At the Games, young people! –

Laurent, registered in athletics and representative of the Ahuntsic-Cartierville delegation, during the opening ceremony of the Montreal 2022 Games. (Photo: François Robert-Durand, JDV)

The 45th edition of the Montreal Games took place from May 26-29, across Montreal. In Ahuntsic-Cartierville, sporting events for children aged 6 to 12 took place at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex (CSCR), André-Grasset College, TAZ, Sophie-Barat School and Stade de Montreal Soccer .

On June 26 at 5pm, about twice as many adults as young people filled the dignitaries’ hall of the Claude Robillard sports complex. Costumes and almost gala outfits have joined the jeans and baskets.

Children first of all

In spite of everything, the few hundred children, at first struck by the cocktail tables, the politicians, the directors of the City of Montreal and other officials, they were all smiles! This is because the volunteers worked hard to put them at ease, in the space reserved for children, tables and some accompanying games. A mother accompanied her 11-year-old son to this space.

“Laurent has been athletic for a year. With COVID-19, we were looking for an outdoor activity. We came across the Impulse Athletics Club website. We loved the volunteers, the adults and the younger ones. Laurent made the selections and he [ainsi] known to other young people, “says Valérie Roy-Myrand, who has lived in Ahuntsic-Cartierville for 11 years.

In full decor

It’s 5:30 pm, it’s time for the opening ceremony of the Montreal Games, it’s time for decorum, it’s time for seriousness. The two children representing the Ahuntsic-Cartierville delegation, Laurent and Lyanna, accompanied by their mascot, walk the red carpet to the stage. They are followed by the other 27 delegations. The stage is now filled with children in colorful sweaters, studded with large colored soft toys, the mascots.

The Ahuntsic-Cartierville delegation during the opening parade of the Montreal Games. (Photo: François Robert-Durand, JDV).

The speeches follow one another with solemnity. The tribute to the late Yves Collin, chef de mission for the Montreal Games for forty years, is listened to with the contemplation of the occasion. The athlete’s oaths as well as those of the officer and judges are proclaimed with strength and conviction.

Finally, the children disperse, the parents, proud to find them, argue among themselves.

A family history

“My daughter Lyanna was selected to represent the athletics delegation, she just turned 10. She is the tallest and fastest in her class, which is why she likes athletics, especially high jump, “says Vanessa Hernande, a lifelong resident of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, first in Saint-Sulpice, then on the Fleury seafront.

Vanessa Hernande, also in AC., And her 10-year-old daughter Lyanna, sign up for athletics.  Lyanna is also selected to represent the Ahuntsic-Cartierville delegation.
Vanessa Hernande, also in AC., And her 10-year-old daughter Lyanna, sign up for athletics. Lyanna is also selected to represent the Ahuntsic-Cartierville delegation. (Photo: François Robert-Durand, JDV)

Lyanna was also selected for the 2020 Montreal Games, but COVID-19 didn’t force her not to participate in the Games that year. Vanessa Hernande’s son had done the Basketball Games, but today he is 14, he is no longer eligible. Vanessa, also in basketball, had participated in the Montreal Games. As for her husband, it was in track and field that he joined the Montreal Games.

Ahuntsic-Cartierville at the Games!

According to Barabara Poinsaut of the Montreal Games, 600 adult volunteers supervise some 5,000 athletes, not to mention the 500 judges and officials, as well as 23 sports sponsors, each responsible for a sport. And let’s not forget the 28 heads of delegation. In addition, it is a resident of the municipality, David Sauvé, who heads the Ahuntsic-Cartierville delegation with 230 athletes in 16 different sports.

According to the district, here is the list of sports represented for Ahuntsic-Cartierville:

  • Athletics (23 youth, Impulse Athletics Club)
  • Badminton (8 young, Les Raquettes du Nord de Montréal Badminton Club – CBRNM)
  • Baseball (11 youth, Ahuntsic-Cartierville Panthères)
  • Artistic gymnastics (15 young people, Club Gymnix)
  • Handball (20 youth, Ahuntsic-Cartierville Handball Club – CHAC)
  • Judo (60 young people, Hakudokan Club and CSCR Metropolitan Judo Club)
  • Karate (16 young, Dojokai)
  • Wrestling (2 youth, Inter-Concordia Wrestling Club – CLICK)
  • Swimming (6 young people, Les Piranhas Du Nord Aquatic Club – CAPN)
  • Skateboard (7 youngsters, not affiliated with a club, but practical at TAZ)
  • Rugby (10 youths, Rugby club Les Gaulois)
  • Football (25 youth, Ahuntsic Braves Soccer Club)
  • Table tennis (4 young people, Prestige Table Tennis Club of Montreal)
  • Archery (13 young people, Montreal Archery Club – CTAM)
  • Volleyball (8 young people, Friends of Saint-Simon)
  • Water polo (9 young people, CAMO water polo)

The municipality adds that seven sports are not represented:

  • Basketball (no recreation center interested)
  • Rhythmic gymnastics (no activities)
  • Kin-Ball (no activity)
  • Artistic swimming (no activities)
  • Taekwondo (no activity)
  • Tennis (no children reported by MTL Tennis)
  • Ultimate Freezbee (difficulty recruiting youngsters as game registrations occurred between two seasons)

For details on the organization of the Montreal Games you can consult the Montreal Games site

Free admission to the service of young people, future actors of society

The gratuity has a cost. The village announces the color by distributing a sweater and snacks. Need 350 hours of human resources for animation, surveillance, youth supervision, mascot and media representation.

Remember that one of the goals of the Montreal Games is to give young people the opportunity to find and explore a sport.

Patrice Bernier, former Montreal Impact captain and spokesperson for the Montreal Games, gave the keynote address, underlining the benefits of playing sports for a young person.

“Sport develops self-confidence, self-transcendence and self-discovery. And do not forget, every time the adult [proche] there is to encourage the child, this support will allow him to go further, to build […]. Good games and have fun! “.

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