Today, public figures, athletes and elected officials formed a guard of honour to welcome over 1,400 young athletes with disabilities to mark the launch of the 35th edition of Défi sportif AlterGo at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard. Among the guests were Lucie Charlebois, Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living and Laura Flessel, the French Minister of Sports and five-time Olympic medallist in fencing.
Presented by Hydro-Québec, this year, Défi sportif AlterGo, the largest annual multi-sport event in Canada, brings together over 7,000 elite and up-and-coming athletes with functional limitations. Coming from all over Quebec and over 25 countries, these athletes will compete in 15 sports at seven competition venues in Montreal and on the South Shore.
“For its 35th anniversary, Défi sportif AlterGo was fortunate to welcome several elected officials and personalities who came to encourage and share meaningful moments with these athletes who are ready to give their best while promoting adapted sport,” said Monique Lefebvre, Executive Director of AlterGo and founder of Défi sportif AlterGo.
Highlighting the opening ceremony was the presence of representatives from all levels of government. In a concerted movement, these dignitaries joined forces with the Honourable Chantal Petitclerc and Jean-Marie Lapointe, spokespersons for Défi sportif AlterGo, Yvon Deschamps, governor of Défi sportif AlterGo, as well as Hugo Girard and Patrice Godin, ambassadors for Défi sportif AlterGo, to declare the 35th edition officially open.
Activities Free of Charge and Open to All
This year, Défi sportif AlterGo offers a diversified program, including high-level competitions. Maxime Gagnon, Director of Défi sportif AlterGo, emphasizes this variety: “I invite the entire population to attend these competitions to support athletes from Quebec, Canada and the 25 participating countries. Wheelchair fencing world cup, para-cycling, Boccia World Open, wheelchair basketball, para hockey, there is something for everyone at Défi sportif AlterGo. We thank our partners and volunteers, who are key to the success of this event.”
The public can attend the competitions free of charge at all event venues. The competition schedule, some of which will be webcasted, can be found at evenement.defisportif.com. The entertainment area located on the second floor of the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard also offers adapted sports try-outs with elite athletes, as well as other interesting activities.
About Défi sportif AlterGo
Created in 1984, Défi sportif AlterGo is Canada’s largest annual multi-sport event that contributes to Montreal’s reputation as an inclusive city and whose sports facilities allow all athletes to express their potential. The schedule of activities is available on the event’s website.