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National Bank Financial Group awards $ 71,000 in bursaries to 27 athletes under its program with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

Montreal, 7 April 2009 -

Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank Financial Group, and Sylvie Roy, the Bank’s Vice-President - Corporate Marketing and Communications, in the presence of Claude Chagnon, President of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence, revealed the names of the 27 athletes who will receive financial support under the 17th edition of the National Bank Bursary Program.

“National Bank Financial Group is proud to continue its involvement with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence in 2009,” said Mr. Vachon. “The National Bank Bursary Program allows us to invest in sports and support the development of athletes whose commitment to excellence and drive to surpass themselves will serve as an example to the entire community.” 

Of this year’s 27 National Bank bursary recipients, 13 will receive a $3,000 Excellence bursary. Among them, let’s mention the Olympians. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games: in taekwondo silver medallist Karine Sergerie and Sébastien Michaud 8th, in weightlifting Christine Girard 4th, in canoe/kayak sprint Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny 5th on 500m and 6th on 1 000m (C2), in diving Roseline Filion 7th on 10m synchro, in fencing (sabre) Olga Ovtchinnikova 15th individual and 7th in team and finally in wrestling David Zilberman 14th.

Also, he participated in the 2006 Torino Olympic Games where he finished 16th on 1 000m François-Olivier Roberge in long track speed skating, world junior champion on 500m and 3 000m relay, Marianne St-Gelais in short track speed skating, a judoka who’s following Nicolas Gill footsteps because he won many international tournaments in 2008 Sergio Pessoa and a young freestyle skiing (aerials) hopeful who was named Rookie of the year of the 2008-2009 World Cup circuit Olivier Rochon. 

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. To this end, 11 athletes between the ages of 17 and 21 will receive a $2,500 Elite bursary and 3 others of 16 and 17 years old will receive a $1,500 Hopeful bursary.

2009 National Bank Bursary Program Recipients

Name

Sport

Category

Age

Home

Kevin Caouette

Karate

Hopeful

16

Gaspé

Brian Cauvier-Bardis

Baseball

Hopeful

17

Saint-Constant

Alex Tessier

Canoe-kayak sprint (kayak)

Hopeful

16

Trois-Rivières

Miguel Bernard

Curling

Elite

21

Drummondville

Catherine Bouchard-Pilote

Rowing

Elite

19

Boucherville

Mathieu Constantin

Water-polo

Elite

17

Boucherville

Billie Derouet

Equestrian

Elite

17

Bromont

Gabrielle Lavoie

Fencing (épée)

Elite

19

Quebec

Julien Nury

Cross country skiing

Elite

19

Quebec

Yolaine Oddou

Biathlon

Elite

19

St-George-de-Beauce

Julian Potvin-Bernal

Canoe-kayak slalom (canoe)

Elite

19

Chelsea

David Tremblay

Wrestling

Elite

21

Cap Rouge

Stéphanie Tremblay

Judo

Elite

18

Saguenay

David Veilleux

Cycling

Elite

21

Cap Rouge

Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny

Canoe-kayak sprint (canoe)

Excellence

24

Trois-Rivières

Michelle Caron

Water-polo

Excellence

16

Kirkland

Roseline Filion

Diving

Excellence

21

Laval

Christine Girard

Weightlifting

Excellence

24

Rouyn-Noranda

Sébastien Michaud

Taekwondo

Excellence

21

Quebec

Olga Ovtchinnikova

Fencing (sabre)

Excellence

22

Montreal

Sergio Pessoa

Judo

Excellence

20

Montreal

François-Olivier Roberge

Speed skating – long track

Excellence

23

Saint-Nicolas

Olivier Rochon

Freestyle skiing (aerials)

Excellence

19

Gatineau

Karine Sergerie

Taekwondo

Excellence

24

Ste-Catherine

Marianne St-Gelais

Short track speed skating

Excellence

19

St-Félicien

Pierre-Luc Thériault

Table tennis

Excellence

15

St-Fabien-de-Rimouski

David Zilberman

Wrestling

Excellence

26

Montreal

The National Bank Bursary Program has three categories: Excellence, Elite and Hopeful. The Program is open to all athletes who can represent Canada in Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World University Games and he or she has to demonstrate the need for financial support. Recipients must also be enrolled in a post-career project, which usually takes the form of secondary, college-level or university studies.

Over the past ten years, National Bank Financial Group has invested one million dollars in the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence. Of this amount, 70% has been used to finance the National Bank Bursary Program and the other 30% has been invested as capital in the Foundation in order to ensure bursaries for young athletes in the future.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009, is an integrated group which 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. The 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. National Bank has close to $137 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,199 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at 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. By the end of 2009, the Foundation will have awarded more than $600,000 in bursaries. For more information, visit the Foundation’s website at www.faeq.com.

Information:

Annie Pelletier
Communications Coordinator
Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
Telephone: 514-252-3171, ext. 3538

Denis Dubé
Senior Manager, Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644