Hydro-Québec awards $87,500 $ in bursaries to 33 promising Québec student-athletes thanks to the 14th edition of its program with the
Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

MONTREAL, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Earlier today at the Lion d'Or in Montreal, Hydro-Québec and the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence announced the names of the 33 student-athletes from across the province to whom were awarded a total of $87,500 thanks to the 14th edition of the company's bursary program.

Hydro-Québec awarded bursaries to the amount of $1,750 to 16 athletes identified as Hopefuls and bursaries to the amount of $3,500 to 17 athletes in the Elite category. The recipients, whocome from different regions of Québec, were recommended by their respective provincial sport federations. "One of the Foundation's goals is to step in and provide financial support to young student-athletes earlier in their career. This allows them to step onto the world stage and to gain experience outside of Canada at a young age, be it through training camps or competitions. We praise Hydro-Québec for trusting these student-athletes so early in their development. They will be able to follow their evolution year after year." said Mr. Claude Chagnon, President of the Foundation.

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. Many past recipients of the Hydro-Québec bursary program have distinguished themselves on the international stage such as Joannie Rochette, bronze medallist in figure skating at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics; François-Louis Tremblay, gold medallist in the relay and bronze medallist in the 500 m event in short track speed skating at the 2010 Olympics and Jennifer Abel who recently won a silver medal at the 3 m synchronized event (with Emilie Heymans) and a bronze medal at the individual 3 m event during the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai.

« Hydro-Québec is proud to support young athletes who come from different regions of Québec. Their tenacity, perseverance and determination are qualities that have contributed to making these athletes role models in their respective communities. We are happy that our contribution to the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence helps young athletes rise onto the national and international scenes as their athletic talent emerges. » commented the Vice-President - Corporate Affairs and Secretary General of Hydro-Québec, Mrs. Marie-José Nadeau.

Eligibility criteria

The student-athlete must participate in a post-career project, which is often the pursuit of secondary, collegial or university studies. In addition to being identified by their sport federations as "hopefuls" or "elite", the bursary recipients must be eligible to represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympic Games and World Championships in their respective disciplines. The Hydro-Québec bursaries are awarded to at least one athlete from each of the company's nine administrative regions.

Here is the list of this year's recipients;


16 bursary recipients in the Hopefuls Category ($1,750)

Name                 Sport Age City of origin
Danyk Barette Karate 19 Cantley
Étienne Briand Judo 18 Sept-Îles
Alizée Brien Track and road cycling 17 Prévost
Virginie Chénier Archery 17 Laval
Angus Cowell Olympic wrestling 16 Montréal, Westmount
Tamara Farquhar Basketball 14 Montréal, Côte-St-Luc
Yoan Gauthier Short track speed skating 17 Rivière-du-Loup
Vincent Lanctôt-Reeves Track and field 16 Brossard
Alicia Magliocco Waterpolo 15 Montréal, Pierrefonds
Pierrick Naud Track and road cycling 20 Amos
Philippe Ouellet (sourd) Swimming 17 Chicoutimi
Pascal Plamondon Weightlifting 18 Ascot Corner
Jade Taillon Taekwondo 14 Candiac
Léa Thibault Short and long track speed skating 17 Laval
Frédérique Trudel Mountain biking 17 Breakeyville
Ezekiel Williams Cross country skiing 18 Cantley

17 bursary recipients in the Elite Category ($3,500)

Name                 Sport Age City of origin
Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard Judo 17 St-Hubert
Léandre Bouchard Mountain biking 18 Alma
Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt Cross country skiing 19 Morin Heights
Antoine Bujold Swimming 16 Trois-Rivières
Rose-Marie Côté Biathlon 18 Charny
Paul Dumais Weightlifting 20 Montréal, Pointes-aux-Trembles
Fernando Fernandez-Beltran Baseball 16 Châteauguay
Michaël Fortin-Demers Judo 18 Longueuil
Émanuelle Garneau Karate 19 Val-des-Monts
Namasthée Harris Gauthier Short track speed skating 17 Montréal, Rosemont
Olivier Jannini Volleyball 19 Longueuil
Veronica Keefe Olympic wrestling 20 Montréal, Hampstead
Michèle Morissette Racquetball 15 Baie-Comeau
Samuel Murray Racquetball 18 Baie-Comeau
Jordan Pigeon Freestyle skiing (moguls) 19 Boisbriand
Pascal Soucy Karate 18 L'Ange-Gardien
Audrey Vaillancourt Biathlon 20 Lévis

About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
The mission of the Foundation is to financially support and encourage student-athletes in their pursuit of excellence and to promote athletes as role models in Quebec society. Over the past five years, the Foundation has awarded close to $2.9 million in bursaries to student-athletes, and endeavours to increase its yearly amount in bursaries to $1 million as part of its plan for 2010-2015. 



For further information:

Louis-Olivier Batty
Press Officer - Media
Telephone: 514 289-4214
Virtual press Room: http://www.hydroquebec.com/media

Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence 
Annie Pelletier
Communication Director
514.252.3171 ext. 3538

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