All athletes training with Center 21.02 will continue to access daily on-ice training opportunities thanks to a special waiver for Olympic athletes and their training partners authorized by the Direction des sports, des loisirs et de l’activité physique of the Ministère de l’Éducation.
Centre 21.02 athletes, particularly those training to compete in the Olympics, breathed a sigh of relief when they learned that they could continue training despite the recent tightening of health measures announced by the Legault government.
Centre 21.02 currently houses and trains 17 athletes from the national women’s hockey program, including Marie-Philip Poulin, Mélodie Daoust, Ann-Sophie Bettez, Lauriane Rougeau, Ann-Renée Desbiens and Jill Saulnier.
Non-national team athlete-members (Elite athletes/PWHPA) training with Centre 21.02 will also have the opportunity to continue their on-ice training as a group thanks to the authorization and the implementation of strict health measures and rigorous sanitary procedures approved by the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec).
“Centre 21.02 is a recognized hockey centre, on the same level as short track speed skating or other training groups in Québec. We received an exemption because we train athletes who are identified,” said Danièle Sauvageau, director of Centre 21.02 and is also the president of the Conseil du sport de Montréal.