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Affirming more than ever its desire to be a partner of choice for high-performance sport and the sport community, the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) presented its 2021-2022 activity report at its annual meeting on June 16. While the challenges related to the management of the pandemic once again attracted attention, the year was marked by a first: the presentation of two Olympic and Paralympic Games in the same fiscal year with Tokyo (summer 2021) and Beijing (winter 2022).

“Supporting and accompanying athletes in the lead-up to and during the Big Games is always a time of excitement, pressure and long hours,” said Jean R. Dupré, Chairman of the Board of INS Québec. “To do it twice in six months is exceptional. So were the members of our teams, whose commitment and professionalism must be applauded.”

INS Québec and its network members are proud to have accompanied 171 athletes in their Olympic and Paralympic preparation for Tokyo and Beijing. This represents 90% of the athletes originating from or training in Québec and more than 20% of the members of the various delegations who wore Canada’s colours during these Games.

Funding – a challenge and a priority

Whether it is public or private funds, optimizing, increasing and diversifying funding sources is and will remain a challenge and a priority for the organization.

“Although essential to the deployment of our services, the financial contributions of the governments of Québec and Canada cannot cover everything,” says Gaëtan Robitaille, President and CEO of INS Québec. “The needs of our clients are diversifying and their expectations are in line with our promise: excellence. We have no choice. To do better. To do more. To do things differently. So that INS Québec continues to be ‘The Ingenuity behind the performance’.”

Safe Sport and Partner Relations

Among the other highlights of the past year, the INS Québec has continued to implement initiatives to better empower its team regarding safe sport. The Institut is deeply convinced that this is a collective duty for all players in the sport system.

Collaboration is at the heart of INS Québec’s intervention model, so relationships with partners were a major focus in 2021-2022. The creation of the Projets Synergiques program (synergistic projects) is a good example of how the relationship with Québec sport federations and regional multi-sport training centres has evolved. On the Canadian stage, the Institut’s leadership has increased in various ways within the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network. At the international level, the INS Québec continues to play a leading role within the French-speaking Olympic Sports Medicine Research Network (ReFORM).

2022-2026: Support – Collaborate – Broaden

INS Québec took advantage of its annual meeting to present its 2022-2026 strategic plan, which will be under the sign of continuity and updating. Based on three pillars, the organization clearly indicates its intentions for the coming years: Support – Collaborate – Broaden.

From yesterday, to today, to tomorrow… 25 years of evolution

Originating from the Centre national multisport – Montréal created in April 1997, the INS Québec has been present in the Québec and Canadian sport ecosystem for 25 years now. From its beginnings as an almost confidential organization, the INS Québec is now a leader whose expertise extends beyond the country’s borders, both in the sports results of the athletes it serves and in its role as a scientific and medical sports development centre.

Throughout these 25 years, the INS Québec, thanks to its capacity to adapt and innovate, has supported thousands of athletes by providing services and innovations in sport medicine, sport science and personal services.

Board of Directors: departure of Bernard Petiot 

A member of the INS Québec Board of Directors since 2016, Bernard Petiot did not seek a renewal of his mandate. He has been recognized for his interest in the role of sport science on the various dimensions of human performance. Highlights of his time on the Board include the establishment of the Human Resources Committee and his participation in the Cercle des présidents (Presidents’ Circle), which brings together the presidents of the Regional Multi-Sport Training Centres. He was also instrumental in establishing and maintaining the Institut’s relationship with Cirque du Soleil.

At the General Meeting, the members accepted the Board of Directors’ recommendation to renew the mandate of four directors: Francine Champoux, Jean R. Dupré, Yann Paquet, Marie Pinsonneault. The Board of Directors is completed by: Émilie Bundock, Benoit Huot, Nathalie Joncas, Mélanie Marois, Jean-Philippe Normandeau, François Racine.

About the Institut national du sport du Québec | www.insquebec.org

By focusing on science, innovation and technology, Institut national du sport du Québec embodies the “Ingenuity Behind the Performance” by offering cutting-edge solutions powered by experts and partners with the common goal of enabling athletes training in Québec to constantly improve in order to excel on the international stage. INS Québec and its network support more than 550 high performance athletes – mainly members of Canadian teams -, nearly 2,000 next generation athletes and some 900 coaches. INS Québec provides scientific, medical and professional services. A member of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sports Institute Network and the French-speaking Olympic Sports Medicine Research Network (ReFORM), INS Québec is active across Québec thanks to its network of 8 regional multi-sport training centres, 22 single-sport training centres and its Olympic Park Complex, which hosts 10 high performance training groups. 

INS Québec is supported by the Québec’s Ministère de l’Éducation, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada as well as private sector partners such as Sports Experts, CISCO, Bell and Mondo.

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Jean Gosselin, PRP. ARP

Communications and Marketing Department

Institut national du sport du Québec

514 757-9092 | communicationsmedia@insquebec.org

The Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française (French Canadian Youth Federation) is proud to relaunch its Request for proposals in preparation for the 8th Jeux de la francophonie canadienne (Canadian Francophone Games), which will be held in the summer of 2025.

The Canadian Francophone Games are a national triennial event that fosters connections by presenting a unique program combining the arts, cooperation, leadership, and sports. They showcase more than a thousand French-speaking young aged 14 to 18 from across Canada. Hundreds of volunteers work behind the scenes, developing their skills, and creating a festive atmosphere in their host community. The Canadian Francophone Games provide youth with cultural pride, self-confidence and leadership abilities in a friendly, competitive setting.

Cities or organizations that wish to submit their application can obtain all relevant information by visiting the Games’ website. Please note that official documents are only available in French, as les Jeux de la francophonie canadienne is a francophone event, but that an English summary is available.

A letter of intent must be submitted before August 15th, 2022, and bids will be accepted until December 15th 2022. The host committee will be announced in 2023.

For more information, please contact the Games’ Manager at caroline@fjcf.ca.

FJCF gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada, for its ongoing support of the Jeux de la francophonie canadienne since their inception in 1999.

Karate Canada athletes come back with a total of 7 medals

CURACAO, June 1st – The XXXV Pan American Karate Championships 2022 was held from May 26 to 28 in Willemstad, Curaçao. The Canadian delegation came back home with a total of 7 medals: 2 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze, as well as 3 top 5 placements.

A total of 306 of the best athletes from 27 countries of the Americas competed for the continental titles, each country bringing a maximum of 2 of their best athletes per division. The 26 Canadian athletes were taking part in the competition in 15 divisions, individual and team.

Haya Jumaa and Natalie Olson still at the top

After claiming the 2021 continental title for the first time in Uruguay last year, Haya Jumaa repeated the feat in an exciting journey to claim gold again in the female kumite –61 kg division, defeating Colombia (3-2), Brazil (8-1), Ecuador (0-0 decision), and Venezuela (2-1). This event and title are the perfect stepping stones for Jumaa as she sets her focus on the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, USA, in July.

In the para karate, intellectually impaired division, Natalie Olson continued her reign as the Pan American champion. Her rendition of the Chatanyara Kushanku kata earned her a great 38.56 score which allowed her to claim gold.

In the same division, Patricia Wright offered a great challenge to her teammate, placing second with a score of 36.96 for her kata Gojushiho. The two Canadians have been continuously placing on the podium ever since the first para karate event have been added to the Pan American Championships program in 2017.

Melissa Bratic (female kumite –68 kg), Valeria Diaz (female kumite +68 kg), Hana Furumoto-Deshaies (female kumite –55 kg), and Daniel Gaysinski (male kumite +84 kg) also gave podium-worthy performances as they each received a bronze for their great performances. Nicholas Patrick Rivest (male kumite –75 kg), Claudia Laos-Loo (female kata) and the male kumite team – Aguilera, Nikbakhsh, Oneil, Rivest, Small, St-Arneault – also reached the bronze medal match but came short of the podium, each finishing with impressive 5th place ranking.

A busy summer ahead

Athletes have a little time to recover before getting ready for their next events of the summer. Many of them are planning to participate in the K1 Series A in Cairo, Egypt on June 10-13. They will meet again on Canadian turf for the National Championships in Saint-John’s, NL on July 1-3. All eyes will then turn to Birmingham, USA on July 8-9 as Haya Jumaa and Kathryn Campbell are selected to compete at the World Games 2022.

About Karate Canada

Karate Canada is a not-for-profit corporation with the objective of describing and incorporating all activities related to the promotion, organization, regulation and popularization of the sport of karate all over Canada, of protecting the physical and emotional health of athletes, and of promoting the interests of karate throughout Canada.

Karate Canada and its 11 Provincial and Territorial Associations members normally assemble roughly 16,000 participants nationwide. Furthermore, Karate Canada is a proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the World Karate Federation and the Pan American Karate Federation. See more at www.karatecanada.org.

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Daphné Trahan-Perreault, Communication Lead
Karate Canada
communications@karatecanada.org
514-605-8538

This all came to life on April 11, 1997. With the signing of a declaration by six key partners, the Québec and Canadian sports communities could now count on a new partner. The Centre national multisport – Montréal (CNM-M) was officially created and was dedicated to serving athletes and high performance sport from the outset. This organization, which became the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) in 2012, is celebrating 25 years of evolution and innovation with the mission of making a difference in the preparation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes training in Québec.

“Since the beginning, we have made our mission a reality by doing everything we can every day to facilitate and improve sports performance so that athletes can achieve their most ambitious goals,” said Jean R. Dupré, Chairman of the Board of INS Québec. “As the organization has evolved, so have the ways of doing things. What remains is that we do so by being a performance partner of choice for Québec and Canadian sports organizations by demonstrating innovation and excellence in our interventions.”

“Every day, we want to live up to our motto ‘The ingenuity behind the performance’. Over the years, thousands of athletes have been supported by the INS Québec with services and advances in sports medicine, sports science and personal services,” said Gaëtan Robitaille, President and CEO of the INS Québec. “Because participation in the Major Games remains the ultimate goal in high performance sport, the Institut’s specialists have supported athletes and national teams through 26 Olympic and Paralympic Games (7 winter and 6 summer) since Nagano 1998.”

1997-2022 – 25 years of evolution and innovation

Twenty-five years ago, with service centres in Montréal and Québec City, the Institut’s project was focused on providing access and functional delivery of medical and scientific services that were not easily available to athletes at the time. In addition, the Institute’s mandate was to support coaches by offering them training programs that would allow them to be even more effective and relevant with their athletes.

With the creation of the Centre d’entraînement des sports aquatiques du Québec (CÉSAQ) in 2006 and its establishment at the Montréal Olympic Park in 2007, the project evolved to add a physical location where, for the first time since the mid-1970s, training groups from several sports could be brought together and offered both a training site and on-site services. This was the precursor to what would become the Institut national du sport du Québec.

The mandate was expanded in 2010 to intensify the delivery of athletes and sports services as well as the expansion of professional development initiatives. It is also at this time that INS Québec has been working to extend and strengthen the network of regional multi-sport training centres and single-sport training centres.

In 2014, the opening of the INS Québec Complexe inside the Olympic Park Sports Centre marked the true starting point of the INS Québec project as we now know it. By adding a component dedicated to research and innovation in sports science and sports medicine, this model allows the development and maintenance of access to integrated coaching and services comparable to the best practices worldwide.

Today, the Institut national du sport du Québec consists of dozens of specialists and a pan-Québec network dedicated to the success of high performance athletes and those of the next generation. By focusing on science, innovation and technology, the INS Québec offers cutting-edge solutions powered by experts and partners with the common goal of enabling athletes training in Québec to constantly improve in order to excel on the international stage.

About the Institut national du sport du Québec | www.insquebec.org

INS Québec and its network support more than 550 high-performance athletes—mainly members of Canadian teams—and nearly 2,000 next-generation athletes and some 900 coaches supervising them. INS Québec provides scientific, medical and professional services. As a member of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network and the Réseau Francophone Olympique de Recherche en Médecine du Sport, INS Québec is active across Québec thanks to its network of 8 regional multi-sport training centres, 21 single-sport training centres and its Olympic Park Complex, which is home to 10 high-performance training groups.

INS Québec receives support from the Ministère de l’Éducation, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, in addition to private partners, such as Sports Experts, CISCO, Bell, B2dix and Mondo.
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Information:
Jean Gosselin, PRP, APR
Communications and marketing department
Institut national du sport du Québec
514 757-9092 | communicationsmedia@insquebec.org

On July 1st to 3rd, Karate Canada will hold its 2022 Junior and Senior National Championships at Mary Browns Center in St John’s, Newfoundland. This year, karatekas from all over the country will celebrate Canada Day together as they compete for a spot on the national karate team.

This yearly event is always a high point for Canadian Karate enthusiasts, an excitement shared by the host province’s association. ” Karate Newfoundland & Labrador is ecstatic to officially share the exciting news that we will be hosting the 2022 Karate Canada National Championships! We look forward to welcoming the country’s top athletes, coaches and officials from coast to coast to the Rock!” said Nathaniel Besso, Karate Newfoundland & Labrador President.

This event regroups elite 12-year-old and above athletes selected through their provincial association. About 530 athletes are expected to participate in this event, of which more than 40% would be female athletes. Above 180 coaches, referees, staff, and volunteers will also take part in the event. Past editions have attracted over 600 daily spectators and a daily average of 3,000 livestream viewers from 23 countries.

This is the first National Championships in 2 years, as the 2020 and 2021 editions were cancelled because of COVID restrictions. “The 2022 National Championships marks our official return to major events in Canada since 2019, and there is no better place to kick things off than St. John’s NL”, says Craig Vokey, Karate Canada President. “This event having last been held in St. John’s in 2006, I know many people are looking forward to returning to enjoy the hospitality of Canada’s most easterly province. I look forward to seeing many of you there!” he added.

In the margin of the National Championships, several other highly anticipated events are to be held, such as National Coaching Certification Program training, Officials’ training, karate Dan testing, and an award gala.

To volunteer at the event, people can reach out to Karate Newfoundland & Labrador to be a part of this great event. Tickets to attend will be available at the Mary Browns Centre box office.

About Karate Canada

Karate Canada is a not-for-profit corporation with the objective of describing and incorporating all activities related to the promotion, organization, regulation and popularization of the sport of karate all over Canada, of protecting the physical and emotional health of athletes, and of promoting the interests of karate throughout Canada.

Karate Canada and its 11 Provincial and Territorial Associations members normally assemble roughly 16,000 participants nationwide. Furthermore, Karate Canada is a proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the World Karate Federation and the Pan American Karate Federation. See more at www.karatecanada.org.