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Aikens well represented at Voyageur Games

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Feb. 24, 2009

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The boys from the lake competed Thursday night in the "Concours du Meilleur". The winner of the Martin training for the 2030 Voaygeur GamesAnnika Loves the Festival!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.Turbo gives it his all! There were Bruno leg wrestles like a champnumerous 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.)!

André stretchs it all out for victoryD.G. wins a balance-beam pillow fight

Congrats to all the guys who competed and thank you to the Aikens family for coming out and cheering on their team! The Festival du Voyageur is a great time to soften the winter blues and to revel in the "Joie de Vivre". If ever you're in Winnipeg in mid February, be sure to check it out. You'll surely run into some Aikens folks who will be glad to share their cheer and their Caribou with you!

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