Canadian champion Sam Zakutney rings routine
Canadian champion Sam Zakutney rings routine
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About the co-founders:
Dan Plouffe was born and raised in Ottawa. His list of sporting accomplishments is very short. Dan once tripped and slid into the goalie in Novice hockey, knocking the puck in for the City of Ottawa tournament-winning goal at the same time. His Golden Diggers beach volleyball team recently won a rec league title, and about the only legitimate performance award he’s received was as 2002 track-and-field MVP at Nepean High School.
Dan was better known as the Knights’ school mascot and for being a big-time booster of others who possessed more athletic talent than he did – a trait that’s continued to shape his career years later.
A graduate of Concordia University’s journalism program in Montreal, Dan served as Sports Editor at The Link student newspaper and later as Sports Bureau Chief for Canadian University Press.
He also spent a semester at the University of Ottawa, writing for The Fulcrum and La Rotonde. Dan interned at the Canadian Junior Golf Association and Volleyball Canada, acted as media attaché for the Canadian men’s volleyball team during the 2006 FIVB World Championships and 2007 FIVB World League, and also covered the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Now a member of the Ottawa Sports Awards board of directors, Dan began his professional career at the Port Hope Evening Guide (now Northumberland Today) before returning to Ottawa to work at the Orleans Star and later Ottawa This Week. He was honoured with two "Plume d'Or" awards for best sports story and best municipal affairs story of the year by the Transcontinental Media chain.
Dan, recently engaged to his wonderful fiancée Cheryl, continues to write for numerous community newspapers and local publications, and is thrilled to see his vision for SportsOttawa.com and the Ottawa Sportspage come to life.
Dan is the Editor for SportsOttawa.com and the Ottawa Sportspage and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
A native of Ottawa and an Orleans resident for over 20 years, Larry Ring has been a Business Development Consultant working with clients in both the private and public sectors for the past 10 years. He is currently the Executive Director of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce.
A graduate of Bishop's University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (majoring in Marketing and Management), Larry also received a Graduate Diploma in Sports Administration from Concordia University in Montreal. At Bishop's, he was a two-sport athlete, competing in both hockey and football where he was a two-time Conference All-Star. Larry was drafted in the CFL Canadian College Draft by the Ottawa Rough Riders and later signed with the Montreal Concordes.
In the 1980's while living in Montreal he began his career in Sports Administration working as the Coordinator of Athletics and Sports Information at Dawson College. During that time Larry was also an Assistant Football Coach with McGill University and part of their 1987 National Championship Team.
After moving to Ottawa, he became a Director of three National Sport Governing Bodies including Football Canada. In 1991, Larry became the Head Football Coach at the University of Ottawa, leading the Gee-Gees to four consecutive Conference Championships, three National Semi-Final Bowl Games and a trip to the Vanier Cup National Championship game. He remained the Gee-Gees Head Coach until 1998 and was very active raising money for the football program and player bursaries through alumni donations and events.
Married and a father of three children who participated in competitive sport, Larry was also extremely active in community sport. He coached both house league and competitive soccer and hockey for several years and was also a Board Member of the Gloucester Skating Club, Gloucester-Cumberland Basketball Association and Gloucester-Cumberland Girls Hockey Association. He also wrote articles on Football for the Ottawa Sun and for close to three years had his own radio show on Team 1200 called the The Sports Fanatics.
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