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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Area athletes make impression at Ontario Winter Games

Bruce Cameron
National capital athletes made a significant impression at the Ontario Winter Games across the Georgian Bay region on the weekend, winning a total of 54 medals in 24 sports.

Wrestlers led the parade to the podium, capturing three of Ottawa's 15 gold medals, while badminton players, speedskaters and synchronized swimmers earned two each.

Ottawa and area athletes also brought home 21 silver and 18 bronze medals.

Torin MacFayden of the Tsunami Wrestling Academy, Quinton Walker of the National Capital Wrestling Club and Lily Lafonte of the Renfrew Amateur Wrestling Club struck cadet class gold on the wrestling mats.

MacFayden breezed through his first three matches before edging Pavel Lovtsov of the Matmen in the boys' 54-kilogram final. Walker posted three victories in the boys' 76-kilogram division for first place. Lafonte was unchallenged in her class.

The wrestling bronze medallists were Taylor Robinson of National Capital, girls' 75 kilograms; and Ida-Yates Lavery of Renfrew, girls' 43 kilograms.

The Ottawa and District Badminton Association won its gold medals in the men's singles 2 and women's doubles 2 team classes. Its silver medals came in the team competitions for women's singles, and men's and women's doubles. Bronze medals were earned in men's singles team and women's singles 2 team.

Gloucester Synchro's Kiera Hughes was the figures 13-15 champion and joined teammates Leena Barisa, Emilie Caron, Chloe Cook, Marie-Eve Dorval, Sarah Healy, Deanna Masur and Angelica Tilli to finish second in team as well as land drill figures. Caron also was second in 13-15 solo. Barisa, Jacqueline Sokoli and Dorval were one-two-three respectively in 16-20 flexibility testing.
Benjamin Yang and James McGuire, both of Ottawa, joined Kevin Sun of Toronto to win the men's A open short-track speedskating 3,000-metre relay, while Jasmine Chase of Ottawa was a member of the winning women's A relay bronze medal mixed-athlete team.

Jessica Robitaille of Ottawa also won gold in the women's open B relay. Bethany Mc-Kinley-Young and Gabriella Arno, both of Ottawa, were women's open B relay silver medallists, and Charlotte Bolger of Ottawa took a bronze in the same race.

Jason Lawton of Chelsea Nordique was the winner of the boys' junior biathlon 4.5-kilometre sprint biathlon race. Clubmate Kaitlyn Mikitish was second in the girls' senior six-kilometre sprint and 7.5-kilometre pursuit.

Minto Skating Club's Zoe Gong was first in novice girls' singles, while silver medals went to Minto's Sophie Fu in girls' pre-novice, Andriyko Goyaniuk of Rideau Lakes in boys' pre-novice and the Petawawa Skating Club in prenovice synchro. Minto's Jeff Hough was a bronze medallist in boys' novice and Hugh Brabyn-Jones took the same coloured medal in boys' prenovice.

Forward Alyssa Baker and head coach Randy Mar were part of Team Irwin, which defeated Team Agosta 2-1 in the girls' hockey final. Top players from throughout Ontario were spread over eight different teams. Samantha Bouley of Stittsville, Cassidy Mac-Pherson of Ottawa and Vanessa Saucier of Rockland were on the silver-medal-winning Team Agosta. Bronze medals went to Jordyn Pimm of Kanata and Serena Weaver of Ottawa, after a 1-0 Team Apps victory over Team Kellar.
The Ottawa Valley Silver Seven minor peewee AA team defeated the Brampton Battalion 4-3 for the bronze medal in boys' hockey. Logan Buchanan and Rocco Barresi scored two goals apiece.
Ottawa's Channel Villeneuve was the kickboxing winner in the girls' minus-52kilogram class. Eastern defeated Central 4-2 in the ringette final for its fifth win in seven games.

A team of Ottawa and Kingston players gave the East the gold medal in sledge hockey, after a 5-1 decision over the West. The East had a 4-1 overall record.

Ottawa Judo Club's Auguste Koh and Florence Grenapin took U16 silver medals in the boys' minus-50-kilogram and girls' minus-44 kilogram classes respectively. Bronze medals were presented to Takahashi Judo Club athletes Dimitri Palombo, boys' U16 minus 42 kilograms; Marco Peluso, boys' U16 minus-50 kilograms; and Liam Mac-Fadyen, boys' U16 minus-55 kilograms. Almonte's Matthew Church, boys' U16 open class, and Ava de Pater, girls' U16 minus-52 kilograms, won bronze medals.

The Ottawa Valley men's team won a five-pin bowling silver medal, losing to Metro Toronto 6-2 in the final. Lauren Horton and her Almonte rink of Jessica Armstrong, Jordan Mark and Leigh Gustafson finished second in women's curling at 4-1 for the silver medal.
Table tennis player Sonia Qin of Ottawa was second in the girls' U18 singles and also helped Ottawa to a silver medal in team. The other Ottawa table tennis medal was a bronze in boys' U15 team.
Region Six, which covers Ottawa, picked up the boys' volleyball silver medal, after losing the final to Region Three, which is southwestern Ontario.

Bruce Cameron of the R.A. Curling Club skipped his rink of Doug Morris, Jamie Eddy and Christine Lavallee to the bronze medal in wheelchair curling. After finishing in a four-way tie at 2-3 for third place, he pushed a stone closest to the button for the bronze.

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Anonymous said...

Bruce Cameron wasn't at the Ontario Winter Games so someone got their facts a bit wrong at The Ottawa Citizen.

Doug Morris said...

Bruce Cameron was at home recovering from an illness so I skipped the Ottawa team in Collingwood over the weekend.

We were lucky enough to borrow Frank Cannarella from the Bradford team for most of our games. He was in the spare pool so I had to ask for him prior to each game.

Christine Lavallee threw the rock to the button that won us the bronze medal.

We had a great time with all of our friends and it's too bad that we have to wait until the fall to see them again.

Take care boys and girls and we'll see you in the fall.