Valérie Grand’Maison of Montréal is one of 11 recipients of a bursary for athletes with a disability from Loto-Québec.

The Loto Québec bursary program, managed through the Québec Foundation for Athletic Excellence, was created to help support athletes with a disability in their pursuit of excellence. Loto-Québec has invested a total of $60,000 which will be distributed over the next two years in bursaries for athletes with a disability.

Grand’Maison, a member of Canada’s 2008 Paralympic swim team heading to Beijing in September, received $3,000 for her accomplishments in the pool. Valérie is a 12-time world record holder in her S13 classification for the visually impaired. She is currently in Berlin, Germany competing at the International German Swimming Championships, May 22-25th.

Christopher Rinaldi, also a swimmer, received $1500 for his eight medals at the 2007 Pan American Games for the Hearing Impaired.