Lo­cal ath­letes ex­cel in Rio

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

There are five ath­letes com­pet­ing in the Rio Olympics from our cor­ner of the coun­try, the East­ern Town­ships.

Julien Ba­hain is a rower from Sher­brooke who com­peted in the 2008 Bei­jing Sum­mer Olympics and won a bronze medal in the quadru­ple sculls. In Rio, he and his team­mates fin­ished 5th in Repechage, just miss­ing qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nals.

Coleen Loach is on the Cana­dian Eques­trian Team, com­pet­ing in cross­coun­try team event­ing. In her first Olympics, Ms. Roach com­peted on Au­gust 7th on her horse Qorry Blue D’Ar­gouges, the first to ride for the team. She earned a score of 56.50 penal­ties and fin­ished in 51st spot in­di­vid­u­ally. Un­for­tu­nately, a few sec­onds into her ride there was a loud noise from a mi­cro­phone which star­tled her horse a lit­tle.

Nick Hoag, from Sher­brooke, is on the Cana­dian Men’s Vol­ley­ball team and is coached by his fa­ther, Glenn Hoag, a for­mer Olympic Vol­ley­ball player. In a first ap­pear­ance at the Olympics since Barcelona in 1992, Nick Hoag and the Cana­dian men’s team beat the Amer­i­can team in all three games on Au­gust 7th, sur­pris­ing ev­ery­one but them­selves. Nick Hoag led his team in scor­ing with 14 points. The Cana­dian Men’s Vol­ley­ball team played again Tues­day evening, too late for this news­pa­per to re­port on it.

Pas­cal Pla­m­on­don is a weightlifter from As­cot Cor­ner in the 85 kg weight class. He holds the na­tional record in the clean and jerk, lift­ing 189 kilo­grams, and brought home a bronze medal from the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games. He will be com­pet­ing in Rio on Friday, Au­gust 12th.

Last but not least is Josée Bélanger, the soc­cer player from Coat­i­cook who was mak­ing his­tory with the rest of her team­mates on Tues­day af­ter­noon at the Rio Olym­pi­ocs as the news­pa­per was be­ing fin­ished up. Ms. Be­langer didn’t play in the Cana­dian Women’s team’s first match against Aus­tralia on Au­gust 3rd, which fin­ished 2 to 0 for Canada. She made her Olympic de­but in the team’s sec­ond game against Zim­babwe on Au­gust 6th, wear­ing num­ber nine. Play­ing on de­fense, she made a beau­ti­ful pass to Ja­nine Beckie for the team’s third goal in the game that fin­ished 3 to 1 and as­sured the team of mov­ing on to the quar­ter-fi­nals. Coach John Herd­man had Ms. Bélanger play­ing for­ward for the team’s third game on Tues­day af­ter­noon against the Ger­man team. In an ex­cit­ing nail-biter, the Cana­dian women beat the Ger­mans for the first time in his­tory, with a score of 2 to 1. Josée played an im­pres­sive game, in­ter­cept­ing a pass in the sec­ond half which drew a penalty that led to a goal. In the last sec­onds of stop­page time, as Ger­many was fight­ing for its life, the Ger­mans got a cor­ner kick. Near the post, it was the Coat­i­cook star who stopped the header that was on its way in to pre­serve her team’s lead. They must have been jump­ing and hol­ler­ing at the Pav­il­lon des arts et cul­ture, in Coat­i­cook, where fam­ily, friends and fans gather to watch Josee’s games on the big screen. Coat­i­cook’s is mak­ing an im­pres­sive Olympic de­but in Rio on the Cana­dian Women’s Soc­cer Team.

Photo cour­tesy Soc­cer Canada

Josée Bélanger

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.