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1st Montreal Cup: a success!

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Sep 27, 2004
Hi !

The 1st Montreal Cup of Freediving took place on Saturday, September 11th, 2004 at the University of Montreal's CEPSUM pool, in the presence of the president of AMCQ (CMAS Instructors of Quebec Association), M. Jean Benoît, and the supervisor of CEPSUM's aquatic departement, Mrs Martine Jeffrey,
along with a few spectators. Twelve competitors (8 men and 4 women, 2 of which coming from Quebec City) made it to the famous sport center to achieve some very nice performances, establishing the first official records in Quebec (more about this forthcoming).

Proudly organised by the Club d'Apnée Sportive de Montréal (CASM) and supervised by Yves Charland and Johan Valentin, this first competition of its kind in Quebec was a success at every level. For a registration fee of as less as 20 $, the organising committee was able to offer a full day of activities, including trials in two disciplines (static in the morning, dynamic with fins in the afternoon), awards for the first 3 ranks in each category (men, women), as well as attending prizes for all competitors *and* volunteers.

Along with the high degree of involvement of its volunteers/members in the making of this event, CASM's low-fee policy was meant to open it to the widest possible number of freedivers wishing to live the unique experience of a competition. It reflects its vision for the development of freediving and apnea in Quebec. CASM was supported in its effort by enthousiast
sponsors: AMCQ, Cepsum/University of Montreal, Plongée CPAS, Centre de plongée Nepteau, La Boutique du Plongeur, Base Concept (drinks) and Groupe Eurotech (t-shirts).

CASM's team hopes that this approach will be considered by other freediving association as a possible way of making freediving even more accessible. Freediving for all ;-)


Yves Charland
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