The annual Ottawa Sports Awards banquet was held on Wednesday evening, recognizing the achievements of Ottawa athletes in 2014. As usual, a plethora of Gee-Gees were included in the festivities. This year, University of Ottawa students, alumni, and coaches were recognized in thirteen award categories.
Gee-Gees men’s basketball coach James Derouin took home the male coach of the year award – one of the evening’s major awards. The Ottawa native was recognized for his coaching efforts in 2014 which included the OUA Wilson Cup Championship win and a CIS silver medal, becoming the top ranked team at the national championships, and the team’s impeccable 35-3 record in the calendar year.
Gee-Gees women’s rugby coach Jen Boyd was nominated for the female coach of the year award but did not repeat her win from 2012.
Paul ApSimon received the Lifetime Achievement award for coaching. A tireless worker on the local and national scene, Paul ApSimon’s impact on the sport of fencing has been felt by innumerable athletes over the course of his 25+ years of coaching, including 13 years as the head coach at uOttawa.
The Ottawa Sports Awards also recognized top athletes in each sport, as well as championship teams. The uOttawa honourees were:
Andrew D’Souza - badminton
This University of Ottawa Human Kinetics major is ranked 2nd amongst men’s badminton players in Canada. The 20-year-old also made his multi-sport games debut at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland. Also this year, Andrew knocked off the 2nd seed en route to a quarter-final appearance at the Pan Am Championships.
Ettore Lattanzio – football
In 2014, Ettore led Ontario University Athletes with 8 quarterback sacks, tying him for 3rd nationally. Repeating as the OUA’s top lineman, Ettore was also awarded the J.P. Metras Trophy as Canada’s top university lineman.
Fred Hartley - lacrosse
Fred had an outstanding season with the Gloucester Griffins, scoring 61 goals (best in the Ontario Jr. ‘B’ Lacrosse League) and 49 assists in 20 games, placing him 2nd in overall league scoring and tops in the Eastern conference. The club and Eastern conference MVP added another 2 goals and 10 assists in 3 playoff games.
Megan Copeland-Dinan - rugby
The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees starter helped her team win its program’s first provincial title, and then followed that up with a 4th-place finish nationally. She also started for the Barrhaven Scottish and made history there too, winning the club’s first Quebec women’s premiere championship. A national league runner-up with Quebec, Megan is now on the long list for Canada’s senior women’s team.
Tommy Des Brisay – Running (Road Racing)
This 22-year-old Ottawa Lions Track-and-Field Club runner competed in his first marathon at Ottawa Race Weekend, running an impressive 2:39:21 to finish 28th overall and 10th among Canadian men. Tommy, a University of Ottawa student who is autistic, loves to run and races most weekends, winning the Goode 10 km Run, the Wakefield 10-mile race and the 9 Run half marathon.
Caitlin Hodge – swimming
Caitlin set a trio of Gee-Gees school records in her rookie season last year. The Ontario University Athletics Rookie of the Year was a provincial and national university silver medalist in the women’s 800 m freestyle. She set one of her records in that discipline and also established new program marks in the 200 m and 400 m freestyle. Also a strong open water swimmer and a past junior national team member, Caitlin also helped her Gee-Gees win provincial bronze in the 4x200 m freestyle relay.
Ashley Powers – touch football
Ashley is an Ottawa native who played as the quarterback for the Ottawa Devils women’s touch football team. She quarterbacked this team to a Provincial ‘AA’ title and finished the season with an appearance in the National Championships final, where she and her teammates picked up the silver medal. Powers was a member of the Gee-Gees women’s hockey team from 2003-06.
Men’s basketball – 2014 OUA Champions
Women’s rugby – 2014 RSEQ Champions
Women’s soccer – 2014 OUA Champions