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September 24/08 12:38 pm - Hydro-Québec 2008 Bursary Recipients

Posted by Editoress on 09/24/08

Hydro-Québec awards $87,000 in bursaries to 37 promising Québec athletes in the 11th edition of its program with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

Today at the Lion d’Or in Montréal, Ms. Louise Gravel, General Manager – Communications at Hydro-Québec, announced the names of the 37 athletes from across the province who will share a total of $87,000 in the 11th edition of the company's bursary program.

Last year, Hydro-Québec had announced that it would renew its strong support of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence by donating $125,000 a year over a three-year period, for a total of $375,000, to expand its bursary program. Ms. Gravel today awarded $1,500 bursaries to 16 athletes identified as "hopefuls" by their respective sport federations, and $3,000 bursaries to 21 athletes identified as "elite". She also underscored Hydro-Québec’s firm belief in the importance of supporting still unknown but talented young athletes who have yet to receive solid financial support.

One of the objectives of the Hydro-Québec program is to help young competitors in their quest to reach the international and Olympic levels in their sport. In fact, 21 past recipients took part in this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing, including Karine Sergerie, the silver medal winner in taekwondo, and Thomas Hall, the bronze medal winner in canoeing, who both received a Hydro-Québec bursary at the age of 17. Their success confirms the effectiveness and significance of the Hydro-Québec program.

In addition to being identified by their sport federations as "hopefuls" or "elite", the bursary winners must be eligible to represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympics Games and world championship competitions in their disciplines. They must also participate in a post-career project, which is often the pursuit of secondary, collegial or university studies. The Hydro-Québec bursaries are awarded to at least one athlete from each of the company's nine administrative regions, and four are given to children of Hydro-Québec employees. All of the other eligibility and selection criteria must also be met in these two cases.

The Hydro-Québec bursary awards were attended by Mr. Claude Chagnon, President of the Quebec Foundation of Athletic Excellence, who said he was very pleased with the loyalty and confidence that Hydro-Québec has demonstrated and that enables the Foundation to provide more support for young athletes who could be our future Olympians.

2008 Hydro-Québec
Bursary Recipients Hopefuls
RecipientSportAgePlace Of Residence
Rébecca BeaumontMountain biking18Alma
Patrick BouchardTaekwondo17Dolbeau-Mistassini
Marie-Eve De Villers-Matte*Judo16Varennes
Laurent DubreuilLong track speed skating16Saint-Etienne-de-Lauzon
Patrick GagnéJudo17Baie-Comeau
Monica GavarisDiving12Montréal
Antoine Gélinas-BeaulieuLong and short track speed skating16Montréal
Laurie GingrasTennis15Lac Beauport
Alexandros KouvakasWeightlifting19Laval
Ashley McGregorSwimming15Pointe-Claire
Samuel MonetteTennis14Repentigny
Francis MorinMountain biking19Valcourt
Béatrice PineauSwimming15Montréal
Vadim StoliarenkoOlympic boxing14Montréal
Mathieu ThériaultTable tennis13Saint-Fabien
Chelse Zarboni-BerthiaumeWeightlifting16Montréal
(*) Child of a Hydro-Québec employee
RecipientSportAgePlace Of Residence
Elladj BaldéFigure skating17Pierrefonds
Sébastien BeaulieuSnowboard17Sherbrooke
Alexandre Béland*Baseball17Trois-Rivières
Vanessa Bélanger-Marceau*Long and short track speed skating18Saint-Bruno de Montarville
Eugénie BouchardTennis14Montréal
Vanessa CharronSwimming16Québec
Nicolas Constantin-BicariWater polo16Repentigny
Samuel DesjardinsTaekwondo21Lévis
Paul DumaisWeightlifting18Montréal
Geneviève FavreauRowing18Longueuil
Maxime Gagnon*Judo18Baie-Comeau
Li-Yue GrenierCanoe-kayak sprint18Lac Beauport
Kimberly HyacintheAthletics19Lachenaie
Maude JacquesWheelchair basketball16Sainte-Catherine
Julie LabontéAthletics (discus throw and shotput)18Sainte-Justine
Valérie LefebvreWeightlifting18Godmanchester
Joseph PolossifakisFencing (sabre)18Montréal
Laurent RivardBasketball17Saint-Bruno de Montarville
Jessica RuelWeightlifting17La Sarre
Antoine Valois-FortierJudo18Québec
Carol-Ann WareDiving17Otterburn Park

About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
The mission of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence is to support and encourage student-athletes in their pursuit of excellence and to promote athletes as role models in Québec society. By the end of 2008, through its various bursary programs, the Foundation will have handed out over $625,000. Fondation de l'Athlète d'Excellence du Quéébec.


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