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Loïc Bruni finally conquers Vélirium at Mont-Sainte-Anne

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For the 28th consecutive year, elite mountain bike racers from around the world gathered at Mont-Sainte-Anne for the only Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup stop in North America. Competitors raced over bumps, jumps and rocks, through mud and around trees as they descended the mountain or did laps around various circuits. From Aug.

Notre Dame de Paris comes to the Grand Théâtre!

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It’s back! For its 20th anniversary, Notre Dame de Paris, with lyrics by Quebec’s Luc Plamondon and music by French-Italian composer Richard Cocciante, is being presented for the first time in all its glory at the Grand Théâtre de Québec, with 15 performances from Aug. 11-26. The cast is all new, except for Daniel Lavoie who is reprising the role of Frollo.

NCAA competition for Rouge et Or

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger, Rouge et Or

It’s becoming a preseason tradition for the Université Laval men’s basketball program. For the past 10 years, they have hosted a series of NCAA basketball teams at different levels every summer.

Hockey lovers get a chance to see NHL players at annual Boot Camp

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Photo: Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Any keen hockey fan will recognize the names Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, David Perron, Jonathan Drouin, Alex Chiasson and Jonathan Huberdeau.

Local Sports Briefs: mountain biking, football and baseball

Vélirium looking for volunteers

The 2018 UCI Vélirium World Cup downhill mountain bike races will be held at Mont Sainte-Anne from Aug. 10 to 12. This is the only stop on the Vélirium World Cup series in North America, and it will also be a prelude to the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championship at Mont Sainte-Anne.

Capitales among Can-Am League’s best at mid-way point

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Photo: courtesy of Les Capitales de Québec

With a month and a half to go in the regular season, the Capitales de Québec of the Can-Am Baseball League are well positioned to make the playoffs.

Even though the Capitales lost to the Rockland Boulders 5-4 on July 22, the Caps are still in second place, six games behind the league leaders, the Sussex County Miners of Augusta, New Jersey.

Sports Briefs: Rugby, hockey and basketball

The Rugby Québec girls’ Under 16 (U16) and Under 18 (U18) 15s teams will play a pair of games on July 29 at the Stade Telus at Université Laval against the Académie de Rugby du Rouge et Or.

Runners race up and down Quebec City’s staircases

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
At 7:20 a.m. on June 17, participants in the 10th Quebec City Staircase Challenge stepped up to the starting line in the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge and set off to conquer the 34 staircases linking the city’s Lower Town and Upper Town.

BC Lions’ Edward Godin says, “It’s a dream come true!”

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Photo: Kyle Clapham - BC Lions

St. Patrick’s High School graduate Edward Godin is living his dream.

The first graduate of the Fighting Irish football program to make it to the Canadian Football League (CFL), Godin will now suit up for the BC Lions.

Fighting Irish junior girls capture regional rugby banner

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Photo: Luc Lang

Two teams from St. Patrick’s High School competed in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) girls’ rugby sevens championships on June 3.

Godin becomes the first St. Pat’s football player in the CFL

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Photo: Kyle Clapham - BC Lions

He did it! Edward Godin, a standout defensive lineman with the Université Laval Rouge et Or football team, made the cut and is a member of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

With that, Godin becomes the first football player from the St. Patrick’s High School program to make it to the CFL.

Edward Godin still going strong at BC Lions camp

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Photo: courtesy of the B.C. Lions

Former St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish and Université Laval football player Edward Godin is still going strong at the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions training camp in Kamloops, B.C.

This is Godin’s second year at training camp with the Lions. Drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 CFL draft, Godin is the first player from St. Pat’s to be drafted by a CFL team.

Will you be watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup?

From June 14 to July 15, the biggest sporting event in the world (after the Olympics) will take place in Russia.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup of soccer (or football, as it’s called in most of the world) will be played in 11 cities in Russia, with the opening game and the final played at the famous Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

St. Pat’s bantam girls hoping for another rugby sevens title

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Photo: Luc Lang

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish bantam girls rugby sevens team is in a great position to add another Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) banner to the school’s already banner-filled gymnasium.

Local Sports Briefs: Edward Godin back at the CFL Lions training camp

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Photo: courtesy of the B.C. Lions

St. Patrick’s High School graduate and former Rouge et Or player Edward Godin is back at the BC Lions training camp in Kamloops, B.C.

Godin, selected 42nd overall in the 2017 Canadian Football League draft, came back for one more season at Université Laval after getting cut at BC’s training camp last spring.

The Walking Anglos invite you to lace up your running shoes

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Photo: Lorie Pierce
Quebecers have tucked away their winter boots and laced up their running shoes, ready to head out to enjoy this fantastic city. Let us make that easier for you. Starting in this issue, the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, in conjunction with The Walking Anglos, a local walking club, will be publishing monthly walking routes for different city neighbourhoods.

Local Sports Briefs: It’s “play ball” for the Capitales

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Photo: courtesy Capitales de Québec

The Capitales de Québec, the defending Can-Am Baseball League champions, will start their 20th season on May 17, as they host their longtime rivals, the New Jersey Jackals, at Stade Canac. The first pitch is set for 7 p.m. after the opening ceremonies.

Blazers and Fighting Irish are back on the rugby pitch

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Photo: Luc Lang

Spring has arrived, and for local high schools, that marks the start of the rugby season. St. Patrick’s and Quebec high schools have teams in rugby sevens and rugby tens.

Four Rouge et Or football players selected in the CFL Draft

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Photo: courtesy of Université Laval

The Canadian Football League held its annual draft on May 3. Only Canadian students playing in the U Sports League in Canada, the NCAA in the United States or the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) are eligible. No American players can be drafted.

Champlain-St. Lawrence honours its student athletes

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Photo: courtesy of CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence

On May 3, CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) held its annual Sports Banquet to honour the year’s high-achieving student athletes.

Patrick Roy returns as Remparts GM and head coach

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Photo: courtesy of the Québec Remparts

It was probably the worst-kept secret in junior hockey… but it was the news the Quebec Remparts organization, players and fans wanted to hear.

Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy signed a two-year contract to return as general manager and head coach of the Remparts. He had been coach of the Remparts from 2005-2012 and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2016.

The 2018 Capitales season is just around the corner

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Fans of baseball in Quebec City are no doubt looking forward to the opening game of the season on May 17. I know I am. I’m no superfan, but the Québec Capitales are growing on me.

Local Sports briefs

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Photo: Steve Codovius - QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) are still searching for their next general manager and head coach. Team president Jacques Tanguay met last week with former Remparts GM and head coach Patrick Roy. However, the former Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche goalie does not seem to be ready to make a decision yet.

Free skating for a good cause at the Vidéotron Centre

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Photo: courtesy of Opération Enfant Soleil

Residents of the greater Quebec City area will have the chance to skate for the first time on the ice of the Vidéotron Centre on April 29.

The day of skating sessions will be held to support Jérémy Plourde, a courageous 15-year-old who suffers from an immune deficiency and neuromuscular disease. His goal is to raise $100,000 for Opération Enfant Soleil.

Former major leaguer joins Capitales

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Photo: Joel Truchon from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

With just over a month to go before the Can-Am League baseball season begins, the Capitales have gotten their hands on some major league talent. Former Chicago Cub Josh Vitters will be roaming third base at the Stade Canac. Vitters was selected third overall at the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.

Pelletier and Betts named Rouge et Or 2018 athletes of the year

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The sports excellency program of Université Laval honoured its best 2017-18 student athletes at the 67th Gala Rouge et Or on April 12. In all, over 450 students play on Rouge et Or sports teams.

Rugby player Justine Pelletier and football player Mathieu Betts were named the top female and male athletes for 2017-18.

Coaching changes ahead for the Quebec Remparts

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The Quebec Remparts, eliminated from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s first round of playoffs in seven games by the Charlottetown Islanders, now have to go hunting for a new general manager and head coach.

St. Pat’s hockey season ends in quarterfinals

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Photo: St. Patrick’s hockey team Facebook page

The St. Patrick’s High School hockey team could not come back from a three-goal deficit and lost their quarterfinal game to the Collège de Lévis Commandeurs 6-2. The loss eliminates the Fighting Irish from the playoffs in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS), in the major under-17 (M17) conference.

It’s banner time for Quebec High and St. Pat’s basketball teams

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Photo: Ed Sweeney Quebec High School

It’s championship time for basketball in the Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ). St. Patrick’s High School and Quebec High School hosted two regional basketball championship tournaments on April 7.

First Mont-Sainte-Anne Loppet attracts over 700 skiers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Over 700 cross-country skiers raced through the woods of Saint-Férréol-les-Neiges for the inaugural Mont-Sainte-Anne Loppet on March 31.
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