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This Week in Local Sports News

It wasn't that long ago that the Ottawa Sports Pages became a weekly newsletter (with the exception of holiday weekends when we take a break, and when we were sending our daily coverage of the Canada Summer Games). So, we are still trying out different formats to see what proves most popular (we've got a survey in the works about this too, by the way!)

So today we are bringing you This Week in Local Sports News, where we share all the stories we’ve published on our website since we last landed in your inbox. Browse through the headlines below and the links will bring you to our website where you can read the full stories.
Ole Sorensen remembering fallen Israeli wrestlers from Munich 1972 Olympics in special way

Ole Sorensen is on a trans-Canada mission of remembrance. Fifty years ago this week, he was a witness to the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games, which took the lives of 11 Israeli athletes, coaches and officials as well as a West German police officer and five members of the Black September terrorist group. As a way of coping with this significant and emotional anniversary and to remember their deaths, Sorensen is visiting the five remaining members of the Canadian 1972 Olympic wrestling team and family members of two deceased teammates. READ MORE...

Unflappable goalie Thomas Kiazyk a pillar in Nepean’s double championship lacrosse season

Thomas Kiazyk took control of his sporting destiny when he stepped forward as a six-year-old lacrosse player. Nepean Knights Tyke coach Jason Tasse told his set of eager players that if they couldn’t find a goalkeeper, then they wouldn’t be able to put a team out on the floor. Kiazyk solved that problem immediately. “I volunteered (to play goalie). And the rest is history,” Kiazyk said with feeling. READ MORE...

From spectator to racer, Carson Miles preparing for Quebec & Montreal Cycling Grand Prixs

For the past five years, Ottawa’s Carson Miles would make the trip to downtown Montreal to watch the Montreal Cycling Grand Prix, the second of two major pro races in Canada every non-COVID-19 year. Now it's his turn to suffer on those painful slopes as he ascends Mount Royal 18 times on the 12.3-kilometre circuit while wearing the maple leaf this weekend. READ MORE...
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HIGH ACHIEVERS WEEKEND WRAP: Sophia Jensen, Rideau paddlers win 7 medals at worlds

Last weekend, Sophia Jensen of the Cascades Canoe Club won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the world U23 and junior canoe sprint championships in Hungary, Jamie Lee Rattray won her third major international gold medal in a year at the world women’s hockey championship Sunday in Denmark, and Clarissa Larisey made her debut with the Canadian senior women's soccer national team, among other highlights. READ MORE...

Speed skater Ivanie Blondin participating in Medals on Tour, Isabelle Weidemann declines

Long-track speed skater Ivanie Blondin, a double Olympic medallist at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, is going on tour as Speed Skating Canada raises the curtain on its 2022-23 season by staging its inaugural Medals on Tour. Teammate and triple Olympic medal winner Isabelle Weidemann is staying put as she didn’t accept the invitation to participate in the outreach opportunity. READ MORE...

Winning Canadian Jr. B lacrosse title ‘pure exuberance’ for Nepean Knights

Matt Firth has been immersed in box lacrosse for 20 years, embracing a variety of key roles – player, head coach, team co-owner, president, general manager and proud father of two elite-level players. During that span, he has been involved with hundreds of games, practices and tournaments and travelled tens of thousands of kilometres. But never in his two decades of being connected to Canada’s national summer sport has he ever experienced such an improbable and memorable year as 2022. READ MORE...
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The Rebelles Wrap: Louis-Riel grads savour spectacular sports summers before starting university careers

It’s back to school time, and for a number of 2022 graduates of Louis-Riel high school’s Sports-Study program, that means the start of their university athletic careers, where they’re all ready to tackle the busy lifestyle mixing high-level sports and academic pursuits.

Thomas McKinlay is set to begin his prep year at the Université de Montréal (for out-of-province students who didn’t attend CÉGEP), with his eye on then entering a three-year business program.

McKinlay will be keeping up a torrid pace on the slopes too as a member of the vaunted Quebec provincial alpine ski team this coming season. Quebec has a strong tradition of producing more than its fair share of high-performance skiers, including a half-dozen who competed at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics earlier this year. Wearing Team Canada colours is a long-term goal of McKinlay’s.

His schedule will once again take him away for training camps and competitions for days and weeks at a time, but being able to manage his scholastic demands alongside his sport commitments was a skill the Mont-Tremblant athlete acquired while at Louis-Riel.

“I loved the Sports-Study program,” recounted McKinlay, who transferred to the French public school midway through high school. “I don’t think I would have been able to do what I’ve done without the program. It sure would have been a lot more difficult at another school.”

A number of other graduating Rebelles were busy enjoying spectacular sports summers before returning to their studies this fall, including swimmer Danika Éthier (Laval Rouge et Or), soccer player Nic Gagan (Halifax Wanderers) and basketball player Aimée Boulay (Waterloo Warriors).

Read this full column on and learn more about the Louis-Riel Sports-Study program here.
New team, new circuit brings out best in cyclist Matteo Dal-Cin

Ottawa’s Matteo Dal-Cin is one happy cyclist these days. Not that he wasn’t before as he served the past five years as a domestique for the best riders on Rally Cycling, which is classified as a Pro Continental team and one level below the World Tour. But this year, Dal-Cin is viewing cycling from a completely different perspective – new team, a lower racing tier, but far more satisfying results for himself and the team. READ MORE...

Team Homan announces Olympic champion Ryan Fry as coach, 2022-23 schedule

Ottawa Curling Club’s Rachel Homan is one of Canada’s greatest female curlers, and she's made two major changes to her team for the 2022-23 season. Homan has added high-level player Tracy Fleury, who will be the team skip but throw the third rocks while Homan tosses the fourth stones, and highly-regarded men’s player Ryan Fry as the team’s new coach. READ MORE...

HIGH ACHIEVERS WEEKEND WRAP: Rideau Canoe charges to 4th consecutive national championship

The Nakkertok Nordic Ski Club, the Carleton University men’s basketball team and the Rideau Canoe Club are vastly different programs. But they share one common denominator. They are all the best in Canada and have been for a number of years. Rideau Canoe Club continued to keep pace with the region’s sporting elite by winning its fourth consecutive Canadian canoe sprint championship burgee in Shawinigan, Que. READ MORE...
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Rideau paddlers’ dominance at Canada Summer Games a testament to club’s larger strength

The Rideau Canoe Club sent the most athletes in its history to Niagara for this year’s edition of the Canada Summer Games and did they ever show up. Combining their total medal hauls, athletes from the club won more than two-dozen neckpieces, including multiple by each athlete. Maren Bradley, a 20-year-old kayaker from the club, and Chey Farquharson, its head coach, said that RCC athletes’ success is a testament to the quality of the club overall. READ MORE...

Rugby, football and soccer return as fall university sports get underway

After the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s rugby team lost the national championship to the Queen’s Gaels in November 2021, the team went on a leadership retreat. It was an academic evaluation of everything the team does, from nutrition to staff to travel and even dress. After coming so close to winning gold but falling just eight points short, the team dissected the very fabric of the program to see what more they could do. READ MORE...

Eliezer Adjibi overcomes hamstring issue for Canada Summer Games’ double gold

If you were to ask Eliezer Adjibi six years ago to name his primary sport, he would have proudly said soccer. In his early days as a teenager, he would show his speed as a left-wing player for the Cumberland Cobras and the Nepean Hotspurs. One day at practice, he found himself involved in a one-on-one challenge race with a friend, who was a former track and field sprinter. In the end, Adjibi was a close second, but he learned a golden lesson. READ MORE...

Orleans Raftsmen’s Emmett Young expands football interest through officiating

As a dedicated and talented young football player, finding a part-time job to fit busy athletic and academic schedules was a difficult challenge for Emmett Young. Not only are there on-field practices and strength and conditioning sessions, but also he spent the month of July improving certain high school grades with the aim of earning a university football scholarship. But then along came a new program this season to attract bantam- and midget-aged players (15 to 18 years old) into the field of officiating. READ MORE...
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