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YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region Stars of the Month – December 2020

By Ottawa Sports Pages

Team of the Month: Ottawa Lions cross-country team

1st place finishers: Liz Maguire (masters female), Jocelyn Giannotti (U16 female), Ivy Bialowas (U18 female), Pippa Norman (U20 female), Michael Day (masters male), Robert Mitchell (senior male), Dominique Church (U12 male). 

About: There were 48 members of the Ottawa Lions who competed in November at the Eastern Ontario Cross Country Championships, where Capital Region runners took home the gold medal in seven of the event’s 15 total races. The races took place on Nov. 15 and were hosted in the township of Delta, Ont. Regional events were held in place of the provincial championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more of our coverage of the event here.

Rory van Ulft Photo: Steve Kingsman

Athlete of the Month: Rory van Ulft

About: Rory van Ulft, 7, claimed the unique title this month as the youngest-ever USA Weightlifting youth national champion. Van Ulft competed at the event virtually from her Ottawa gym, 613 LIFT. Her championship result was largely due to her 72 kg clean-and-jerk, which was enough to be crowned champion in two women’s 30kg categories: the 11U and 13U divisions. This year was van Ulft’s second appearance at the U.S. youth championships. She placed 8th overall last year as the youngest-ever competitor.

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