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Ian Mortimer - Ottawa's Male Athlete of the Year 2009

posted Jan 21, 2010, 10:30 AM by Hector Carranco   [ updated Jan 21, 2010, 5:31 PM ]
Ian Mortimer kept pace with his brother, Angus, and was selected the male athlete of the year. Angus and Rhys Hill shared the same athlete of the year award for their efforts in flat water kayaking in 2008.

Ian had a strong 2009. He was part of two Canadian boats that narrowly missed medals at the 2009 world senior canoe/kayak championships. He was in the C-4 200-metre final, which placed fourth, and in the C-4 1,000-metre final, which was fifth. The C-4, 200-metre result was a best-ever for Canada.

At the Canadian championships, Ian was captain of the gold-medal women's junior and women's juvenile war canoe crews.  It was first time Rideau had won a women's war canoe title since 1996.

Kristin Gauthier was selected the canoe / kayak sprint athlete of the year thanks to her strong European tour and her 6 gold medals at the National Championships.

On behalf of the Club coach Graeme Lind and athlete Jane McBride received a plaque in Recognition of Sport Excellence with the National Champions crews names engraved.

LA Schmidt was named Female Coach of the Year for the great job she has done at Ottawa River Canoe Club and the success she had with the Ontario Team at the Canada Games in PEI.