Local athletes, winning teams and volunteers were recognized for their achievements, June 14, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre’s 14th annual Breakfast of Champions featuring keynote speaker Osvaldo Jeanty, the former Carleton Ravens basketball all-Canadian.
The Noah Cantor Middle School Athletes of the year were Samantha Tanner and Jonah Cantor. Jonah is the nephew of Noah Cantor, a four-time Grey Cup champion.
The Jack Goldfield High School Athletes of the Year were Rachel Feldberg and Daniel Novick.
The Parliament Lodge Graduating Student Athletes of the Year were Nepean High School graduate Zachary Shabinsky and Glebe Collegiate graduate Samantha Cogan. Zach will be attending the University of Miami this fall where he will be studying business, while Sam will be attending the University of Wisconsin where she will be a student athlete playing varsity hockey for the NCAA Lady Badgers.
The Sharon Koffman Memorial Award given to the top university varsity athlete was won by Elie Vered who led Liberty College of Hartford Connecticut in winning the NCAA Division 3 Hockey Championship.
Manny Olszynko was awarded the Irving ‘Shap’ Shapero Award for his longtime commitment to JCC Athletics as a volunteer in the JCC Men’s Basketball League.
The Lou Honigman Award which is awarded to “a local Jewish athlete who, on account of his perseverance, courage, ability and strength of character, distinguishes himself or herself in a local sporting activity over a lengthy period of time,” was posthumously awarded to Arnie Vered, Mark Kerzner and Howard Osterer. Arnie, Mark and Howard not only participated in community athletics for many years, they all were community volunteers who were committed to making Ottawa’s Jewish community a special place to live and raise families.