Desgagnés and Forteza crowned

Desgagnés et Forteza couronnés

The middle distance runner Jean-Simon Desgagnes, and the rugby player Fabiola Forteza are the athletes par excellence of the 69th edition of the Gala of the Red and Gold of the University Laval, which took place yesterday, in a virtual way, for the first time in the history of the event.

Finalist in 2019, Desgagnés is the successor to the defensive end Mathieu Betts, who had won the honor in the past three years. Phd student in medicine is the 10th member of the track club to win this honor, the first since Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, who has managed the double in 2014 and 2015.

Desgagnés has won gold in the 3,000 m and silver in the 1500 m at the national championships in canadian university athletics. In cross country, he was chosen the outstanding athlete of the RSEQ and won gold at the provincial championship.

“We can say that the second time has been good, stressed Desgagnés. Last year, I won three silver medals at the national. This year, I am back with a gold medal. I think that has weighed in the balance. ”

Successful season

For its part, Forteza has been chosen player by excellence of the country, a first in the history of 15 years of Red and Gold. Named in the all-star team for the canadian championship and elected player by excellence of the final, player 3rd line has also led the team to the first national title of its history.

“It is certain that this adds a cachet of having passed these first two, but the highlight of my season is to have won the national title in the team, pointed out that who wishes to pierce the alignment of the national team in anticipation of the world Cup in September 2021. This title goes beyond the individual honours. I couldn’t ask for more. ”

“An ambitious plan”

Triple medalist at the canadian track and field championships contested at the University of Alberta, Audrey Leduc has been chosen recruit for excellence. Leduc has won the silver medal in the long jump and a bronze in the 60 m, and the relay 4X200m.

“Winning three medals at the canadian championship was not unexpected, but it was an ambitious plan, she summary. I had managed my best ever performance at the provincial championship in length and I was aiming for a medal in the 60 m, For the next year, I want to win the gold in my two individual events and rise again on the podium in the relay. ”

On the male side, the honor is income to the swimmer, Nathan Beaudin-Bolduc. Sacred recruit by excellence in the country, a first in the Red and Gold since the title of Bruno Langlois in 2008, Beaudin-Bolduc won the silver in the 400 m freestyle at the canadian championships. He has also won four medals, including one gold, at the world championships.

“The more young, Bruno was my idol and he impressed me, he pointed out. My goal was to earn the title of rookie of the year in the RSEQ, but I was really surprised to win at the national level. I was counting on two medals at the canadian championships, but missed the podium in the 4X200m. ”

The success on the ski and in the classroom

The alpine skier Samuel Lamhamedi has laid hands on the prize Jean-Marie De Koninck given to the student-athlete who best balanced sports and studies. While maintaining an average of 3.43 on a 4.33 in his studies in actuarial sciences, he has won the title of the RSEQ in leading men to the banner of the legislature.

“There is no miracle recipe to combine the two, but you learn with the years, he said. It was disappointing that our season has ended because of the virus, especially as the races were taking place at home, but I will have the opportunity of getting back next year. ”

The winners of the evening

Male athlete

► Jean-Simon Desgagnes

  • Athletics and cross-country

Female athlete par excellence

► Fabiola Forteza

  • Rugby

Rookie male by excellence

► Nathan Beaudin-Bolduc

  • Swimming

Recruit an outstanding female

► Audrey Leduc

  • Athletics

Prix Jean-Marie De Koninck

► Samuel Lamhamedi

  • Alpine skiing

Male athlete in individual sports

► Jean-Simon Desgagnes

  • Athletics and cross-country

Male athlete sports

► Kean Harelimana

  • Football

Female athlete of the year in individual sports

► Jessy Lacourse

  • Athletics and cross-country

Female athlete of the year in sports

► Fabiola Forteza

  • Rugby
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