Townships athletes get Loto-quebec bursaries
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.