Aikens well represented at Voyageur Games
Feb. 24, 2009
The boys from the lake competed Thursday night in the "Concours du Meilleur". The winner of the tournament is bestowed the title of "The best Voyageur". The meet is part of Winnipeg's "Festival du Voyageur". It pits contestants in traditional events necessitating a mix of balance, wit, speed and brawn. Not only did Aikens' two man team participate, but many alumni members of Aikens squared off as well in the hopes of taking home the prestigious title. The preliminary choosing of Aikens' contingent was done at the lake last August. Guides Ashton Beaupré and Patrick Trudel won first and second place respectively. The two however did not compete in the games in Winnipeg (Ashton- away on travel / Patrick- deffered the challenge). André Fontaine and Bruno Maynard (both in their second games) worked valiantly to bring a win back to the lake. Also present, sponsored by other local teams, were Aikens vets Pascal "Turbo" Breton and Daniel "D.G." Garand. Needless to say, the Aikens fans formed a large contingent of supporters. All the guys managed to win a few bouts, but in the end, we finished just out of the finals cut. There were numerous thrilling match-ups where we had a hard time deciding who to cheer for. Bruno's leg-wrestling skills proved quite strong. André's tug-of war savvy was impressive. D.G.'s balance in the pillow fight was solid. But, Turbo wowed everyone in the hall by completing the log-sawing event with a blazing time (3.42 secs.)!