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Reminder – French Webinar: Overcoming vs. Dismantling Barriers to Sport and Physical Activity for New to Canada Participants



Event Date(s) : May 25, 2023
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Organization : Le sport c'est pour la vie
Contact Person : Le sport c'est pour la vie
Contact Email :

Event Location : En ligne - Online (Zoom)
- select-a-province-territory, CA

Dear Sport for Life Champions,

Join us for the French webinar:

Overcoming vs. Dismantling Barriers to Sport and Physical Activity for New to Canada Participants

Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

Within the quality sport and physical literacy ecosystem, there are many barriers faced by New to Canada Participants. How can we dismantle them, so that everybody has access to these opportunities?

In this webinar, Ernest Edmond, co-founder and president of Les Ballons Intensifs, and Sarah Mazouz, former judoka and judo club owner, will discuss:

  • the important programs their organization supports for newcomers in their community,

  • the barriers New to Canada Participants face and ideas on how those barriers could be overcome, and

  • insights on creating systemic change to dismantle barriers to participation.


Sarah-Myriam Mazouz

A late bloomer in judo at the age of 22, Sarah Mazouz has carved out a niche for herself in the Canadian judo scene and then internationally with two Olympic qualifications (2016/2020) from her home country of Gabon.

Of Algerian origin, Sarah is proud to define herself today as a Quebecer, her home since 2003. After retiring from sport following the Tokyo Games, she continues to work in sport alongside her partner in their  Kiseki judo club and training center.

Sarah graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montreal. Wishing to do her part for the Quebec sport, she has just completed a DESS in management, sport management in the same university and is involved in various projects that affect newcomers and women’s judo.

Ernest Edmond

Born in Port-au-Prince, Ernest arrived in Quebec at the age of six. Curious and empathic by nature, his arrival in Montreal not only allowed him to pursue his personal development, but also opened his eyes to the many social inequalities that prevailed in both his native and host countries. Passionate about issues related to youth, sports and culture, he has been involved in causes such as the fight against poverty and discrimination, the development of culture and sports, and social inclusion. Although he is very involved in many projects, it is through the establishment of the O.B.N.L Les Ballons Intensifs that he has shown exceptional leadership since 2009.

Through the program “Les Camps d’été LBI”, Les Ballons Intensifs contributes to the development of young people from underprivileged backgrounds so that they become engaged citizens and agents of change in their community. The LBI summer camps combine sports, cultural activities and community involvement so that participants can perfect their playing skills and surpass themselves both personally and socially.

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