Category Archives: Sports & Recreation

GRC pool closed for maintenance August 21-September 8

(PHOTO: Goulbourn Rec Centre, May 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.)

(via Councillor Shad Qadri / City of Ottawa)

The Goulbourn Rec Complex (GRC)’s annual maintenance will take place later this month.

As such, the swimming pool will be closed from August 21-September 8. Additionally, the gymnasium / weight cardio room will be closed from August 28-September 4th.

This annual maintenance is important for ensuring the facility remains in good shape for all users throughout the year.

As a reminder, office hours at the GRC front desk remain Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Saturday/Sunday from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. The GRC will be closed Labour Day – Monday, September 4th. The rink will remain open during this time.

The GRC staff would like to thank residents for their patience at this time. For any questions, please call (613) 580-2532.


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NOTEBOOK: New bike repair station at Village Square Park

Nice to see this new bike repair station added to Village Square Park this week, along the Trans Canada Trail near Stittsville Main.  It’s a good spot for it, with hundreds of cyclists passing by each week.

(This would have come in handy a few weeks ago when my wife blew a bike tire on Abbott street just past the park!)

Safer Roads Ottawa (SRO) is setting these up at parks, libraries and other public areas around the city, but there aren’t too many yet in the suburbs.  According to SRO: “Each self service bike repair station includes a work stand, an air pump and the following tools:

  • Philips screwdriver and stand
  • 2 steel core tire levers
  • pedal wrench
  • 2 cone wrenches (8/10 mm 9/11 mm)
  • Torx T-25
  • Hex key set
  • The air pump includes heads to fill both Presta and Schrader valves.

Information on how to use the repair station and tools can be found at www.Ottawa.ca/bikerepair

UPDATE: City staff will be at the repair station to give tips on bike maintenance and safety on Monday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m.

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Anecdotally, I’ve heard about more and more cyclists from outside of our community coming to visit Stittsville by bike. For example, blogger Andrea Tomkins and her husband Mark, who biked in from Westboro a few weeks back.  That’s about 50km round trip, and you can do it entirely on recreation trails.  More evidence: the bike rack behind Quitters is usually overflowing on a sunny weekend day.

Stittsville as a cycling destination?  Sounds good to me.

Now let’s hope we see some safer bike infrastructure on Stittsville Main Street in the near future too.


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Stittsville Minor Hockey looks for Atom convenor

Parents of Atom level players with the Stittsville Minor Hockey Association received a note this week from Robert Smith, Director of House:

We have recently sent out an email regarding our house program at the Atom level. Unfortunately, Atom still does not have a Convenor. It cannot be run without one in place as members of the management council cannot run this level as well as do their other roles.

Without a Convener in place the complete level is going to have to fold. Folding the Atom program is certainly not what SMHA wants to do but it will become a reality if volunteers are not in place soon. As Director of House I will be providing training and full support for the individual(s) that take on this critical role.

Interested volunteers can contact Smith via  directorhouse@stittsvilleminorhockey.com


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New bilingual “Welcome to Stittsville” sign to be unveiled Saturday

(PHOTO: The “old” Welcome to Stittsville sign, including the former Goulbourn municipality “G” logo.)

On Saturday, a new bilingual “Welcome to Stittsville” sign and flagpole will be unveiled at the corner of Stittsville Main and Hazeldean Road.

The additions are part of a redevelopment of the park space around the sign, which will include an age-friendly park adjacent to the new Hazeldean Gardens retirement home that’s currently under construction. The park is being funded through the City of Ottawa’s cash in lieu of parkland (CIL) budget. Continue reading


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SKM Software Stingers win their division at PlayOn ball hockey tourney

(PHOTO: 2017 SKM Software Stingers (left to right): Chris Colon, Brady Seguin, Ramsey Stretch, Drew Morris. Andrew Zapp, Jamie Charlebois, Matthew Mines)

The SKM Software Stingers of Stittsville participated in the PlayOn tournament on June 3 and 4. This year’s tournament was held out at the Rockcliffe Flying Club out on the runway. The team was coming off a second place finish in 2016 and wanted to see if they could better it this year. Continue reading


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Tyrone Henry brings home the gold from World Para Hockey championship

(PHOTO: Tyrone Henry is a member of the Canadian National Sledge Hockey Team that won gold in South Korea. Photo by Barry Gray.)

In 2010, a 13-year-old Tyrone Henry watched the Vancouver Paralympics sledge hockey games, mesmerized.

“The first time I saw sledge hockey – and I was an able bodied kid – I thought that I would love to play that. I didn’t know you could play it if you were able bodied,” said Henry. Continue reading


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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.

Continue reading


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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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