Ontario coaching/staff ranks well-populated by Ottawans


Janice Dawson. File photo

It takes a lot of energy to power a team of 450+, and Ottawa is well-represented in off-field capacities as well at the Canada Summer Games.

Coaches, managers, chaperones, technicians and mission staff are some of the many volunteer roles that drive Team Ontario athletes behind the scenes.

The local list includes coaches Leslie Estwick (Ottawa Lions Track-and-Field Club), Jamie Bell (Ottawa Rowing Club/Carleton Ravens), Scott Searle (Orleans Rebels/University of Ottawa Gee-Gees softball), Greg Kealey (Bytown Storm Triathlon Club), and Cheyanne Farquharson & Diana Deek (both Rideau Canoe Club), support staff Guylain Shindano (swimming athlete assistant), Peter Wood (sailing boat driver) and Kate Gorsline (rowing technical support), plus Ontario mission team members: Ottawa Sport Council executive director Marci Morris (sailing & road cycling), technology expert Shravan Chopra (men’s softball & wrestling), Speed Skating Canada’s Janice Dawson (mountain bike & canoe-kayak), 2016 Ottawa Sports Awards Lifetime Volunteer honouree and Sherbrooke 2013 mission team vet Cathy O’Doherty.

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