Our ath­letes in Lon­don – No medal yet for Roy

Third quar­ter all Gaiters

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Hat­ley wheel­chair ath­lete Diane Roy may de­serve a medal more than any­one con­sid­er­ing what hap­pened to her at the last Par­a­lympics in Bei­jing four years ago, but she hasn’t won one yet. In Bei­jing she won the gold medal in the 5000 me­tre race, only to have it taken away a day later af­ter three coun­tries com­plained about the mul­ti­ple crash dur­ing the race and an un­prece­dented rer­ace was called. Ms. Roy fin­ished in sec­ond place in the re-race.

Last Sun­day, Ms. Roy raced her spe­cialty, the 5000 me­tres, fin­ish­ing in only 9th place. She holds the World Record in this event. “It was my fi­nal sprint that didn’t work. I don’t know why be­cause in train­ing it went well, and I worked

quar­ter the Stingers held a 14-7 ad­van­tage.

The vis­i­tors clearly had the mo­men­tum as the sun con­tin­ued to shine on Con­cor­dia Sta­dium. The Stingers con­ceded an­other safety and the HeatherHad­drall con­nec­tion hooked up again for a 24 yard score shrink­ing the Stingers lead to 31-29. This time Con­cor­dia an­swered back scor­ing on a 20 yard run and ex­tend­ing their ad­van­tage. Fol­low­ing a missed field goal by the Stingers that re­sulted in a sin­gle, Heather and Had­drall hooked up for a third ma­jor of the day, this time from 16 yards out. Af­ter a two and out by the Stingers the Gaiters got the ball back and looked to take their first lead of the game. It did not hap­pen as Heather was in­ter­cepted for the fourth time which al­lowed Con­cor­dia to kick a field goal with 21 sec­onds to go and all but seal the vic­tory. Bishop’s man­aged two first downs as they got the ball back but no more and their come­back came up just short. The Stingers held on for their first win of the sea­son by a fi­nal score of 42-36.

“I thought we played poorly in the first half and that’s what cost us the game,” said Gaiters head coach Kevin Mackey af­ter his first league game at the helm. “We played good football in the sec­ond half but still took too many penal­ties and turned the ball over too many times. We did how­ever run the ball very well.”

Next up for the Gaiters is their home opener when they host the Laval Rouge et Or on Satur­day, Sept. 8. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. on Coul­ter Field. Stay tuned to on it a lot this sum­mer,” said Ms. Roy. “Dur­ing the last 150 me­tres, I was 1.5 kilo­me­tres an hour slower than what I am ca­pa­ble of. This has not hap­pened to me be­fore; usu­ally the end of my races go well and I usu­ally have good speed.” None of the medal­ists in Bei­jing made it to the podium for that race.

On Mon­day evening Diane Roy fin­ished in fifth place for the 400 me­tre event, a speed race, with the time of 56.60 sec­onds. She fin­ished sec­ond in her qual­i­fier ear­lier that day. Yes­ter­day morn­ing Ms. Roy qual­i­fied for the 800 me­tre race with a third place fin­ish. She will also be com­pet­ing in the 1500 me­tre race.

Knowl­ton cy­clist Lyne Bes­sette (the pi­lot) and her part­ner, Robbi Wel­don, of On­tario, who is vis­ually im­paired, fin­ished in 7th place dur­ing the in­di­vid­ual pur­suit race on Sun­day. “For us, the pur­suit race was re­ally just to break the ice and to pre­pare us for the road event. Robbi and I are here to win a medal. Since we have nei­ther the qual­i­ties nor the train­ing fa­cil­i­ties nec­es­sary to race on the track, we agreed with our train­ers not to put the fo­cus on that type of event,” com­mented Ms. Bes­sette.

“The race went very well. With­out any prac­tise on a track, we reg­is­tered our best time at sea level. We are very happy be­cause we raced the race that we wanted to. We were in con­trol and we didn’t let our­selves get both­ered by the crowd. We are re­ally anx­ious for the road races to

Over700 run­ners took part in the sec­ond edition of the lines that took place in SteCather­ine-de-Hat­ley over the week­end. The weather was per­fect for a lit­tle jog­ging on Sun­day morn­ing; be­gin,” added Ms. Bes­sette.

These Cana­dian para­cy­clists will race again to­day and on Satur­day. “We have ex­pec­ta­tions for these two races. We want to try to win a gold medal. The per­for­mances that we have done this year make us be­lieve that it’s pos­si­ble. The cir­cuit is very unique, tech­ni­cal and valleyed. We will have to have a very good day, how­ever, up un­til now, it all seems to be fall­ing into place,” con­cluded the cy­clist. some very good times were reg­is­tered.

“I’m very pleased with our sec­ond edition. It was a big chal­lenge for the or­ga­ni­za­tion and our vol­un­teers did ex­tra­or­di­nary work once again. With­out them, we wouldn’t have the event. It al­ways floors me to see 70

Archer Lyne Trem­blay, of Ma­gog, fin­ished in 20th po­si­tion in her qual­i­fy­ing round last Thurs­day. Ms. Trem­blay had bad luck with her train­ing lead­ing up to the Par­a­lympic games. She trained for three months with a bow with a bro­ken blade. Re­al­iz­ing she wasn’t per­form­ing as well, she re­turned to Korea for more train­ing and her Korean trainer found the prob­lem im­me­di­ately. She then had to wait three weeks for a new blade. peo­ple ral­ly­ing to­gether and giv­ing their time to a cause. Lance Arm­strong re­ally missed a great event!” com­mented Patrick Mahoney, the di­rec­tor of the event, who sent an in­vi­ta­tion to Lance Arm­strong, who was in Quebec last week­end, on his Face­book page.

There were nu­mer­ous reg­is­tra­tions on the morn­ing of the race. “We had a few ap­pre­hen­sions at first be­cause, last year, the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants tripled just be­fore the race. But with 625 pre-reg­is­tered run­ners, we were ready for a big crowd.”

Last year’s 30 km cham­pion, Se­bastien Roulier, con­served his ti­tle with a time of 1:51:46. He was the seventh place fin­isher in last week’s Quebec marathon and he will be run­ning next week in the “Ver­mont 50”, a fifty mile chal­lenge!

Tommy Dion kept his crown of last year in the 15 km run with a time of 54:18, tak­ing two min­utes off last year’s time. He will be tak­ing part in the Hawaii Iron­man con­test in Oc­to­ber.

Over 700 run­ners at­tended last Sun­day’s Defi des Collines in Ste-Cather­ine-de-Hat­ley.

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