Lo­cal Olympians still in con­test

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Olympi­cath­letes from the Eastern Town­ships have been ex­cit­ing to watch this past week in Rio. The Cana­dian women’s soc­cer team is play­ing Ger­many in a do-or-die sit­u­a­tion as I type, un­for­tu­nately with­out Coat­i­cook soc­cer star Josée Be­langer who re­ceived a yel­low card in the game last Fri­day and so was sus­pended for yel­low card ac­cu­mu­la­tion for this match. Ms. Be­langer played more than half of that nail-biter against France that ended 1 to 0 for Canada.

The Weightlifter from As­cot Cor­ner, Pas­cal Pla­m­on­don, com­peted in the 85 KG cat­e­gory on Fri­day, Au­gust 12th, and broke the Cana­dian records in the Clean & Jerk, com­plet­ing 190 kg on a third at­tempt, and the To­tal with a lift of 345 kg. The Town­ship­per fin­ished 13th over­all.

Julien Ba­hain, the Sher­brooke rower com­pet­ing in the quadru­ple sculls, rowed last Thurs­day with his team. They fin­ished sec­ond in the B fi­nal and didn’t move on.

The Cana­dian Men’s Vol­ley­ball team, fea­tur­ing Sher­brooke na­tive Nick Hoag, has been thrilling to watch. Last Satur­day night, they played Mex­ico in a cru­cial match, beat­ing them in three straight sets for three points. The team went on to play the Ital­ian team on Mon­day night. In CBC cov­er­age, Nick Hoag was quoted as say­ing: “It will be a real brawl, real hard. They are a good team play­ing well,” be­fore the match. And a brawl it was, with the Cana­di­ans com­ing out on top win­ning three games to 1. Scores were 25/23, 25/17, 16/25, and 25/21. The win put the Cana­di­ans in sec­ond place in pool A and they will move on to the quar­ter-fi­nals. Their next game is on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 17th, against the Rus­sian team. The Cana­dian Men’s Vol­ley­ball team was ranked 12th go­ing into the Rio Olympics.

The Cana­dian Women’s Soc­cer team has just fin­ished their game against Ger­many, los­ing with the score of 2 to 0. The Cana­dian team will play against Brazil for the bronze medal on Fri­day. Ances­try cont'd from page 11 Hank Strem­me­laar, Vin­cent Pilette, Ron Knapp, Justin Dewey, Mor­ris Heather­ing­ton, and Bruno Roy are the paramedics now an­swer­ing the call at Am­bu­lance Stanstead. With a mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tion, the his­tory of the or­ga­ni­za­tion was pre­sented to the au­di­ence. Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Re­jean Galvin spoke of the be­gin­nings of the ser­vice when it was run by vol­un­teers and mem­bers of the fire de­part­ment wore two hats: that of fire­fighter and paramedic. He spoke of the evo­lu­tion of the ser­vice, in­clud­ing changes in equip­ment and ve­hi­cles. The strate­gic plan for the years 2006 to 2009 was also pre­sented by Galvin and paramedic Bruno Roy. The plan pro­poses a com­mit­ment and con­crete ac­tions to bet­ter carry out their mis­sion re­gard­ing the com­mu­nity. This in­cludes re­duc­ing re­sponse times, a fo­cus on the qual­ity of in­ter­ven­tions, and more pre­ven­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the com­mu­nity. “We would like to ex­er­cise our lead­er­ship and be­come agents for change in our com­mu­nity. It is why we are ear­mark­ing ten per­cent of our bud­get this year, and for the up­com­ing years, so that paramedics Bruno Roy and Justin Dewey can act as links to the com­mu­nity. For six­teen hours per week, their tasks will be to or­ga­nize ac­tiv­i­ties that have as their goal the re­duc­tion at the source of emer­gency med­i­cal risk fac­tors,” ex­plained Philippe Du­til, pres­i­dent of Am­bu­lance Stanstead. These pre­sen­ta­tions were fol­lowed by a wine and cheese so­cial be­tween 7:00 and 7:30. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the fire de­part­ment, at 7:30, the late Jerry Davis was hon­ored. Jerry Davis was a paramedic who died in ser­vice twenty-five years ago, on Novem­ber 11th, 1981. At 8:00 o’clock, an honor es­cort left the GEMS Mu­seum, head­ing up to the Town Hall where a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque in a dis­play case was un­veiled. Hen­drick Strem­me­laar, Richar Eryou, Mr. Fred­erico, David Woodard, sec­ond row : Claude Le­cours, Florent Jacques, Peter Be­asse and Larry Reynolds. High school stu­dents get to cre­ate and try out their in­ven­tions in the Defi ge­nie in­ven­tif com­pe­ti­tion.

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