It’s going to blow out several candles in the Challenge of Gatineau in the next few days.
Step our of the World Curling Tour (WCT), which will be launched on Friday, will celebrate its 10th edition. The club of Buckingham, who gave birth to this international event, celebrating its 100 years.
“We wanted to commemorate it in some way “, noted one of the organizers, Richard Faguy.
The Challenge is now presented on two weekends away. The first weekend is reserved for a component, a junior, is a novelty.
Forty teams, including 25 women, bringing together players aged under 21 compete for the top honors of the series a Junior Slam. “The champion of the world will be here,” said Faguy.
This is Kaitlyn Jones, of Nova Scotia.
The Outaouais region will be represented in junior men. Olivier Blanchard-Pelletier will be the skip of a team from the club of Buckingham.
As for the parties of the elite class which includes the big names in the curling male, they will be presented next week. More precisely, beginning from the 18th of October.
The two quartets to be monitored ?
Those of Bruce Mouat and John Epping. The first is a skip scot who is ranked fourth in the world at this time.
With respect to Epping, his training ontario has won the Challenge in 2016.
The defending champion, Rui Liu, is not back. But three other chinese teams will be in Gatineau for the Challenge.
The Gatinois, Jean-Sébastien Roy will be the skip of a team that has defeated the olympic champion last week in Toronto.
Mark Homan, brother of Rachel, will also line up with a quartet. A native of Ottawa, he now lives on the quebec side of the Ottawa river.
An open pane cabinet also the programming of the Challenge. An interesting name has been added in this category.
The former champion of the Brier, Jean-Michel Ménard, who had decided to take a break from competition in 2018-2019. It will be working within the team of Daniel Caron, Aylmer.
More than $ 50,000 in scholarships will be paid. These are 275 parts of curling will be contested, of which 203 to the centre sportif Robert-Rochon located in Masson-Angers.
The other clashes will take place at the club Buckingham.
This is the last year of the pact between the Challenge and the City of Gatineau.
Discussions have already been initiated in order to continue this partnership, has assured Richard Faguy.
“We started the Challenge in 2009. We had played in front of 3,000 empty seats at the arena Guertin. We have come a long way since that time. “
The centre Robert-Rochon has hosted the last seven editions. He became the permanent home of the international event.
“Our machine is better oiled “, has recognized Faguy.
SABOURIN TAKES HIS BRUSH
Six years later, Joëlle Sabourin will return to racing.
The curler Aylmer joined the team of skip Amélie Blais for the new season. It is one of the quartets who should fight for the title quebec next January in Grand-Mère.
Sabourin, who had put his career on hold in the spring of 2012. act as the fifth to the sides of Blais, Janique Berthelot, Brittany O Rouke and Vicky Tremblay. It will play its first match next week in the Challenge de Gatineau.
“Being fifth, I have to be ready to replace anyone at any time,” said the athlete 46 years of age.
Recognised at the time as one of the best brosseuses in Quebec, Sabourin has participated five times at the Tournament of Hearts, which is the canadian championships. In his last season in the 2011-2012 season, she has helped the former world champion Jennifer Jones, replacing the second Jill Officer, during a few tournaments, including the Canada Cup.
“I continued to train in recent years. I still have a good physical shape “, stressed Sabourin, who had taken a break in order to devote more time to her two boys.
The mother of this family has played parts here and there for the fun of the past winter at Thurso.
By joining the quartet of Blais, she is reunited with her former teammate and good friend Berthelot. The two women have competed in the tournament of Hearts in 1999. Who knows ? They renew perhaps with this event, 20 years later.
In addition to returning to competition, Joëlle Sabourin account to be involved in the new curling club Hills, which has just opened its doors in Chelsea.