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The Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence Awards $126,000 to 38 Student Athletes through the National Bank Bursary Program

Montreal, 16 December 2019 -
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As part of the 28th National Bank Bursary Program, the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ) has awarded $126,000 in individual bursaries of $2,000 or $4,000 to 38 student athletes. The ceremony was held today at National Bank's head office.

The National Bank Bursary Program recognizes student athletes in the Hopeful, Elite, and Excellence categories between the ages of 13 and 26 from all over Quebec.

"We're very happy to be continuing our long-standing collaboration with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence. As well as encouraging young people who are models of perseverance and determination, we believe that each and every recipient can encourage other young people to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, continue their studies and get involved in the community," said Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank.

"We're very proud to be associated with National Bank, a prestigious institution and loyal partner. Over the years, the National Bank Bursary Program has effectively supported more than a hundred student athletes, some of the most inspiring in the province," stated Claude Chagnon, President of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence.

For this edition of the National Bank Bursary Program, 21 Academic Excellence bursaries were awarded, 16 Athletic and Academic Support bursaries were distributed to promote the balance of sport and education, and one Perseverance bursary was awarded to highlight the determination of an athlete facing difficult circumstances.

From among the hundreds of student athletes supported by the Bank over the past decades, some have truly made their mark internationally. They include tennis player Félix Auger-Aliassime, who is one of the top 25 tennis players in the world; freestyle skier Mikaël Kingsbury, Olympic Gold medalist in moguls; cross-country skier Alex Harvey, double World Champion; weightlifter Christine Girard, Olympic gold and bronze medalist; hockey players Mélodie Daoust, Charline Labonté and Caroline Ouellette, several-time Olympic gold and silver medalists; and divers Jennifer Abel and Roseline Filion, winners of multiple medals internationally.

2019-2020 National Bank Bursary Program Recipients

Last name

Sport

Age

Amount

*

City

School

Haitam Aboufirassi

Tennis

14

$2,000

S

Montreal (Verdun)

Académie les Estacades

Louella Allana

Basketball

16

$4,000

EX

Laval

École Saint-Laurent

David Baillargeon

Squash

23

$4,000

EX

Lévis (Saint-Nicolas)

TÉLUQ

Caroline Beauchamp

Alpine Skiing

19

$2,000

EX

Mont-Royal

Collège André-Grasset

Alex Bellemarre

Weightlifting (81 kg)

21

$4,000

S

Macamic

Université de Montréal

Antoine Bouchard

Judo (73 kg)

25

$4,000

EX

Saguenay (Jonquière)

Université du Québec à Montréal

Jules Burnotte

Biathlon

22

$4,000

S

Sherbrooke

Cégep de Sherbrooke

Emilia Cabrera Mallette

Table Tennis

16

$4,000

EX

Laval

École secondaire Antoine-de-Saint-Exupéry

Olivia Chamandy

Diving

19

$4,000

P

Westmount

Collège André-Grasset

Maude Charron

Weightlifting (63 kg)

26

$4,000

S

Rimouski

Université du Québec à Rimouski

Maksim Chelmaev

Figure Skating

16

$2,000

EX

Laval

École secondaire Antoine-de-Saint-Exupéry

Mélodie Collard

Tennis

16

$4,000

EX

Gatineau

Académie les Estacades

Antoine Cyr

Cross-country skiing

21

$4,000

S

Gatineau

Cégep à distance

Noémie Fiset

Long Track Speed Skating

24

$4,000

EX

Quebec City

Université Laval

Sarah-Maude Fortin

Tennis

17

$4,000

EX

Montreal (Verdun)

University of Nebraska High School

Matys Gagnon

Baseball

16

$2,000

S

Montreal (Lachine)

École secondaire Dalbé-Viau

Alisson Gobeil

Paralympic Swimming

14

$2,000

S

Alma

Pavillon Wilbrod-Dufour

Rébéka Groulx

Artistic gymnastics

13

$4,000

EX

Longueuil (Saint-Hubert)

École secondaire Gérard-Filion

Annabelle Guay

Softball

16

$2,000

EX

Terrebonne

École secondaire des Trois-Saisons

Anton Jacobs-Webb

Para hockey

19

$4,000

S

Gatineau

Heritage College

Sophia Jensen

Sprint kayaking

18

$4,000

S

Chelsea

John McCrae Secondary School

Vincent Jourdenais

Sprint kayaking

21

$4,000

EX

Trois-Rivières

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Rose Kanemy

Water Polo

17

$4,000

EX

Pointe Claire

John Abbott College

Sarah L’Allier

Tennis

13

$2,000

S

Montreal (Verdun)

Collège de Montréal

Emy Legault

Triathlon

23

$4,000

S

Notre-Dame de-l’Île-Perrot

TÉLUQ

Jessica Li

Figure Skating

16

$2,000

EX

Brossard

École secondaire De Mortagne

Gaby Malenfant

BMX

22

$4,000

S

Drummondville

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Alexis Marceau

Short Track Speed Skating

21

$4,000

EX

Rivière-du-Loup

McGill University

Audrey McManiman

Snowboard (snowboard cross)

24

$4,000

S

Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare

Université Laval

Léa Morin

Karate (kata)

16

$2,000

EX

Sherbrooke

École secondaire Le Salésien

Benjamin Nadon

Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)

16

$2,000

EX

Laval

Collège Laval

Mathieu Ouellet

Swimming

16

$2,000

S

Alma

Pavillon Wilbrod-Dufour

Louis Paradis

Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)

16

$2,000

EX

Quebec City

Collège François-de-Laval

Aurélie Rivard

Paralympic Swimming

23

$4,000

S

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Université de Montréal

Josie-Anne Synnott

Judo (78 kg)

18

$4,000

EX

Sept-Îles

Collège de Maisonneuve

Loïc Tremblay

Diving

13

$2,000

EX

Quebec City (L'Ancienne-Lorette)

École secondaire Cardinal-Roy

Annabelle Xu

Tennis

15

$4,000

EX

Montreal (Saint-Laurent)

Académie les Estacades

Tommy Xu

Table Tennis

18

$4,000

S

Brossard

Cégep à distance

* EX: academic excellence / S: athletic and academic support / P: perseverance

About National Bank of Canada
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About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ)
The FAEQ (faeq.com) is recognized for its personalized approach, rigorous management style, and influence in sport and education circles. In 2019, it awarded $1,500,000 in individual bursaries to 500 student athletes from all over Quebec, to whom it will also provide academic guidance and sport/study conciliation services. Two public events benefitting the FAEQ will take place next year: URBAN SUGAR SHACK with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on Tuesday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Windsor Station (visit faeq.com for details) and the fourth edition of the DÉFI 808 BONNEVILLE, a festive cycling and corporate event on September 18 and 19, 2020 at Mont Tremblant (visit defi808bonneville.com for details).

For more information :  
Stéphanie Rousseau
Annie Pelletier
Senior Advisor – Public Affairs and
Corporate Social Responsibility
Director of Communications and Partnerships
National Bank of Canada Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
stephanie.rousseau@nbc.ca annie.pelletier@faeq.com
Tel.: 514-394-5684 Tel.: 514-252-3171 ext. 3538