By Ottawa Sports Pages
2 LOCAL PLAYERS PUSH CANADA TO U18 MEN’S HOCKEY WORLD TITLE
Team Canada took gold at the U18 Hockey World Championships with a 5-3 win to Russia May 6. Canada won all five of their games. Mason McTavish of Carp had 8 points in the tournament including a pair of 2-goal games, while Brandt Clarke from Ottawa had 5 points.
TWO OTTAWA LIONS LIKELY HEADED TO TOKYO
Two Ottawa Lions athletes have recently posted Olympic-qualifying results. Middle-distance runner Melissa Bishop-Nriagu ran the 800m at a meet in California on May 2, and finished with a time of 1:59.40 (the qualifying time was 1:59.50). Tokyo would likely be her third Olympics, after finishing 4th in 2016. Shot-putter Tim Nedow surpassed the Olympic-qualifying distance with a throw of 21.11 metres at a competition in Pennsylvania on April 10. This all but guarantees him a spot at the Tokyo Games.
FIGURE SKATER ALAINE CHARTRAND RETIRES
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Former Nepean Skating Club skater Alaine Chartrand has announced her retirement from competition. The five-time Canadian medallist and two-time Canadian champion said difficulties related to the pandemic and conflicts with her other commitments led to the decision. Chartrand competed 10 times in the ISU Grand Prix Circuit and participated in three world championships. She will continue to be involved in the skating community through coaching.
ERIC PETERS COMPETES AT ARCHERY WORLD CUP
Eric Peters ranked 17th at the Lausanne Archery World Cup in Switzerland in late May. After winning his first two rounds, he lost to Yun Sanchez of Spain in the third round. This follows his 8th-place ranking at the Guatemala City World Cup in April, his first competition since the 2019 Pan Am Games.
CAMILLE BÉRUBÉ NOMINATED TO PARALYMPIC TEAM
Canada’s Para Swimming Selection Committee nominated seven athletes to the Paralympic team following the cancellation of Paralympic trials, including Gatineau native Camille Bérubé. The selections were based on results at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. These nominations are in addition to the eight swimmers who were chosen in late 2019. Bérubé has competed in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics.
FENCER KELLEIGH RYAN OFFICIALLY NAMED TO TOKYO TEAM
Kelleigh Ryan has been named to Canada’s Olympic women’s foil team. After having been a member of Canada’s fencing team for over a decade, this will be her first Olympic appearance. She has competed in the FIE World Championships since 2009 as well as two Pan Am Games (including a gold medal win in Toronto).
MERISSAH RUSSELL ATTENDS TEAM CANADA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP
University of Louisville guard Merissah Russell is attending Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team training camp from May 20 to June 4. The camp is in preparation for the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2021, which will take place from June 11 to 19. It is taking place in Tampa, Florida instead of its usual location in Edmonton due to COVID-19 protocols. Canada is currently ranked 4th in the world.
BASKETBALL BUILDER NADINE CROWLEY JOINS NATIONAL INCLUSION COMMITTEE
Ottawa resident and FIBA referee instructor Nadine Crowley has been named to Canada Basketball’s Unified 2024 Advisory Council. Unified 2024 is a program created to “lead the organization’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives and establish the organization as a leader within the Canadian sports industry by 2024.” Crowley will be serving as the chair of the Canadian Basketball Officials Commission Development & Education Committee.
Crowley had a successful career as a referee prior to becoming an instructor, which included stints at high-level international games such as the FIBA Women’s World Championships.
SHAÏNAH JOSEPH COMPETES IN VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE
Shaïnah Joseph is competing for Team Canada in the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League which began on May 25 in Rimini, Italy. The tournament consists of 12 core teams and four challenger teams per gender, with Canada becoming one of the challenger teams after winning the Volleyball Challenger Cup in 2019. This is Canada’s first ever appearance in the tournament. The preliminary round-robin stage for the women’s tournament will be complete on June 20. Joseph has been playing for the Ageo Medics of the V.League 1 in Japan.
DIVERS KATHRYN GRANT & KATE MILLER COMPETE AT NATIONAL JR. QUALIFIERS
Kathryn Grant of the Ottawa National Diving Club and Kate Miller of the Nepean Ottawa Diving Club both competed at the Diving Canada Virtual National Junior Qualifiers from April 30 to May 2. The competition served to allow divers to meet the qualifying standards for the junior national event. Grant came 5th in the 1m, 6th in the 3m, and 7th in the platform, while Miller placed 3rd, 11th, and 3rd in those same events.
JENNA LALONDE COMES 4TH AT CANADIAN GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ottawa Gymnastics Centre athlete Jenna Lalonde competed at the Canadian Junior Gymnastics Championships in mid-May. She placed in the top 10 in all of her events, including 2nd on the balance beam, finishing 4th overall.