration brought together former gymnasts from all over the region but also gymnasts from the current clubs, some of whom for whom this is the first competition.

A number of Leblanc's former athletes were in attendance to pay tribute to their former mentor and to say thank you. Many of them have followed in Leblanc's footsteps and are now coaching their own athletes.

The GCGC Gymnastics Club was located in Canotek Park. The club, which was founded 44 years ago, was forced to close on Feb. 28 due to dwindling enrollment. In a message announcing the closing, the owners paid tribute to Leblanc.

"Brian always had the best advice, on matters both in and out of the gym. His work ethic was unsurpassed, and if you ever had the privilege of watching him coach, you saw that he gave the same focus and attention to every athlete he coached.�

"Brian made sure that all GCGC athletes felt they were special and that they could do anything they put their minds to."

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



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