How was your performance in 2018? What were your strong and weak points?
The season was not so good. We had a couple of mishap that didn’t help us
Do you have any rituals just before the race?
I make sure my mind is free. I try to visualize positively and hydrate myself.
What are your goals for the 2019 season?
I want to do better than last year.
What made you decide to become a hydroplane driver at age 48?
It was an old dream of mine. I have been following the Régates de Valleyfield for as long as I can remember and I always believed that as soon as I would get an opportunity, I would take it. With my family and my company, I lacked time to really get involved in the sport. Being a driver is pretty much a full-time job!
So, seven years ago, thanks to my lettering company, I could purchase the Graf-X, my boat in the 2.5 liters.
You say that you grew up on the Régates de Valleyfield, so it must be thrilling to race there.
I think the feeling is similar for every driver, regardless of where they are from. It is the biggest event of the season. The site is spectacular and the crowd knows the sport and its athletes. The Régates de Valleyfield is prestigious and everyone wants to win there.
It sure is a little more stressful to race in front of my friends and family, but I take a good 15 minutes before each race to focus and I’m ready!