La Capitale Awards $80,000 in Bursaries to 21 Outstanding Student-Athletes

Quebec City, May 24, 2018 – Jean St-Gelais, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services, has announced the names of the 21 outstanding student-athletes who will share a total of $80,000 in bursaries in the 9th edition of the La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services Bursary Program, organized in collaboration with the Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ).

“In accordance with our values, we at La Capitale are extremely pleased to help foster the development of 21 young student-athletes in Quebec. Through this partnership, we are able to highlight the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyle habits at all stages of life. I would like to congratulate our bursary recipients for being remarkable examples of excellence and determination, especially those who performed so well at the Olympic Games and whom we are proud to accompany on their journeys,” stated St-Gelais.

For the 2018 edition, three types of bursaries have been awarded: 4 Academic Excellence bursaries to highlight noteworthy academic achievements, 16 Academic and Athletic Support bursaries to encourage the conciliation of academic and athletic pursuits, and one Leadership bursary to recognize a student-athlete who exemplifies community involvement.

“Our collaboration with La Capitale is very precious to us because it provides valuable stability that enables us to pursue our mandate over the long term. In fact, La Capitale renews its support of several of our bursary recipients year after year. This commitment allows La Capitale to follow the athletes’ progress and development, be it at the academic or athletic level,” explained Claude Chagnon, president of the FAEQ.

Some of last year’s bursary recipients, including PyeongChang Olympic medallist Kim Boutin, Olympian Anne-Marie Comeau, world champion Laurence Vincent-Lapointe, and world championships bronze medallist Sophiane Méthot, have all returned to the La Capitale Insurance and Financial Group bursary family for 2018.

Short track speed skater Boutin dazzled Quebec this past February with her haul of one silver and two bronze medals. Comeau also impressed many when she qualified for her first Olympic Games in cross-country skiing after having focused her training mainly on athletics in the preceding months.

Last summer, canoe sprinter Vincent-Lapointe added two world titles to her collection, while in November, trampolinist Méthot became the first Quebec woman to win a medal in the individual event at the World Championships.

 

Recipients of the 2018 La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services Bursary Program

 

Name

Discipline

Age

Amount

*

City

Educational Institution

Kim Boutin

Short Track Speed Skating

23

$4,000

S

Sherbrooke

Cégep Marie-Victorin

Anne-Marie Comeau

Athletics and Cross Country Skiing

21

$4,000

S

Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges

Université Laval

Alexandre Corriveau

Diving

17

$4,000

S

Terrebonne

Collège de Maisonneuve

Thierry Ferland

Figure Skating (pairs)

20

$4,000

S

Lévis

Université Laval

Christopher Fiola

Long Track Speed Skating

21

$4,000

S

Montréal (Mercier - Hochelaga-Maisonneuve)

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

Tristan Guillemette

Cycling Road and Track

19

$2,000

S

Trois-Rivières

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Alexis Guimond

Para Alpine Skiing

18

$4,000

S

Gatineau

Cégep à distance

Collin Lalonde

Wheelchair Basketball

18

$2,000

S

Saint-Clet

École secondaire Soulanges

Andréanne Langlois

Canoe Sprint (kayak)

25

$4,000

S

Lac-Beauport

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Lori-Ann Matte

Figure Skating (pairs)

18

$4,000

S

Lévis

Collège de Rosemont

Sophiane Méthot

Trampoline

19

$4,000

S

La Prairie

Collège de Maisonneuve

Sarah Millette

Trampoline

21

$4,000

S

Longueuil

Collège de Maisonneuve

Nicolas Nadeau

Figure Skating

20

$4,000

EX

Boisbriand

Université du Québec à Montréal

Juliette Parent

Racquetball

16

$4,000

EX

Saint-Jacques

Collège Esther-Blondin

Félix Poliseno

Wate polo

19

$4,000

S

Montréal (Mercier - Hochelaga-Maisonneuve)

Collège de Rosemont

Katerine Savard

Swimming

24

$4,000

L

Pont-Rouge

Université de Montréal

Luc Sicard

Table Tennis

17

$4,000

S

Trois-Rivières

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Katherine Stewart-Jones

Cross Country Skiing

23

$4,000

S

Chelsea

Lakehead University

Mia Vallée

Diving

17

$4,000

EX

Beaconsfield

Collège Sainte-Anne

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe

Canoe Sprint (canoe)

25

$4,000

S

Trois-Rivières

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Nathan Zsombor-Murray

Diving

15

$4,000

EX

Pointe-Claire

John Rennie High School

* EX : Academic Excellence / S : Academic and Athletic Support / L : Leadership

 

About La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services

La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services, created in 1940, has a strong presence across Quebec and throughout Canada. With over 2,740 employees and guided by the values of mutualism on which it was founded, La Capitale works with clients to build, protect and value what they feel counts for their financial security. It offers insurance products and financial services to the general public as well as to Quebec public service employees. With assets of $7.1 billion, La Capitale occupies a choice position among leading insurers in Canada.

About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ)  

The FAEQ (faeq.com) has made a name for itself with a personalized approach, a rigorous management style and its influence in sports and education circles. In 2018, the Foundation will award $1,425,000 in bursaries to 500 student-athletes as well as provide guidance regarding academic orientation and the conciliation of school and sports. The FAEQ works with partners and former scholarship recipients to promote bursary recipients’ academic, athletic and professional success. It should be noted that the 2nd edition of Défi 808 Bonneville, a major cycling event benefiting the FAEQ, will be held on September 22 and 23, 2018, in Mont-Tremblant. Register now at defi808bonneville.com.

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