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2014 Awards Banquet

posted Oct 1, 2014, 6:44 PM by Hector Carranco   [ updated Oct 17, 2014, 12:00 PM ]
On Thursday 16 more than 170 Rideau members and friends were at the 2014 Awards Banquet. It was a great night of fun celebration where the Sportsmanship, Most Improved and Most Valuable Paddler awards were presented to paddlers in the U13, U15, U19, Jr/Sr, and Masters categories as well as the PaddleAll Athlete of the Year and the Volunteer of the Year award.

We had several special guests in attendance: Al McCleery, John Beedel and Bob Kay who paddled for Canada a few years ago. Also Maria McRae was there in one of her last appearances as City Councillor.

Ian Mortimer did a great job as MC highlighting this year's achievements: Ontario Champions, 5th Place at Nationals with more than 30 medals and 7 crews that will go on the wall! A great list of Rideau paddlers that represented Canada in different international competitions and the awards recipients:

Sportsmanship Most Improved M V P
 U13: Maren Bradley
 U15: Bryan Davey
 U17: Aiden Stead
 U19: Alec Bradford
 Jr/Sr: Angus Mortimer
 Masters: Heather MacIntosh
 U13: Olivia Pucci
 U15: Conor O’Neill
 U17: Joe Spratt
 U19: Davis Evans
 Jr/Sr: Natalie Davison
 Masters: Anne Coyle
 U13: Melissa Gibbon
 U15: Isaac Finkelstein
 U17: August Sibthorpe
 U19: Megan Sibthorpe
 Jr/Sr: Ben Tardioli
 Masters: Stephanie Parker
 PaddleAll: Robbie Laforest

The last award, the Volunteer of the Year, was presented by Ron Sibthorpe to Marc Richard for the work he has been doing as an official stepping up every time it is required!

The last presentation was Jeff Braddon's, Chair of the Nationals Hosting Organizing Committee. Jeff talked about how pasionate are the organizing committee members to have the best Nationals ever! and that he sees the same passion in the RCC athletes that will be competing on home water.

After all the speeches and a great dinner the dance started with many of the athletes and parents sharing the dance floor!