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April 28/11 15:06 pm - Loto-Québec Announces 2011 Bursary Recipients for Handicapped Athletes

Posted by Editoress on 04/28/11

Loto-Québec renews its partnership with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence and continues its bursary program for handicapped athletes

Pierre Bibeau, Senior Corporate Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs at Loto-Québec, announced that Loto-Québec will renew its partnership with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence. He also revealed the names of the 15 athletes who shared $42,000 in bursaries awarded through Loto-Québec's 2011 program. The presentation was held at the Claude-Robillard Sports Centre in Loto-Québec's Zone d'essais sportifs as part of Défi sportif, of which Loto-Québec is a gold-level sponsor.

Loto-Québec is particularly pleased to present the 15 recipients who were all nominated by their sporting federation. The objective of Loto-Québec's bursary program, which is now in its fourth year, is to support handicapped athletes in their quest for excellence on provincial, national and international scenes. "Loto-Quebec is pleased to present these 15 fine athletes. Their success in sports is an excellent example of personal achievement and a source of inspiration to all," Mr. Bibeau said.

The bursary program is managed by the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence in cooperation with various sports federations and associations that govern sports for handicapped athletes (see table of bursary recipients below).

Among the 15 recipients in the 2011 program, 9 were ranked Excellence by their respective sports federations, earning them a $3,000 bursary, 4 were ranked Elite and also received a cheque for $3,000 and two were in the Hopeful category and received $1,500.

Among awarded athletes, some are newcomers and others have performed on the international level, including three para-cyclists, Geneviève Ouellet, bronze medallist in the women tandem road race and invidual time trial competitions at the 2010 Para-Cycling Road World Championship; Daniel Chalifour, fourth in the men tandem individual time trial at the 2010 Para-Cycling Road World Championship; and Marie-Claude Molnar, silver medallist in the women's 3000 meter individual pursuit at the 2011 Para-Cycling Track World Championships.Twin brothers Jonathan and Philippe Vermette finished eighth at the 2009 U-23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship; Simon Gagnon-Brassard won the silver medal in the cycling road race at the 2009 Deaflympic Games;; and Simon Tremblay, a blind athlete, finished ninth at the 2010 World Goalball Championship.

Claude Chagnon, President of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence, is pleased with Loto-Québec's decision to renew the partnership: "These athletes are true models of perseverance for their peers and the entire Quebec community. Loto-Québec's investment will enable the Foundation to meet its objectives, that is to say increase the number of bursaries awarded to handicapped athletes. "

Here are the 15 recipients of Loto-Québec's 2011 bursary program

AQSPC:     Association québécoise de sports pour paralytiques cérébraux
ASSQ:       Association sportive des sourds du Québec
AQSFR:     Association québécoise des sports en fauteuil roulant
FQSC:       Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes
ASAQ:       Association sportive des aveugles du Québec

Name Discipline (federation) Amount Category Hometown
Josée Lamothe Boccia (AQSPC) 1500$ Hopeful Trois-Rivières
Andréanne Ouellet-Gagnon Volleyball (ASSQ) 1500$ Hopeful Québec City
Philippe Bédard Wheelchair tennis (AQSFR) 3000$ Elite Verdun
Alexandre Carrier Para-cycling (FQSC) 3000$ Elite Matane
Charles Leclerc Wheelchair rugby (AQSFR) 3000$ Elite Montréal
Geneviève Savard Volleyball (ASSQ) 3000$ Elite Montréal
François Bourbonnière Boccia (AQSPC) 3000$ Excellence Montréal
Daniel Chalifour Para-cycling (FQSC) 3000$ Excellence Lac-des-Écorces
Simon Gagnon-Brassard Cycling (FQSC) 3000$ Excellence Chicoutimi
Maude Jacques Wheelchair basketball (AQSFR) 3000$ Excellence Sainte-Catherine
Marie-Claude Molnar Para-cycling (FQSC) 3000$ Excellence Sainte-Adèle
Geneviève Ouellet Para-cycling (FQSC) 3000$ Excellence Amos
Simon Tremblay Goalball (ASAQ) 3000$ Excellence Québec City
Jonathan Vermette Wheelchair basketball (AQSFR) 3000$ Excellence Sherbrooke
Philippe Vermette Wheelchair basketball (AQSFR) 3000$ Excellence Sherbrooke


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