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Québec Foundation for Athletic Excellence – Montréal, April 27, 2017 – Fifteen talented athletes between 18 and 40 years of age will each receive a $2,000 or $3,000 bursary for a total of $41,000 thanks to the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ)’s Loto-Québec Bursary Program.


– This is the 10th edition of the program, which is exclusively dedicated to athletes with physical or sensory limitations. The awards ceremony was held at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard during Défi sportif AlterGo, an event for which Loto-Québec is one of the main sponsors.

– Among the 2017 recipients are Rio 2016 Paralympians Jean-Michel Lavallière and Nicolas-Guy Turbide in para-swimming, and Charles Moreau in paracycling, as well as two other recipients who are preparing for the 2018 winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Aurélien Bucquet and Antoine Vachon-Lehoux in sledge hockey.

– The Loto-Québec Bursary Program was created in association with Défi sportif AlterGo and Special Olympics Québec, two key players in sports for athletes with a disability, and is jointly managed by the FAEQ and the various sports federations and associations that support athletes with physical or sensory limitations: Parasports Québec, Association québécoise de sports pour paralytiques cérébraux (AQSPC), Association sportive des sourds du Québec (ASSQ), Association sportive des aveugles du Québec (ASAQ) and other sports federations.


– “Loto-Québec is particularly proud to support these 15 athletes, all of whom demonstrate exceptional and inspiring determination. In fact, the Corporation decided to renew its partnership with the Fondation for another three years,” said Chantal Ferron, Sponsorship Advisor, Social Responsibility, at Loto-Québec.

– FAEQ President Claude Chagnon was very pleased with how the 10th edition turned out: “For the past 10 years, Loto-Québec has contributed to the development of athletes with Paralympic dreams. The athletes are an inspiration and an example of courage in the face of life’s challenges. Through sports, they can set and achieve objectives as well as find the motivation to persevere. They are models for every Quebecer.”

Here are the 15 recipients of the Loto-Québec Bursary Program

About Loto-Québec
Loto-Québec’s mission is to responsibly and efficiently manage games of chance in a controlled and measured fashion, in the interest of all Quebecers. Entertainment is at the heart of its activities. As a partner in Québec’s entertainment industry, Loto-Québec supports events that generate social and economic spin-offs for the community.

About the Foundation for Athletic Excellence
The Foundation ( has made a name for itself with a personalized approach, a rigorous management style and its influence in sports and education circles. In 2017, the Foundation will award $1,350,000 in bursaries to over 475 student-athletes and encourage the conciliation of school and high-performance sports. The Foundation works with partners and former scholarship recipients to promote academic, athletic and professional success. Note that from September 22-23-24, 2017, Mont-Tremblant will host the Défi 808 Bonneville, a major cycling event benefitting the FAEQ. Registration is now open at

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Annie Pelletier
Director of Communications
Québec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
514-252-3171, ext. 3538

Patrice Lavoie
Corporate Director of Public Affairs,
Press Relations and Social Media