Hydro-Québec awards $88,000 in bursaries to 30 promising Québec student-athletes

thanks to the 15th edition of its program with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

MONTREAL, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec and the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence announced the names of the 30 student-athletes from across the province to whom were awarded a total of $88,000 thanks to the 15th edition of the company's bursary program.

This year, Hydro-Québec awarded bursaries to the amount of $2,000 to 16 student-athletes identified as Hopefuls and bursaries to the amount of $4,000 to 14 student-athletes in the Elite category. The recipients, who come from different regions of Québec, were recommended by their respective provincial sport federations. "For the past fifteen years, Hydro-Québec has upheld the Foundation's values and has accepted to provide financial support to very young student-athletes who are still far from the spotlight, but developing rapidly so they can reach the junior or senior national teams. Indeed, many athletes have distinguished themselves on the international scene a few years after receiving a Hydro-Québec bursary. At the 2012 London Olympics, there were 22 Olympians and 2 Paralympians who had previously been recipients in the Hydro-Québec bursary program with the Foundation, which proves the importance and relevance of supporting them early in their career," said Mr. Claude Chagnon, President of the Foundation.

Among the Quebec Olympic medallists this year, seven had already received at least one Hydro-Québec bursary during their career and three of them attended the bursary award ceremony earlier today. Medal in hand, the following Olympians met a new generation of athletes and shared inspiring testimonials: Antoine Valois-Fortier, bronze medallist in judo as well as Roseline Filion & Meaghan Benfeito, bronze medallists in synchronized diving. The 4 other medallists who had previously been recipients in the Hydro-Québec bursary program are Andréanne Morin, silver medallist in rowing, Jennifer Abel, bronze medallist in synchronized diving, Christine Girard, bronze medallist in weightlifting and Lyne Bessette, Pilot for a tandem who won a gold medal in road cycling at the Paralympics.

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 his/her sport federations as "hopeful" or "elite", the bursary recipient must be eligible to represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympic Games and World Championships in his/her discipline. One of the specifics of this program is that Hydro-Québec bursaries are awarded to at least one athlete from each of the company's nine regional divisions.


16 bursary recipients in the Hopeful Category ($2,000)
First name Last name Discipline Age City of origin
Marc-Antoine Blais Bélanger Fencing (epee) 17 Montréal (Outremont)
Nicolas Bousquet Racquetball 16 Montréal (Anjou)
Virginie Chénier Archery (recurve bow) 18 Laval (Chomedey)
Vincent Dallaire Wheelchair Basketball 17 Québec
Tamara Farquhar Basketball 15 Montréal (Côte St-Luc)
Vincent Foster Taekwondo (-58 kg) 18 Québec
Mikaël Gonsalves Weightlifting (-94 kg) 19 Saint-Constant
Mary-Sophie Harvey Swimming 13 Trois-Rivières
Vincent Lanctôt-Reeves Athletics (octathlon) 17 Brossard
Mikella Lefebvre-Oatis Athletics (high jump) 14 Châteauguay
Alex Moore Wrestling (-46 kg) 15 Montréal (Hampstead)
Ana Laura Portuondo Isasi Judo (78kg) 16 La Prairie
Andréanne Poulin Figure skating (ice dancing) 17 Île Bizard
Émilie Stewart-Jones Cross Country Skiing 17 Chelsea
Roody St-Pierre Weightlifiting (- 69 kg) 20 Lachute
Frédérique Trudel Mountain Bike 18 Breakeyville

14 bursary recipients in the Elite Category ($4,000)
First name Last name Discipline Age City of origin
Léandre Bouchard Mountain Bike 19 Alma
Émilien Boucher Johnston Boxing (- 49 kg) 20 Saint-Nicolas
Raphael De Chantal Dumont Soccer 16 Saint-Alexandre
Jade Dusablon Swimming 18 Québec
Yoan Gauthier Short Track Speed Skating 18 Rivière-du-Loup
Louis Krieber-Gagnon Judo (- 81 kg) 16 Montréal (Hampstead)
Myriam Leclerc Freestyle Skiing - moguls 19 Beaconsfield
Sarah-Jane Marois Basketball 17 Québec
Michèle Morissette Racquetball 16 Baie-Comeau
Pierrick Naud Road & track cycling 21 Amos
Philippe Ouellet Swimming 19 Saguenay (Chicoutimi)
Pascal Plamondon Weightlifting (- 77 kg) 19 Ascot Corner
Pascal Soucy Karate (fighting - 75 kg) 19 L'Ange-Gardien (Outaouais)
Audrey Vaillancourt Biathlon 21 Québec

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 over to $3.4 million in bursaries to student-athletes and will distribute a minimum of $925,000 in 2012. Visit our website at www.faeq.com and like our Facebook page: FAEQ - Fondation de l'athlète d'excellence du Québec.



For further information:

Louis-Olivier Batty
Press Officer - Media
Telephone: 514-289-4214

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

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