Estrie youth cap­ture 27 medals

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The 48th edi­tion of the pro­vin­cial fi­nals of the Jeux du Que­bec wrapped up, last week­end, in the Sague­nay. del­e­ga­tion of young ath­letes from the Estrie re­gion

came home with 27 medals: 7 gold; 8 sil­ver; and

Thir­teen year-old Les­lie MacKin­non, of Barn­ston West, was com­pet­ing on the fe­male hockey team rep­re­sent­ing the Estrie. This team won one of three games, fin­ish­ing in twelfth po­si­tion with eight points. “The girls were a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed not to move on in the com­pe­ti­tion, but then they went out to a spe­cial disco for the kids and really got to par­take in the spirit of the event. They saw a lot of other sports, too, like box­ing, fenc­ing, karate, judo, ping-pong. The girls had a won­der­ful time,” said Les­lie’s fa­ther, An­gus MacKin­non, who at­tend of days with his wife, Jen­nifer.

“The en­ergy at the - tive and there was good sports­man­ship. It was ex­tremely well-or­ga­nized and there were many vol­un­teers. I hope that Sher­brooke does as good of a job at host­ing the MacKin­non.

The Estrie del­e­ga­tion also had one of the youngest ath­letes at the com­pe­ti­tion, five year-old Oceanne Ra­jotte, from Ma­gog. Oceanne is a fig­ure skater with autism who took part in the Spe­cial Olympics of the

be­com­ing the youngest ath­lete to have ever taken part in th­ese games. What’s even more re­mark­able is that she fin­ished her com­pe­ti­tion in fourth place!

Hockey play­ers Shayla Coates (left) and Les­lie MacKin­non were en­joy­ing them­selves in the Ath­lete’s Vil­lage, over­look­ing the Sague­nay River, dur­ing the Jeux du Que­bec.

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