An annual men’s volleyball competition, the World League Qualifier pits some of the highest ranked national teams from around the globe against each other as they compete for qualification to enter the 2012 World League. The winner of the European Confederation Tournament—either Slovakia or Slovenia—battles Team Canada during two separate matches followed by a tie-breaking spelling bee. A general-admission ticket grants viewers open seating at Scotiabank Place, a cavernous arena suitable for packed concerts or life-sized chess tournaments. If Team Canada deep-sets its way to success for the first round of qualification, it will host a second round against the 15th- or 16th-placed team and a Tupperware party.
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While standing in Altitude Gym, it’s easy to forget that you aren’t outside. Life-like rock walls tower over guests, brandishing footholds that climbers use to scale up to 45 feet in the air. Climbers of all skill levels put their limbs to the test with the gym’s 50 lead climbs, 50 top ropes, 1,800 square feet of bouldering space, and 17,000 square feet of climbable surfaces. In addition to open gym time, the center also hosts introductory climbing lessons led by expert instructors, 10-week adult boot camps, climbing clubs for ages 5–7, and self-defense classes for climbers who encounter territorial mountain goats.
Christine Tripp's countenance captures have been featured on the cover of Ottawa Wedding Magazine, and in her 2.5-hour level-one photography class, she shares her penchant for portrayals with those aspiring to hone skills on digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. The course benefits from a flexible schedule; during the lesson, lens sharks sharpen foci on landscapes, wee ones, and very small dots, weaning themselves from the pacifiers attached to their camera's automatic modes. Students are encouraged to bring their own cameras and manuals to unlock hidden life-encapsulation features.
A community presence in Ottawa for more than 140 years, YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region remains true to its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages across all seven of its facilities. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, personal training, and full gymnasiums outfitted with equipment for basketball, soccer, and rope skipping. They’ve also filled their fitness centres with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during yoga, boxing, and salsa-dance classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, after-school programs, birthday parties, and outdoor education.
These YMCA-YWCA outposts are dedicated to helping all members of the community. They provide those in need with emergency and youth housing, employment services, and domestic-violence support programs. They further strengthen and unite the Ottawa community through the YActive Assist program, which adjusts membership rates to help families that can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
The instructors at Patenaude Martial Arts embody fang shen do, or "way of survival" with several types of classes: kung fu, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and self-defense. These experts combine Eastern philosophies to teach the finer points of martial arts in classes for men and women. For self-defense, the also bring in kids or the full family. In all of these classes, the training doesn't focus entirely on fighting. The classes also teach things applicable to all areas of life, both inside and outside class, such as confidence, self control, and how to wear a belt with impeccable style.