Following their impressive athletic performances, former Stittsville resident and wrestler, Erica Wiebe, and Cumberland resident and speedskater, Vincent De Haitre will be named the city’s Male and Female Athlete of the Year at the 2016 Ottawa Sports Awards banquet, set for Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Algonquin College.
Erica fought her way to the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Upon her homecoming, my office also worked toward commemorating Erica’s victory by renaming the gymnasium at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex in her honour.
Erica’s mother, Paula Preston, will also be recognized at the awards gala with the Spirit of Sport award for her lifetime contributions as a volunteer sports such as rhythmic gymnastics.
This is Vincent’s second Male Athlete of the Year honour, his first being earned in 2014. He has proved himself to be one of the world’s best speed skaters as shown by his first career individual World Cup gold medal in December and his positioning as the world’s second highest ranked athlete in the men’s 1,000 metres.
Congratulations go to all three of these phenomenal Ottawa residents for their contributions to sport.
The reception for the banquet begins at 6:00 P.M with dinner beginning at 7:00 and the award presentations at 8:00-10:00 P.M.
For more information and to reserve tickets online up to Jan. 27, visit ottawasportsawards.ca. After this date, tickets are subject to availability.