La Capitale Financial Group gives $70,000 in bursaries to student-athletes successfully balancing Academics and Athletics

as part of their program within the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

Quebec City, May 30, 2013 – Mr. René Rouleau, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of La Capitale Financial Group, was proud to meet and present a total amount of $70,000 in bursaries to 19 student-athletes who distinguished themselves in both academics and athletics. The company, which is a prestigious sponsor of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence since 2010, renewed last year its partnership by investing $300,000 until 2015.

For the 4th edition, three young bursary recipients are identified Hopeful athletes by their Provincial Sport Federation and received bursaries of $2,000, eight of them received $4,000 asElite athletes and eight others identified Excellence also received a check of $4,000.

New addition in 2013, the bursaries are divided in two categories: Academic Excellence bursaries, well deserved by thirteen student-athletes, in order to reward great academic results and Academic and Athletic Support bursaries, presented to six bursary recipients, in order to encourage the successful combination of sport and studies, a demanding challenge for many of them.

La Capitale Financial Group Bursary Program is dedicated to young promising student-athletes who have the potential to shine on the international scene. "La Capitale supports the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence year after year because its objectives are closely in line with our organization's values. Mutual aid and solidarity are an integral part of this collaboration, which essentially aims to encourage student-athletes to go as far as their dreams will take them. Our desire is to alleviate some of their financial worries so that they can focus more on their training and their studies", said Mr. Rouleau.

Mr. Claude Chagnon, president of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence, added: "We are very excited to see our partners supporting our values, particularly the academic success of our future star athletes which undeniably requires a delicate balance between sport and studies to better prepare their post athletic career. La Capitale Financial Group Bursary Program contributes a great deal to increasing awareness in this regard".

Bursary recipients must, on top of being identified in the Hopeful, Elite or Excellence categories by their Provincial Sport Federation, be engaged in part-time or full-time studies, which is often through high school, college or university programs. This bursary program is managed by the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence in collaboration with all the provincial sports federations.

Recipients of the 2013 La Capitale Financial Group Bursary Program

HOPEFUL CATEGORY - $2,000 bursaries
First name Last name Sport Age City
Academic Excellence Bursary
Sarah Poisson-Grégoire Biathlon 16 Frontenac
Academic and Athletic Support Bursaries
Myriam Adam Hand-cycling 19 St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Félix Gauthier Diving 13 St-Augustin-de-Desmaures
ELITE CATEGORY - $4,000 bursaries
First name Last name Sport Age City
Academic Excellence Bursaries
Anne-Marie Comeau Cross country skiing 16 St-Ferréol-les-Neiges
Vincent Foster Taekwondo 19 Québec
Élyse Lemay Lavoie Waterpolo 18 Montréal, Rosemont
Maximilien Van Haaster Fencing (foil) 20 Montréal, Ahuntsic
Academic and Athletic Support Bursaries
Joakim Albert Track cycling 18 St-Augustin-de-Desmaures
Kim Boutin Short track speep skaing 18 Sherbrooke
Jérémy Martin Mountain biking 21 Boischatel
Olivier Vachon Snowboarding (alpin) 19 Québec
EXCELLENCE CATEGORY - $4,000 bursaries
First name Last name Sport Age City
Academic Excellence Bursaries
Marie-Ève Beauchemin-Nadeau Weightlifting - 69 kg 24 Candiac
Jean-Sébastien Fugère Wind surfing 18 Yamachiche
Andréanne Langlois Canoe-kayak sprint 20 Lac Beauport
Cindy Ouellet Wheelchair basketball 24 Québec
Joseph Polossifakis Fencing (sabre) 22 Laval
Katerine Savard Swimming 20 Québec
Pierre-Luc Thériault Table tennis 19 St-Fabien
Laurence Vincent Lapointe Canoe-kayak sprint 21 Trois-Rivières

About La Capitale Financial Group

Guided by the values of mutual aid and solidarity that it has upheld for more than seventy years, La Capitale Financial Group works with people by providing access to insurance products and financial services tailored to their stage of life in order to build, protect and value what they feel counts for their financial security. Given the important social and economic role La Capitale plays, it is proud to contribute to the progress and well-being of the whole community.

About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

The mission of the Foundation is to financially support and encourage student-athletes in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence and to promote them as role models in Quebec society. Over the past five years, the Foundation has awarded more than $3.4 million in bursaries to student-athletes and will distribute $1 million in bursaries in 2013. Visit the Foundation’s web site at and click "Like" on its Facebook page at: FAEQ – Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec.