Author: Jean-Patrick Godbout

2022 Champion québécois

2022 Champion québécois

Voici l’histoire de ma participation au championnat provincial des maitres-nageurs qui se déroulait à Sherbrooke les 22, 23 et 24 avril 2022.

Après des mois d’entrainements dans les bains libres de la piscine municipale de Matane, me voici sur la route pour prendre part à une compétition de natation. C’est avec la famille (ma conjointe un notre bébé de presque 2 ans) en partance de Matane que nous allons rouler des centaines de kilomètres vers notre destination. De magnifiques paysages le long du Fleuve (wow).

Après 3 jours de compétition, les résultats sont satisfaisants !

Nous quittons Sherbrooke avec le prochain objectif en tête.

A suivre 😉

2021 Commentateur Volleyball Universitaire

2021 Commentateur Volleyball Universitaire

J’ai été invité à être commentateur sportif pour des parties de volleyball universitaire féminin et masculin. Ce fut ma première expérience en Web Diffusion et j’ai bien apprécié ce défi. Vous pouvez voir et entendre les 4 parties en rediffusion plus bas sur cette page.

Samedi 24 octobre 2021

Vendredi 29 octobre 2021

Samedi 30 octobre 2021

Pour conclure, j’ai eu beaucoup de plaisir ! Si c’est possible, je souhaite avoir d’autres occasion d’être commentateur pour un sport comme le volleyball.

2020 Moving to Gaspesie

2020 Moving to Gaspesie

Here’s my story about moving from Montreal to Gaspésie.

After months of preparation thru job applications, interviews and tests, the project to move out of Montreal crystalized when accepting a job offer in Gaspésie. So my girlfriend and I packed our 6 month-old baby, temporarily sub-rented our Montreal apartment and rented a small house by the Matane River in Gaspésie near the office.

What about work?

Winter Storm After Work
Winter Storm After Work

The job is an occasional 90-day contract in a small city located 600 km from Montreal. This work contract should be completed around March 2021 (UPDATE: it has been renewed for another year until March 2022).

What About Nature?

Winter Sunset Reflecting on Matane River, Quebec.
Winter Sunset Reflecting on Matane River, Quebec.

Fresh air, calmness and abondance of stars at night are the highlights of my observations regarding nature in the region of Matane. Majestic view of the Saint-Laurence River and sensational sunsets have to be mentioned!

Winter Walk in Nature in Matane, Quebec.
Winter Walk in Nature in Matane, Quebec.

Renting a House in Matane

Renting a House in Matane, Quebec.
Renting a House in Matane, Quebec.

After weeks at my girlfriend’s family, we found a small home in a residential neighborhood. It has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom and includes all appliances (oven, fridge, dishwasher, washer, drier). At 900$CAD per month.

Volleyball in Matane?

November weather allowed for a few opportunities to go outdoor barefoot in the sand at local sand volleyball courts near ‘Le Parc Des Iles’ in the middle of Matane River. The sand was very good quality and we had a fun doing multiple pepper rallies. For indoor volleyball in December, unfortunately with the COVID limitations, I was only able to see a glimpse of an adult volleyball league Thursday evenings at the local high school before everything closed in the ‘red-zone’.

Ultimate Frisbee in Matane?

Unfortunately with the COVID limitations, I was only able to play once at the Ultimate Matane League (Friday evening adult league) at the local high school before everything closed in the ‘red-zone’.

Swimming in Matane?

As a national swimming record-holder, it was important for me to stay in the water. Fortunately, a 5-lanes, short-course (25m.) indoor chlorine pool remained open with some limitations. So I was able to have some swimming time with both public laps hours and organized masters club.

2020 Traveling with a Kid

2020 Traveling with a Kid

Here’s my story of becoming a dad. This milestone happened this year with the arrival of a healthy baby girl that we named Leonora Godbout.

New father with baby after birth
New father with baby after birth
Daddy's fastest swimmer
Daddy’s fastest swimmer
Father and daughter relaxing at a park in Montreal.
Father and daughter relaxing at a park in Montreal.
Father and daughter at Jeanne-Mance park beach volleyball courts in Montreal.
Father and daughter at Jeanne-Mance park beach volleyball courts in Montreal.
Father and daughter on couch
Father and daughter on couch
Family hiking at Mont Castor in Gaspésie
Family hiking at Mont Castor in Gaspésie
Family hiking in forest.
Family hiking in forest.
Family hiking in the forest at Parc des Chutes in Rivière-du-Loup.
Family hiking in the forest at Parc des Chutes in Rivière-du-Loup.
Family in Rivière-du-Loup
Family in Rivière-du-Loup
Family near the beach in Gaspésie.
Family near the beach in Gaspésie.
Family at Jardins de Métis in Gaspésie.
Family at Jardins de Métis in Gaspésie.
Family at Rocher Percé in Gaspésie.
Family at Rocher Percé in Gaspésie.
Family hiking at Mont Castor in Gaspésie.
Family hiking at Mont Castor in Gaspésie.
Family crossing the Saint-Laurent River by boat.
Family crossing the Saint-Laurent River by boat.
Family walking in nature after a snow storm in Gaspésie.
Family walking in nature after a snow storm in Gaspésie.
2020 Beach Volleyball Commentator

2020 Beach Volleyball Commentator

After playing for 25 years and coaching for 15 years, I now enjoy commentating beach volleyball competitions.

Grand Prix Beach Quebec

For the 4th edition of the Grand Prix Beach Quebec, I was invited to be the sport commentator for the beach volleyball competitions. It’s always a pleasure to describe beach volleyball tournaments. Congratulations to all athletes.

Championnat Volleyball Quebec

More updates to come…

Music Playlist

Usually having a professional DJ, this year’s organizers have decided to use ‘playlists’ connected to sound systems. So players and spectators can connect their mobile phones to broadcast. To avoid any interruption when a mobile phone battery died, song looping, playlist ending, or notifications are not silenced, I have decided to create my own ‘beach volleyball’ playlist.