On January 22nd, during the Hydro-Québec Recruit Camp presented by Défi sportif AlterGo, 52 youths aged 5 to 21 discovered new sports at the Centre Caztel in Sainte-Marie de Beauce.

These youth with various functional limitations were able to try out several sports, including adapted baseball, adapted volleyball, para hockey, para athletics, goalball, adapted curling and boccia. They came from different seven schools in the area.

The Hydro-Québec Recruit Camp was created to introduce adapted sports to young people with functional limitations throughout Québec and to promote the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. “By organizing these activities, we hope to stimulate in these youth a desire to be more active. We have also noticed that some schools in the areas we visited that took part in the Recruit Camp tend to participate in Défi sportif AlterGo afterwards,” explains François Girouard, Coordinator of Sports Programming at Défi sportif AlterGo.

Individuals who work with young people with functional limitations in the Chaudière-Appalaches region were invited to participate with their youth in order to discover the options available to them to be more active. These individuals, as well as the parents who attended, took advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the activities introduced and the various programs offered by the organizations and federations that were on site.

Since its inception in 2016, the Recruit Camp has visited several regions throughout the province to promote the development of healthy lifestyles and increase the number of opportunities to be active for young people with disabilities, with stops in Baie-Comeau, Sherbrooke, Val-d’Or and Gaspésie. Contact François Girouard at francoisg@altergo.ca to find out if the Hydro-Québec Recruit Camp team will soon be making a stop in your area!

Défi sportif AlterGo would like to thank its collaborators: the Association régionale de loisir pour personnes handicapées de la Capitale-Nationale, the Centre de réadaptation de Beauceville, the Club de parahockey de la Beauce, the Club d’athlétisme de Québec, the Club de goalball d’Adaptavie, the Olympiques spéciaux du Québec, Baseball Québec and Pickleball Québec.


In the first photo: Two students try out wheelchair curling. (Photo: courtesy)

In the 2nd photo: A student is about to hit an adapted baseball. (Photo: courtesy)

In the 3rd picture: Students try out parahockey. (Photo: courtesy)