For its 27th edition, the Gatineau Triathlon has chosen to honor not one athlete but a family of triathletes with individual courses worthy of mention. We are indeed very proud to present our 2018 edition honorary family: the Beaulieu family - Christian, Nathalie, Cédric 16 years old, Noémie 14 years old and Samuel 12 years old. The three children attend the sport-studies triathlon program at Mont-Bleu High School.
Well known on the regional and provincial sports scene, this family of athletes radiates by their talent, their rigor, their dedication and their passion for sport. Members of Club Espoir triathlon Gatineau, the Beaulieu children stand out on the Quebec Cup circuit. Cédric won 3 gold medals at the last Quebec Games and finished 3rd at the U15 Canadian Championships in 2016.
Noémie was U13 provincial champion in 2016 and finished 2nd in 2017 in the U15 category.
Samuel, following the footsteps of his brother and sister, finished sixth in the U13 in the 2017 Quebec Cup. Like Noémie, he hopes to represent the Outaouais at the 2018 Quebec Games, by finishing in the top three of the region at the Quebec Games Regional Finals on July 7th during the Gatineau Triathlon. All three are regularly seen on podiums of the various running races in the region.
But beyond the extraordinary performance of these young people, their tenacity, their courage and their limitless perseverance are remarkable. They always give 110% in training and in races. Injuries and falls have sprinkled their young triathletes’ career but they have always come back stronger and with more determination!
The apple did not fall very far from the tree when we look at the path of their father Christian. Triathlete on his own time and member of Les Taureaux triathlon Club, he introduced the family to this wonderful sport that he discovered about 5 years ago. Family training sessions are part of their daily lives.
And just like in any big family, there is a mother ... Nathalie who provides logistics support for all her athletes and helps them refocus before each competition with her exemplary calm and wisdom!
Christian and Nathalie are also involved in the promotion and development of triathlon in our region by putting their heart and many hours of volunteering. Indeed, Christian is a member of the Board of Directors of Club Espoir and for 3 years has accompanied the Club’s young triathletes to a training camp in the United States.
Nathalie, is a member of the organizing committee of the Gatineau Triathlon.
2018 will be a big year for the Beaulieu family: Quebec Cup and Quebec Games for Noémie and Samuel, Junior Grand Prix Series for Cédric. A super challenge also awaits Christian and Cédric next September as both have qualified for the World Triathlon Age Group Championships in Australia. The rest family will take the travel opportunity to encourage them. We wish them all a great 2018 season and the fulfillment of their wildest sports dreams!
The Gatineau Triathlon and Club Espoir are proud of the Beaulieu family, an inspiring model where family physical activity is an integral part of their lives!