Posted by Editoress on 02/20/19
During an awards ceremony held on February 20th at the Centre Nutrilait, the Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ) announced the names of the 52 student-athletes in the 19th cohort of the Saputo Bursary Program who will share a total of $150,000 in bursaries. Three cyclists are received bursaries - Adèle Desgagnes, Laurie Jussaume and Édouard Proulx.
Adèle Desgagnes (center)
Saputo is proud to support the next generation of outstanding student-athletes. These young people, who serve as role models throughout the country and the world, continually strive for excellence and deserve to be supported in their development. Furthermore, promoting healthy lifestyles and highlighting the importance of staying active are at the heart of Saputo's values.
"It's been a privilege for us to work so closely with a prestigious sponsor like Saputo for almost two decades," stated Claude Chagnon, president of the Foundation for Athletic Excellence. "The company's support of our province's student-athletes has continued to grow, reaching a new high of $150,000 this year. I would also like to highlight Saputo's involvement in other activities, such as the Bonneville 808 Challenge. We sincerely thank the company for its support."
Many Saputo bursary recipients have made their mark on their sport since the program began in 2000, several of them in recent months. Snowboarder Laurie Blouin won gold in the Big Air event at the 2019 X Games in January; it was her first appearance at the prestigious event. She also won the silver medal in slopestyle at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games.
Last summer, Mathieu Choinière signed his first professional contract with Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact, and weightlifter Tali Darsigny won a bronze medal at the 2018 World Junior Championships. Last fall, gymnast Félix Dolci won a silver medal on the rings at the Youth Olympic Games.
Three types of bursaries were awarded today: Academic Excellence bursaries to reward outstanding academic results, Academic and Athletic Support bursaries to encourage the balancing of academic and athletic pursuits, and Perseverance bursaries to acknowledge persistence in the face of difficulties.
Road and Track rider Adèle Desgagnes received a $1600 award for Academic Excellence, Road and Track rider Laurie Jussaume received $4000 for Academic and Athletic Support, and BMX rider Édouard Proulx received $4000 for Academic and Athletic Support
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