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December Snapshots: A round up of local sports happenings

By Ottawa Sports Pages

RAHNEVA TAKES BREAK FROM TRAINING TO RECOVER FROM INJURY

Mimi Rahneva announced on Instagram that she will be taking a break from skeleton due to back problems. “Sitting out this year due to injury. A disk herniation at the C5-C6 vertebrae has pinched a nerve root,” Rahneva wrote in the post. Rahneva, grew up in Ottawa after moving here from Bulgaria when she was 10 years old, has been a member of Team Canada since 2013. She finished in 12th at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics and 2nd at the world championships in 2019.

MIKE WOODS SUCCESSFUL IN INJURY COMEBACK

Cyclist Michael Woods won the 7th stage of the Vuelta a España at the end of October. His win came seven months after breaking his femur at Paris-Nice, just as the world was beginning to enter lockdowns. He also finished 2nd in the 6th stage of the Vuelta. After a slow start upon his return to racing in the summer, and a surprising omission from EF Pro Cycling’s Tour de France team, Woods proved he was back in racing form by winning a stage at Tirreno-Adriatico in September. Woods will be racing for Israel Start-Up Nation starting in 2021. 

LOCAL SKATERS COMPETE AT SKATE ONTARIO SECTIONALS

Three Gloucester Skating Club athletes competed the 2021 Skate Ontario Sectional Championships. Hayley McGuire came 8th in the junior women’s division, Joshua Dore came 11th amongst junior men, and Emmanuelle Proft came 11th amongst the senior women. This year’s event took place virtually, with competitors submitting videos of their performances at their home clubs. 

WIEBE COMPETES AT WORLD CUP IN SERBIA


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2016 Olympic wrestling champion Erica Wiebe is competing at the World Cup in Belgrade along with fellow Canadian Amar Dhesi. The Dec. 12-18 tournament was originally going to be the world championships, but was downgraded to a World Cup because some countries couldn’t or were unwilling to attend. Some other Canadian athletes have opted not to compete as well. Wiebe lost a semifinal matchup against 2017 world champion Yasemin Adar by a score of 2-1 and will compete in the bronze medal match on Dec. 16.

OTTAWA FRONTIER LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM NAMED

Ottawa’s Frontier League baseball team will be named the Ottawa Titans following a naming contest, the team announced at the end of November. Their colour scheme will be red, white and black to match other Ottawa sports teams like the Senators and the Redblacks. The Titans are expected to begin play in the spring of 2021 at RCGT Park. They are the 15th team in the Frontier League, an independent baseball league that has partnered with MLB.

OTTAWA SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE TRILLIUM GRANTS

Thirty-two Ottawa-area projects will receive funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund. Among those are sports organizations including the Beaver Boxing Club, Gloucester Lacrosse Association, and the Ottawa Sport Council. The Resilient Communities Fund gives non-profit organizations grants of up to $150,000. They can be used for things such as health supports for staff or volunteers, purchasing new technology and personal protective equipment, or renovations and facility updates.


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