As pandemic restrictions and government funding programs continue to evolve, Ottawa community sports organizations are rushing to keep up.
Though the pandemic has put its launch on hold, Yvan Mongo is eager to get started with his Mongo’s Brave Buddies program.
The forward on the University of Ottawa hockey team came up with the program with the help of men’s hockey head coach Patrick Grandmaitre shortly after the death of George Floyd.
When Tony House founded Canada Topflight Academy (CTA) his goal was to give Ottawa kids a local option to play basketball at an elite level.
He found that top young players were frequently fleeing the city to find better options in the United States or Toronto.
By Elio Elia On Oct. 4, Tristan Woodfine of the Ottawa Valley bested his personal marathon record by 2 minutes and 25 seconds and also beat the Canadian Olympic Committee’s (COC) qualifying standard time of 2:11:30, an accomplishment that follows a summer of hard work. “I am definitely happy with the result. I feel I…
Taffe Charles didn’t realize he was on the verge of becoming the first Black head coach (and first non-white head coach) to lead a team to a W.P. McGee trophy until it was brought up to him the day before last year’s U Sports men’s basketball final.
Shaïnah Joseph’s experience as a Black athlete has varied. Joseph is a member of Canada’s national women’s volleyball team. Her playing career has taken her all around the world. She was raised by her Black aunt and white uncle in Ottawa, which she says gave her a different experience on race than someone raised by two Black parents.
Race and income are inextricably linked factors when it comes to kids participating in sport, say industry leaders and research on the topic, and there are many intersecting challenges to tackle in order to make sport accessible to all.
Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor Rawlson King believes “way more” needs to be done to make sport more accessible in Ottawa and that the key to doing so is two-fold. King, who is also leading a new anti-racism secretariat with the city, says barriers to youth recreation programs need to be eliminated and diversity in sports management positions need to be promoted.
When Pam Buisa first started working at the front desk of a hotel in Victoria 10 months ago, she couldn’t have predicted the learning experiences she’d gain from it.
The Team Canada rugby player has been doing much more than answering phones and checking people into rooms ever since the province she now calls home converted a number of hotels in the city into housing for the homeless at the start of the pandemic.
Despite the onslaught of challenges presented to its teams by COVID-19 in their debut in Quebec’s top soccer league, Ottawa South United’s (OSU) general manager says the club’s inaugural season was a success.
Days after the death of George Floyd, Nate Behar was sitting in an Ottawa dog park, listening to Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” from the rapper’s iconic “To Pimp a Butterfly” album. Behar noticed the album art – which shows a group of Black people standing over a dead white judge on the White House lawn – and began pouring his own words into his phone.
St. Matthew High School head football coach Jean-Sorphia Guillaume has always strived to help his players make it to the next level, but that’s never been his main goal.
That pursuit is one much greater: supporting the dreams of his student-athletes, especially those who are Black or come from other groups considered minorities in Canada.
By Kieran Heffernan Hector Carranco was in a meeting about next year’s national championships for canoe-kayak when someone pointed out that one of the planning teams they had created consisted of five men and no women. He thought to himself, “We needed to work on the (gender) diversity part of the committee, because we didn’t…
It was while taking Native American studies classes in university when Houston Texans defensive lineman Eli Ankou discovered a deeper connection to his own culture, as well as an inclination to help those who come from the same historically disadvantaged background that he does.
Jade Maisonneuve says it was “the best feeling I have ever felt in my life” when she got the news that she’d been selected to the Canadian women’s hockey national team program.
The chance to potentially wear the maple leaf for the under-18 women’s world championship was a dream-come-true moment for the Ottawa Senators Provincial Women’s Hockey League player from St-Isidore, but then came the news in September that the 2021 event – the last chance she had to compete in the U-18 category – was cancelled.
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As the temperature begins to drop, so do many of our outdoor options for exercise – snow has a tendency to make it harder to do many of our favourite activities, and with the addition of the COVID-19 pandemic, options become even more limited to what type of activities individuals are able to do. Skiing, snowboarding, skating – there are multiple options – but one long time runner and Running Room Regional Manager, Phil Marsh said a new hobby that many have picked up in the spring is one that does not need to be dropped the minute the temperature goes below zero.
Par Ottawa Sportspage, pour les Rebelles de Louis-Riel Tout comme le programme Sports-Études de l’École secondaire publique Louis-Riel continue de s’agrandir, son propre système de transport s’étend aussi, avec une quatrième autobus rajouté au flotte et prête à rouler lorsque la crise COVID est éteinte. « En réalité, c’est un élément déterminant pour notre programme…
As Louis-Riel high school’s popular Sports-Study program continues to grow in size, so does its in-house transportation system, with a fourth bus now added to the fleet and ready to roll once the COVID crisis clears.
The 2020 soccer season will go down as a lost year in many people’s minds, but Ottawa South United nevertheless continued to advance players to soccer’s higher levels and broke new ground despite the pandemic’s roadblocks.
While COVID-19 kept OSU from building on its championship trophy collection, many club products nonetheless earned opportunities to play soccer in the university and professional ranks.
The COVID cloud hanging over Ottawa has felt a fair bit darker as more rigid restrictions return, and frustration is mounting among local sport leaders who’d worked hard to figure out how to make sport as safe as possible during pandemic times, only to be dealt a step backwards.
Team of the Month: Ottawa South United PLSQ men’s soccer team Team Members: Daniel Assaf, Jeremy Aweya, Gabriel Bitar, Liam Cassis, Ricky Comba, Dario Conte, Myles Cornwall, Deondrae Fells, Tyler Gowdy, Tareq Hamad, Quinn Honeyman-Wootton, Emad Houache, Kevin Kaba-Kalonji, Moses Kafeero, Stefan Karajovanovic, Ronan Kratt, Federico Leal, Cristopher Malekos, Scott Mazzotta, Mitchell O’Brien, Kyle Potter,…
Sixteen-year-old midfielder Antoine Coupland has always been ready to show people what he can do on the pitch, he’s just been waiting for the right opportunity.
Outside of some big-bucks pro sports events, COVID-19 has wiped out the bulk of the world’s sports calendar, but the Ottawa Lions Track-and-Field Club has successfully brought back community-level competition.
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Running cross-country in his hometown for the first time in 5 years, Toronto-based Sam Kinahan was the somewhat unlikely winner of the Open men’s race at the Oct. 3 Capital XC Challenge.
Thirty-five years separated Liz Maguire and Pippa Norman’s births, but they wound up just 6 seconds apart at the conclusion of the Open women’s 6 km race just to produce the most exciting finish of the day at the Capital XC Challenge.
Sebastian Cino, Jackson Roy, Cameron Porter and Cameron Bruce recorded a perfect team score for Lions Red as they swept all four of the first positions in the under-20 men’s event at the Oct. 3 Capital XC Challenge.
The Ottawa Lions’ Ivy Bialowas and Anna Sierra Heffernan-Wilker returned to their usual spots near the top of the local cross-country running results chart at the Oct. 3 Capital XC Challenge, but the feeling was bittersweet for this pair of Grade 12 Glebe Collegiate Institute students.
COVID-19 has thrown the world off kilter and it kept Derek Strachan from training in a group, but the Capital XC Challenge under-16 boys’ bronze medallist discovered another nemesis hellbent on throwing off his rhythm: Mount Mooney.
Louise Stonham won the final heat of the under-16 girls’ competition to cement the team title for the Ottawa Lions Red crew during the opening event at the Capital XC Challenge.
Getting to run in a team environment had been nothing more than a dream for Stonham through most of the pandemic.
They’re at different points in their career, but Ottawa’s Patrice Dagenais and Ben Perkins are doing everything they can to push Canada towards a medal at the Paralympics – it’s just going to be in a year later than expected.