The UdeS Stadium track gets a new look

The stadium of the Université de Sherbrooke has a new look. After months of major work, her new athletics track was inaugurated Monday morning and she is now ready to support the performances of athletes and competitions.
Cand investment of $ 3.3 million, jointly supported by the Government of Quebec (50%), the City of Sherbrooke (25%) and the University of Sherbrooke (25%), was made necessary due to obsolescence the former Mondo surface, installed at the same time as the construction of the Stadium, more than 15 years ago.

The Minister Responsible for Education, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Member of Parliament for Brome-Missisquoi, and former Olympic athlete, Isabelle Charest, was on hand to participate in the official inauguration.

“It takes quality infrastructure to develop and keep our athletes. The track will also be able to host international competitions, it’s a great way to light a flame among young people who may want to invest in this discipline (athletics). I think that being able to provide safe, quality, up-to-date infrastructure will make more people want to participate in an activity. In the end, everyone will be more active, “said the one who was chef de mission for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, before embarking on politics.

The Mondo Super X720 coating meets the highest standards of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and could soon host major competitions.

Sherbrooke has confirmed that it has made the request to host the Legion Games in 2020 and 2021. A decision on this subject is expected by the end of September.

Sherbrooke hosted this competition in 2008 and 2009.

“To be able to witness great sporting achievements, it helps to ensure that young people, or even young, may have an attraction for a sport. I remember very well watching great athletes, and I wanted to invest myself in the sport. It can help light the flame. ”

The replacement of the outer runway at the Université de Sherbrooke stadium was the first phase of the refurbishment work. The second phase will take place next spring, with the renovation of the athletics track located inside the Université de Sherbrooke Sports Center.

The cost of these two projects is estimated at just over $ 7 million.

“We were due to change the outer track. Competitions had to be canceled, the track was completely degraded and dangerous. We now offer a world class track, approved by the International Federation. For our athletes, for the citizens of the city, it’s really a very important thing for everyone, “said University of Sherbrooke President Dr. Pierre Cossette.

“This surface is top of the line for our athletes, it’s a 13mm coating, with very precise specifications to maximize the training. Also, we talk a lot about recruitment. To attract the best athletes, it starts with good programs at the university, a good staff of coaches, good facilities and good peripheral services. The facilities, in recent years, it was starting to be obsolete. With what’s coming for the interior too, it’s going to be a big “wow”. You add to that the scholarship program put in place by Mr. Savard (Serge) and from there, it’s up to us to do the work, “said UdeS program coordinator Luc France.

“It’s very positive. I begin my fourth year at the helm of the program, and I feel that I’m leaving with beautiful things and positive. Because the competition is fierce, for the recruitment. Not only with Montreal and Quebec City, but also with the NCAA (United States). A majority of top athletes, especially from the Montreal area, are very attracted to the NCAA. Last year, three or four chose to go there. Like Perry (Mackinnon, a cross-country specialist with the Volunteers of Cégep de Sherbrooke two years ago), who chose to go to Cornell, for his program of studies. The reality has changed a lot. It creates a competition, and you have to know how to stand out, “says Luc Lafrance.

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