For the tenth year, the City of Granby emphasized performance and the determination of its athletes through the tracking program for excellence in sport. Seventeen young people under 30 were awarded scholarships Tuesday night at City Hall, in front of elected officials and their family members. Handed for a second year, the favorite Award went to the handball player Christina Ares-St-Onge.
“It’s crazy, since the 1st edition of the City grant me a scholarship,” said the athlete of 24 years, grateful. A $ 2,500 scholarship is awarded to him this year.
“Without these scholarships, I would not have had the performance that I have. I’m in college and it allows me to do my two sports and concentrate fully on my studies too. ”
The woman sees double, both for his studies in sport. This completes a double tray in mathematics and mathematics education in secondary shines as handball at soccer. Two sports it considers essential to everyday life.
“I had neglected one year soccer for handball and I missed. It takes me two! Then I’m used to playing with a busy schedule. If my schedule is not loaded, I do not perform, “says the young woman.
It grants six hours a week to practice handball, four hours with the senior men’s AAA club of Sherbrooke, where she studied. “The more national team camps, plus the Quebec team once a month from Friday to Sunday evening,” she adds.
Christina Ares-St-Onge earned its place at the Pan American Games in summer 2015 with the Canadian handball team. The training was not classified for the 2016 Olympics, but she will try to qualify for those 2020.
The athlete has every chance to live this Olympic experience, she has finished first in scoring for senior civil circuit the Quebec Federation of Olympic handball. She scored an impressive total of 144 points in only 16 games, which equates to an average of 9 points per game. “They say that when you count about 6-7 goals a game, you’re in the top scoreuses the circuit,” she confirms modestly.
His strength? The rapidity. “Often defensively, I play forward. Marc (coach) use my advantage of being quick to play against the attacks, so it allows me to be often on a breakaway. It is I who put the goal at the end, but the defensive work and the keeper are sure we can do against this attack and then I alone a shot against the goalkeeper ” she says.
In soccer, the versatile young woman helped the Vert et Or Sherbrooke University to get a fourth at the Canadian University Championships in Vancouver, the best performance in the history of the institution. “We’ll want to go back and get your hands on a medal, that’s for sure!” Says the athlete motivated.
About the program
Scholarships sports excellence program are aimed at amateur athletes under 25 years or under 30 years for athletes of the Paralympic disciplines residing on the territory of Granby who practice amateur sports federations recognized by at levels of competition in Quebec, Canadian or international.
The level is raised, in Granby, as held to underline the Councillor delegate to sport, Stéphane Giard.
“We have people who perform internationally, nationally … it’s amazing how we can be talented in Granby!” Is he exclaimed, impressed by the sporting elite of the region.
Giard was part of the stock selection committee, which notably assessed the progress and performance of the athlete and his motivation to move towards excellence.