Saturday evening saw the closing ceremony of the 57th Finale des Jeux du Québec in Rimouski. Local young athletes left Rimouski for their return to Sherbrooke.
The Estrie delegation can be proud of its achievements accomplishments and a more than positive final result, according to a press release following the Games.
The Estrie region ended the Games with a total of 33 medals, including 8 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze. A total of 23 medals were won in Block 1 alone! The Estrie delegation really stood out in the track and field events, which won 15 medals in the discipline in just 4 days.
In a press release, Chantale Bouchard, leading the delegation, said she is very proud of athletes. She had a target of 28 medals before the games began, and is very impressed with Estrie’s young athletes’ performances at the Games.
Beyond medals, the most important objective of the Estrie delegation was to leave its mark on the Games through courtesy, positive attitude and discipline, something Bouchard said the Estrie team accomplished without a doubt.
At the closing ceremony, Émilien Belzile led the Estrie group, holding the delegation’s flag high in the air. Belzile, a mountain biker, stood out for his positive attitude and team spirit, whatever the results. Three-time medalist at the Jeux du Québec in Laval, Canadian champion in his category and winner of four medals at the Rimouski Games, there was no doubt that Émile’s personality and performance were the perfect choice to carry the delegation’s flag at the colourful closing ceremony.
In a statement about the Games, Bouchard thanked the coaches, chaperones and supporters for their dedication to the young athletes. She also underlined the warm welcome of the people of Rimouski and the work of the organizing committee for the 57th Finale des Jeux du Québec.