Montreal, May 25, 2010 (Sportcom) – May 25, 2010 will be an historic day for high performance sport in Quebec, as representatives from the sport community witness the Quebec government’s official announcement of the creation of an Institut national du sport du Québec. The Centre national multisport-Montréal (CNMM) would like to thank its partners, and in particular the ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, for its support in the realization of this project.

“Today is the beginning of new era,” said CNMM’s Director General Marc Gélinas, addressing attendees present for this important announcement at Montreal’s Olympic Park including Premier Jean Charest, as well as the Minister de l’Éducation du Loisir et du Sport Ms. Michelle Courchesne, and the Minister du Tourisme, Ms. Nicole Ménard. “The creation of an Institut national du sport du Québec in our eyes, constitutes a pivotal moment in terms of Quebec’s support of high performance athletes and coaches,” continued Mr. Gélinas. “We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but today we celebrate the realization of a dream that we’ve held dear for some time now, a dream which we have tirelessly worked towards over the past few years.”

An Institute for All High Performance Athletes and Coaches The Institut national du sport du Québec will focus on the enrichment of services delivered to athletes categorized as ‘Excellence’, whether they train at the Institute, or in other high performance centres elsewhere in Quebec. It will guarantee that Excellence level athletes (nationally carded athletes) have priority access to training facilities, to sports medicine care, and scientific support at international standards. It will also support scientific research and athlete follow-up in order to fine-tune sport performance. Finally it will enhance services offered to the next generation of international-level athletes with the establishment of regional multisports centres. “In time, the Institut national du sport du Québec, will become a true force for the development of high performance sport in Quebec. Like athletes and coaches, our Institute will be committed to excellence. It is our responsibility to ensure that, one day, our Institute is recognized, not only within Canada, but throughout the world,” proclaimed Marc Gélinas. Today’s announcement is a key step towards furthering Quebec’s high performance athletes’ and coaches’ training environments and conditions – even if the work undertaken is long-term in scope. The next important steps are the finalization of a time-line for the completion of work, and the conclusion of long-term memorandum of understanding with implicated sport federations and partners – including the ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, the Régie des installations olympiques, Own the Podium, Sport Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee – in order to ensure the future success of the Institute. “Together, we will unify all the essential conditions to make Quebec a leader in sport excellence,” concluded Marc Gélinas.