Discover five stories about passion and the pursuit of excellence

April 24, 2013, Sherbrooke

Sports brings people together and promotes the admirable values of commitment, determination and the pursuit of excellence. CBC Radio-Canada is proud to be the regional media partner for the 2013 Canada Games and help foster our country’s next generation of elite athletes. With 100 days to go before the opening ceremonies in Sherbrooke, follow the stories of five dedicated athletes and volunteers at www.Radio-Canada.ca/Sherbrooke2013 !

Samuel swims nearly 1,500 km a year and trains 20 hours a week. But he’s also an accomplished pianist. Watch his fingers tickle the ivories in a short video.

At a towering six feet, 16-year-old Raphaëlle sometimes has to train with a boys’ team to get ahead in basketball.

When Catherine found out that Vancouver would be hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, she did everything she could to become a volunteer – and she succeeded! When she heard that Sherbrooke would be holding the Canada Games, she also wanted to be part of the action. You can bet she’ll be there!

Jean-Philippe qualified for the Beijing Summer Olympics in weightlifting. A few weeks after the event, he got into a car accident that left him a paraplegic. He now trains in wheelchair track and field with the dream of competing one day in the Paralympics.

Roger has been an international track-and-field official for the past 21 years, working in stadiums across Canada. In Sherbrooke, he’ll be supervising a team of nearly two dozen judges for track events.

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