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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.