Two students from College Boréal will participate in the Canada Winter Games being held in Prince George and Northern British Columbia from February 13 to March 1, 2015.
Christine Henry, a student enrolled in the General Arts and Science program in Sudbury, and Gabriel Denis, a student enrolled in the Motive Power Techniques – Heavy Equipment program in Timmins, will take part in cross-country ski competitions for people with disabilities. Long-time members of the Cross-Country Ontario’s Para-Nordic Team, Christine is visually impaired and Gabriel has cerebral palsy.
Para-Nordic and Para-Alpine ski were added to the official competitions at the Canada Winter Games in 2011. Both athletes competed in the cross-country ski events at those Games. Christine earned fourth place in two events: the 2.5 km standing (interval start) and the 5 km classic standing (mass start). She earned the fifth place spot in the 1,000 m sprint standing. Gabriel showed outstanding sportsmanship at the 2011 Canada Winter Games finishing third in all three races. Unfortunately, with less than four competitors in his events, Gabriel was not awarded a medal.
These young and determined athletes are ready to face new competitors and plan on bringing home a medal. If a positive attitude and a strong work ethic are the keys to success, Christine and Gabriel will surely reach their goals.
“The athletes who compete in the Canada Winter Games are our country’s next generation of national and international champions. Christine and Gabriel are two of our shining ambassadors. On behalf of everyone here at Collège Boréal, I wish them the best of luck at the Winter Games and great success.”
Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal
About the Canada Games
Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up and coming Canadian athletes. The Games have been hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City during Canada’s Centennial in 1967. Approximately 2,400 athletes, 1,000 coaches and officials, and up to 4,500 volunteers will be in attendance at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
About Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
Since 1995, over 113,380 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to postsecondary education, training programs, services for immigrants, and services pertaining to employability. Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of services in 35 access centres in 25 communities across the province. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 40 articulation agreements with other postsecondary institutions.
According to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates in the province. Moreover, 100% of surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!
Collège Boréal – 20 years at the heart of your community!
To find out more about Collège Boréal programs and services, please visit our website at www.collegeboreal.ca and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @collegeboreal.
More information on the 2015 Canada Winter Games is available at www.canadagames2015.ca.
Photos: Gabriel Denis (top) and Christine Henry (bottom)
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