Author: Jean-Patrick Godbout

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.

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.

2019 Beach Volleyball Season

2019 Beach Volleyball Season

Here’s the highlights of my 2019 beach volleyball season.

Beach Volleyball Coach

JP Godbout Coaching Beach Volleyball Athletes Mikael Dagenais and Hugo Rosso at Jeanne-Mance Park in Montreal.
JP Godbout Coaching Beach Volleyball Athletes Mikael Dagenais and Hugo Rosso at Jeanne-Mance Park in Montreal.

Coaching Hugo Rosso & Mikael Dagenais

Starting early spring and involved bi-weekly with morning practices until the end of the summer, it has been a pleasure to help out these 2 athletes achieve amazing progression and results;

Top 4 at the 2019 Canadian National Championship in Toronto
Silver at 2019 Quebec Provincial Championship in Ste-Agathe
Quebec Provincial Tour Event #3 – Boucherville
Quebec Provincial Tour Event #2 – Laprairie
Quebec Provincial Tour Event #1 – Beauce
Challenge Celtique – Montreal

Check videos below to see a variety of beach volleyball drills

Beach Volleyball Warmup Drill featuring Mikael Dagenais, Hugo Rosso, Pierre Brennan and Felix Mahn at Jeanne-Mance Park in Montreal.

Beach Volleyball Commentator

It was a pleasure to be the live voice of three beach volleyball events around Quebec (Montreal, Laprairie, Ste-Agathe).

Volunteer at Local Beach Courts

Contributing to keep local courts safe, clean and available for players to enjoy the sport of beach volleyball.

2019 Canadian Masters Swimming Championship

2019 Canadian Masters Swimming Championship

Here is the story about my participation at the 2019 Canadian Master Swimming Championship held at Centre Claude-Robillard in Montreal.

Highlights

  • 6 medals (4 gold ans 2 silver)
  • 4 provincial records
  • 1 national record
JP Godbout at the 2019 Canadian Master Swimming Championship in Montreal
JP Godbout at the 2019 Canadian Master Swimming Championship in Montreal

Event Details

25 Free (Preliminary)

Preliminary (Heat 11, Lane 5) 11.79 *NEW CAN RECORD 45-49
https://live.swimrankings.net/24789/ResultList_18.pdf

25 Free (Final)

Final 11.76 *NEW CAN RECORD 45-49
https://live.swimrankings.net/24789/ResultList_30F.pdf

50 Free

(Heat 19, Lane 1) 25.39 *SILVER MEDAL 45-49
https://live.swimrankings.net/24789/ResultList_44.pdf
3rd ALL-TIME PROVINCIAL 45-49
https://www.statsman.ca/cqat/cmqatm2f.htm
11th ALL-TIME NATIONAL 45-49
https://www.statsman.ca/caat/cmcatm2f.htm

100 Free

(Heat 20, Lane 8) 55.13 *GOLD MEDAL 45-49
https://live.swimrankings.net/24789/ResultList_38.pdf
PROVINCIAL RECORD 45-49
https://www.statsman.ca/cqat/cmqatm2f.htm
7th ALL-TIME NATIONAL 45-49
https://www.statsman.ca/caat/cmcatm2f.htm

50 Back

(Heat 10, Lane 7) 29.27 *GOLD MEDAL 45-49
https://live.swimrankings.net/24789/ResultList_16.pdf
PROVINCIAL RECORD 45-49
https://www.statsman.ca/cqat/cmqatm2f.htm
5th ALL-TIME NATIONAL 45-49
https://www.statsman.ca/caat/cmcatm2f.htm

100 Back

(Heat 8, Lane 4) 1:03.21 *SILVER MEDAL 45-49
https://live.swimrankings.net/24789/ResultList_42.pdf
2nd ALL-TIME PROVINCIAL 45-49
https://www.statsman.ca/cqat/cmqatm2f.htm
7th ALL-TIME NATIONAL 45-49
https://www.statsman.ca/caat/cmcatm2f.htm

50 Fly

(Heat 18, Lane 2) 27.16 *GOLD MEDAL 45-49
https://live.swimrankings.net/24789/ResultList_26.pdf
PROVINCIAL RECORD 45-49
https://www.statsman.ca/cqat/cmqatm2f.htm
4th ALL-TIME NATIONAL 45-49
https://www.statsman.ca/caat/cmcatm2f.htm

100 Fly

(Heat 9, Lane 9) 1:02.50 *GOLD MEDAL 45-49
https://live.swimrankings.net/24789/ResultList_10.pdf
3rd ALL-TIME PROVINCIAL 45-49
https://www.statsman.ca/cqat/cmqatm2f.htm
15th ALL-TIME NATIONAL 45-49
https://www.statsman.ca/caat/cmcatm2f.htm

Thanks & Acknowledgement

My parents (Louise & Jean-Denis), sister (Veronique), nieces (Lea, Eva, Aby), girlfriend (Joelle), training partners (R2P), and others (Christian Gauvin, Christian Berger, Isabelle Ducharme, Jean-Francois Groleau, Jean-Sebastien Quesnel, Heidi, etc.)

Jean-Patrick Godbout and Isabelle Ducharme at the 2019 Canadian Master Swimming Championship in Montreal
Jean-Patrick Godbout and Isabelle Ducharme at the 2019 Canadian Master Swimming Championship in Montreal

 

Jean-Patrick Godbout and Hedwig Lipsz Schwarz at the 2019 Canadian Masters Swimming Championship
Jean-Patrick Godbout and Hedwig Lipsz Schwarz at the 2019 Canadian Masters Swimming Championship
Jean-Patrick Godbout and Christian Gauvin at the 2019 Canadian Master Swimming Championship at Centre Claude Robillard in Montreal
Jean-Patrick Godbout and Christian Gauvin at the 2019 Canadian Master Swimming Championship at Centre Claude Robillard in Montreal

 

Jean-Patrick Godbout and Christian Berger (Statsman) at the 2019 Canadian Masters Swimming Championship
Jean-Patrick Godbout and Christian Berger (Statsman) at the 2019 Canadian Masters Swimming Championship

Links

2019 CANADIAN MASTERS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP

Canadian Masters Swim Stats

http://www.statsman.ca/

Class. Provincial “All-Time” 45-49 since 1973

https://www.statsman.ca/cqat/cmqatm2f.htm

“All-Time” National Rankings 45-49 since 1973

https://www.statsman.ca/caat/cmcatm2f.htm

 

About my Preparation

I registered to a masters swimming club in my neighborhood and trained 3 mornings per week with them. I also swam another 3 times per week by my self in the public pool and managed to do dry-land routines everyday (push-ups, sit-ups, stretching, etc.).

Rosemont Masters Swimming Club
Rosemont Masters Swimming Club
Rosemont Masters Swimming Club
2019 Removing Ice on Montreal Streets and Sidewalks

2019 Removing Ice on Montreal Streets and Sidewalks

When the house started shaking, I knew it was time to grab my phone and be ready to capture some amazing video footage! It didn’t matter if I was comfortably lying on the couch with my girlfriend watching some Netflix after a hard day at work.

I was determined to document this amazing process of removing thick layers of ice in the streets and sidewalks of Montreal. With lots of powerful machinery equipped for this major undertaking, trucks are organized into a choreography.

The video footage actually shows everything about a typical winter lifestyle;

  • Cars being towed
  • Pedestrians walking around
  • Cyclists riding their bike

Here’s the raw footage captured on Wednesday March 13th 2019.

10,000 km with an Electric Bike

10,000 km with an Electric Bike

Cycling 10,000 km with an Electric Bike in Canada

It took me over two years to complete this milestone of riding a BionX electric bike in the city of Montreal, Canada.

I purchased an electric bike at Velo Branché in May 2016 and surpassed the 10,000 km (6000 miles) in September 2018 by cycling mostly in Montreal, Canada.

While sharing my experience, here’s the typical question people ask me;

Average cycling distance per day?

This milestone of cycling 10,000 km with an electric bike was achieved by cycling an average of 25 km (16 miles) per day.

What average speed?

The average speed of 24 km/h (15 mph) cycling in a Canadian city

What’s the price per kilometer?

Considering the initial acquisition cost (3000$ CAD) and maintenance cost (1000$ CAD) required to be cycling with an electric bike for 10,000 km, every kilometer costed 0,04$ CAD.

 

Learn more about my experience riding an electric bike.

2018 Sport Commentator Highlights

2018 Sport Commentator Highlights

Here’s my story about being a beach volleyball sport commentator in the summer of 2018.

Jean-Patrick Godbout and Milen Christov (DJ Strandja) at the Boucherville Open
Jean-Patrick Godbout and Milen Christov (DJ Strandja) on Saturday at the Boucherville Open
Jean-Patrick Godbout and Milen Christov (DJ Strandja) on Sunday at the Boucherville Open
Jean-Patrick Godbout and Milen Christov (DJ Strandja) on Sunday at the Boucherville Open
Jean-Patrick Godbout and Milen Christov (DJ Strandja) at the 2018 Provincial Beach Volleyball Championship in Ste-Agathe
Jean-Patrick Godbout and Milen Christov (DJ Strandja) at the 2018 Provincial Beach Volleyball Championship in Ste-Agathe
Jean-Patrick Godbout, Guylaine Dumont and Milen Christov (DJ Strandja) at the 2018 Provincial Beach Volleyball Championship in Ste-Agathe
Jean-Patrick Godbout, Guylaine Dumont and Milen Christov (DJ Strandja) at the 2018 Provincial Beach Volleyball Championship in Ste-Agathe

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