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National Bank awards $84,000 in bursaries to 25 deserving student-athletes during the 20th edition of its Bursary Program in collaboration with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

Montreal, 11 April 2012 -

Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank, and Lise-Anne Amyot, Senior Manager - Brand Image, revealed the names of the 25 student-athletes who received $84,000 in financial support under the 20th edition of the National Bank Bursary Program.

"The 2012 edition is particularly important for us since it highlights the 20 years of existence of the National Bank Bursary Program," declared Mr. Vachon. "It is a great source of pride for National Bank to have contributed to the development of young athletes for so long", he added.

The Foundation’s President, Claude Chagnon, is very pleased and wants to thank National Bank for its unfailing support for 20 years as well as for its loyalty and generosity toward the Foundation: "National Bank understood a long time ago the importance of supporting, not only student-athletes who shine on the international scene, but more importantly, lesser known athletes who do not yet have access to the funding they need. Since 1993, National Bank has been setting an example in the private sector with its support of Quebec student-athlete", explained Mr. Chagnon.

One of the objectives of the National Bank Bursary Program, established in 1993, is to support highly promising but unknown young athletes who do not yet have access to the funding needed to help them progress on the international scene. Eight student-athletes aged 14 to 18 will receive a $2,000 Hopeful bursary, six athletes aged 15 to 21 will receive a $4,000 Elite bursary and 11 others, aged 20 to 29, will receive a $4,000 Excellence bursary.

Among them are six student-athletes who are qualified for this summer’s London Olympic Games: Philippe Beaudry in fencing (sabre), Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon in synchronized swimming, Roseline Filion in diving, Barbara Jardin in swimming, Sébastien Michaud in taekwondo and David Tremblay in Olympic wrestling as well as two Olympic medallists from the Vancouver Games, double Silver medalist in short track speed skating Marianne St-Gelais and Gold medalist in the pursuit in long track speed skating, Mathieu Giroux.

2012 National Bank Bursary Program recipients
Eight bursaries of $2,000 (Hopeful), six bursaries of $4,000 (Elite) and 11 bursaries of $4,000 (Excellence).

 First Name

 Last Name

 Sport

 Category

 Age

 City

 Farès

 Arfa

 Fencing-sabre

 Hopeful

 17

 Laval, Pont-Viau

 Audrey-Anne

 Le Sieur

 Pistol-shooting

 Hopeful

 15

 Trois-Rivières

 Francis

 Le Sieur

 Pistol-shooting

 Hopeful

 17

 Trois-Rivières

 Gaby

 Malenfant

 BMX and cyclocross

 Hopeful

 14

 Drummondville

 Stéphanie

 Marchand

 Rowing

 Hopeful

 18

 Boucherville

 Florence

 Pépin-Delhaes

 Sailing

 Hopeful

 16

 Montreal, Villeray

 Joey

 Savoie

 Golf

 Hopeful

 17

 St-Jean-sur-Richelieu

 Frédérique

 Tougas

 Sailing

 Hopeful

 17

 Saint-Sauveur

 Catherine

 Dauplaise

 Table tennis

 Elite

 15

 Drummondville

 Billie

 Derouet

 Equestrian (jumping)

 Elite

 20

 Bromont

 Kamille

 Desjardins

 Karate

 Elite

 19

 Ange-Gardien

 Maude

 Dufour

 Taekwondo

 Elite

 18

 Quebec City

 Simon

 Rousseau

 Archery

 Elite

 21

 La Prairie

 Jessica

 Ruel

 Weightlifting (53 kg)

 Elite

 21

 Macamic

 Philippe

 Beaudry

 Fencing - sabre

 Excellence

 25

 Montreal, Pointe-aux-Trembles

 Marie-Pier

 Boudreau-Gagnon

 Synchronised swimming

 Excellence

 29

 Rivière-du-Loup

 Roseline

 Fillion

 Diving

 Excellence

 24

 Laval, Fabreville

 Mathieu

 Giroux

 Long track speed skating

 Excellence

 26

 Montreal, Pointe-aux-Trembles

 Barbara

 Jardin

 Swimming

 Excellence

 20

 Montreal, Hochelaga

 Amélie

 Lacoste

 Figure skating

 Excellence

 23

 Delson

 Sasha

 Mehmedovic

 Judo

 Excellence

 27

 Montreal, Hampstead

 Sébastien

 Michaud

 Taekwondo

 Excellence

 24

 Quebec City

 Brittany

 Phelan

 Alpine skiing

 Excellence

 20

 Mont-Tremblant

 Marianne

 St-Gelais

 Short track speed skating

 Excellence

 22

 St-Félicien

 David

 Tremblay

 Olympic wrestling

 Excellence

 24

 Montreal, Côte-des-Neiges

 

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group that provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. As at January 31, 2012, National Bank has over CDN$175 billion in assets in accordance with IFRS and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 19,785 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at www.nbc.ca. To access National Bank of Canada’s financial literacy portal, visit www.clearfacts.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. Over the past five years, the Foundation has awarded more than 3.4 million dollars in bursaries to student-athletes in the past five years and will distribute a minimum of $925,000 in 2012. Please visit our new website at www.faeq.com and like our new Facebook page: FAEQ – Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec.

Information (the telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Joan Beauchamp
Senior Advisor – Public Affairs
National Bank
Tel.: 514-394-6500

Annie Pelletier
Communications Director
Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
Tel. : 514-252-3171 #3538
annie.pelletier@faeq.com