Montréal, April 23, 2023 – Athlete Marylou Martineau concluded her run in the National Boccia Open. In para hockey, the two Montréal Pirates teams fought for medals against their opponents from Ontario. As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, the remarkable work of the Défi sportif AlterGo volunteers cannot be overlooked.
Marylou Martineau in final four
Our athletic ambassador Marylou Martineau’s day started well with a 4-1 win in the quarter-final. However, in the semi-final, she bowed out to her doubles partner Alexandre Lemaire of Quebec by a score of 4-2. In the bronze medal final, Ryan Rondeau of Alberta bested her 5-2. The athlete from Quebec City therefore finished fourth in the BC3 division at the National Boccia Open.
Both Montréal Pirates teams on the podium
The junior para hockey tournament continued today, with both the Pirates Noirs and the Pirates Blancs back in action at the Howie-Morenz Arena. The Pirates Blanc clinched a decisive 7-0 victory over Brampton to advance to the gold medal game. Hamilton prevailed in the final match, however, so the Montréal team finished with silver. As for the Pirates Noirs, after soundly defeating Brampton, they won the bronze medal by a score of 3-0 over Ottawa.
Volunteers: The Cornerstone of the Défi sportif AlterGo
The Défi sportif AlterGo is fortunate to have the support of dedicated volunteers who return year after year. One of them is Manon Charron, who has volunteered at the event every year since 2010. “Sports have been an important part of my life since I was very young. And because I work with people with disabilities, I’m also very interested in adapted sports, so it’s a perfect mix.”
At the other end of the spectrum is Julie Couture, who is volunteering at the Défi for the first time this year. “As volunteers, we feel welcomed, we receive good support, and we get to meet great people.”
Coming up tomorrow
The Claude-Robillard Sports Complex will welcome the athletes of the 40th Défi sportif AlterGo’s school division! The traditional opening ceremony will be followed by events in track and field, baseball, rhythmic gymnastics, ball hockey, and soccer. In addition, the opening ceremony of the Montréal 2023 World Boccia Cup will take place at the Maurice-Richard Arena, while the national para hockey team will begin preparing for a series of three games against its rival, the USA.