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Ottawa fencer Kelleigh Ryan’s long journey to reach her first Olympic Games at age 33 (a quest now made a year longer with the Tokyo 2020 postponement) is the “commemorative cover story” in the latest Ottawa Sportspage. Initially slated to hit the presses on April 1, we instead bring you an "e-edition" due to the COVID curveball.


Ottawa fencer Kelleigh Ryan’s long journey to reach her first Olympic Games at age 33 (a quest now made a year longer with the Tokyo 2020 postponement) is the “commemorative cover story” in the latest Ottawa Sportspage.

Initially slated to hit the presses on April 1, we’ve had to throw in the towel on printing a newspaper this springtime due to the COVID curveball. Since our paper is distributed primarily at places where people play sports, the Sportspage will have to stay on the sidelines alongside the majority of the sports world for the time being. We hope to publish our next print edition in mid- or late-June.

In the meantime, we’ve posted all the content we’d planned for the April paper online in the e-edition below, and we will continue to share local sports updates on our website here at SportsOttawa.com.

This is certainly a difficult time for everyone involved in the local sports community. We definitely feel for the athletes who have worked so hard to build towards now-cancelled competitions, but we certainly look forward to seeing their fire unleashed once play resumes, and we look forward as always to sharing their stories!

(Click on the headlines below to read the full stories.)

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games: Day 12 - FencingThe wait goes on: 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 33-year-old Ottawa native was never that can’t-miss prospect or her team’s star attraction. Performance, then politics, kept her out of the last two Olympics, and then along came COVID-19 to throw in another plot twist – forcing her to flee from her home training base in New York City.  READ MORE…

2020 Track World Championships, BerlinPostponed Olympics another speed bump for Vincent De Haître’s dual-sport dreams

Vincent De Haître was getting dressed for a bike ride on the morning of March 22 when he got a phone call explaining that his path to achieving two of his longtime athletic goals may have been split in two.

The Ottawa native’s Cycling Canada coach was on the other end of the line, in the U.K., where he was stuck, and because of the fast-escalating fallout of the novel coronavirus, he was struggling to find a flight back to Canada. He had more bad news: Canada had withdrawn from Tokyo 2020.  READ MORE…

OTFCvirtualtrainingPlayers training & improving every day thanks to Ottawa TFC’s Virtual Training program

Sponsored Content: While most of the country and the global sports world shuts down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ottawa TFC Soccer Club players are continuing to hone their skills and improve their fitness daily thanks to the implementation of an innovative Virtual Training program.

“I’m pretty sure nobody else is getting better this morning in this entire province, maybe even this country,” Ottawa TFC General Manager tells his players in a Virtual Training demo video assembled by the club as they warm up for one of their first sessions.  READ MORE…

wiebe-featuredOlympic champ Wiebe delivers inspiration to young volunteers who watched her win Tokyo berth in Ottawa

It was a special moment – Ottawa’s Olympic hero claiming a return trip to the Games in her hometown – rendered all the more unique for the few who got to witness it live.

Ultimately, with COVID-19 forcing organizers to close the event to the public, it was a small segment of the local wrestling community that was present for Erica Wiebe’s victory at the Pan-American Olympic Qualification Tournament on Mar. 14 at the Shaw Centre, but, true to form, the radiant grappler from Stittsville inspired many young athletes just the same.  READ MORE…

crc2020logoHometown Heroes: Phyllis Bergmans & army of volunteers hope cancelled Canadian Ringette Championships can return to the capital next year

With City of Ottawa Sports Commissioner Mathieu Fleury

It was only two years ago that the City of Ottawa Ringette Association (CORA) won the bid to host the 2020 Canadian Ringette Championships.

Planned for April 5 to 11, 2020 the event was to take place in rinks across the city. Since winning the bid, it’s fair to say that there have been thousands of volunteer hours dedicated to getting Ottawa prepared for the event.  READ MORE…

crc2020logoHéros locaux : Phyllis Bergmans et l’armée de bénévoles espèrent que les Championnats canadiens de ringuette annulés pourront revenir dans la capitale l’an prochain

avec le Commissaire du sport de la ville d’Ottawa, Mathieu Fleury

Il y a seulement deux ans, l’Association de Ringuette de la Ville d’Ottawa (CORA) a remporté l’appel d’offres pour accueillir les Championnats canadiens de ringuette en 2020. Prévu du 5 au 11 avril 2020, l’événement devait avoir lieu dans les patinoires de la ville. Depuis la soumission, il est juste de dire qu’il y a eu des milliers d’heures de bénévolat consacrées à préparer Ottawa à l’événement.  LIRE PLUS…

EmmaKelly_2_webHigh-flying Nepean Ravens’ dream season shot down; Ottawa’s national ringette championships canned due to COVID-19

Emma Kelly and her Nepean Ravens ringette team were in the midst of competing for a provincial championship when the novel coronavirus suddenly brought their season to a crashing halt.

Kelly’s Ravens had completed just one day of play at the provincial championships in Richmond Hill when teams were pulled from the ice because of restrictions put in place to limit public gatherings in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19.  READ MORE…

OGHAfirstshiftOttawa Girls Hockey Report: OGHA ‘hungry’ to get back and continue building a bright future for female hockey

Sponsored Content: With no pro leagues and the big international tournaments cancelled, it was a largely depressing season overall for the world’s best women’s hockey players, but spend 5 minutes watching a Bauer/NHL First Shift session put on by the Ottawa Girls Hockey Association and it’s impossible not to feel energized about female hockey’s next generation.  READ MORE…

92935096_533338384032048_5798060318928142336_nOttawa Blackjacks betting big on local talent

In an attempt to course-correct the short history of professional basketball in the nation’s capital, the Ottawa Blackjacks are wagering their success on the riches of hoops talent bred in the nation’s capital.

The start to the new franchise’s locally-focused plan was winning the faith of the most significant basketball figure in the city’s history, Dave Smart.  READ MORE…

Screen Shot 2020-04-16 at 1.19.59 PMOSU Force Academy Zone: Club fights shutdown by opening up online performance programs

Sponsored Content: When the sporting world screeched to a halt because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Ottawa South United (OSU) released previously exclusive content to all its athletes to make sure they can return to soccer without missing a step.

The club has opened up its ‘OSU TV’ service to all club members, allowing players to watch and replicate training videos while practising social distancing.  READ MORE…

DustinCookOSAMont Ste-Marie’s Dustin Cook calls it a career

As Dustin Cook lays to rest his career as a competitive alpine skier, one thing he’s going to miss most is the time he’s shared with his teammates.

“The little memories that you have being with teammates and living life on the road – that’s something that I’ll miss and won’t be able to get back ever again because it’s such a unique thing,” Cook told the Ottawa Sportspage after announcing his retirement from competition in early March.  READ MORE…

biathlon-connelly-cropFlexibility and support in Louis-Riel’s individual sports program allowed biathlon national development team member to pursue his dreams

Sponsored Content: Biathlete Zach Connelly loves nothing more than a breath of fresh air, and that’s what he got when he transferred to Louis-Riel for his senior year of high school.

Like many high-performing athletes, Connelly found that the regular school system just didn’t fit for someone with ambitions like his.

biathlon-connelly-cropLa flexibilité et le support du programme Sports Individuels de Louis-Riel a permis au membre de l’équipe nationale de biathlon à poursuivre ses rêves

Contenu publicitaire : Le biathlète Zach Connelly adore respirer de l’air frais, et c’est ce qu’il a obtenu quand il a transféré à Louis-Riel pour sa dernière année d’école secondaire.

Comme beaucoup d’athlètes élites, Connelly trouvait que le système scolaire typique n’embrassait pas ses ambitions.  LIRE PLUS…

20-03-06 CU v Calgary VWutti VWX30941Carleton way prevails to tip off Taffe Charles era in familiar fashion

If you were to pick a time for Carleton’s grip on Canadian men’s university basketball supremacy to loosen, out of the last two decades this season would have been your best bet. But when the Ravens were pushed to their brink fighting for the national championship, the team showed why their hold is still talon-strong.

At the end of the 1st half of the U Sports title game, a deep prayer launched by Dalhousie’s Sascha Kappos swished through the net at Lansdowne’s TD Place arena.  READ MORE…

griffinslacrosselogoWhy Hockey Players Should Play Lacrosse

Sponsored Content: Anyone serious about hockey should be playing lacrosse.

From Gretzky to Tavares, Shanahan to Stamkos, Canadian-born NHLers recommend playing lacrosse in the summer to improve hockey skills.

Take their word for it:

“It’s lacrosse that helped teach me to spin off checks, take shots and protect the puck under pressure. My stick skills, the way to read the play quickly comes from lacrosse. The hand-eye coordination, is just one of the little things that helps you in hockey.” – John Tavares   READ MORE…

gocapitalsynchroTop artistic swimmers win bittersweet provincial medals to end shortened season

Caught in front of a viral tidal wave that rapidly closed down the sporting world, Ottawa’s top young artistic swimming pair made the most of what may end up being their final competition as a tandem.

Sonia Dunn and Nanxi Jiang won gold medals in the duet free competition in the 13-15 age group at the Leslie Taylor Ontario Cup. The GO Capital Synchro athletes also had podium finishes (Jiang in 1st and Dunn in 3rd) in the solo free event, while Jiang placed 2nd in the figures competition at the provincial championships, which underwent a last-minute scheduling overhaul due to fast-escalating limitations put on sports to slow the spread of COVID-19.  READ MORE…

OTFCvalues-cropOttawa TFC Telegram: Excellence stems from shared club values

Sponsored Content: Unity. Growth. Work ethic. Excellence.

When Ottawa TFC launched, those were the core values members identified to guide the club.

The next task was to ensure that those values were followed throughout all levels of the club at all times. That’s a challenge of course when there are over 3,000 players, but Ottawa TFC General Manager Pavel Cancura says there is nonetheless a noticeable unified spirit across all programs.


levasseurGirls’ experiences in male-centric sports fuel book on remarkable Canadian women

Young athletes and authors Sophie and Valérie LeVasseur marked International Women’s Day on March 8 in unique fashion, completing an interview with the 90th remarkable Canadian woman (out of the 100 they’ve forecast) – for their latest book project, inspired in large part by their own journeys in sport.

Sophie, a goalie for a boys’ hockey team and a baseball player for Bytown Dodgers, has her sights set on making waves in the male-dominated sports world.  READ MORE…

levasseurLes expériences de deux filles en sports dominés par les hommes leurs inspirent à écrire un livre sur des femmes canadiennes remarquables

La famille LeVasseur va écrire un nouveau livre. Prévu dans les prochains mois, il touchera sur les femmes canadiennes. C’est un récent travail en famille qu’ils nous proposent et permet d’en apprendre plus sur le féminisme à Ottawa et dans le reste du pays.

Ce n’est pas le premier livre de la famille LeVasseur.  LIRE PLUS…

LRsportsetudescollageLes programmes Sports-Exploratoires et Sports-Études de l’École secondaire publique Louis-Riel

Contenu publicitaire : Les programmes Sports-Exploratoires (7-8e année) et Sports-Études (9 à 12) de l’école secondaire publique Louis-Riel offrent l’équilibre idéal entre les études et la pratique du sport. Découvrez tout à propos de ce programme innovateur en téléchargeant nos nouveaux dépliants.  VOIR PLUS…

Sponsored Content: The Exploratory Sports (Grade 7-8) and Sports-Study programs at Louis-Riel high school offer the ideal balance between school and sports. Discover what this innovative program is all about by downloading our new brochures.  SEE MORE…

weagle9Ottawa Sportspage Snapshots: A roundup of local sports action

Our monthly news briefs include:

–Curler Weagle joins Team Jones after split with Team Homan
–Curler Camm a near-medallist at Brier with Team Ontario
–Blondin finishes 1st & 3rd in speed skating season standings
–Rahneva records consistently strong World Cup skeleton season  READ MORE…

nighthawkscolumnpicsBuilding a field hockey facility an investment in community-building

Sponsored Content: People often marvel at the diversity on display during field hockey matches. Unfortunately, the observation isn’t particularly accurate. We’re actually all the same – we all love field hockey.

But it’s true. Our sport does have the power to erase lines that sometimes divide us in other aspects of life, like culture, skin colour, or religion.  READ MORE…

YstarsYMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region Athletes of the Month: Triton Huff-Boyle, Liam McLean & Yasir El Sakka

Corona Competitive clubmates Triton Huff-Boyle, Liam McLean and Yasir El Sakka earned 3 of the 4 local division titles from the Mar. 6-8 Ontario Cup men’s artistic gymnastics competition in Ottawa.  READ MORE…

tumblerscollageHelp Tumblers Gymnastics Centre!

Tumblers Gymnastics is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to providing quality gymnastics programming, and has been part of the Orleans community for over 30 years. We serve about 2000 kids per year and employ 47 members of the community.

Simply put, our non-for-profit title makes it difficult for us to accumulate any financial reserve and the recent Covid-19 situation has put us in financial hardship.

We have always been dedicated to providing the Orleans community with the opportunity to discover, explore and embrace the sport of gymnastics in a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment. We are now reaching out to you for help!

Please visit our GoFundMe page and consider supporting us. Any little bit helps!  VISIT…

stars-nepeanswimmingYMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region Team of the Month: Nepean HS Knights 4×50-Metre Girls’ Medley Swimming Team

The Nepean High School 4×50-Metre Girls’ Medley Swimming Team captured Ottawa’s lone team gold medal at OFSAA early-spring championships. At the Mar. 3-4 high school provincials in Toronto, the Knights’ national capital record time of 2:00.75 brought them in over 1 second ahead of their nearest challengers in the 31-team open competition.  READ MORE…

The Ottawa Summer Sports CAMPS Guide


Discover the Ottawa area’s best sports camps and programs in the Sportspage‘s Ottawa Summer Sports CAMPS Guide!

The Connecting Athletes of All Means to Paths in Sport Project is an initiative that provides free sports opportunities to children/youth from Ottawa Community Housing neighbourhoods.

Featured within this unique guide are the sports organizations that offer the free summer camps or seasonal programs positions in exchange for advertising in the Ottawa Sportspage and on OttawaSportsCAMPS.caREAD MORE…

Sailing_1_2019 OTTAWA SPORTSThe Ottawa New Edinburgh Club’s Unique Single and Multi-Sport Summer Day Camps!

Sponsored Content: If you want to give your children (or grandchildren) a great summer day camp experience, check out the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club (ONEC), where they will discover new skills, new friends… and lots of fun adventures!

ONEC has operated summer day camps from its scenic location on the Ottawa River since the mid 1980s and offers tennis, sailing, rowing, big canoeing and stand up paddleboarding (SUP), all taught by certified instructors.  READ MORE…

RSCearlug4-Acre ‘Downtown Playground’ offers Sports Camps at Rideau Sports Centre

Sponsored Content: There is 100+ years of sporting history at 1 Donald Street (formerly the members-only Rideau Tennis Club). This summer will mark the third year that this property is open to the public with 10 weeks of Summer Camps across many sports offered by the new Rideau Sports Centre (RSC).

The facility features a state-of-the-art Tennis Dome, Multi-Sport Dome and Outdoor Dek Hockey facility. Families can choose a dedicated Sport Camp in Tennis, Basketball, Soccer, Dek Hockey – or enjoy a variety of sports in the Multi-Sport Camps. Every day the campers swim in the outdoor pool, weather permitting.  READ MORE…

DomeLRcampsDome LR’s multi-sport camp the place to be for sports-loving kids

Does your young athlete have trouble choosing just one sport? They can have it all at the Dome Louis-Riel’s Multi-Sport Summer Camp!

Let them explore all their sports passions – soccer, badminton, swimming, volleyball, basketball, touch football, track & field, and many more! The camps align with Sport Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development philosophies, which encourage young athletes to participate in a wide variety of sports to build their motor skills – all offered in a fun, safe and entertaining environment.  READ MORE…

DomeLRcampsLe camp multisports au Dôme Louis-Riel – parfait pour les jeunes athlètes enthousiastes

Est-ce que votre jeune athlète a de la difficulté à choisir seulement un sport ? Il aura l’option de pratiquer une multitude de sports au camp d’été du Dôme Louis-Riel !

Laissez-le explorer toutes ses passions sportives — soccer, badminton, natation, volley-ball, basketball, football, athlétisme, et beaucoup d’autres !

« Les participants peuvent essayer beaucoup de sports – ce n’est jamais le même », souligne la gérante du Dôme, Sophie Anderson. Son personnel comprend de nombreux diplômés / élèves séniors du programme Sports-Études de l’école secondaire publique Louis-Riel – ce sont des athlètes talentueux qui possèdent une richesse de connaissances à partager avec les jeunes. Tous sont bilingues.  LIRE PLUS…

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