Ashley McGregor of Pointe Claire, Béatrice Pineau of Montreal and Vanessa Charron of Quebec receive $1,500 bursary from Hydro-Quebec

Montréal,QC– Today at the Lion d’Or in Montréal, Ms. Louise Gravel, General Manager – Communications at Hydro-Québec, announced the names of the 37 athletes from across the province who will share a total of $87,000 in the 11th edition of the company’s bursary program.

Last year, Hydro-Québec had announced that it would renew its strong support of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence by donating $125,000 a year over a three-year period, for a total of $375,000, to expand its bursary program. Ms. Gravel today awarded $1,500 bursaries to 16 athletes identified as “hopefuls” by their respective sport federations, and $3,000 bursaries to 21 athletes identified as “elite”. She also underscored Hydro-Québec’s firm belief in the importance of supporting still unknown but talented young athletes who have yet to receive solid financial support.

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. In fact, 21 past recipients took part in this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing, including Karine Sergerie, the silver medal winner in taekwondo, and Thomas Hall, the bronze medal winner in canoeing, who both received a Hydro-Québec bursary at the age of 17. Their success confirms the effectiveness and significance of the Hydro-Québec program.

In addition to being identified by their sport federations as “hopefuls” or “elite”, the bursary winners must be eligible to represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympics Games and world championship competitions in their disciplines. They must also participate in a post-career project, which is often the pursuit of secondary, collegial or university studies. The Hydro-Québec bursaries are awarded to at least one athlete from each of the company’s nine administrative regions, and four are given to children of Hydro-Québec employees. All of the other eligibility and selection criteria must also be met in these two cases.
The Hydro-Québec bursary awards were attended by Mr. Claude Chagnon, President of the Quebec Foundation of Athletic Excellence, who said he was very pleased with the loyalty and confidence that Hydro-Québec has demonstrated and that enables the Foundation to provide more support for young athletes who could be our future Olympians.

Rébecca Beaumont Mountain biking 18 Alma

Patrick Bouchard Taekwondo 17 Dolbeau-Mistassini
Marie-Eve De Villers-Matte* Judo 16 Varennes
Laurent Dubreuil Long track speed skating 16 Saint-Etienne-de-Lauzon
Patrick Gagné Judo 17 Baie-Comeau
Monica Gavaris Diving 12 Montréal
Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu Long and short track speed skating 16 Montréal
Laurie Gingras Tennis 15 Lac Beauport
Alexandros Kouvakas Weightlifting 19 Laval
Ashley McGregor Swimming 15 Pointe-Claire
Samuel Monette Tennis 14 Repentigny
Francis Morin Mountain biking 19 Valcourt
Béatrice Pineau Swimming 15 Montréal
Vadim Stoliarenko Olympic boxing 14 Montréal
Mathieu Thériault Table tennis 13 Saint-Fabien
Chelse Zarboni-Berthiaume Weightlifting 16 Montréal

(*) Child of a Hydro-Québec employee

Elladj Baldé Figure skating 17 Pierrefonds
Sébastien Beaulieu Snowboard 17 Sherbrooke
Alexandre Béland* Baseball 17 Trois-Rivières
Vanessa Bélanger-Marceau* Long and short track speed skating 18 Saint-Bruno de Montarville
Eugénie Bouchard Tennis 14 Montréal
Vanessa Charron Swimming 16 Québec
Nicolas Constantin-Bicari Water polo 16 Repentigny
Samuel Desjardins Taekwondo 21 Lévis
Paul Dumais Weightlifting 18 Montréal
Geneviève Favreau Rowing 18 Longueuil
Maxime Gagnon* Judo 18 Baie-Comeau
Li-Yue Grenier Canoe-kayak sprint 18 Lac Beauport
Kimberly Hyacinthe Athletics 19 Lachenaie
Maude Jacques Wheelchair basketball 16 Sainte-Catherine
Julie Labonté Athletics (discus throw and shotput) 18 Sainte-Justine
Valérie Lefebvre Weightlifting 18 Godmanchester
Joseph Polossifakis Fencing (sabre) 18 Montréal
Laurent Rivard Basketball 17 Saint-Bruno de Montarville
Jessica Ruel Weightlifting 17 La Sarre
Antoine Valois-Fortier Judo 18 Québec
Carol-Ann Ware Diving 17 Otterburn Park

(*) Child of a Hydro-Québec employee

About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
The mission of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence is to support and encourage student-athletes in their pursuit of excellence and to promote athletes as role models in Québec society. By the end of 2008, through its various bursary programs, the Foundation will have handed out over $625,000.

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Information : Annie Pelletier
Communications Coordinator
Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
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