Beauceron Sporting Merit Gala: Joshua Roy named athlete of the year


Hockey player Joshua Roy took the Élitas d’or last night at the 43rd Beauceron Sports Merit Gala at the Caztel Center in Sainte-Marie.

Thus, the athlete from Saint-Georges will have his name written on the wall of the Lacroix-Dutil Sports Center among the 42 other athletes selected before him.

Eighteen-year-old Joshua Roy is having an outstanding season with Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He sat at the top of the QMJHL scorers during the holiday break. His production is proving that the Montreal Canadiens recruiters, who selected him in the fifth round of the last National League draft, were right. The athlete had won the silver Elitas at the last Gala in 2020.

It should also be noted that on Friday evening, he became the first player to reach a 100-point plateau this season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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After the cancellation of 2021 and the Gala held in virtual mode in 2020, the ceremony, which took on a public character, was attended by approximately 275 people.

The event took place in a humorous tone and with the extraordinary kindness of everyone.

It was also an opportunity for the organizing committee to honor three athletes from the region who recently participated in the Beijing Olympics. In response, skier Marie-Michèle Gagnon, hockey player Marie-Philippe Poulin and snowboarder Éliot Grondin received applause from the public. The applause reserved for the last of the three took on a certain character, as it came from the people of Sainte-Marie, who had supported him since early childhood.

It’s fun coming here, Beauce has always had my back. Happy to be in Sainte-Marie, to be at home, to be with my world “said Éliot Grondin after receiving his tribute.” Everything happens so fast, we got two medals in almost 48 hours and I really felt the support of the people here! The support of the region really motivated me. »

Rosaire Sylvain as Honorary President
The ceremony was held under the honorary presidency of Rosaire Sylvain.

The 43rd Gala gives us a look at Beauce’s oldest organized event, the Beauce Hockey League, which began in 1922. That means we’re celebrating our 100th anniversary! », underlined the honorary president of the event, Rosaire Sylvain. ” What I love about this gala today is the connection between the oldest hockey league in Beauce and the new generations of sports. »

Former goalkeeper and physical education teacher at Polyvalente Benoît-Vachon, in 2021 he published a book with Éric Giguère on the history of the Beauce Hockey League, from which it developed. Sales that exceeded the most optimistic expectations resulted in a profit of $20,000, which Mr. Sylvain donated to the Beauceron Sports Merit Gala organization.

This is a huge philanthropic show on behalf of an important figure in the maritime and Beauceron sports scene. Added Veronique Paquet. ” This gesture of Mr. Sylvain will ensure the continuity of the Gala, which has been showing our athletes for 43 years. Our organization owes him a great deal, and we cannot thank him enough. “.

Silver Elites: Joëlle Mercier
The silver Elitas went to Joëlle Mercier, who helped Université Laval Rouge et Or win the Provincial University Football Championship and take a bronze medal at the Canadian Championship.

His performances earned him selections for the Quebec and Canadian star teams.

Bronze Elites: Marie-Raphaëlle Savoie
Marie-Raphaëlle Savoie received the bronze Élitas. She placed second at the Provincial Junior Figure Skating Championships held in Sainte-Marie.

His performances at the Skate Canada Challenge in Regina led him to qualify for the Canadian Junior Championships.

Twenty-two Élitas have been awarded to athletes in 16 disciplines, as well as a prominent coach, volunteer, team, event and organization in 2020 and 2021.

There were 61 nominations. The youngest ten-year-old DEK hockey player was Lucas Valdron, while bodybuilder Gaston Bolduc, 61, had the longest life experience.


Athletics: Anthony Labbe

Basketball: Florence Fortin

Bodybuilding-Fitness: Josée Lachance

WEC Adult Hockey: Chad Morin

WEC Junior Hockey: Jonathan Dulac

Football: Charles Bouliane

Gymnastics: Eve Tanguay

Weightlifting: Catherine Goupil

Hockey: Joshua Roy

Judo: Catherine Bourque

Figure skating: Marie-Raphaëlle Savoie

Football: Joelle Mercier

Tennis: Alysee Poulin

Volleyball: Britania Maranda

The undisciplined youth: Christopher Lambert

Senior indoor discipline: Jimmy Giroux

School athlete: Lorie Tanguay

Volunteer: Lyne Beaudoin

Coach: Pier-Alexandre Poulin

Team: Cégep Beauce-Appalches Condors (soccer)

Event: 24 DH Saint-Georges Ford – Dek Edition

Organization: Baseball Beauty Center

Bronze Elites: Marie-Raphaëlle Savoie

Silver Elites: Joëlle Mercier

Golden Elites: Joshua Roy

Dear athletes, you are lucky because you are all winners! Sports is a school of life, I can confirm that to you. We’ll need you in the job market, young competitive people, young winners said Gaétan Vachon, mayor of the city of Sainte-Marie and governor of the MRC Nouvelle-Beauce.