Posted by Editoress on 10/12/07
2007 Saputo Bursary Program
Saputo Inc. awarded (Thursday) $60,000 in bursaries to 14 high-level athletes as part of the Saputo Bursary Program run by the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence.
With the Beijing Olympic Games fast approaching in August 2008, and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, it is important for Saputo to support athletes in their efforts to reach new levels of performance. Now, as these athletes dreams are fuelled by inspiration and a thirst for self-betterment, Saputo is pleased to have been able to increase the amount of money to be awarded to a few of the bursary recipients this year.
Because Saputo is convinced that healthy nutrition, supported by physical activity, is the key to a balanced growth for future generations, the Company makes sports development a big part of its commitment to the community.
The Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence reiterated its appreciation to Saputo, which has been providing tangible support to young athletes in pursuit of their dreams since 2000.
In 2005, Saputo renewed its partnership with the Foundationwhen it announced a $425,000 commitment over a 5-year period. Out of this amount, $25,000 is invested to support the Foundationsactivitiesand $60,000 is awarded annually in bursaries to athletes in different disciplines. In addition, this partnership stipulates that athletes coming from outside Québec who train in a national training centre in Québec will also be able to obtain bursaries.
Recipients Under Saputo's Bursary Program For 2007
Recipient/Sport/Bursary/Age/Residence(hometown)/Last title in 2007
Meaghan Benfeito Diving $5,000 18 Montréal 4th place on 10m synchro at the 2007 World Championships
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe Freestyle skiing moguls $5,000 16 Montréal Gold in dual and bronze in singles at the 2007 Junior World Championships
Maxime Dufour-Lapointe Freestyle skiing moguls $3,500 18 Montréal 6th in singles and 21st in dual at the 2007 Junior World Championships
Martine Dugrenier Wrestling $5,000 28 Montréal Silver at the 2007 World Championships
Dasha Gaïazova Cross-country skiing $5,000 23 Montréal/ Canmore (Russia) 40th in the 30 km classic and 46th in the 15 km pursuit at the 2007 World Championships
Whitney Genoway Water polo $3,500 20 Montréal (Régina) Bronze at the 2007 Thetis Cup and silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
Martin Gilbert Track cycling $5,000 24 Châteauguay Gold in the road race, 4th in the scratch race, and 5th in the 2007 Pan American Championships
Kimberly Hyacinthe Track and field $3,000 18 Lachenaie Silver in the 200 m at the 2007 Loma International Festival equalling her personal best with 23.88 sec.
Kerry Kaukinen Water-polo $3,000 20 Montréal (Vancouver) 10that the 2007 Junior World Championships
Valérie Maltais Short track speed skating $3,500 17 La Baie 6th in the 1500 m at the 2007 Junior World Championships
Bryan Milonja Trampoline $5,000 21 Saint-Bruno Gold in synchronized trampoline at the Russia World Cup
Mickaël Poulin Wheelchair basketball $3,500 20 Québec City Winner of the Osaka Cup in 2007
Isabelle Rampling Synchronized swimming $5,000 22 Montréal (Toronto) 6th in duet at the FINA 2007 World Championships
Frazer Will Judo $5,000 25 Montréal (Star City) Gold at the 2007 Celje and Budapest World Cups
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