(Sherbrooke) The former strongman NHL Andre Roy never hesitated when his former teammate JocelynThibault approached him to be the honorary president of the second edition of Jocelyn Thibault Golf Open .
“Jocelyn did not have to twist my arm for me to accept. Although I have several requests like that, I wanted to help Jocelyn in this case. I know how it can be costly practice of a sport, “he said on Wednesday just before the tournament for athletes here.
Andre Roy has not experienced poverty in his youth.
“My father has made many sacrifices to allow my two older brothers and I play sports. I know that sometimes it was difficult financially, but who is always out. I saw by against good players drop the hockey due to a question of money. ”
And times have not really changed.
“If it was expensive in time, it’s worse today. This is driven mad. For a middle class family, it became difficult. ”
Jocelyn Thibault, he was goalkeeper. Her sister practiced figure skating.
“I also know that it was very expensive to my parents when I was young. Athletes can thank their parents and also the organizations that are there to help them, “said the former goalkeeper of the NHL.
If André Roy had as role to protect his teammates, including Jocelyn Thibault, still he always volunteered to help her guardian.
“I knew Jocelyn in Pittsburgh and, since then, we are good friends. I am here today is because’d do anything for him! “Launched Andre Roy, laughing at his last sentence.
All sub raised through the participation of some 120 golfers will be donated to the organization Sherbrooke Sport Excellence.
The event is in fact a result of the Golf Tournament Jean Perrault, the this appointment organizer for 20 years.
“Through this tournament, it helps top athletes in the region and over said JocelynThibault. sporting excellence Sherbrooke did many things for the athletes and the tournament is an important source of funding for the organization. ”
According to him, with Sport Excellence Sherbrooke wants paramount.
“One does not have to search long to find concrete cases, he proclaims. One just has to look weightlifter Pascal Plamondon, who enjoyed the support of Sport Excellence Sherbrooke and participate in the Rio Games, or even the rider Sebastieu Beaulieu, who was stripped of the financial assistance Sport Canada. We must continue to help them. ”