COVID-19: an athlete of the Red and Gold put his hand to the dough

COVID-19: une athlète du Rouge et Or met la main à la pâte

Medical student and player of badminton with the Red and Gold of the University Laval, Alice Boivin is no stranger to busy schedules. If she did not want to lift the foot in this pandemic period, it is satisfied to serve his community through the daily battle against the formidable opponent.

In the aftermath of the announcement of the closure of all educational institutions on march 13, the athlete is 24-year-old sent his curriculum vitae to the CISSS de l’abitibi-Témiscamingue in order to participate in the collective effort against the fight-to-the COVID-19.

A week later, she received an offer to work in CHLSD Pix-XII of Rouyn-Noranda in his hometown as an aid to service because of the lack of staff to implement the many measures of hygiene to reduce the risk of contamination.

This property has been spared by the COVID-19 until now.

“I didn’t want to be a spectator of what is happening, and remain to do nothing. I’m used to having a schedule busy with the studies and the Red and Gold. I had to do something. I wanted to be involved in the crisis”, stressed in a telephone interview to the Newspaper the young woman, who would have been ready to be deployed to the hospital if his services were required.

Under control

In Abitibi, the situation is currently well controlled and no new cases have been identified since last Saturday.

According to government data yesterday, 149 people have been infected and three have died. The access to the region and the city of Rouyn-Noranda are always controlled.

“People have really respected the rules. I had small fears at the beginning [of catching the virus], but I had more fear for my parents in which I reside. I have talked with them and they were willing to take the risk as they have less than 60 years and that they are in good health. That said, I don’t really feel at the front” confessed Alice Boivin, who has finished his session winter Monday following his course at distance. She must begin his / her externship (practicum) in the fall.

Unlike the episodes of horror reported in some NURSING homes of the province, the player in the Red and Gold said to have been no alarming situation since he was hired.

“We hear a lot of horrible things on tv, but I have not been witness to it. Residents are well-fed and well taken care of them. There are about thirty people that were hired after me. I am part of those who have a lot of seniority ! Everything is more long then it is necessary to feed the residents in the rooms, and accomplish the tasks of disinfection.”


It is not only the official duties that occupy a student in medicine in her shifts. When time allows, she interacts with the elderly to break their loneliness.

“I make games, but it’s hard, because we can’t organize big games in a group in a room. You have to be creative and individual. I have to adjust the level of autonomy of the person”, she entrusted.

“I had great projects”

Alice Boivin was preparing to live the summer of her dreams until the pandemic plays with his plans.

First, the cancellation of the canadian championships which were to take place at the PEPS of Université Laval on the 13, 14 and 15 march has been an initial shock to cash.

“I’ve learned the same morning [Friday] when I arrived at the gym. I begin to annoy me a bit. I try to exercise at home, but I do not do much volume. It is harder to keep in shape, and my rackets and my shoes are locked in my locker at the PEPS!” let go of that which has completed its third year in the jersey of the Red and Gold.

Tournament and course

It is, however, the report (officially) of the pan american Games university of FISU, planned in Mexico in the month of June, which saddens more.

She also had to put a cross on an internship volunteer in health in Indonesia, which was to extend over six weeks in July and August.

“I’m really disappointed that the season has been shortened. I had good projects and it would have been my first international tournament in Mexico. Then, I started to learn Spanish for personal interest more than a year and I was thrilled to be able to practice it.”


Like her teammates, she doesn’t know when she will be able to resume playing, or if the next season will begin according to the planned schedule.

Individual sports at the university level could be the first to restart, according to the information circulating.

The club badminton will then be finding a new head coach because of the resignation of Stephen Couture, last week, after an association of 14 years.

“I was a little surprised, but not that much. There are things that make it no longer worked. It is a disappointment for the team and we will hope that the new coach will be at the height of it,” said Alice Boivin, who has two years of eligibility.

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