Curlers win Cana­dian Cham­pi­onship

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

After­fol­low­ing this team from their first curl­ing sea­son at the Len­noxville Curl­ing Club about five years ago, re­port­ing on their ac­com­plish­ments and growth even af­ter they moved to the Ma­gog Curl­ing Club, it’s a plea­sure to report that the Ma­gog Wheel­chair Curl­ing team has won the Cana­dian Wheel­chair Curl­ing Cham­pi­onship, held in Ot­tawa at the end of March. Mem­bers of the team are skip Benoit Lessard, of Water­ville, lead Jo­hanne Daly, of Boucherville, sec­ond Se­bastien Boisvert, of Stanstead, third Carl Mar­quis, of Sher­brooke, and coach Ger­main Trem­blay, of Ma­gog.

“We were con­fi­dent go­ing in to the tour­na­ment and, af­ter a few games, we saw that we had im­proved. We’ve had a big year of prac­tice with lots of tour­na­ments. We won the Utica tour­na­ment in New York last Novem­ber,” said Benoit Lessard in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal. Mr. Lessard has also been prac­tic­ing with the Cana­dian Na­tional Wheel­chair Curl­ing Team and came very close to mak­ing that five per­son team which went on to win the World Cham­pi­onship re­cently. “Train­ing with that team really helped and it put more pres­sure on me to win, to show them what I can do. At this tour­na­ment we were able to fig­ure out the ice fast and we were strong at hit­ting the rocks out of the house – that’s how we played.”

“Our coach, Ger­main Trem­blay, de­signed a change in the equip­ment that we use; there was a flaw in the old equip­ment that at­taches to the rock,”

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