By the end of the 7th Games of La Francophonie held in Nice, France from September 7 to 15, the athletes and artists on Québec’s team had won a total of 12 medals in six sporting and artistic events, which is four more than Québec’s team won in the previous games in Beirut, Lebanon in 2009.
More than 3,000 young people from around fifty member countries and governments, as well as observers from the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), participated in the Games, which are based on the values of peace and solidarity and provide an opportunity for interaction between young people.
Veronica Keefe was chosen to carry Québec’s flag at the closing ceremony. It is also worth mentioning that she took the top of the podium by winning a gold medal in freestyle wrestling (72 kg).
Québec's other medal winners are:
- Veronica Keefe, women’s freestyle wrestling − 72 kg
- Vincent De Marinis, men’s freestyle wrestling − 60 kg,
- Jordan Steen, men’s freestyle wrestling − 84 kg,
- Linda Morais, women’s freestyle wrestling − 63 kg,
- Étienne Briand, men’s judo − 73 kg,
- Lex Albrecht, women's road bicycle racing (demonstration event)
- Li Quan-Ly and Pierre-Luc Thériault, table tennis, mixed doubles,
- Jacob Renning, men’s freestyle wrestling − 55 kg,
- Scott Schiller, men’s freestyle wrestling − 66 kg,
- Alix Renaud-Roy, women’s judo − 70 kg
- Philippe Hamelin, sculpture-installation
- Pierre Durette, painting
In conjunction with the games
Québec artist Valérie Forgues, who participated in the culture and literature event, was invited by Yasmina Benguigui, France’s Minister Delegate for Francophony, to participate in the Agora Jeunesse Francophone forum on September 15, 2013. Along with around twenty other young people from a dozen different countries, Forgues shared her vision of La Francophonie from a cultural point of view.
Québec’s team at the Games of La Francophonie was coordinated by the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur, in cooperation with the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Veronica Keefe, the only Québec athlete to win a gold medal, which
she acquired in freestyle wrestling (photo: Government of Québec).
Philippe Hamelin, a silver medal
winner in sculpture-installation, and Pierre Durette, a bronze medal
winner in painting
(photo: Government of Québec)
MELS – Québec’s team (in French only)
Facebook – Québec’s team (in French only)