For more than 25 years, the children and adults of Centre François-Michelle have spent the final days of April at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard. Over the past quarter-century, several hundred of the centre’s students have accepted the invitation extended by the Défi sportif AlterGo.
Not only does the event bring together the athletes and teachers of Centre François-Michelle, but it also involves the two principals. “They were both out there Monday morning shaking the students’ hands. It’s a tradition,” explained Patricia Borris, physical education teacher and coach at the centre. This is her eighth Défi sportif AlterGo.
“It’s like a big party for us,” she added. She will accompany more than 70 athletes to the event every day this week. “It takes a lot of preparation, but once the event begins, it’s so much fun. The students love it and so do the accompanying adults. It’s worth the effort!”
Athletes in the Spotlight
Two of Centre François-Michelle’s student/athletes are sharing the spotlight with the official athletic ambassadors of the 35th Défi sportif AlterGo. Following a professional photo session, Céline Adder and Sheldon Bradley-Bouchard have been featured on the event’s promotional posters.
“It’s great because they don’t often get a chance to stand out. It has allowed Céline to come out of her shell a little and we can see that Sheldon is in his element. It’s been a wonderful gift!”
Hockey, CrossFit, track and field, soccer: Sheldon is an excellent ambassador for sport. “I love them all,” declared the five-time Défi sportif AlterGo participant. He will be in action all week at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard.
Céline will also be present every day. Although she did not participate in any of Monday’s competitions, she was on hand to cheer for her schoolmates. “I love watching the races!” she exclaimed.
Fridays are for the Défi sportif AlterGo!
When classes resume after the winter holiday season, the students of Centre François-Michelle spring into action. Participants in every discipline train at least once a week during recess or lunch hour. “The students know the schedule by heart. It creates a buzz and they feel privileged when it’s their turn,” noted Borris.
Friday afternoons are dedicated to training. “Both gyms are full and the schedule is timed down to the minute.”
During the last week of April, the Défi sportif AlterGo experience makes its way into the classroom. “Every day, when they return from the competitions, the students can see themselves in the photos taken by our photographer. We also watch the webcasts. And when they have a free period, the students are allowed to watch the Défi sportif AlterGo videos.”
“Any banners we win are displayed in the physical education area. Our team medals are also displayed, so they’re available for the students to look at all year. The kids really like to touch them. It’s a team accomplishment. Everyone can see them. Around here, the Défi sportif AlterGo lasts all year,” concluded Borris.