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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.

From St. Pat’s to Vancouver - Ed Godin drafted by the CFL Lions

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Photo: courtesy of stpatsfootball.com

It may not have the same pizzazz as the National Football League’s draft, but the Canadian Football League’s annual college selection is one that all Canadian university football players watch very closely including those from Université Laval.

High School Rugby underway, St. Pat’s Bantam girls undefeated

Rugby season is well underway in both the sevens and tens divisions (seven or 10 players on a team), in the Québec Chaudière-Appalaches region of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

Four teams from both Quebec High School and St. Patrick’s are taking part in the 2017 season.

Staff at the Jeffery Hale celebrate Mental Health Week

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Photo: Juanita Craig

The first week of May is designated National Mental Health Week. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), mental illness affects people of all ages, cultures, education and income levels. In Canada alone, 20 per cent of the population will personally experience mental illness in their lifetime and approximately eight per cent of adults will experience major depression.

Capitales bring newcomers to training camp in Trois-Rivières

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Photo: Courtesy milb.com

The Capitales de Québec baseball team will start their 19th training camp on the road. Forced to temporarily relocate while the new artificial turf is being installed at the Stade Canac (formerly the Stade Municipale) in Quebec City, the team will spend the first 10 days travelling within the province of Quebec.

Champlain–St. Lawrence honours Athletes of the Year

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Photo: Courtesy of CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence

Last Thursday, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence held its annual sports banquet to honour their top athletes of the 2016-2017 season. Laurence Vandal (women’s basketball), and Raphaël Gosselin (hockey) were named the top Athletes of the Year.

QHS and St. Pat’s rugby teams start their spring season on the field

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Photo: Luc Lang

The last sport of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) to be played in the 2016-2017 high school athletic season will start this week on fields in the Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region.

The St. Patrick High School Fighting Irish will dress two girls teams.

The Quebec High School Blazers will field two teams – one senior girls and one senior boys.

St. Pat’s Boys Bring Home the Honours

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Photo: Kaitlyn Craig

St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish Cadet and Senior basketball teams won the silver and bronze medals respectively at the regional high school basketball championships held in mid-April, and this after the culmination of a the very successful season for their Atom (12-0) and Bantam (12-2) counterparts.

St. Lawrence falls to Lennoxville in RSEQ hockey semi-finals

The defending RSEQ champions, the St. Lawrence Lions are now out of the playoffs.

In the deciding game, played on Monday, April 3, in L’Ancienne-Lorette, the double blue could not trigger any offense. The Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars goalie Sean Julien blocked 28 of 29 Lions shots, and the Cougars erased a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-five series, to beat St. Lawrence College 2-1.

Another week, another basketball banner for St. Pat’s

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The regional high school basketball championships were held last weekend to close the 2016-17 season for both the boys and girls teams.

After seeing their Bantam counterparts win the gold medal the previous weekend, St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish Atom team crushed the Collège des Compagnons Mousquetaires 49-24, giving them a perfect 14-0 season.

St. Lawrence hockey Lions are one win away from the final

The St. Lawrence Lions are just one win away from the hockey final in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) .

Mathieu Gosselin’s goal, 16 minutes into the second overtime, gave the Lions a 2-1 win over the Champlain-Lennoxville College Cougars at last Sunday’s game in Sherbrooke.

The Cougars took an 1-0 lead when Louis Lacelle-Webster scored at 17:57 of the first period.

St. Patrick’s High School team to play in provincial Prep School Hockey League in 2017-18

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Photo: St. Pat’s Fighting Irish Facebook page

What was announced by the Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) a few weeks ago, has now been confirmed.

St. Patrick’s High School will field a team in the newest and trendiest hockey league in the province of Quebec, the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS).

At the league’s general assembly in February, the Fighting Irish was one of four schools to be admitted to the LHPS.

Alex Harvey reigns on the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
What a spectacular weekend for the finals of the Fédération Internationale du Ski (FIS) Cross-Country Ski World Cup! The event had all the markings of a festival in Old Quebec, combining a popular international sport with local heroes and winners. The weather and the racecourses could not have been better, a silver lining from last week’s big snowstorm.

No thaw in women’s hockey salary “ice ceiling”

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NHL playoffs are around the corner and it’s an exciting and nerve-wracking time for fans whose teams have not yet locked up a date for the dance. It’s also an exciting time for players, particularly rookies, as they close in on performance bonuses that kick in as they hit certain targets.

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