September 20, 2007 (Montreal, Que.) — Pierre Gagnon, General Counsel at Hydro-QuÃ©bec, revealed today the names of the 39 athletes that have qualified for the 2007 Hydro-QuÃ©bec bursary program, during a ceremony at the Lion d’Or in Montreal.
For its tenth year of collaboration with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence, Hydro-QuÃ©bec expands its program by creating 20 new bursaries in the “hopeful” category. Already 19 bursaries were awarded to athletes classified as “elite”.
By its financial support, Hydro-QuÃ©bec is becoming an important partner in the progression of athletes emerging at the international level. Many past Hydro-QuÃ©bec bursary recipients are now well known on the international scene: Marie-Eve Pelletier, Aleksandra Wozniak, Roseline Filion, Meaghan Benfeito, Anouk ReniÃ¨re-LafreniÃ¨re, Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon and Joannie Rochette, just to name a few.
According to Mr. Pierre DubÃ©, Executive director at the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence, this new bonified Hydro-QuÃ©bec bursary program will benefit more young athletes who are just emerging on the national andinternational scenes and who represent the future of their sports.
Bursaries are awarded according to two major criteria:
– Every administrative region of the province has to be represented by one athlete or more.
– And at least four bursary recipients selected by the Foundation must be the child of a Hydro-QuÃ©bec employee, as long as he or she fills the Foundation’s criteria.
Here are the 2007 recipients :
Hopeful category (Name, Sport, Age, Hometown)
– Rita Barakat Taekwondo 16 Ste-Foy
– Laurence Beaudet* Athletics 17 Terrebonne
– Simon Bibeau* Basketball 16 St-Bruno
– Philippe Bibeau-Villiard* Weightlifting 19 La Prairie
– Guillaume Boivin Cycling 18 Longueuil
– Vanessa Charron Swimming 15 QuÃ©bec
– Hubert Chevrette-BÃ©lisle* Athletics 17 Repentigny
– StÃ©phane Cossette Cycling 18 Saguenay
– Vincent Couturier Fencing (sabre) 17 MontrÃ©al
– Laurie Gingras Tennis 14 Lac Beauport
– Mykael Lambert Fencing (epÃ©e) 17 Gatineau
– Alexandre Leblanc Snowboarding 17 BeauprÃ©
– Ann-VÃ©ronique Michaud Speed skating 15 Amqui
– AndrÃ©anne Pichette Mountain biking 17 QuÃ©bec
– Arnaud Roche-Nadon Table tennis 14 MontrÃ©al
– Jessica Ruel Weightlifting 16 La Sarre
– Louis-Philippe Sirois Figure skating 18 Laval
– Jonathan Vermette Wheelchair basketball 16 Sherbrooke
– Philippe Vermette Wheelchair basketball 16 Sherbrooke
– Joannie Lebrun Ice hockey 16 Sept-ÃŽles
* Child of a Hydro-QuÃ©bec employee
Elite category (Name, Sport, Age, Hometown)
– EugÃ©nie Bouchard Tennis 13 MontrÃ©al
– Guillaume Carrier Biathlon 16 La Prairie
– Marie-Pierre Couillard Swimming 15 LÃ©vis
– Gabriel El Hanbli Athletics 17 Repentigny
– Gabriel Goulet* Handball 18 St-Nicolas
– Anne-FrÃ©dÃ©rique Grenier Snowboarding 16 BeauprÃ©
– FranÃ§ois Hogan Triathlon 18 Bedford
– Christopher Iliesco Taekwondo 18 MontrÃ©al
– Barbara Jardin Swimming 15 MontrÃ©al
– Julie LabontÃ© Athletics 17 Sainte-Justine
– StÃ©phanie Leclair Synchronized swimming 17 Gatineau
– ValÃ©rie Lefebvre Weightlifting 17 MontrÃ©al
– VÃ©ronique Lemieux Diving 22 Mascouche
– Annie Moniqui Weightlifting 17 Huntingdon
– Catherine Morel Alpine skiing 17 QuÃ©bec
– FranÃ§ois St-Aubin Migneault Canoe-kayak slalom 17 Valleyfield
– David Therrien Canoe-kayak sprint 19 Trois-RiviÃ¨res
– Antoine Valois-Fortier Judo 17 QuÃ©bec
– Mikael Zewski Boxe 18 Trois-RiviÃ¨res
* Child of a Hydro-QuÃ©bec employee
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 QuÃ©bec society. By the end of 2007, the Foundation will have awarded out more than $600,000 in bursaries.