Pour toujours, Piloup Documentary about the first Québec Games in Rivière-du-Loup, 50 years ago
Rivière-du-Loup, August 18, 2021 – The new documentary Pour toujours, Piloup - Les 50 ans de la première Finale des Jeux du Québec on MAtv is a unique look at the history of amateur sport in Québec. Viewers will be transported back in time to the excitement of the first Québec Games, held in Rivière-du-Loup in 1971. The town hosted athletes from across the province and celebrated the birth of a beloved local character: Piloup. Today, all Rivière-du-Loup residents know him, but do they know his story?
That tale and many others are told in this 58-minute documentary about Québec’s sporting heritage. The show is the brainchild of COFJQ–2022, the organizing committee for the 56th Québec Games, which will be held in Rivière-du-Loup in 2022. Don’t miss it on Sunday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m., throughout Quebec on MAtv and simultaneously on Qub Radio. See the trailer.
Videotron’s community channel hopes the program will help build interest in sport and foster local pride across Québec. “COFJQ–2022 suggested a project that is very meaningful, not only for people in the Lower Saint Lawrence region but for all Quebecers,” says Steve Desgagné, Senior Director of MAtv. “MAtv is pleased to broadcast this documentary, which reminds us of the importance of amateur sport, its history, and the team spirit that unites athletes and their community.”
50 years of sport
The host of Pour toujours, Piloup is Rivière-du-Loup native Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon, former Olympic artistic swimmer and co-president of COFJQ–2022. She interviews a succession of guests who have a wealth of cherished memories and entertaining anecdotes to recount.
Among others, Marie-Pier talks to organizers of the 1971 Games and participants in the event, who tell us why it was held in Rivière-du-Loup and what it meant for the town. She also looks at the scope of the Games and the logistics surrounding the presence of the Premier of Québec.
Through interviews with sports journalists and former Olympians, including Canada’s Sports Hall of Famer Pierre Harvey, silver medallist in swimming at the 1971 Games. Pour toujours, Piloup traces the evolution of multisport competitions over time and shows the importance of the Québec Games for building pride in young athletes.
The story’s not over!
In 2022, Rivière-du-Loup will be at centre of the sports scene again as it hosts the Québec Games for the second time . Preparations are already under way. The 56th Québec Games will be imbued with the vibrant, welcoming and dynamic spirit of their host community, which has come together to mount an event that is sure to thrill the entire province.
Pour toujours, Piloup will premiere across Québec on MAtv at 7:30 p.m. on August 22 and simulcast on Qub Radio. Videotron customers will also be able to access it through video on demand on Helix and illico.
For the broadcast schedule in your area, visit matv.ca
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With a revised budget of approximately $6.8 million, the 56th Québec Games in Rivière-du-Loup will welcome 3,000 young athletes and more than 1,500 coaches, accompanying adults, officials and mission members from across Québec from March 4 to 12, 2022. More than 2,000 volunteers and some 30 staffers will ensure the smooth running of the event in the Rivière-du-Loup and Kamouraska regional county municipalities.
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Source: MAtv and COFJQ–2022
Senior Manager, Eastern Region, MAtv