For the third Canada Winter Games in a row, a Weidemann will be on the ice for Team Ontario.
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.
Blood, sweat and tears. Through a fight with injuries and mental health struggles, that was Danna Ballantyne’s script to get to the Canada Winter Games.
A number of Ottawa athletes made their mark on the international sports stage recently.
Ottawa-born Special Olympics figure skater Michael Raytchev will be going it alone at the Canada Winter Games as Team Ontario’s only shot to medal in the men’s category of his event.
As a long-distance speedskater Isabelle Weidemann doesn’t need to rely on a hot start, but that’s exactly how she began this season.
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.