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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.

Mushing around the Valcartier International Dog Sled Races

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The fifth annual Valcartier International Dog Sled Races were held at Village Vacances Valcartier last weekend. Nothing was missing from the well-orchestrated event: the weather was beautiful, the scenery was spectacular, there was lots of snow, a food truck, plenty of parking spaces, games for the children, and the mascots Ti-Loup, Loulou and Louloutre entertained everyone.

Lions hockey team take a 1-0 lead in RSEQ quarterfinals

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Photo: courtesy of St. Lawrence Lions website

St. Lawrence Lions hockey team took a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec quarterfinals, with a 5-4 victory over the Lauréats of Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe last Saturday.

Mathieu Gosselin’s goal, his third of the game, 34 seconds into overtime, gave the win to the Lions.

Steven Cox among the top 25 in the world

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Photo: Bill Cox

It has been quite an interesting season for ice cross downhill skaters and Quebec’s own Steven Cox. Bill Cox, of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, is his grandfather.

Throughout the year, the QCT has followed Steven’s career as he competed in Europe and in North America in the Red Bull Crashed Ice season.

Alex Harvey and 150 international skiers coming to Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

World champion cross-country skier Alex Harvey and more than 150 athletes from 15 countries will be racing in the Fédération Internationale du Ski (FIS) World Cup Finals on the Plains of Abraham March 17 to 19.

Beautiful weather for the 13th Pentathlon des Neiges

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Winter athletes competing in Quebec’s 13th Pentathlon des Neiges had perfect weather conditions on the second and final weekend of the event. During the races held from February 25 to March 5, amateurs, families and friends took advantage of their Spring Break to participate in the five sports on the Plains of Abraham.

Local athletes dominate Winter Triathlon

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On February 25, Quebecers woke up to ice-covered trees, cars, roads, fences and snow, but this didn’t stop winter enthusiasts from grabbing their skates and heading to the Plains of Abraham for the 13th annual Pentathlon des Neiges.

Ottawa, the epicentre of Canada’s 150th celebrations

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Photo: Photo courtesy of Ottawa2017

To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation this year, Ottawa is hosting a year-long celebration with 150, or more, big, bold and immersive events.

Guy Laflamme, the executive director of Ottawa 2017, was in Quebec City on February 20 to spread the news of what’s happening in their fair city, and to invite everyone to come and join the party. Many of the activities are free.

Schulich Singers perform at the Chapelle du Musée

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Spine-tingling harmonies and the ringing of water glasses were all a part of the concert put on by the Schulich Singers at the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique Francophone last Friday evening.

Newcomers have a perfect snowshoe outing

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On a beautiful sunny morning, 35 newcomers to Quebec City joined Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) and Be Active Quebec (BAQ) on a snowshoeing excursion at the Base de Plein aire de Sainte-Foy on Saturday, February 18. Central Quebec School Board schools generously lent them snowshoes for the day, which allowed this activity to be free of charge for participants. 

QHS Blazers: CQSB Boys Basketball Champions

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec High School Blazers boys team won the CQSB 2017 basketball tournament in Shawinigan on February 11. Lucas Beaumont, Sam McCoubrey, Ian Craig, Olivier Pellizzari, Ishmael Gregoire, Yanic Tremblay Gordon and Jordan Drapeau proudly hold the banner. Missing when photo was taken, Vincent Bergeron. Coach and QHS principal Warren Thomas stands behind them.

Skiers fly over jumps and rails at Stoneham

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On February 12, Stoneham Mountain Resort welcomed the return of the FIS Freestyle under continuing ideal conditions: a light snowfall, little to no wind and relatively warm weather. A good-sized crowd gathered at the second of two World Cup competitions in the city held over the weekend.

Big results at Big Air

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
All eyes of the international ski community were on Quebec’s Îlot Fleurie on the evening of February 11. For the first time, skiers joined snowboarders at the 9th edition of the Quebec City Big Air. 

2017 International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament heading into the finals

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Photo: Luc Lang

The 58th International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, underway since February 8, will conclude this upcoming Sunday, February 19, with finals in five different categories.

Ice-canoe racers battle strong currents and heavy snowfall

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On February 5, some 350 racers crouched by their canoes at the Old Port, wiping away wet snow, waiting for Bonhomme to signal the start of the Winter Carnival Ice-Canoe Race. Crowds gathered at Louise Basin, on the docks along Quebec City’s Old Port and across that river in Lévis.
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