Pin­court sports com­plex work un­der­way

Ow­ners ai­ming for Sep­tem­ber ope­ning

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WS­port-études

The com­pa­ny that has ta­ken on the task of com­ple­ting the Pin­court Sports Com­plex has an­noun­ced that work on the long ne­glec­ted buil­ding has be­gun.

ork got un­der­way two weeks ago af­ter So­cié­té d’Ex­ploi­ta­tion Sports Sher­brooke, the or­ga­ni­za­tion run by Groupe Thi­bault, Rhéaume et As­so­ciés, held a joint press con­fe­rence with the Town of Pin­court and the Com­mis­sion sco­laire des Trois-Lacs. The So­cié­té and the school board have com­mit­ted to wor­king to­ge­ther to create a sport-études pro­gram at Chêne-Bleu high school once the are­na is ope­ned.

An of­fi­cial ope­ning date has been set for Sep­tem­ber 2014.

Jo­ce­lyn Thi­bault, pre­sident of So­cié­té d’Ex­ploi­ta­tion Sports Sher­brooke, hopes the pro­ject will bring Pin­court re­si­dents to­ge­ther, while ad­di­tio­nal­ly hel­ping them get ac­tive in their town.

And Thi­bault, who was on hand when work be­gan on the buil­ding, is sure the com­plex will al­so help bring people to Pin­court.

“I am convin­ced that people from across Que­bec who vi­sit the CS Pin­court will be im­pres­sed by the qua­li­ty of the fa­ci­li­ties and will talk about it long af­ter they re­turn home,” he said.

Com­mis­sion sco­laire des Trois-Lacs pre­sident Diane Sche­tagne said the ope­ning of the com­plex right across the street from Chêne-Bleu high school will al­low stu­dents to have ea­sy ac­cess to the fa­ci­li­ties, which will in turn per­mit them to dis­tin­guish them­selves phy­si­cal­ly and aca­de­mi­cal­ly.

Sche­tagne said the board wants to create long-term pro­grams com­bi­ning stu­dies and sports. “Which will un­doub­ted­ly mo­ti­vate (stu­dents),” she conclu­ded.

Once com­ple­ted, the sports com­plex will fea­ture a re­gu­la­tion size Na­tio­nal Ho­ckey League rink, a food area boas­ting a Cun­nin­gham’s Pub, theo­ry and trai­ning rooms, as well as a sports me­di­cine cli­nic. More than 35-percent of the buil­ding’s struc­tu­ral work was com­ple­ted when So­cié­té d’Ex­ploi­ta­tion Sports Sher­brooke took over.

In ad­di­tion to the Pin­court com­plex, So­cié­té d’Ex­ploi­ta­tion Sports Sher­brooke al­so owns the Com­plexe spor­tif Thi­bault GM in Sher­brooke. The com­pa­ny pro­motes “sport in a struc­tu­red edu­ca­tio­nal and com­mu­ni­ty set­ting” for young people, while al­so pro­mo­ting “the emer­gence of ta­lent and the quest for sports ex­cel­lence,” which they feel helps youths adopt heal­thy life ha­bits.

PHO­TO­THÈQUE

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