Written by Griffin Porter
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – Some of the best and brightest of the Ottawa sports community gathered at Algonquin College on Wednesday night for the annual Ottawa Sports Awards, a celebration of the bets of amateur athletics in the Ottawa region for the past year. Attendees ranged from Mayor Jim Watson to TSN Radio Ottawa personality John Rodenburg, as well as numerous Olympians. Shotputter Tim Nedow and speed skater Ivanie Blondin were named Athletes of the Year, while Team of the Year went to the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s soccer and the Ottawa Junior Senators Hockey Club. Several Carleton teams and a Ravens athlete were honoured among the recipients for their achievements in the past year.
Chief among the honourees for Carleton was 3rd year Maya Addai, who was one of the standout players for Ravens rugby this past season. Addai was honoured as the individual winner for Rugby Player of the Year, an honour that was very well deserved. Addai, an Ottawa native who plays wing, had a banner year both representing Carleton in RSEQ play, as well as with Team Canada on the international circuit. Addai was selected to the roster for the U20 Team Canada in England at this summer’s Tri-Nations Cup, where she helped the Canadians to a victory over Team USA in the first match of the tournament. Back at home, she continued to play well in her season for Carleton Rugby, scoring 2 tries and earning a match MVP in the RSEQ playoffs, helping the Ravens to a 3rd place finish. After the reception, Addai made sure to share the credit as much as possible, saying “First I want to thank my team, and all of our coaches… without them I wouldn’t be here. I want to say thanks to all my family and all the fans that always come out to support the Ravens rugby team”.
Carleton also took home some hardware at the team level, as three different Ravens teams were honoured for their achievement over the past year. Carleton’s Men’s curling rink was honoured for their USports National Championship that they earned in March 2019, as skip Cameron Goodkey led his rink over the Memorial University Sea-Hawks in the gold medal match. Wes Stakes and Brendan Acorn accepted the Award on their team’s behalf, Acorn made sure to thank the City of Ottawa for the recognition, with Stakes adding that “It’s always nice to be recognized for everything that you do. It’s a pleasure to be here”. Carleton Men’s basketball was also honoured for their provincial and national championships, while Carleton Men’s Soccer was recognized for their provincial championship and 4th place finish at the USports national tournament. “It’s a nice way to highlight the end of a season that was full of ups and downs”, said 3rd year defender Diego Politis. “It’s nice to be recognized by the city, and all of the guys are really happy about it”.