Heading to the 40th Défi sportif AlterGo !
We are preparing for the next Défi sportif AlterGo! It will not be ordinary, since it will be the 40th edition. So many sports, so many performances and so many smiles, it is worth celebrating in style. That is why we’re putting everything in place to offer a colorful event. Here is what’s in the works, in 4 points.
The pandemic had a considerable impact on the number of athletes who were able to participate in the Défi sportif AlterGo. However, it allowed us to innovate by organizing competitions in schools and by going to the regions of Quebec to meet young athletes. For our 40th edition, we have the objective to gather more than 7,000 athletes, from the next generation to the elite, at the biggest multi-sport event in Canada! As usual, we want to include as many athletes as possible. This is why we want to represent all types of disabilities at the Défi sportif AlterGo.
As usual, the Défi sportif AlterGo will present a wide variety of sports. There will be 11 disciplines on the program for the next edition. We will have the privilege of hosting the World Boccia Open! National and school athletes will be able to see international athletes from 15 countries in action at the Maurice-Richard arena. Many of the usual Défi sportif AlterGo sports will be presented, such as wheelchair basketball, para-athletics and parahockey. At the national level, athletes from 6 provinces will compete.
School level competitions at the Défi sportif AlterGo are importance to us. It is one of the first contacts young athletes have with sport. They also get to see top athletes in action to aspire to compete at the national or international level one day. This is why we will welcome students from 100 schools from various regions of Quebec to Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard. They will be accompanied by their teachers and coaches, who always play an important role in the development of young athletes.
We are always excited to see the volunteers again in April for the Défi sportif AlterGo. New and returning faces make up our most diverse and cohesive team ever! We will have 1,200 volunteers for the duration of the competitions. We are grateful to have such dedicated people who are proud to give their time to make sport accessible.
After a year online, and two years in hybrid mode, we are ready for a big return, 100% in person. Nothing beats the pleasure of seeing our athletes surpass themselves, win medals and share unforgettable memories at the Défi sportif AlterGo. We will therefore take all possible measures to set up a safe and friendly environment. It’s a date, April 21-30, 2023. Stay tuned for upcoming news about the event by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
About the Défi sportif AlterGo
The Défi sportif AlterGo, organized each year, is the largest annual multi-sport event in Canada. International in scope, it is the only one to bring together, since 1984, elite and up-and-coming athletes with all functional limitations (hearing, intellectual, motor, visual, autism spectrum, language/speech and mental health).
The Défi sportif AlterGo is much more than an event. It aims to:
- Promote the practice of physical activities and adapted sports throughout Quebec throughout the year.
- Promote healthy lifestyle habits.
- Be an important vector of awareness and social inclusion for young people with disabilities by reaching different networks: elected officials, volunteers, partners and the general public.
Défi sportif AlterGo is one of the three components of AlterGo, a unifying organization and a force of social innovation with a focus on universal accessibility. It gathers more than 130 members who care about access to sports, leisure and culture for people with functional limitations on the island of Montreal.