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May 14/08 11:34 am - Cascades Renews Partnership with Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

Posted by Editor on 05/14/08

Cascades Renews Partnership with Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

Mr. Alain Lemaire, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades Inc., announced that Cascades is renewing its partnership with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence by investing $270,000 up to 2010, that is, $80,000 in 2008, $90,000 in 2009 and $100,000 in 2010. Mr. Lemaire also seized the opportunity to reveal the names of the 17 athletes who will share $63,000 in bursaries for the fourth edition of the Cascades Bursary Program, administered by the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence.

"In light of the success of the first three years of Cascades' Bursary Program, we are pleased to renew our partnership again this year with the Foundation. The victories, medals and academic transcripts of our young athletes justify our motivation to carry on with our support. They are models of athletic excellence and determination. We are very attached to them and we are committed to proving it to them once again" stated Mr. Alain Lemaire with enthusiasm.

Receiving a Bursary from Cascades again this year are: Élisabeth Abanda (tennis), double junior national champion (14 and 16 years old and under); Christelle Doyon (snowboarding), 8th at the 2007 snowboardcross World Championship; Raphaël Gagné (cycling - mountain bike), 8th at the 2008 Pan-American Games; Marianne Hogan (triathlon), 11th at the 2007 Junior World Championship (19 years old and under); Keven Lacombe (cycling - road race), 5th at the 2007 Pan-American Games; Valérie Lambert (speed skating - short track), 7th in the 500 m at the 2007 World Cup in Holland; Jean-Philippe Le Guellec (biathlon), senior national champion in the 10 km sprint; Julien Potvin-Bernal (canoe/kayak slalom), 2008 junior national championship silver medallist and Marie-Claude Surprenant (cycling - mountain bike), ranked 5th in Canada in the 23 years old and under category.

Mr. Claude Chagnon, President of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence is extremely pleased with Cascades' renewed support. "Cascades bursary recipients still distinguish themselves on the international scene year after year. It confirms the need, the importance and the credibility of the Cascades Bursary Program which focuses on very promising, young and unknown athletes all over Quebec.‰

Recipients of the 2008 Cascades Bursary Program
(in alphabetical order)

Élisabeth AbandaTennis$3,000Montréal
Françoise AbandaTennis$2,000Montréal
Béatrice BilodeauFreestyle skiing$2,000Rosemère
Mathieu BoisSwimming$4,000Saint-Hubert
Christelle DoyonSnowboarding$5,000Magog
Émilie FournelCanoe/kayak sprint$5,000Dorval
Raphaël GagnéCycling (Mountain bike)$5,000Lac-Beauport
Alex HarveyCross country skiing$5,000Saint-Férréol-les-Neiges
Marianne HoganTriathlon$3,000Bedford
Stéphanie HornerSwimming$4,000Beaconsfield
Marianne JodoinTennis$3,000Varennes
Keven LacombeCycling$4,000Amos
Valérie LambertSpeed skating (short track)$3,500Sherbrooke
Jean-Philippe Le GuellecBiathlon$5,000Val-Bélair
Justine L'heureuxSpeed skating (long track)$4,000Saint-Tite
Julien Potvin-BernalCanoe/kayak slalom$3,000Chelsea
Marie-Claude SurprenantCycling (Mountain bike)$2,500Sutton


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