Alpine skiing: A record year for the Quebec delegation

Alpine skiing: A record year for the Quebec delegation


Nineteen athletes will represent the Quebec region this season in regional alpine ski competitions, which is a record for Skibec. 

The organization , which develops the talent of the province's hopefuls in the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions, unveiled the composition of its regional Avalanche team on Thursday at Le Relais station. 

She has the same kicked off the 53rd season of the Grands Circuits Volvo de Québec. This year, 21 days of competition for the U8 to U16 age groups are scheduled on the calendar, until March 26. 

The large Skibec delegation will be led by Marie-Jeanne Cazes and Louis-Thomas Cantin, the two skiers in the program having been selected to participate in the next Canada Games. Eight athletes from the regional team had tried their luck in the qualifications. 

“The Quebec region is particularly well represented this year. In addition to having a record number of up-and-coming skiers, we have two hopefuls who have been chosen to represent the region at the Canada Games this winter,” the chairman of the board of directors of Skibec, Antoine Beaudoin. 

Goal achieved

Cantin, from Lac-Beauport, joined the alpine ski elite two years ago only. Here he is now among the group of 14 skiers who will represent Quebec at the Canada Games. 

“It was already my challenge to enter Skibec and it is a challenge achieved. My second challenge was to go to the Canada Games and it's a second challenge achieved too, “said in an interview with TVA Nouvelles the young man, who already has a third goal in mind. 

“I would like to win a medal. Coming home with a medal would be pretty good, my goal,” concluded Louis-Thomas Cantin. 'elite. Both finished fourth in qualifying, which bodes well for what's to come. physical training, in skiing, for several years. So, for them, it's efforts that are rewarded,” said their coach, Élissa Algora. 

At the provincial level, Skibec is one of Ski Québec Alpin's elite teams in company of organizations from Estrie, Laurentides and Outaouais. 

The 2023 Canada Games will take place from February 18 to March 5, in Prince Edward Island.  

-With Élie Duquet, TVA Nouvelles