The 50th anniversary of the sports activities at the Cégep de Granby is celebrated this weekend during a tournament basketball friendly. The event will include former athletes of different disciplines to get together and share many memories.
“With the department of physical education, it has invited all the former that one could join to get the most people possible. We wanted to create an event that is likely to repeat itself during the next few years “, explained the coordinator of the department and head coach of the Inouk of basketball male, Frédéric Parent.
“In addition to showing that the Cégep de Granby is the living, active and dynamic, it is a way to raise funds for the basketball teams intercollégiales and the program of the mini-Inouk, that we started three years ago. “
Also open to people who have not represented the college, this mixed game tournament brings together 20 teams. The final of the class “competition,” is scheduled for 21 h Saturday, while the 12 teams of the component “participation” will compete in three games without any real issue.
“We have access to only one gym, so the schedule is full of 19 h this evening [NOTE : Friday] up to 19 h Sunday. If the tournament continues next year, we may try to find another plateau, ” said Parent.
Many faces, highlights of the basketball program granbyen — launched at the beginning of the 80’s — should be present, including Mathew Van Doorn, Jason Ares-St-Onge and Daniel Dumoulin. The latter was part of the only team of Inouk to have won the provincial championship, be it during the 1988-89 season.
“I have collected photos and documents from the archives if people want to see it. We tried to create a beautiful event with the time at our disposal. “
Having donned the uniform granbyen before returning as a coach this season, Parent is an indication of the evolution of the program. With more than 15 years of experience as a coach of Inouk, John Van Doorn is also expected to relive the good times.
Paused since mid-December, the teams current Inouk basketball will resume action on 25 and 27 January, then they face each other successively Shawinigan and Sherbrooke on the road.