Local Olympians still in contest
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.