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St. Lawrence College rugby and hockey news

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Photo: courtesy of St. Lawrence Lions website

With the regular season finished, the Cégep Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus rugby 7s teams are headed to the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) regional championships.

All matches will be played at Cégep Garneau on October 22, starting at 9 a.m. for rugby 7s and women’s 15s. There is no men’s rugby 15s this year in the northeast division.

St. Pat’s hockey and football news

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The St. Patrick’s High School hockey team made their historic debut on Saturday, October 7, in Beauceville, as they are now one of 16 teams in the M17 Majeur section of the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS), a Quebec provincial prep school league.

Québec Remparts are off to a flying start

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Photo: Remparts website

The Québec Remparts, of the Québec Major Junior Hockey League, are off to a flying start this season.

Before losing their first game 3-0 against the Titan in Bathurst last Sunday, October 8, the Remparts had won their first six games of the 2017-18 campaign.

Laval crushes Sherbrooke in RSEQ football action

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Photo: Yves Longpré - Université Laval

The Université Laval football team wanted a solid contribution from everyone and that’s what the players did. The Rouge et Or went to Université de Sherbrooke on October 7 and simply demolished the Vert et Or 46-15. They now head into the bye week with a record of five wins and one loss.

“I Am Invictus” The Invictus Games headed for Toronto

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Photo: courtesy of Invictus Games

Team Canada was in Quebec City to publicize the upcoming Invictus Games being held in Toronto where some 550 military athletes from 17 nations will be competing in 12 sports disciplines.

Football season is underway at Laval and St. Pat’s

It’s almost the end of September and football season is now almost one month old.

The Université Laval Rouge et Or had a bye this past weekend, since there are now only five teams in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ). Bishop’s University jumped ship last winter to join the Atlantic University Sports Conference.

Capitales sweep Rockland to win the Can-Am League final

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Photo: Sébastien Dion - Capitales de Québec

Balbino Fuenmayor hit two monstrous home runs, Philippe Craig-St-Louis and James McOwen each had three hits, and the Quebec Capitales won the Can-Am League title, 9-3, over the Rockland Boulders in front of packed Stade Canac. The Caps swept the best-of-five final, three games to none.

Alison Van Uytvanck wins the 25th Coupe Banque Nationale

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Université Laval hosted an impressive tennis tournament from September 9 to 11.

International, Canadian and Quebec players fought it out the courts for the 25th Coupe Banque Nationale.

Wozniak, Safarova and Dodin, but no Bouchard at the CBN

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebec City has quite a lineup for the 25th Coupe Banque Nationale (CBN) women’s tennis tournament. Some 25 international and Canadian players are on the courts of Université Laval’s PEPS from September 9 to 17.

Great experience for women’s rugby hopefuls from St. Pat’s

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Photo: Luc Lang

They may have finished in sixth, and last, position, but the women’s U18 squad from Team Quebec came out of the Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) this summer in Calgary with a bag full of experience.

Team Quebec was, by far, the lightest team on the field. “In all my years of coaching, this was my lightest team ever,” said head coach Stephen Kaplan.

Sagan defends his title at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Cyclists had perfect weather conditions for the 8th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (GPCQ) on September 8. The international competition attracted 160 elite male riders from 30 countries making up the 18 world teams, including the wild-cards – the Canadian Team and Israel Cycling Academy. In just over five hours, they completed 201.6 km, around Old Quebec City and the Plains of Abraham.

Welcome to the fourth annual Vieux-Québec Feis

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Céad míle fáilte – One hundred thousand welcomes to the fourth annual Vieux-Québec Feis. Organized by local Irish dancing schools, and thanks to many volunteers, local dancers along with hundreds more from all over Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and the Northern United States, will descend upon Séminaire Saint-François on Saturday, September 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Marathon SSQ marks bittersweet transitional year

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Runners from 24 countries arrived in Quebec City over the weekend of August 25. Despite the celebrations, the 20th edition of the Marathon SSQ de Québec was a bittersweet day. 

The runners crossed the Quebec Bridge for the last time - organizers say next year’s race will be entirely on the north shore.

Swimmers dive in at Nageons au Témiscouata

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The second annual Nageons au Témiscouata swim competition was held in Témiscouata-sur-le-lac (Cabano) on August 12. With 107 swimmers registered, compared to 67 last year, this event is gaining in popularity. People from as far away as Port Cartier; Montreal; Quebec City; Matane; and Saint John, New Brunswick, came to compete.

Rouge et Or hoops teams play in NCAA preseason action

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Photo: U-Laval: Mathieu Bélanger

It’s starting to become an annual tradition and it’s gaining in popularity. The Université Laval Rouge et Or men’s and women’s basketball teams started the 2017-2018 season with a series of games against some American counterparts who play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

St. Patrick’s HS students get spots on Quebec rugby teams

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Photo: Luc Lang

St. Patrick’s High School, with barely 500 students, is known mainly for its football and basketball programs. They can now add rugby to its sports portfolio.

Two 2017 graduates are heading to Calgary this week to play in the upcoming Canadian Rugby Championship, from August 15 to 20.

Former Nordiques general manager Maurice Filion passes away at age 85​ ​

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Photo: courtesy of lhjmq.ca

Former Quebec Nordiques’ general manager, Maurice Filion, passed away on July 28 at age 85. The news of Filion’s death spread very quickly throughout the province of Quebec hockey world.

Filion, a Montreal native, came to Quebec in 1969 to be the head coach of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

Capitales split the series in Trois-Rivières against Aigles

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Photo: Photo courtesy capitalesdequebec.com

The Aigles’s designated hitter Alexander Ayala went four-for-four, including a two-run home run in the first inning as the Trois-Rivières team beat the Québec Capitales 10-3, to split the four-game series in Can-Am League action.

There are many Strongmen in Quebec

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Men from our province are often featured in Strongman contests. Their physical strength was, and still is, a source of pride. The Musée québécois de culture populaire in Trois-Rivières even had an exhibition last year explaining the keen interest we have with this sport, entitled “Flesh and Muscle, The strongmen phenomenon in Quebec.”

Fourth stage of the Tour de Beauce takes place in Quebec City

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Photo: Brian Black Hodes courtesy of Tour De Beauce
The international Tour de Beauce bicycle race is held in five stages. The first stage of this year’s 32nd race began in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce on June 14 and covered 185 kilometres. The second stage, held on June 15, covered 169 kilometres, was held in Lac-Mégantic and included a gruelling climb up Mont-Mégantic. 

Air Canyon zipline inaugurated at Canyon Sainte-Anne

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Imagine soaring like an eagle high above the canyon of the raging Sainte-Anne River. Since the inauguration of the Air Canyon zipline, you too can “fly like an eagle” while safely and comfortably seated in a two-seater “pod” suspended on a very long and very strong cable. 

Fighting Irish rugby senior, bantam girls' teams win RSEQ banners

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Photo: Courtesy of St. Patrick’s High School Facebook page

St. Patrick’s High School had two girls’ rugby teams this spring.

The Green and White had a team in bantam for Rugby Sevens while the senior team played Rugby X (10 players).

St. Patrick’s High rewards its best 2016-17 athletes

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For students, June means the end of the school year is approaching, and year-end exams and summer vacations are coming soon. It also means that it’s the time of the year to recognize the best athletes of the school year which is what St. Patrick’s High School recently did at their annual sports gala.

Cyclink around North America!!!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Chris Fieldsend and Ties Benguedda from Plymouth, England, are not riding around North America to raise money for a special cause; they are just doing it for fun and adventure. And they’ve certainly had lots of that over the past 11 months.

CRQ brings five teams into the Ligue Provinciale de Rugby

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Photo: courtesy of crq-rugby.ca

The sport of rugby, already very popular in Europe, Asia, and Oceania, is now getting noticed in Canada thanks in large part to the strong performance in Rugby XV women’s and men’s national teams.

The Université Laval rugby program is one of the best in USports, while more and more CEGEPs like Garneau, Sainte-Foy, and Limoilou, have their own programs.

Cuban Junior National baseball team to play in Quebec

If Cuba is a destination of choice in the winter for many Québécois, it seems that Quebec is the destination of choice, in the summer, for Cuban baseball teams.

The Ligue de Baseball Junior Élite du Québec (LBJEQ) will host the National Junior Team of Cuba, this coming summer.

Godin hopes to stick with CFL Lions in Vancouver

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Photo: Courtesy of footballcanada.com website

Quebec City’s Edward Godin is now living his dream, in Kelowna, British Columbia, where the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions are holding their 2017 training camp.

Quebec and Newfoundland students participate in YMCA Exchanges

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
As part of a YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada program, students from Quebec High School (QHS) and students from École secondaire St-Charles-Garnier shared a unique experience with 30 students from St. Michael’s High School on Bell Island, Newfoundland.* 

My country or my team: testing hockey loyalties

The prime minister wants all Canadians to demonstrate their loyalty – not the same kind of loyalty President Donald Trump demanded of FBI director James Comey before he fired him. No, the loyalty Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was talking about relates to something much more intimate and ingrained.

Edward Godin welcomed to the BC Lion’s den

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Photo: Photo provided by Denise Godin

On May 8, 2017 Edward Godin was chosen to play for the BC Lions, picked at number 42 overall for the CFL draft.

This announcement came exactly five years after the same date on which he had been chosen to play for Team Canada.

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