BASEBALL. After 14 years on the board of the Coaticook Minor Baseball Association, Jean-François Quirion resigns. The organization wanted to greet his work by paying tribute to him.
“JF, he has been a mentor to me all these years. He is a guy valued by both young people and parents. In the sports world, everyone knows him. Of course it is a big loss for us, but I know very well that he will never be far away if we have questions or if we need help “, proudly launches the president of the association. from Coaticook minor baseball, Jean-François Blouin.
Main stakeholders say he is flattered by the tribute given to him. “I started my involvement in the association in 2006, at the same time as I registered my son,” recalls Jean-François Quirion. At the time, Lucie L’Espérance approached me to be part of the committee. I thought it was a great way to combine business with joy. ”
“During the first years we worked hard. The number of volunteers who got involved could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Fortunately, our ranks have grown, and today we form a great team, ”he adds.
Among his fondest memories, it’s hard to ignore the Little Big Bill Slow Pitch tournament, an event the committee created in 2008. “The meeting was the family tournament, then the business tournament. I think this is a great legacy that I leave to the baseball community. ”
Mr. Quirion also refereed a game of the 4 Knights during their visit to Julien-Morin Stadium. What he will miss most, however, are young athletes. “It was beautiful to see the smile of the children as they lay out or leave the field. What motivated me to get involved was to share my passion with them. I will really miss it. ”
The Coaticook Minor Baseball Association is already quietly preparing for next season. Very smart will be the one who predicts what it will look like. “I know Baseball Quebec is looking at COVID mode, as we did this summer. We keep our fingers crossed that this is not the case, says Jean-François Blouin.