Olym­pic fe­ver hits re­gion ear­ly

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As ma­ny as 150 school kids got a taste of Olym­pic fe­ver a day ear­ly last week when the Que­bec Fe­de­ra­tion of Home and Schools hos­ted an event inVau­dreuil-Do­rion.

Olym­pian and mo­gul skier Sté­pha­nie St-Pierre was the guest of ho­nour at the Youth Reach for the Torch event, that was held Thurs­day at the Châ­teauVau­dreuil.

The day, which fea­tu­red sports re­la­ted pro­jects, in­for­ma­tion booths and pre­sen­ta­tions, was vie­wed by ano­ther 100 school kids via in­ter­ac­tive vi­deo­con­fe­ren­cing links.

Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes MP Mei­li Faille was on hand for the ope­ning ce­re­mo­nies, while Ca­na­dian free­style Olym­pic skiing team mem­bers Alexandre Bi­lo­deau, Ch­loé Du­four-La­pointe, Maxime Gin­gras and Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau de­li­ve­red a pre-re­cor­ded mes­sage to kids.

For her part, St-Pierre spoke about the de­ter­mi­na­tion and cou­rage elite ath­letes must have to rea­lize their dreams.

She al­so gave the kids a glimpse as to the steps and sa­cri­fices she had made along the way.

The Olym­pian and two-ti­meWorld Cup Gold Me­dal win­ner spoke in rea­lis­tic terms when she re­min­ded her au­dience that it’s al­ways a good idea to have a ba­ckup plan when­trai­ning for elite sports.

As­pi­ring fu­ture Olym­pians in­clu­ding St. La­zare re­sident Cae­lyn O’Brien, a 12-year-old fi­gure ska­ter who is part of the Sport-études pro­gram at John Ren­nie High School in Pointe-Claire, Xa­vier Gre­nierTa­la­ve­ra, a 14-year-old tri­ath­lete who prac­tices swim­ming, run­ning and cy­cling, and Sa­rah Ben­ki­rane, a 13-year-old cur­ler who spends at least 20 hours a week prac­ti­cing, said they were ins­pi­red by the day.

PHOTOTHÈQUE

From left to right: Jennifer Frez­za-Beau­re­gard, QFHSA Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Laï­lah Co­wan, QFHSA Di­rec­tor of Spe­cial Pro­jects, Mei­li Faille, Vau­dreuilSou­langes MP, Xa­vier Gre­nier-Ta­la­ve­ra, Sté­pha­nie St-Pierre, Cae­lyn O’Brien, Sa­rah Ben­ki­rane, Roch Ga­mache, QFHSA Exe­cu­tive Di­rec­tor.

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