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VIDEO: Wrestler Erica Wiebe trains at the WWE Performance Center

Olympic gold medalist and Stittsville native Erica Wiebe was featured in a video produced by the WWE: “The top women’s freestyle wrestler in the world talks about her experience watching the Mae Young Classic and training with NXT Superstars at the WWE Performance Center.”


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NOTEBOOK: Business closures, Wiebe in India, Slide fee waived

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.

END OF THE LINE FOR TWO LOCAL BUSINESSES
Blumenstudio, the florist/cafe that opened in August, has moved out of their space at the front of Capital Cabinetry on Stittsville Main. Owner Kat Kosk says it was a “business decision” to close. There weren’t enough customers at the store and she didn’t want to keep putting a strain on her existing Parkdale Avenue shop. Blumenstudio opened in August of 2016, and was supposed to share the space with a custom bike shop, but that never happened. Paul Idone, who owns Capital Cabinetry, says he plans to turn the space vacated by Blumenstudio into a showroom for his woodworking business, scheduled to open by the end of this month.

Cactus at blumenstudio
Cacti at blumenstudio

Fresco Bistro has shut down their Hazeldean Road restaurant. They first opened in Stittsville back in the fall of 2012. Their original Elgin Street location closes for good at 10pm tonight. “For us, [closing] was just about a stimulus for some change, and maybe get ourselves into a more profitable situation, in a different location, and under different circumstances,” owner Jim Bickford told CBC about their Elgin Street closure. “Rent’s gone up considerably, utilities are through the roof. I mean Hydro Ottawa is obscene at this time, I think, personally. But … those aren’t necessarily the determining factors in our decision, they’re just part of the decision.”

Fresco Bistro on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville
Fresco Bistro on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville

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OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
After a pre-Christmas tour that that took her to three Canadian Army bases in Greece, Kuwait, and Ukraine, Stittsville Olympian Erica Wiebe is spending the month in Mumbia, India wrestling in the Indian Professional Wrestling League. She’s been posting some great photos from her travels to Instagram and Twitter.

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HELPING KIDS STRETCH THEIR ALLOWANCE DOLLARS
I don’t remember this as part of the city budget deliberations, but earlier this week Councillor Shad Qadri announced that the Goulbourn Rec Centre would be waiving (ha ha) the extra $1.25 fee to use the water slide.

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TWEET TWEET TWEET

…plus one pic from Instagram…

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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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GRC gym to be named after Erica Wiebe

Just one week after she won Olympic gold in Rio, hundreds of residents – many of them kids – packed the gymnasium at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex on Thursday evening to welcome Erica Wiebe back home to Stittsville.

Wiebe led the crowd in O Canada, signed autographs, posed for pictures, and encouraged everyone – young and old – to follow their passions.

Councillor Shad Qadri also announced that the gym would be re-named in honour of the wrestler.

Here are some tweets and photos from tonight’s event. Continue reading


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Erica Wiebe returns to Ottawa on Tuesday morning

 

(press release via the Canadian Olympic Committee / Wrestling Canada)

With the 2016 Olympic Games ending today, Canadian wrestling 2016 Olympic Champion Erica Wiebe will be returning home to Ottawa.

What: Olympic Champion Erica Wiebe returns to her hometown after the Rio Olympics on Air Canada flight AC442
Who: 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Erica Wiebe
When: Tuesday, August 23, 20169:14 am
Where: Ottawa Airport domestic Arrivals Area
Why: Erica Wiebe is from Ottawa/Stittsville Ontario

 


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Olympic wrestler Erica Wiebe tours Stittsville

Canadian wrestler Erica Wiebe was touring around Stittsville today with a crew from CBC Ottawa tagging along.  The former Sacred Heart student will be competing at the Rio Olympics in August.

You can listen to a replay of a CBC Ottawa Morning interview with Wiebe and her mom Paula, online at cbc.ca/ottawa. Wiebe visited three local schools Monday and spoke to almost 1,000 students.  Continue reading


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Wiebe wrestles her way to the Rio Olympics

(PHOTO: Erica Wiebe celebrates after qualifying for the Olympics at the Pan Am Olympic Qualifier in Fresno, Texas in March. Photo via Erica Wiebe.)

Erica Wiebe’s journey to the Olympics in Rio started when she was in Grade 9 at Sacred Heart High School. That’s when she saw a poster for co-ed wrestling practice.

“I was playing competitive soccer from a pretty young age. I played every sport in high school and in grade 9 one of the sports offered was wrestling,” she says. “Right away I just loved it. It’s unlike anything else. You get to touch somebody, put your hands on them. But it’s tactical too, like a very sweaty chess game.”
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