September 20/06 5:54 am - Hydro-QuÃ©bec/AFAE Bursury Program Expanded
Posted by Editoress on 09/20/06
Hydro-Québec will invest $375,000 to expand its bursary program in partnership with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
BR>Names of the 23 athletes receiving a $3,000 bursary in 2006 announced at a press conference
Pierre Gagnon, Senior Counsel at Hydro-Québec, today announced a $375,000 investment as part of the companys partnership with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence.
This investment, representing $125,000 per year over a three-year period starting in 2007, will allow Hydro-Québec to expand its athletic bursary program. The program was inaugurated in 1998 with an initial Hydro-Québec investment of $210,000 spread over three years, followed by an additional $270,000 in 2001 and a further investment of $300,000 in 2004. Originally aimed exclusively at athletes identified as the most promising elite competitors, the Hydro-Québec bursary program will now encompass the hopeful category, starting in 2007, and so provide support earlier in the career of our young athletes from all over the province.
Mr. Gagnon took this opportunity to present 23 bursaries worth $3,000 each as part of the ninth edition of the Hydro-Québec bursary program. He mentioned the excellent work of the Foundation, without which these talented young athletes would not have access to financial support or recognition by the sports community. Physical activity is essential for the well-being of young people and Hydro-Québec is proud to contribute to this social cause.
Many of the athletes supported by this program regularly distinguish themselves on the international scene:
In tennis, Marie-Eve Pelletier (1998 recipient) and Alexandra Wozniak (2002) impressed the crowd and tennis specialists at the last Rogers Cup.
In aquatic sports, four athletes performed superbly at the recent FINA World Championships in Montréal in 2005: Roseline Filion (2003 recipient) and Meaghan Benfeito (2004) were bronze medalists in the 10-metre platform synchronized diving, and synchronized swimmers Anouk Renière-Lafrenière (1998) and Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon (1999) were members of the 5th-ranked squad in the team competition.
In figure skating, Joannie Rochette (2001) finished 5th at the Torino Olympic Games.
In alpine skiing, Jean-Philippe Roy (1998 recipient) came 8thin the combined event at Salt Lake City in 2002 and Érik Guay (1994) finished 4th in the Super-G event in Torino.
In short track speed skating, François-Louis Tremblay (1998 recipient) is a triple Olympic medalist.
And finally, in canoe-kayak sprint, Richard D. Dober just won a silver medal at the World Championships.
The Hydro-Québec bursaries were presented at the Lion dOr in Montréal in the presence of Claude Chagnon, President of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence. Mr. Chagnon said he was very pleased with the renewed support provided by Hydro-Québec, which will expand the program to include more young athletes who are just emerging on the national and international scenes and who represent the future of their sports.
2006-2007 Hydro-Québec Bursary Program Recipients
|Recipient||Sport||Age||Place Of Residence|
|Maude-Hélène Benoît||Judo||15||Québec City (born in Rimouski)|
|Jonathan Blouin||Swimming||17||Québec City|
|Justin Boyd||Water polo||17||Beaconsfield|
|Kevin Darwish||Figure skating||19||Laval|
|Jessie Duval-Boulet*||Volleyball||18||Cap Saint-Ignace|
|Jo-annie Fortin||Synchronized swimming||15||Montréal|
|Marie-Michèle Gagnon||Alpine skiing||17||Québec City|
|Annie Guay*||Ice hockey||21||Rouyn-Noranda|
|Henriane Latour||Freestyle skiing||16||Québec City (Lac Beauport)|
|Julian Potvin-Bernal||Canoe-kayak slalom||16||Chelsea|
|Sara Potvin-Bernal||Canoe-kayak slalom||19||Chelsea|
|David Therrien||Canoe-kayak sprint||18||Trois-Rivières|
|* Child of a Hydro-Québec employee|
Identified by their provincial federations as among the most promising competitors at the elite level, all the athletes must be eligible to represent Canada at the Olympic Games, the Paralympics or World Championships in their respective disciplines. They must also demonstrate that the financial support they are applying for will meet a genuine need. In addition, they must commit themselves to a post-career project which, given the recipients age, usually takes the form of high school, CEGEP, college or university studies.
About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
The mission of the Foundation is to financially support and encourage student-athletes in their pursuit of excellence and to promote athletes as role models in Québec society. By the end of 2006, the Foundation will have handed out more than half a million dollars in bursaries. www.faeq.com