Our athletes in London – No medal yet for Roy
Third quarter all Gaiters
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.