The torch of the Défi sportif AlterGo made its way into the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard on April 23rd. In front of more than 1,400 school level athletes, spokespeople Chantal Petitclerc and Jean-Marie Lapointe united their voices with those of ambassadors Patrice Godin and Hugo Girard, athletic ambassadors Camille Chai and Sarah White, and the assembled dignitaries to declare the 35th edition of the event open.
Today is Race Day!
Hundreds of students had assembled for the various track and field events. No one was more ready than Ismail Jahidi, a proud representative of John F. Kennedy School, who wore two different bibs in order to run the 50 metre race twice. “He can’t wait to run,” remarked one of his schoolmates.“Today is race day! You just have to go faster!” exclaimed the dynamic athlete.
His physical education teacher, Annie Larivière, loves attending the Défi sportif AlterGo with her students. “This experience makes them feel like champions. The pride they feel after participating is our reward,” she enthused.
Spring finally made an appearance, much to the delight of the baseball and soccer players who participated in Monday’s events. The milder weather was warmly welcomed by the Antoine-Brossard High School Panthers. “It’s nice out and we had fun. That’s what’s important,” noted Alexandre Allard, physical education teacher and official coach of the baseball team. “Last week, there was a layer of hail on our synthetic field.” “It wasn’t very good! This is the first time we’ve played outside,” added player Cédric St-Pierre.
This is St-Pierre’s fourth Défi sportif AlterGo, but his first as a baseball player. “Every year, I like to try new things to test my skills and strength,” explained the experienced runner. “I’m a runner, which isn’t a team sport, so baseball is quite different.”