For its 150th anniversary, Alma will host for the first time the Canadian Balloon Championship on ice, 4 to 8 April 2017. The national competition will bring together nine provinces and territories for a total of 23 teams will compete for top honors on both rinks Mario Tremblay-center.
The fallout will be excellent for the municipality with the participation of 700 players and accompanists. Organizers estimate the economic impact at $ 850,000. “We’ll get our English. We will welcome a lot of people, “to launch the President of the Sports Committee and Alma leisure, Sylvie Beaumont, adding that in addition to Quebec, the training will come from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, new Brunswick, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Local teams of As Saint-Coeur-de-Marie will be strongly represented with three of the four teams in Quebec, in all categories at the stake, or elite men, women and mixed. “It is a little considered Gauls”, Eric Gilbert image on the success of the team with the players on the circuit basin which was created in 1999.
Race against time
One of the leaders of the organization and member of the board of the Provincial Federation of Broomball, Eric Gilbert, was approached by the president of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Alma, Michel Brassard, to know his interest in presenting the event.
Aces coach had already applied for 2018, but at the annual meeting, the Manitoba bid was preferred. As chance may have it, 2017 was still free, but Eric Gilbert had to very quickly to confirm the support of the leaders of the city of Alma. He had ten minutes flat to join the director Jocelyn Tremblay leisure, but he was in a meeting. “When I ended up talking to him, I had 44 seconds,” recalls Eric Gilbert who then got the nod as he was the only one to raise his hand.
“With the renovation of the center Mario Tremblay, leaders of the Canadian Association were not embarrassed to give us,” argued the official, adding that this cure will be fully completed in 2017.
Almatois the organizing committee will not be in his first competition of importance of sport also called broomball. Almatois the sports center was the scene of three provincial championships in 2002, 2012 and 2016 and the Canadian Juvenile Championship in 2014.
The Aces will also be among the favorites in the senior elite. At the competition in March, they saw their journey ended in the semifinals, facing training in Ontario. “We’re 11-0 in the preliminary round, but in qualifying, it’s a little harder,” admits smiling Eric Gilbert, who is assisted by Daniel Fortin. Training U19 won top honors in 2015 in Manitoba, a first victory for them. Several players have since graduated with adults.