More than 550 young people participate in the 30th Alberta Francophone Games in Lac La Biche

The 30e edition of the Alberta Francophone Games took place at JA Williams High School, in Lac La Biche, this weekend. Since 1992, the event has continued to bring together young French-speaking people from all corners of Alberta.

Around 570 young people came to the hamlet in northeastern Alberta to prove themselves in competitions between different regions.

Troy Gratton, head of mission for Zone 5, which represents the east-central part of the province, believes this is the best year for registrations in his region.

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Troy Gratton has been Area 5 mission leader for 10 years.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jordan Mesiatowsky

He has been participating in the Alberta Francophone Games as chef de mission for 10 years now. According to this veteran, the event is an opportunity to facilitate the bringing together of young people from across Alberta.

This is truly a special occasion to bring together [les jeunes de] the province for activities that are fun. […] It makes for a nice atmosphere.

A quote from Troy Gratton, head of mission

Brielle Bernier, one of the athletes from zone 5, makes the same observation. She describes the atmosphere as special And exciting.

I speak French at home, but there aren’t many people for whom it’s like that. […] Speaking French all weekend doesn’t happen oftenshe says.

Bringing together, a strength of the last 30 years

The Fédération du sport francophone de l’Alberta (FSFA) organizes these games every year. The competitions in which young people from all regions compete are sporting, but also artistic. Thus, they can participate in volleyball or basketball matches, but also improvisation.

The goal is to create a sporting and cultural event in Frenchunderlines the website of the FSFA.

Keegan Patersoncoordinator of sporting events and deputy director of FSFApoints out that the games are a unifying event. Sport is one of the best ways to connect people.

In an archival Radio-Canada report broadcast in 1996, a participant at the time, Kyla Jackson, of Cold Lake, also insisted on this unifying nature of the event. There are a lot of different people, you make a lot of friends […] That’s what I likeshe confided in the report.

To see: the archive report on the 1996 Games

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The Alberta Francophone Games were inaugurated in 1992 in Edmonton, but since 1997, they have moved from one region to another.

Photo: Radio-Canada

From their inauguration until 1997, the Francophone Games of Alberta took place in the Edmonton region. Since 1997, to maintain the interest of young people, the Francophone Games have traveled from one year to the next to different locations in the province.

A promising future according to the organizers

Keegan Paterson underlines that since COVID-19, the number of participants has increased.

Our first games back in person, we had 300 or so young people. Last year, it was 540he said.

He hopes to have even more registrations next year for the 31e edition which will take place in Edmonton.

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