Curlers win Canadian Championship
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,”