Director of athletics competitions at the provincial final of the Quebec Games in Laval, Lyne Carry regularly watched the board displaying the results at the Claude-Ferragne stadium. A smile appeared on his lips when the athletes of the Laval delegation distinguished themselves.
Laval finished third in athletics with 14 medals (7-6-1) and 2,075.5 points behind the South Shore and Chaudière-Appalaches. “We have made clear progress and that bodes well for the coming years,” says Lyne, also general manager of the Dynamique de Laval athletics club. “We succeeded in our mission and our athletes can be proud of what they accomplished at the Laval Games. »
Rarely has the Laval region finished among the seven best delegations in athletics at previous provincial finals.
“I'm proud of our third place, but our absence in the men's combined cost valuable points. We will remedy the situation in view of the Rimouski Games next summer,” promises Lyne in a convincing tone.
A big machine
The Dynamique de Laval athletics club, which has existed since the late 1960s, is one of the big sports machines in the Belle Province. The organization benefits from good financial support from the City, part of which is devoted to recruitment. No less than 20,000 students were questioned in schools during recruitment sessions. They are made aware of the benefits of athletics through programs.
The club also reaches approximately 500 athletes through sections relating to initiation and competition.
“I am lucky to rely on trusted administrators and coaches to run the club well,” said the one who is in her 20th year of involvement.
Annie Potvin and a dozen coaches take care of the approximately 170 athletes aged 8 to 35 who regularly participate in competitions across the province.
“We have top quality facilities, our coaches are very competent. In short, all the ingredients are there to be better and to proudly represent the city of Laval,” illustrates Lyne.