National Bank awards $72,000 in bursaries to 30 athletes under its program with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

Montreal, 2 April 2007 - 

Réal Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank, and Sylvie Roy, Vice-President – Marketing and Public Affairs, National Bank, revealed the names of the 30 athletes who will receive financial support under the 15th edition of the National Bank Bursary Program.

“Having a dream is the first step toward personal fulfillment.  Then comes the hard work, perseverance and motivation needed to make your dream come true.  National Bank is honoured to encourage you in your pursuit of excellence and help you achieve your goals,” Mr. Raymond said with pride to the athletes present.

Among the 30 National Bank bursary recipients this year were three athletes who had just returned from the 12th FINA World Championships: synchronized swimmers Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon who finished 6th in solo, 6th in duet and team competition and Marie-Pierre Gagné, 6th in team competition and diver Roseline Filion, who ended 12th on 10m and 4th on 10m synchro.

The recipients also included two Olympians from the Torino Games: Charline Labonté, goaltender for the gold medal winning women’s hockey team, and long track speed skater François-Olivier Roberge, who finished 16th in the 1,000m in Torino and 7th at the World Championships in Salt Lake City in March. Athens Olympian Richard D. Dober, who finished 9th in the K-4 1,000m and recently won a silver medal at the 2006 World Championships in the K-2 500m was also awarded a bursary, as were Karine Sergerie, a gold medallist in taekwondo from the 2006 Commonwealth Games and bronze medallist at the 2005 World Championships, and short track speed skater Marianne St-Gelais, a young rising star who just won four medals at the Canada Games in the Yukon.

Two athletes also received an additional bursary of $1,000 in recognition of their impressive academic results. Chanel Beaudoin-Cloutier (sailing) and Marie-Ève Beauchemin-Nadeau (weightlifting) both obtained an R Score of 37.3 in Science at Cegep and are planning to study medicine.

2007 National Bank Bursary Program Recipients

 

Name

Sport

Category

Amount

Home

1.

Beauchemin-Nadeau, Marie-Ève

Weightlifting

Elite

$3,500*

Candiac

2.

Beaudoin-Cloutier, Chanel

Sailing

Elite

$3,500*

Magog

3.

Beaudry, Philippe

Fencing

Excellence

$3,000

Montreal (Pointe-aux-Trembles)

4.

Bence, Didier

Boxing

Elite

$2,500

Laval (Fabreville)

5.

Boudreau-Gagnon, Marie-Pier

Synchronized swimming

Excellence

$3,000

Rivière-du-Loup

6.

Dober, Richard D.

Canoe/kayak

Excellence

$3,000

Trois-Rivières

7.

Derouet, Billie

Equestrian

Hopeful

$1,500

Bromont

8.

Deschênes, Jacinthe

Weightlifting

Elite

$2,500

Poularies (Rouyn-Noranda)

9.

Dubé,  Maxime

Taekwondo

Hopeful

$1,500

Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac

10.

Filion, Roseline

Diving

Excellence

$3,000

Laval

11.

Gagné, Marie-Pierre

Synchronized swimming

Excellence

$3,000

Montreal (Ahuntsic)

12.

Gélinas, Alexandra

Mountain biking

Hopeful

$1,500

Gatineau

13.

Labonté, Charline

Women’s hockey

Excellence

$3,000

Boisbriand

14.

Lambert-Lemay, Simon

Cycling

Hopeful

$1,500

Longueuil

15.

Leblanc, Nicolas

Diving

Elite

$2,500

Longueuil

16.

Léveillé, Simon

Athletic

Hopeful

$1,500

Mascouche

17.

Lévesque, Marylise

Judo

Excellence

$3,000

La Pocatière

18.

Maranda, Jean-Philippe

Weightlifting

Elite

$2,500

Notre-Dame-des-Pins (Beauce)

19.

Marin, Noémie

Women’s softball and  hockey

Excellence

$3,000

Acton Vale

20.

Morin, Francis

Mountain biking

Hopeful

$1,500

Valcourt

21.

Ouellet, Cindy

Wheelchair basketball

Elite

$2,500

Quebec (Ste-Foy)

22.

Pessoa, Sergio

Judo

Elite

$2,500

Montreal (St-Leonard)

23.

Quattrociocche, Felishea

Archery

Hopeful

$1,500

Montreal (Mercier-Hochelaga)

24.

Roberge, François-Olivier

Long track speed skating

Excellence

$3,000

Saint-Nicolas

25.

Sergerie, Karine

Taekwondo

Excellence

$3,000

Ste-Catherine

26.

Soucisse, Gabrielle

Swimming

Elite

$2,500

Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot

27.

St-Gelais, Marianne

Short track speed skating

Hopeful

$1,500

St-Felicien

28.

Thériault, Pierre-Luc

Table tennis

Hopeful

$1,500

St-Fabien (Bas du Fleuve)

29.

Vaillancourt, Audrey

Biathlon

Hopeful

$1,500

Val-Belair

30.

Veilleux, David

Cycling

Elite

$2,500

Quebec (Cap-Rouge)

*These athletes received an athletic excellence bursary of $2,500 and an academic excellence bursary of $1,000.

One of the objectives of the National Bank Bursary Program, established in 1993, is to support highly promising young athletes who do not yet have access to the funding needed to help them progress on the international scene.

The National Bank Bursary Program has three categories: Excellence, Elite and Hopeful. The Program is open to all athletes who participate in an Olympic or Paralympic discipline as identified by a sport federation.  Athletes must be eligible to represent Canada at the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games or the World Championships and demonstrate the need for financial support.  Recipients must be enrolled in a post-career project, which usually takes the form of secondary, college-level or university studies.

Over the past eight years, National Bank has invested $800,000 in the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence, 70% of which is used to finance the National Bank Bursary Program and the other 30% is invested as capital in the Foundation in order to ensure bursaries for young athletes in the future.

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www.nbc.ca.

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. Visit our web site www.faeq.com

Information:

Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
Annie Pelletier
Communications Coordinator
Telephone: (514) 252-3171 ext. 3538
anniepelletier.faeq@videotron.ca

National Bank
Louis Garneau
Public Relations
Telephone: (514) 394-6500