June 4, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - Golf will be introduced to the Canada Games program this summer, and seven junior athletes are part of the preparatory team that has been meeting regularly throughout the winter for clinics and training sessions.
Team coach Louis Melanson is pleased with the progress made by the players, who are practising at the Dundee Sports Dome in Moncton. Final team selection will take place in July, following the Provincial Junior Championships, when the three top-ranked golfers will be selected. Prior to that, they will participate in the East Coast Classic, in June.
One of the hopefuls for the Canada Games team is Stéphane Belliveau, of Shediac, who has been playing golf for about 10 years. At 18, he's in his last year of junior competition, and expects to take part in the National Championships and the Canada Games this summer.
"Participating in the Canada Games will be a great experience," said Belliveau. "I'm really looking forward to competing with people from across Canada. I've always loved the sport, and I'm training hard to reach my goals. My strength is my long game, while I have to work harder on my short game, especially the approach to the green and on the green. I have to take as few strokes as possible."
Belliveau is a graduate of École Louis-J.-Robichaud, and is currently a first-year business student at the Université de Moncton. He has also played hockey, and he trains to stay in shape so he'll have enough energy to play the rounds of golf that he hopes will lead him to success this summer.
The other young golfers hoping to make the team are Stéphane Boudreau, Shane Hughson, Neil Roberts, Calvin Blacquier, Greg Mazerolle, and Justin Richard.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Danielle Phillips, Communications, Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445; Normand Léger, communications, Team New Brunswick / 2009 Canada Games, 506-877-7918.