Gold medal­ist speaks at SC

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Mur­ray Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion, Stanstead


time Olympic gold medal­ist Marie-Philip Poulin was the guest speaker at Mon­day evening’s Spring Ath­letic As­sem­bly at Stanstead Col­lege, where she shared her ex­pe­ri­ences as a mem­ber of Canada’s na­tional women’s hockey team.

Poulin scored the ty­ing goal and over­time win­ner in Canada’s gold-medal game against Team USA at Sochi 2014 as well as the win­ning goal in Canada’s Van­cou­ver 2010 gold-medal per­for­mance. Study­ing at Bos­ton Univer­sity, she was re­cently named cap­tain of the BU Ter­ri­ers for the 2014-15 sea­son.

A na­tive of Beauceville, Que­bec, Poulin told the stu­dents about watch­ing the 2002 Olympics and know­ing in her heart that one day she would be there. She also knew that she would have to work for it.

Part of the work was learn­ing English, which was tougher at times than train­ing for hockey, she said. But be­ing able to speak two lan­guages, she said, was in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant.

Poulin took a year off of her stud­ies to train for the 2014

Olympics, just part of the men­tal, phys­i­cal and fi­nan­cial sac­ri­fices that am­a­teur ath­letes make. All that work led to the fi­nal gold medal game at Sochi, where Canada found it­self down 2-0 with five min­utes left to go.

“One game, 60 min­utes, and you can see your dreams dis­ap­pear,” she said. “But we never stopped be­liev­ing in each other. The con­fi­dence we had as a team kept us go­ing.”

Poulin told the stu­dents to sur­round them­selves with good people. Em­brace stress and use it to their ad­van­tage. And re­mem­ber the people who pushed you through the tough times.

“Re­mem­ber at the end of the day why you started,” she said.

Poulin was in­tro­duced by friend and for­mer Team Canada team­mate Sarah Vail­lan­court, who has two gold medals of her own (Van­cou­ver 2010, Turin 2006) and is now head coach of girls hockey at Stanstead Col­lege.

The evening also saw the pre­sen­ta­tion of ath­letic awards for the spring sports term.

Jordan Nor­ris of Og­den, Que. won the Don­ald Ross Tro­phy for se­nior boys rugby for his skill, speed and ex­plo­sive power. Jes­sica Tomeo of Hat­ley, Que. won the Roger Marino Cup as the con­trol­ling force be­hind the suc­cess of the se­nior girls rugby team. The two also re­ceived Ma­jor S awards.

Ma­jor S awards in rugby also went to Ja­cob HochstrasserBor­sari of New­port, Vt. for his­ded­i­ca­tion as a stu­dent of the game, and to Mal­colm Wood-Downey of Ma­gog, Que. for be­ing such a crit­i­cal role player on the team the past four years as well as a su­pe­rior rep­re­sen­ta­tive Stanstead Col­lege rugby. The fi­nal Ma­jor S for rugby went to Emily Nor­ris of Og­den, Que., whose hands were all over vir­tu­ally ev­ery sin­gle try the team scored.

A Ma­jor S was also handed out in ten­nis to Chris Smith of Or­ford, Que. who had an im­pec­ca­ble sea­son as the top male player. He and Paulina Guerra of Plano, Texas won the Ten­nis Shield for 2014.

Se­nior S awards for rugby went to Grant Baird of Ot­tawa, Ont.; Grenville Lines of Pem­broke, Ber­muda; Roger Peng of Taichung, Tai­wan; Geneviève Quirion of Lac-Mé­gan­tic, Que.; Carly Stan­dish-Wal­lis of Ayer’s Cliff, Que.; and Ju­lia Gilpin of We­mindji, Que.

The Sports­man­ship Award for se­nior boys rugby went to Ray LePabic of Dhahran, Saudi Ara­bia. The se­nior girls rugby Sports­man­ship Award went to Jacqueline Zhang of Yan­tei, China.

Se­nior S awards for ten­nis were pre­sented to Paulina Guerra, Gemma MacDon­ald of Mt. Stew­ard, PEI, and Alex De­jordy-But­ler of St-Charles-de-Riche­lieu, Que.

Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Rob Fisk is seen here with the win­ner of the Ella Hoy Tro­phy,

Olympic gold medal­ist Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored the win­ning goal in the Women’s hockey fi­nal in Sochi, spoke at Stanstead Col­lege’s Ath­letic As­sem­bly.

Alex McKin­ney, seen here with Robert Fisk, was awarded the Reg New­ton Tro­phy.

Jacki Lum­ley.

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