Town­ships ath­letes get Loto-que­bec bur­saries

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS -

LastThurs­day, Pierre Bibeau, Se­nior Cor­po­rate Vice-pres­i­dent, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Public Af­fairs at Loto-québec, re­vealed the names of the 15 ath­letes sup­ported by the Que­bec Foun­da­tion for Ath­letic Ex­cel­lence who shared $43,000 in bur­saries as part of the 2012 Pro­gramme de bourses Loto-québec. The pre­sen­ta­tion was held at the Claude-ro­bil­lard Sports Cen­tre in Loto-québec’s Zone d’es­sais sportifs as part of Défi sportif, of which Loto-québec is a gold-level spon­sor.

The ob­jec­tive of the 2012 Pro­gramme de bourses Loto-québec, which is now in its fifth year, is to sup­port ath­letes with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties in their quest for ex­cel­lence on pro­vin­cial, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional scenes. “Loto-que­bec is proud to sup­port the Foun­da­tion’s ath­letes and to in­tro­duce these 15 fine com­peti­tors. Not only have they achieved great sports feats, but they have also shown de­ter­mi­na­tion that is a source of in­spi­ra­tion and mo­ti­va­tion to ev­ery­one,” Mr. Bibeau said.

Among awarded ath­letes, some are new­com­ers and oth­ers have per­formed on the in­ter­na­tional level. Ath­letes hail­ing from the East­ern Town­ships who re­ceived bur­saries to help them with their train­ing are Bromont’s Philippe Bedard in wheel­chair ten­nis, whose team fin­ished in sev­enth place at the 2011 World Cham­pi­onships; Ste-cather­ine-de-hat­ley’s Maude Jac­ques, who par­tic­i­pated at the 2011 World Cham­pi­onships with the wheel­chair bas­ket­ball se­nior na­tional team; Ma­gog’s Lyne Trem­blay, who won bronze at the 2011 World Cup in Par­a­lympic Archery, and para­cy­clist Alexan­dre Car­rier, also from Bromont, who was fourth at the time trial event at the 2011 ICU World Cup. About Loto-québec

As part of its wish to in­crease sup­port to or­ga­ni­za­tions that help ath­letes with phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions, Loto-québec con­cluded a ma­jor agree­ment with the Que­bec Foun­da­tion for Ath­letic Ex­cel­lence. Ev­ery year for the past five years, the Pro­gramme de bourses Loto-québec has hon­oured ex­cep­tional ath­letes with phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions. This pro­gram was cre­ated in co­op­er­a­tion with Défi sportif and Que­bec Spe­cial Olympics, two im­por­tant stake­hold­ers in sport for ath­letes with a dis­abil­ity.

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