By Ottawa Sports Pages
recLINK DOUBLES DOWN ON BIKE-GIVEAWAY PROGRAM
After successful giveaway campaigns last summer and fall, the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation’s recLINK organization has brought back its “Hop on Bikes” program. The purpose of the campaign is to provide bicycles to children of low-income families who might otherwise struggle to afford one, or the necessary equipment that’s needed to regularly ride a bike. Through the program, recLINK partnered with re-Cycles Ottawa, a not-for-profit and bicycle recycling and do-it-yourself shop that refurbishes old and donated bikes to be able to provide young people with a refurbished bike, a helmet, and a lock for around $60, according to Sharon Jollimore the OCH Foundation’s director of programs and innovations. At the start of this summer, recLINK gave away 31 more bike kits, delivering them to neighbourhoods including Strathcona Heights and Lowertown. There’s still a larger demand, however, as more than 90 people had requested bikes and there’s roughly 32,000 families that live in OCH neighbourhoods.
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR CITY OF OTTAWA’S COACHING AWARD
The City of Ottawa has opened nominations for this year’s Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching. The city created the award in 2003 in recognition of Kilrea’s 1,000th career victory as coach of the Ottawa 67s. He’d go on to coach the 67s for more than 30 years and spend even more seasons with the team as an executive. St. Matthew High School Tigers football coach Jean-Sorphia Guillaume was the recipient of the award last year. Guillaume worked for several years as a community and school social worker, while also teaching social work, before becoming a high school teacher and the head football coach at St. Matt’s. In 2016, he coached the Tigers to a city championship and AAA OFSAA championship. He was a runner up for Canada’s high school coach of the year — an award that’s voted on by Canadian universities — that season. Since taking over the Tigers’ top job, Guillaume has also given significant attention to pushing students, and particularly those from less-affluent backgrounds, to use sport as a means of obtaining higher education and larger life success. Visit the City of Ottawa’s website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the city at 3-1-1 to nominate a coach. The award will be presented at the Order of Ottawa ceremony, which is typically held each November.
RATTRAY CHIPPING IN ON CANADA’S STRONG START AT WOMEN’S WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Kanata’s Jamie Lee Rattray has been chipping in so far with Canada’s women’s hockey team during their strong start at the world championships. Rattray, who will turn 29 in September and is a veteran of Team Canada, jumpstarted the team’s comeback from down 2-0 in their first game of the tournament last Friday against Finland. Rattray’s goal was the first of three straight from the Canadians, who would go on to win their tournament opener 5-3. Rattray had three shots in Canada’s second game on Sunday, which was a 5-1 win over the Russian Olympic Committee team. Canada leads their division with two wins and zero losses partway through group stage play of the Calgary tournament.
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