• Nick Zacharias

Regional gymnastics, tennis, and baseball action

Photo courtesy Laurent Tremblay-Dion

Activity is heating up in local amateur athletics, with two big events just completed and a third coming up this weekend.

Gymini takes multiple medals in Chicoutimi

The regional gymnastic circuit’s biggest competition of the year brought together the best CR3 level athletes in each category on the weekend of May 19-20 in Chicoutimi. A delegation from the southwest region (comprised of CampiAgile in Valleyfield, Gym-Fly in Châteauguay and Gymini in Vaudreuil-Dorion) headed to Lac St. Jean to give their all, including 14 athletes from Gymini.

A few carved their places on the podium. Emma Fortin and Sarah-Maude Demers both took the gold medal in tumbling, while in advanced CR3, Maïka Décoste won several event medals to finish second overall and bring home the silver.

Also notable were ribbons picked up by Marley Prosper, Eve-Marie Leblanc, Emmanuelle Reid, Mia Dion and Amy Huber in CR3 base, as well as those won by Xoë Larrivée and Elizabeth Dovala in advanced. Solid performances by Frédérique Provost, Vlada Fodor and Sarah Zarwanitzer rounded out the group.

Coaches Gabrielle Sexton and Nicolas Reid are proud of all their gymnasts, some of whom were getting their first taste of the finals after many hours of training, travel and competition. They all worked hard to achieve their personal goals, not least of which was to have fun.

Photo courtesy Marc-Olivier Lavallée

Regional tennis action

May 25-27 saw the first Circuit Régional de Tennis Sud-Ouest (CRTSO) tennis tournament of the season, hosted in Coteau-du-Lac. The first of several tournaments organized by the CRTSO each summer, the weekend featured a range of tennis skill from the youngest players getting their first taste of competition to seasoned veterans challenging each other in high-level matches.

The range of play demonstrated on the courts is exactly the way organizers want it. Created in 2016, the mission of the CRTSO is to get kids of all levels from municipal programs, schools, private tennis clubs and academies to play together in a regulation setting.

“In the past, kids would spend all their time in lessons without really ‘playing’ tennis,” says head organizer Marc-Olivier Lavallée from Académie ML Tennis in Valleyfield.

“The only time they could test themselves against kids from other clubs or schools was at the regional final before the Quebec Games. This way, they get the chance to develop their skills and their sportsmanship in a real tournament setting before attempting the regionals.”

The tournaments follow the principles of progressive tennis where players of different ages and experience levels are grouped, the younger ones using modified balls and courts to ensure that play is fair and appropriate to their abilities.

More tournaments are scheduled to take place at the Centre Multisports in Vaudreuil-Dorion, the Royal Oak Tennis Club in Hudson, and back in Coteau-du-Lac before the regional finals in St. Lazare this July.

Photo cCourtesy Raymond Augunas

Family Day for Baseball St. Lazare

Baseball St. Lazare is hosting its first ever Family Day on June 2, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Bédard Park. The day will feature 13 games being played by St. Lazare Mustangs’ teams from Atom (ages 8-9) to Bantam (ages 14-15).

Highlights of the day will be a visit from the Concordia Stingers Baseball Program, and a Lac St. Louis Tigers game in the afternoon… Mustangs, Stingers and Tigers, oh my!

With hot-dogs, grilled cheese, beverages and treats on offer, as well as cool Mustangs Gear, this event is poised to raise funds for local amateur baseball and provide lots of family fun.

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