Estrie will have six representatives among the 57 finalists at the 45th SPORTSQUÉBEC Gala on May 10th in Laval.
M agdeleine Vallieres-Mill, athlete in road cycling, Anna Burnotte, rowing athlete, Kim Boutin, athlete in short track speed skating, Olivier Léveillée in cross-country skiing, Charles-Antoine St-Onge in mountain biking and Léo Grandbois , athlete in biathlon will represent Estrie at this provincial gala.
Sacred Quebec champion in the time trial and crowned at the top of the overall ranking of the Quebec Road Cup series, Magdelaine Vallieres-Mill (road cycling, Quebec level athlete) had a season 2017 remarkable. The cyclist performed very well at the Rimouski International Rookie Tour, where she finished the competition finishing 1st in the junior ranks. In addition, she also won 2nd place, all competitors, at the same event.
A gold medalist at the U19 skiff championships, Anna Burnotte (rowing, Canadian level athlete), who has been playing for only two years, won two medals, including one silver and one silver medal. bronze during his races at the Royal Canadian Henley competition, an event where Canadian, American and Mexican clubs were present. In addition, she and her partner dominated the doubles event by returning from the Canada Games with a gold medal around their necks.
What more can be added to the feats of short-track speed skater Kim Boutin (speed skating, world-class athlete)? The Sherbrookoise was flag-bearer for the Canadian team at the closing ceremony of the last PyeongChang Olympic Games, which included winning three medals during her first Olympic appearance, winning bronze twice at the 500m and 1500m events and the 1000m silver. She also distinguished herself on the World Cup circuit in 2017 by winning eight medals, including gold three times.
Léo Grandbois (biathlon, Canadian-level athlete) has made his name in Canada and internationally, winning top honors at the World Junior / Junior Championships, proving that he is able to perform with success at the international level against the best athletes in the world. Grandbois also won twice gold, sprint and pursuit, the Canadian selections for the World Championships, and gold in sprint and silver in the pursuit at the Noram Biathlon Cup. Grandbois demonstrated his skiing skills by competing at the National Cross Country Ski Championships and placing first overall, a feat that had never been achieved by a biathlon athlete.
Également, Olivier Léveillée (Ski de fond, athlète de niveau québécois), finissant la saison 2016-2017 au sommet du classement cumulatif sur le circuit de la Coupe Québec en remportant 8 des 10 courses, Léveillé a remporté trois médailles lors du Championnat canadien.
Finally Charles-Antoine St-Onge (mountain bike, Quebec-level athlete), seized the national title during the event held in Canmore, Alberta and was at the top of the rankings General of the Quebec Cup by winning gold eight times over a possible 10. Charles-Antoine has also distinguished himself at the national level by signing two victories at the Canada Cup and winning three silver medals on the same circuit . A true cycling enthusiast, the athlete also participates in BMX, cyclocross, enduro and fatbike events.
The selection committee composed of Claudine Douville (RDS), Ann Dow (former international water polo athlete), Luc Bonnet (National Sport Institute of Quebec), Pascale Délisle (Sport Excellence Québec and Lévis), Éric Gaudette-Brodeur (Sportcom), Émilie Roy (Sports Excellence Sherbrooke), Donald Dion (former diving coach) and Jean Gosselin (SPORTSQUÉBEC) had the task of analyzing the 210 nominations submitted by the sports federations to determine the 57 finalists who will reach the final round for the quality of their performances and for all their achievements.