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Women make history at Ottawa Sports Awards

 

Women make history at Ottawa Sports Awards For the first time in the Ottawa Sports Awards’ history, an all-female lineup will be called to the stage to receive the event’s Lifetime Achievement Awards on Jan. 27 at Algonquin College.

The event celebrates dedication and excellence in local amateur sport. Amont those who will be honoured: Agnes Laing of the Nepean-Corona School of Gymnastics (Mayor’s Cup for Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Ottawa), Karen Butcher of the Nepean Skating Club (Lifetime Achievement Award – Technical Official), recently retired Ottawa Gymnastics Centre head coach Tobie Gorman (Brian Kilrea Lifetime Achievement Coaching Award) and the Gloucester Skating Club’s Sheilagh McCaskill (Lifetime Achievement Award – Sports Volunteer/Administrator).

“Having all female lifetime winners wasn’t anything we set out to do deliberately, but we are certainly very proud to honour this exceptional group who have each contributed so much to sport in our city,” says Ottawa Sports Awards Board of Directors Chair Doug Scorrar. “The fact that those we felt were most worthy of recognition this year all happen to be women is no doubt a positive reflection of the growth of women’s sport in our city and in our country. And to have them recognized for their achievements in sport leadership roles is also particularly encouraging.”

A new award will debut this year called the Spirit of Sport Award. The first recipients will be Gordon and Kathleen Stringer, the parents of Rowan Stringer, who died after sustaining a concussion during a high school rugby game.

The Stringers have been a driving force behind the creation of Rowan’s Law, which will legislate enhanced concussion awareness, education and treatment initiatives in Ontario to help prevent future injury and death from concussions. […]

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