Good show­ing in Bel­gium for Bes­sette and Wel­don

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Para-cy­clist Robbi Wel­don and her pi­lot, Brome Lake’s Lynn Bes­sette, proved their met­tle at the re­cently held “Tour de Bel­gique”. On the first day of the com­pe­ti­tion in para­cy­clism, the two were the fastest women on the road course and fin­ished sec­ond in the time tri­als. “It went well de­spite Robbi’s cold. The 80 kilo­me­ter course was dif­fi­cult enough with its climb­ing ‘false flats’ and the wind in our faces,” said Ms. Bes­sette.

Dur­ing the final stage of the race on Sun­day, the team was the sec­ond fe­male tan­dem team to cross the fin­ish line. The team also fin­ished the com­pe­ti­tion in the top po­si­tion in gen­eral. “Our ob­jec­tive was to stay with the men as long as pos­si­ble be­cause we came to this com­pe­ti­tion to im­prove. We fi­nally lost them a lit­tle early be­cause a fe­male tan­dem team crashed in front of us and we were not able to catch back up with the men,” said Ms. Bes­sette.

The team fin­ished the 79.8 kilome­tre race in 2 h 4 min and 32 s, 18 sec­onds be­hind the first place fin­ish­ers.

Hat­ley­wheelchair ath­lete Diane Roy has had some im­pres­sive re­sults in the past week at two race events in Switzer­land. At the

in Prat­teln, she fin­ished first in the 5000 me­tres, and sec­ond in the 800 me­tres and 1500 me­tres. She was fourth in the 400 me­tre race. “It was very cold and windy. It was too bad be­cause it is a very fast course, so it was the time to make some

TheBishop’s Univer­sity Depart­ment of Ath­let­ics an­nounced Thurs­day that foot­ball Of­fen­sive Co­or­di­na­tor Benoit Groulx is leav­ing the Univer­sity, with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Groulx, 26, served two sea­sons as the Gaiters’ Of­fen­sive Co­or­di­na­tor, af­ter hav­ing been named to the post in Jan­uary 2010.

“I ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to move straight from the play­ing field to a co­or­di­na­tor po­si­tion, and I ‘A’ stan­dards or Elite stan­dards to qual­ify for the London Par­a­lympic Games,” said Ms. Roy. In the 1500 me­tre race, Ms. Roy fin­ished six hun­dredths of a sec­ond be­hind the first place fin­isher and ri­val, Amer­i­can Tatyana Mcfad­den.

At the Swiss Cham­pi­onships in Notwill last Sun­day, Ms. Roy was third in the 1500 me­tres, fin­ish­ing 2 hun­dredths of a sec­ond be­hind Swiss racer Edith Wolf-hunkeler. Ms. Mcfad­den was the first place fin­isher in that race.

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