June Snapshots: A roundup of local sports happenings

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Jr. Sens captain Owen Guy circles the net. Photo: Charlie Pinkerton.

Jr. Sens halted in semifinals of Junior A national championships

The magical run of the Ottawa Jr. Senators came to an end at the hands of the eventual national champs in the semifinals of the RBC Cup, the junior A national championships. The Jr. Senators advanced to the championships after winning the Fred Page Cup, the regional championship for eastern Canada. The Jr. Senators played in tightly fought games at nationals, winning 2-1 and 5-4, and losing 3-2 and 4-3, in preliminary play. In the semifinals they lost 3-2 to the Chilliwack Chiefs, who overcame the Wellington Dukes to claim the national championship.

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Run to Quit next weekend

The Canadian Cancer Society will celebrate people who quit smoking with a community run Sunday, June 17. Break Free 5km will be hosted at Andrew Haydon Park in Bayshore, where participants in the Walk or Run to Quit program will culminate their journey to a smoke-free life by crossing the race’s finish line.

Glebe Collegiate health and fitness day a hit

Glebe Collegiate Institute celebrated National Health and Fitness Day a few days early on May 30 with a showcase to promote nutrition and wellness. Other high schools, community members, former athletes including Sue Holloway, and MPs attended for two hours of activities that culminated in a faculty vs. student soccer game.

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Philip Turcanu.

Ottawa paddler first in Canada named to world championship squad

Ottawa’s Philip Turcanu was named as one of the first of two athletes to represent Canada at the 2018 ICF Sprint Junior World Championships held in Bulgaria next month. The 18-year-old won the right to represent Canada with a victory in the C-1 1000m at the second national team sprint trials in Dartmount, Nova Scotia in May.
Also in the world of paddling in May, there were nine athletes from Ottawa named to Canada’s teams for the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cups and the 2018 ICY Junior, U23 and Senior World Championships. They are: Cameron Smedley, Spencer Pomeroy, Liam Smedley, James Risk, Lois Betteridge, Michael Taylor, Ben Hayward, Keenan Simpson and Mael Rivard. The first of the world cups is in Slovakia beginning June 22.

Former Ravens back in capital for post-Canada Day national game

Three of the Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team’s recent stars will be back to ballin in the nation’s capital, but this time donning the Maple Leaf. Phil and Tommy Scrubb as well as Kaza Kajami-Keane are familiar names on a Canada team stocked with current and former NBA talent that will play the U.S. Virgin Islands in an exhibition matchup ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers. The Scrubbs and Kajami-Keane will take the court at TD Place on July 2 – Canada Day’s holiday Monday.

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Shainah Joseph (left). File photo.

Super Shainah takes silver in Women’s Challenge Cup

Shainah Joseph of Ottawa won silver with Canada’s women’s volleyball team at the Women’s Challenge Cup in May. Joseph was part of a team that lost to Puerto Rico in a tight fought five set match at the tournament held in Edmonton. Earlier this year in her senior season Joseph helped propel the University of Florida’s women’s volleyball team to the division 1 NCAA volleyball championship.

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Seyi Smith. Photo: Dan Plouffe.

Two-time Ottawa Olympian elected to committee athletes commission

Ottawa’s Seyi Smith was elected to the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission. The two-time Olympian will serve as a representative of all Olympic and Pan American Games athletes in the country. As a member of Justin Kripps four-man bobsled crew, Smith finished sixth in PyeongChang. Smith was also part of Canada’s 4x100m relay team that momentarily won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics. His team was disqualified for a lane violation minutes after winning. He was one of four athletes who competed in PyeongChang who was selected.

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