Sportspage cover story: O Canada!

Ottawa welcomes cycling, athletics & triathlon nationals around Canada’s 150th By Martin Boyce Joanna Brown, Ariane Bonhomme and Sekou Kaba are all eager for the special chance to compete in their hometowns for Canadian championships in triathlon, cycling and track-and-field in the coming month, but the trio of top prospects for the podium in their…

Hurdler who broke Olympians’ records repeats OFSAA win

By Charlotte van Walraven & Dan Plouffe Keira Christie-Galloway repeated as senior girls’ 100-metre hurdles champion to lead a strong showing from national capital athletes at the June 1-3 OFSAA Track-and-Field Championships in Belleville. “I didn’t get my record, but I was happy with my run,” smiles Christie-Galloway, who blasted onto the scene in a…

From Rwanda, With Love

By Dan Plouffe, published Nov. 8, 2011 in Ottawa Sportspage Even when you can’t see him around a corner, you know he’s coming. And it’s not just because you know he’s guaranteed to be at the front. Once the first person catches a glimpse of him, it spreads throughout the crowd – that unmistakable first…

Akinsulie moves big step closer to Olympic qualification

By Dan Plouffe Ottawa Lions sprinter Esther Akinsulie and her Canadian 4×400-metre relay teammates got hit by some bad luck at the worst time, but still managed to pull off a performance that drew them a step closer to the London 2012 Olympics at the IAAF track-and-field world championships on Saturday, Sept. 3 in South…

Call doesn’t come for Lions Smith at world championships

By Dan Plouffe Ottawa Lions sprinter Seyi Smith attended the IAAF world track-and-field championships last week in South Korea, but didn’t wind up competing since he was chosen for the alternate role in the men’s 4×100-metre relay. It was his personal coach with the Lions that made that call as national team relay coach, but…