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A dozen Ottawa staff joining Team Ontario

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Team Ontario coach Cathy Skinner (middle) flanked by former Canada Winter Games athlete Jack Fan (left) and Michael Raytchev, who is competing at this year’s Games. Supplied photo.

–By Ottawa Sportspage

Constant hard work and dedication goes into not only competing but also being a coach at the highest level, and those representing Team Ontario are among some of the best. Twelve sport staff from the Nation’s capital will embark on their journey to Red Deer, Alta. to aid their young athletes at the Canada Winter Games. These leaders who hail from Ottawa range from coaches, mission staff, managers and assistants.

The local list includes coaches Jasmine Leblanc (goaltender for the Ottawa Ice), Kristin Johnston (forward for the Richmond Hill Lightning), Carrie Hartley (defence for the Ottawa Ice), Jeff Jordan (Kemptville 73’s Under 18 AAA), Cathy Skinner (Goulbourn Skating Club), Eric Shryer (Biathlon Ontario), support staff Doug Skinner (Goulbourn Skating Club), long-track speedskating manager Mike Rivet (Gloucester Concordes Speed Skating Club), and dedicated Ontario mission team, Ottawa Sport Council executive director Marci Morris, 2016 Ottawa Sports Awards Lifetime Volunteer honouree and Sherbrooke 2013 mission team vet Cathy O’Doherty, and director of sport development with Speed Skating Canada Janice Dawson.

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