Long-trackers skate similar path to Games

The parallels run deep between Ottawa speedskaters Noah Bouma and Rachel Freitag. The two long-trackers used to carpool to competitions as far as Lake Placid, NY, while splitting time between the Ottawa Pacers and the Gloucester Concordes, the city’s two speedskating clubs. After high school, both made their way to Calgary to train at the indoor oval that’s home to the top skaters in the country.

Lifetime Ottawa Sports Awards winners named

Just because they’re given an award – or another award, in the case of many of this year’s Ottawa Sports Awards lifetime award recipients – doesn’t mean everything is all of a sudden going to be about them. A lifetime of dedication to sport instills certain selflessness, morals and principles, at least two of this year’s headlining winners agree, and it’s just that that they’ve spent so much time trying to pass along to others.