The Ottawa Bicycle Club would like to recognize and congratulate six cyclists from Eastern Ontario and West Quebec who have been selected to represent Canada at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad next year, particularly the three graduates of the Ottawa Bicycle Club’s youth & junior programs for having been selected to join Canada’s Olympic Cycling Team.
The three OBC Youth and Junior program alumnus selected for the 2021 Olympic Games are Osgoode’s Derek Gee (Team Pursuit & Madison), Cumberland’s Vincent De Haître (Team Pursuit), and Gatineau’s Ariane Bonhomme who will compete in the women’s Team Pursuit. They will join Kingston’s Annie Foreman-Mackey (women’s Team Pursuit) and two well-known local professional racers, Gatineau’s Karol-Ann Canuel (Road Race, Time Trial) and Ottawa’s Michael Woods (Road Race) in Tokyo next summer.
Scott McDougall, President of the Ottawa Bicycle Club said:
The Ottawa Bicycle Club is incredibly proud of these outstanding athletes. Through their hard work and determination our three OBC Youth & Junior program alumni, competing at the highest level of our sport, will represent us proudly at the Olympic Games next summer. Vincent, Derek and Ariane continue to be role models and inspire current OBC Youth members. We look forward to cheering them on as they represent the City of Ottawa and Canada on the ultimate international athletic stage. We wish them the very best of luck as they prepare to compete in Japan in 2021
Retired OBC’s Junior Racing team Head Coach and the former coach of all three OBC athletes, Don Moxley had this to say about their accomplishments:
Having had the opportunity to work with these three individuals during their early years and witness their subsequent accomplishments has been extremely rewarding for me. The OBC’s youth and junior program has been able to support and reward this kind of athletic excellence for nearly four decades with the help and dedication of Club members and volunteers. While I am proud to have played a small part in helping Derek, Vincent and Ariane become the skilled athletes they are today, I am equally proud that all three have become such great people and tremendous ambassadors for our sport here in the National Capital Region and across Canada.
We look forward to cheering on our alumni in Japan in 2021.