Category Archives: Sports & Recreation

City looks for feedback on proposed Abbottsville park

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

The City is seeking feedback on the park plans for a park to be constructed in the new Mattamy Homes Abbottsville development located at 570 Hazeldean Road.  This site is part of the Fernbank community and is located south of Hazeldean Road, east of Iber, west of the Carp River and north of the Trans Canada Trail. Continue reading


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Registration for Stittsville Minor Softball continues til April 9

(via SMSA)

 

The Stittsville Minor Softball Association (SMSA) is pleased to announce there are a lot of exciting changes to the softball programs in 2017. Come out and join us on the diamond, it’s going to be a great season!

New this year:

  • Register & Pay online
  • Bring a friend campaign – register a friend who has never played with SMSA and play together
  • New coaching kits that include Softball Ontario practice templates

Fun League:   Boys/Girls born 2009 through 2013 – $110

House League: Boys/Girls born 1997 through 2008 – $140 – $155 Players outside of Stittsville are Welcome.

NEW – Jr Selects Competitive program: For kids born 2009/2010 (U8) – See website for details.

Register by March 31st for Early Bird pricing. You can register online at www.StittsvilleSoftball.org or register in-person:

  • March 21: 6pm-9pm at Stittsville Sobeys, 6315 Hazeldean (Upstairs)
  • April 9: 9:30am-11:30am Johnny Leroux Arena, 10 Warner Colpitts Lane

Registration will be open until April 9th

Let’s Play Ball!

Photo via SMSA
Photo via SMSA

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CSS Finback Sharks Heading to Worlds 2017 in Orlando

(Back Row left to right: Trevor Schlarb, Angelo Chen, Paul Smith,
Brooke McLennan;  Middle Row left to right: Kaitlyn Morgan, Kaylea Donovan, Taylor
Sinclair, Jordyn Postma, Rebecca Richardson, Rebecca Snider, Kaitlyn (Pinky) McCaughan, Maurice Semaan, Denise Guertin; Front Row left to right: Kelly McCarney (Coach), Rachel Snider, Lauryn Postma, Holly Walpole, Devon Allen, Dianna McAllister, Emma Caldwell, Nicola Christie, Victoria Klassen, Kevin Fong (Coach). Photo by Claire McCaughan)

The Ottawa Cheer Sport Sharks teams competed in the Ontario Cheerleading Federation Winter Blast Competition in Gatineau at the Robert Guertin Arena on Sunday, February 12, 2017.  They came home with 11 1st place finishes by the Speckled, Angels, Kitefin, Spinner, Piked, River, Starry, Thrasher, Whitetip, Pacific and Finback Sharks and 1 2nd place finish by the Ribbontail Sharks.

An amazing showing by all the Cheer Sport Sharks!  The big winners of the competition were the Finback Sharks who along with their 1st place win earned their bid to the Cheerleading Worlds Competition which will be held at Walt Disney World in Orlando on April 28th to May 1st, 2017.  The Finback Sharks will be representing their club and country at the International Open Small Coed 6 level.

If you want to be a part of the Cheer Sport Sharks gym there
will be team placements for the 2017-18 season taking place May
10th-13th at 109 Iber Road in Stittsville.  For more information call
1-888-25-CHEER (24337) or visit us on the web at www.cheersportsharks.com.


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NOTEBOOK: Pickleball, putting green part of proposed park plan

Shuffleboard, pickleball, a covered picnic table, a bocce court and a putting green are all part of a “age-friendly” park being proposed for the corner of Stittsville Main Street between Hazeldean Road and Neil Avenue.

Think of it as a playground for seniors.  The park would be adjacent to the new Hazeldean Gardens retirement home, surrounding the existing “Welcome to Stittsville” sign. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Olympia Gymnastics hosts provincial acro competition

Dozens of athletes competed at the first-ever Winterlude Acro Cup gymnastics competition at Olympia Gymnastics on the weekend.

The provincial qualifier event featured young men and women from Olympia Gymnastics, as well as Performance Quebec, East York Gymnastics, Georgian Bay Phoenix Gymnastics Academy, Gymnastics Mississauga, and Oakville Gymnastics.

This was the first-ever major competition hosted by the club.  They’re hoping to host even more provincial competitions in their newly-expanded gym.

All photos are by volunteer Dan Pak, who’s a parent at the gym.

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Ottawa Sharks compete at Big East Blast 2017

Photo: Small Level 6 Co-ed Finback Sharks team with their first place banner and Level 6 Grand Champs banner. Front left to right: Amanda Mullen, Victoria Klassen, Emma Caldwell, Nicola Christie, Lauryn Postma, Rebecca Richardson, Holly Walpole 2nd left to right: Rebecca Snider, Rachel Schneider, Kaitlyn (Pinky)
McCaughan, Kaitlyn Morgan, Jordyn Postma. Back left to right: Brooke Mclennan, Taylor Sinclair, Paul Smith, Angelo Chen, Dianna Mcallister, Maurice Semaan, Kaylea Donovan, Kevin Feng, Kelly McCarney, Trevor Schlarb. Photo by Claire McCaughan.

All 12 of the Ottawa Cheer Sport Sharks hit the mat on Saturday,
February 4th at the Big East Blast 2017 cheerleading competition that was held at the EY Centre.

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Stittsville Peewee C1 Ice Hawks win Cougar Cup tourney

(Photo by:  Stephanie J Roberston)

 

Outstanding effort from all 16 boys who won the Cougar Cup this past weekend.

The Gloucester Cougar Cup tournament ran from January 27 to 29th and included hockey teams from all over Ontario and Quebec. The weekend hosted some very close and exciting games for the Stittsville Peewee team that led them into the semi-finals on Sunday. Continue reading


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Splash pad planned for Deer Run Park

Councillor Shad Qadri announced plans for a splash pad for Deer Run Park in his weekly newsletter this week.

The $283,000 project would be funded from Stittsville’s cash-in-lieu of parkland fund. For new developments in the City of Ottawa, developers have the option to either build a park, or pay into the cash-in-lieu fund. The money can be used at the councillor’s discretion towards building and maintaining parks and equipment. This project would eat up just over half of the total that’s currently in the fund. Continue reading


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Blue Bamboo Yoga to close at the end of March

(Received this note today from the operators of Blue Bamboo Yoga in Jackson Trails. It’s always disappointing to see a local business shutting their doors, especially one that has been involved with local charities and fundraisers in our community. Owner Tina Ferrone also runs Beyond Yoga in Kanata, which will remain open.)

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that we will be closing the Blue Bamboo Yoga studio on Sunday, March 26th. This has been a very difficult business decision to make.

We have been so grateful for the support of the Stittsville community since we took over ownership of the studio. A heartfelt thank you for building such a warm and caring community.

We are committed to continue to share the passion of yoga with our Blue Bamboo members through our sister studio Beyond Yoga Studio & Wellness Centre located at 66 Hearst Way in Kanata. A full complement of classes will continue to be offered at Blue Bamboo until March 26th.

We invite you to join us at Blue Bamboo on Sunday, March 26th for tea, treats and memories.

Sincerely,

Tina & The Blue Bamboo Yoga Team


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LETTER: Snowmobilers need to stay off my lawn

Earlier this winter I was sitting in my home office which looks North onto West Ridge Drive. I heard a snowmobile so glanced out the window to see the snowmobile (heading south) go through West Ridge Park and then cut across my lawn (as I live on the corner).

As I looked out the window to try to identify the snowmobile (plates) I saw a police car driving North on West Ridge.  So the police passed the snowmobile as the snowmobile was driving on my lawn.

The incidents of snowmobiles driving on our lawn was much greater when we moved in in 2014 but has seemed to drop.  This was the first incident this year.  Hopefully there isn’t another as I have a young son who often plays in the front yard.

Brad Waterman
West Ridge


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Stittsville’s GoodLife Fitness opens on January 10

(press release)

GoodLife Fitness will open the doors to its new Stittsville 24/7 co-ed on Tuesday morning at 5am, just in time for local residents to get started on their fitness resolutions for 2017. GoodLife Fitness associates and personal trainers will welcome new and prospective members for fitness orientations and consultations throughout opening day.

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Minor Atom Stittsville Rams take gold at Bell Capital Cup

(ABOVE: The Rams players celebrate their 1-0 win as the final horn sounds.)

(Photos & text via Stittsville Rams)

​The Minor Atom Stittsville Rams competitive hockey team competed in the Bell Capital Cup hockey tournament over the Christmas holidays between 29 and 31 December and found success.

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AROUND THE RINKS: Jackson Trails & Bryanston Gate skating updates

JACKSON TRAILS
The Jackson Trails Community Association is looking for volunteers to help set up and run a community skating rink.  The City of Ottawa has given the go-ahead for an ice puddle rink in Pioneer Plains Park.  The City provides a hose and the water, but maintenance is up to residents. If you’d like to help out, you can contact the group via Facebook or at jtcastittsville@gmail.com.

BRYANSTON GATE
Meanwhile next door in Bryanston Gate, the community association has launched a petition asking the City to re-open their their community warming hut. According to the petition: “The City of Ottawa has decided that the Bryanston Gate community warming hut needs to be locked unless supervised. Every other ODR in Kanata/ Stittsville is unsupervised. Our ODR used to be open from 9am-10pm unsupervised and we would like that back.” Bryanston Gate residents and rink users can sign the petition here…

(UPDATE JAN 5: Councillor Shad Qadri says that a supervisor has been found for the outdoor changeroom, and it will be open from Monday-Friday 3-8pm and weekends from 2-7pm starting Saturday, January 6.)


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LINKED: Special apparatus helps teen with rare genetic disorder realize hockey dream

Great story from the Ottawa Citizen about Stittsville’s Tysen Lefebvre:

Despite Tysen Lefebvre’s physical challenges, the 15-year-old has never backed down from achieving his goals. These days, he’s seeing an all-too familiar Canadian dream come true. Lefebvre has Pfeiffer Syndrome Type 2, a rare genetic disorder that affects his skull, facial features and limbs. Continue reading


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Parking for snowmobilers proposed for West Ridge

City Councillor Shad Qadri is looking for feedback on a plan to add parking on West Ridge near the Trans Canada Trail to serve snowmobilers:

“This week, I have been speaking with traffic staff in an effort to resolve some of the parking conflicts that occur within this area for vehicles left behind for snowmobilers. This parking concept plan would implement available parking intended for the use of (but not limited to) snowmobilers between Abbott St West and Eliza Crescent (see image above). It is my hopes that this strategy will help to clear some of the parking congestion on Abbott during winter months while still allotting a place for recreational activists to make the most of the snowy weather.

At this point in time, it is important to state that this is a project which is still in the works and would only be implemented pending positive community reception and available funding. As such, I am looking for community feedback as to whether or not such a parking plan would be supported or discouraged by residents in and around the area. I am interested in hearing about your opinion and thoughts to the concept plan and cost, which is currently estimated to be around $80,000. Please email all correspondence to Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or post on my Facebook page.”

Snowmobiles are prohibited east of West Ridge, but are allowed heading west.


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PHOTOS: GRC gym renamed after Erica Wiebe

Erica Wiebe dropped into town Tuesday for the christening of the “Erica Wiebe Gym” in the Goulbourne Recreation Complex.

The renaming was proposed in August by Councillor Shad Qadri after Wiebe took gold in wrestling during the 2016 Rio Olympics. It received unanimous approval from council.

“It’s incredible, it’s so surreal,” said Wiebe. “It just seems like yesterday I was in Rio, on the mats, having the best day of my life and then today to have a gymnasium named after me in my community, it’s an honour.” Continue reading


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