• Nick Zacharias

Six Sud-Ouest tennis players qualify for Quebec Summer Games


The young tennis players are getting the chance to sharpen their skills over the summer season.

The final regional tennis qualifiers for the 2018 Quebec Summer Games took place the weekend of July 14 – 15 on the courts at Bédard Park in the heart of Saint-Lazare. Marc-Olivier Lavallée of Académie ML Tennis in Valleyfield welcomed young players from clubs all over the region, who all came to play for the chance to compete at the prestigious biennial games.

Tennis has been a mainstay of the games since they were first held in 1971, and now the games draw thousands of athletes from across the province in 28 different sports. This year will mark their 53rd edition (both winter and summer), this time to be held in Thetford Mines.

All the participants had their work cut out for them on the hot and humid weekend. For the category of 12-14 year-old-girls, the top spot went to Emma Dumoulin, while Maëlle Dumoulin won silver and Sarah Morin took home the bronze. For the boys, Mathis Vozy Vaillancourt won the gold medal, Samuel Urquhart came away with the silver and Laurent Cayouette earned bronze.

All those who took the podium last weekend in Saint- Lazare earned the right to be the proud representatives of the Sud-Ouest region at Thetford 2018 on August 1-4. Well done to all of them and best of luck at the games.

Meanwhile, the CRTSO (Circuit Régional de Tennis Sud-Ouest) continues to roll out its regional development tournaments. The third of five for the summer is approaching this weekend July 20-22 at the Royal Oak Tennis Club in Hudson, and it promises to be another exciting event!


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