In July, fencer Kelleigh Ryan was supposed to experience the pinnacle moment of her athletic career when she’d at last make her Olympic debut at age 33. Instead, she was much less glamorously waiting for 1-800-GOT-JUNK workers to come clear out her apartment.
Ottawa-bred fencer was finally set to make her Olympic debut at age 33, but vows to push on after Tokyo Games postponement.
Kelleigh Ryan’s journey to the Olympic Games is a tale of dogged determination and full-on devotion to a sport that dominates all aspects of her life.
The 2019 Pan American Fencing Championships were another step in the journeys of resilience of Ottawa fencers Kelleigh Ryan and John Wright.
Ottawa Fencing’s Joel Gervais came ever so close to being crowned a national champion in the sport of fencing but ultimately came up one spot short.
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Two members of the Rideau Canoe Club appeared on same podium at Canoe Kayak Canada’s National Sprint team trials on June 24. Stephen Frodsham won the men’s single-canoe 500 m race, and Drew Hodges took 3rd place. The 500 m race took place on the third and final day of the trials at the Basin Olympic in Montreal. Two days later, Canoe Kayak Canada announced its selected national teams. A total of five Rideau Club members made the list: Frodsham and Hodges are on the senior men’s canoe team, Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh made the women’s canoe team, and Natalie Davidson and Madeleine Schmidt will race for the women’s kayak team.
By Dan Plouffe The Ottawa Sport Council will bring together the local sports community for its Fall Sport Summit the evening of Nov. 29 at Ben Franklin Place, set to cover a topic that’s become a crucial tool for community sports organizations’ advancement: creating successful grant applications. “Most sport organizations seem to be able to…
Kelleigh Ryan of Ottawa helped Canada’s women’s foil team to its best ever finish at October’s Fencing World Cup in Cancun, Mexico. The team, coached by Ottawa Fencing’s Paul ApSimon, was ranked 7th in the world going into the tournament. The team defeated Great Britain 45-36, then 4th ranked France by a score of 45-37,…
Ottawa native Kelleigh Ryan was the top Canadian out of all disciplines at the July 19-25 FIE Senior Fencing World Championships in Germany. The 30-year-old placed 25th overall in the individual women’s foil competition, and also helped Canada to a 6th-place finish in the women’s foil team event.