SPORTS SECTION

March 12, 2020

 PHOTO COURTESY R.R.N.

Eric Legros, right, travelled back to Essen, Germany recently to have the honour of seeing his number-4 jersey retired in recognition of his outstanding performance with the team in the 1990s.

Well-travelled hockey player Eric Legros from Vaudreuil-Dorion recently received the honour of being only the third player to have his number retired by the Essen Moskitos, the German professional hockey team for whom he played from 1994 to 1999. “The little Canadian,” as he was called in an article on the team’s website, was flown out with his wife Guylaine last month to stand with former teammates and watch as his number-4 jersey was retired to the rafters of Eissporthalle Essen, never to be used again in honour of his outstanding performance with the team.

“It really was a nice honour,” said Legros, reached while taking a well-earned vacation in Florida. “It was a short trip, but it was nice to get to stand on the carpet at centre ice with my wife there and 10 of the guys I...

March 5, 2020

 PHOTO COURTESY RICHARD PROULX


Eleven judo competitors from Dojo Perrot Shima in Île-Perrot made the trip to Jonquière in spite of a snowstorm for a judo selection tournament to go to the Canadian Championship – seven made it on the podium.
(Front, left to right): Brooke Proulx Olson, bronze; Tyler D’Arterio, 5th; and Alex Bulakh bronze.
(Second row, left to right): Emma Proulx Olson, silver in U-14 and Bronze in U-16; Dakota Proulx Olson, 5th; Thomas Scripcariu, bronze; Shane Lewis, gold and award for best athlete in the division; Kaylee Lewis, bronze; Andra Scripcariu, 5th; and Tyler D’Arterio, 5th. Also present at this selection was 2020 Canadian Elite 8 Champion Myriam Brazeau who because of injuries and the snow storm ended up with no competitors. She still remains first in the province.

February 27, 2020

PHOTO BY KIM TETLEY-GERARD

(Left to right, back to front): Master André Zaraa, Collin Oswald, Kaitlyn Ip, Elinda, Emeric Lecompte, Matthew Elliott, Tristan Lukacs, Nathan Ip and Nathan Lukacs).

This past Saturday, February 22, seven athletes from Saint-Lazare Taekwondo attended the 18th edition of the Raymond Mourad Championship in Montreal. This tournament gathered fighters of all belt colours and ages. The competition was hosted at the Centre Claude-Robillard and all athletes were coached under the excellent supervision of Great Grand Master Sami Mazraani and Matthew Elliott.

The day started early with our 6-and-under category. This was a good opportunity for the younger athletes to gain experience from watching the older black-belt fights. The excitement before a fight was felt by all the athletes but overall everyone had had a good time.  The participants cheered and encouraged their friends while they fought.  The tournament was, however, longer than expected...

February 27, 2020

PHOTO BY PAUL TZIMOPOULOS

The John Abbott Islanders’ star kicker/punter Troy Lendvay, a Saint-Lazare resident, is off to Alabama A&M University on a full athletic scholarship to play for the Bulldogs, a team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Troy Lendvay, currently a resident of Saint-Lazare and student at John Abbott College in Ste. Anne de Belleview, will be calling a new place ‘home’ next fall. A star kicker/punter with The Islanders football team, Lendvay has earned a full athletic scholarship for 2020 that will take him all the way down to Alabama A&M University.

“I’m really excited,” said Lendvay who had the chance to go to Huntsville, Alabama and see where he’ll be playing next season. While down there in January he got to try on the maroon and white of the Alabama A&M Bulldogs and get a first taste of what life will be like playing for the team who are in the Southwestern Athletic Conference of the National Collegiate A...

January 16, 2020

PHOTO COURTESY DOJO PERROT SHIMA

Myriam Brazeau, at the age of 16, has become this year’s Canadian champion in the under 18 year-old category at the Elite National Judo Championship, which saw the best competitors from across the country fighting for the top spot last weekend in Montreal.

Sixteen-year-old Myriam Brazeau, who trains with the Dojo Perrot Shima Judo Club in Île-Perrot, is the new 2020 Canadian ‘Elite 8’ judo champion in the under 18 age group.

Held last weekend at the Pierre Charbonneau centre at the Olympic park in Montreal, the Elite 8 Championship is a tournament where only the eight top-ranked athletes (or judokas) in the country qualify to enter for each category. The rankings are a reflection of points earned at various other tournaments throughout the year. Also qualifying for the Elite 8 championship from the club were Alex Marineau and Ryan Proulx, both of whom unfortunately were prevented from competing due to injuries.

Brazeau has been practicing judo for about fou...

December 19, 2019

 PHOTO COURTESY HARRY STERGIOPOULOS

Harry Stergiopoulos, Instructor for Krav Maga Vaudreuil, with students Melissa Degongre, Pascal Wautier, and George Panagopoulos who successfully completed their P1 level exam, a rigorous 4-hr test supervised by Master Instructor and International Expert Thierry Cimkauskas.  "I am very proud of all of them - they worked very hard for this, it is well-deserved.  Congratulations!'"

PHOTO BY PAUL TZIMOPOULOS

The John Abbott Islanders were victorious over the Édouard-Montpetit Lynx November 15 in Thetford Mines with a final score of 42-28 to bring home the Bol d’Or trophy.

The John Abbott Islanders came home victorious Friday, November 15 after winning the 2019 Bol D’Or in Thetford Mines against the Édouard-Montpetit Lynx. The game brought fans and players alike to their feet in celebration of the big win.

Despite the cold and frigid weather, JAC quickly set the pace in the first quarter with the help of Elijah Williams, scoring the first touchdown of the game, as well as quarterback Mathieu Boudreau’s incredible 32-yard bomb to Jacob Mattie, who was waiting in the Lynx end zone.

The second quarter began in favour of Édouard-Montpetit as they slipped past the Islanders’ defense into the end zone. Newly motivated to widen their 7-point lead, the determination of the Isles offense allowed Elijah Williams to find his way to the end zone twice, bringing the score to 28-7.

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PHOTO BY PAUL TZIMOPOULOS

Under the watchful gaze of an anxious crowd, the John Abbott Islanders went up against

Les Filons de Thetford this past Saturday to determine who would reach the Bol D’Or next

Friday, November 15.

The game began with a short kick out of bounds from Les Filons, providing ideal placement for the Islander offense. Mathieu Boudreau quickly took advantage of this, connecting with trusted running back Elijah Williams, for a 36-yard touchdown. Impressive plays like these have led them both to be recognized by the RSEQ (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) this season: Boudreau as all-star quarterback and Elijah Williams as the most valuable offensive player of the league.

Keeping the pressure on the home team, Thetford managed to get into the Isles’ end zone, closing the first quarter with a 7-7 tie.

As the second quarter began, the Islanders kept driving down the field. Fans cheered as

Antoine Beauchamp pummeled the Thetford quarterback and kept the Isles’ momentum moving f...

November 7, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY CLUB GYMINI

The Kaméléon gymnastics program that operates at Vaudreuil-Dorion’s Centre Multisports gives kids with physical or mental challenges the chance to integrate into the many courses offered by the club with the help of a shadow coach working one-on-one.

Over the past year, Club Gymini at the Multisport centre in Vaudreuil-Dorion has been offering a program called Kaméléon which gives kids with special needs of all varieties the chance to experience and train in recreational gymnastics in a fun and safe environment.

The program has been working so well that directors Andrée-Anne Long-Rivard and Laurent Tremblay-Dion travelled recently to the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières to present it at the International Symposium on the Inclusive Experience of Leisure.

Says Tremblay-Dion, “We give participants the chance to integrate into the various recreational courses offered by the club, by giving them the assistance of a shadow-coach who helps them in any way they need...

November 7, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY ACROPARK/BRIAN THOMPSON

Hailey Pellan came in fourth place in amateur Aerial Sports at this year’s Canadian Championships.

Vice World Champion Anna von Hoyningen Huene is a recognized force in international elite competitive pole sports. If the term pole sports makes you do a second take you’re not alone: “It’s not exactly mainstream yet” she says, “but it is trendy and growing rapidly. The whole circus and performance aspect of it is a great draw for competitors.”

Governed by the International Pole and Aerial Sport Federation, events include solo and doubles competitions using a fixed vertical pole or a suspended aerial hoop for performing acrobatic and artistic feats. Judged similarly to gymnastics competitions, pole and aerial sports are recognized in over 40 international federations, and have received certified status from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as under consideration for future Olympic Games.

This year’s World Championships took place in Montreal in...

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