August Snapshots: A roundup of local sports action

Canadian para soccer player from Ottawa named IFCPF World Cup MVP

Ottawa’s Samuel Charron was a standout for Team Canada at the IFCPF World Cup Sevilla 2019, winning the event’s player of the tournament award, despite this country’s 12th place finish. Charron, who is a captain for Canada, scored six times in six games and was four times named Canada’s player of the match in the July tournament.

City of Ottawa looking for input on sports facility development

The City of Ottawa is inviting all “community sport enthusiasts,” including residents and sport administrators, to participate in a webinar consultation about the future of municipal recreational sports facilities on Aug. 28 from noon until 1 p.m. The online event is part of the first phase of consultations held by the city, which will conclude Sep. 7. Ottawa Sport Council executive director Marcia Morris and Deanna Schofield of the City will use the webinar to discuss project goals, timelines and how people can contribute their ideas to municipal recreational facilities’ future.

Ottawa fencer helps Canadian women’s foil team to 6th place finish at worlds

As a member of Canada’s women’s foil team, Ottawa’s Kelleigh Ryan helped the team to a 6th place finish at the 2019 Senior World Fencing Championships. Ryan and her three teammates advanced to the quarterfinals where they were eliminated by Team USA by a score of 45-41. They won other matches against Hungary and Korea and lost to Japan 33-32. Thanks to their performance at the world championships, Canada’s team improved its world ranking from 7th to 6th.

Ottawa Wrestler finishes 14th in debut at cadet worlds

Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School’s Ismail Ayyoub finished in 14th place at the 2019 World Cadet Wrestling Championships. In a match that would send the winner to the quarterfinals in the 80 kg weight class, Ayyoub lost to Greece’s Charalampos Aftoforidis by a score of 6-4. The event held in Sofia, Bulgaria from late July to early August was the first world championships of any kind for Ayyoub, who moved from Kuwait to Ottawa in 2013.

3 Ottawa players, 1 coach named to Canadian ringette team

Three Ottawa players and one coach were announced in August to be part of Canada’s national ringette team that will compete at the 2019 World Ringette Championships this winter in Burnaby. Jasmine LeBlanc, Allison Biewald and Kaitlyn Youldon are part of the 22-athlete roster, while Barb Bautista is the national team’s head coach. They were chosen for the championships that will start in late November following a selection camp held in Edmonton in July.

Capital Courts duo chip in at women’s U19 basketball worlds

Capital Courts’ Merissah Russell and Micah Dennis were part of Canada’s 6th place team at the 2019 FIBA Under-19 Women’s Basketball World Cup. Eighteen-year-old Dennis averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds, while 17-year-old Russell put up a 6.4-4-1.3 split of points, rebounds and assists, while helping Team Canada to a 4-3 record in the tournament. Russell scored her tournament high of nine points against Mozambique in Canada’s one-point win over the southeast African country in the preliminary round of play. Also in the group phase, Dennis scored her tournament high of 14 points against Thailand. Dennis is going into her first year of Division 1 NCAA play this year at Okalahoma State University. Russell, meanwhile, has at least one more year of high school play before she joins the University of Louisville, where she committed to play when she was only 16.

Britannia Yacht Club hosts Optimist sailing nationals

Liam Downes was the top local finisher as the Britannia Yacht Club welcomed 140 sailors for the 2019 Canadian Optimist Championships from Aug. 14-20. The BYC racer placed 25th out of 120 entries in the elite class, while Britannia earned several top-5s in races for newcomers to the sport.

Capitals win electric wheelchair hockey nationals

The Ottawa Capitals won the Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association title at the league’s national championships in July. The Capitals beat the London Electric Knights 4-1 to claim their first-ever national title. Capitals players’ Roddey Harb and Scott Haycock were awarded the most valuable player and top defensive player awards.

Ottawa pair go to Canada U-20 camp in lead-up to FIFA 2020

Two 2001-born women’s players from the nation’s capital were invited to an August camp for national-level players below the age of 20 prior to the start of the NCAA soccer season. Ottawa products Olivia Cooke and Kayza Massey were two athletes on Canada Soccer’s 20-player invite list. Team Canada will play in next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

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