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Institut national du sport du Québec – Montréal, April 12, 2017— The two organizations behind the creation and implementation of the innovative program for high-performance athletes, Relève Active / Foot in the Door, have signed a third agreement to enable two new cohorts to engage in an internship experience to prepare for their post-sports career. Since 2015, nearly twenty athletes have participated in the program and engaged in exploratory internships in a wide range of environments corresponding to their education or their interests. Montréal Relève makes the internships possible through a network of over 1000 partner organizations, representing more than fifteen major economic sectors available in Montréal.

“The career transition is a pivotal time in the lives of high-performance athletes. By participating in an internship in an field that interests them, athletes can validate their interest in this new professional living environment. We are enthusiastic about the idea of doubling the number of internships this year and supporting 20 athletes in a new sphere of activity.” — Gaëtan Robitaille, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institut national du sport du Québec

“Thanks to Relève Active / Foot in the Door, we are working to retain talent in Montréal, especially high-performance athletes and future professionals, winners who will make themselves known in this new perspective.” — Marie-Élaine Normandeau, Executive Director of Montréal Relève.

In July 2016, the Montréal program Relève Active / Foot in the Door integrated with the Canada-wide athlete wellness program Game PlanTM and became a model for the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network in the rest of Canada.

Among the participants in the first Relève Active / Foot in the Door cohorts:

– Katrina Monton (water polo) – intern with a special educator at Centre jeunesse de Montréal – La Source

– Marie-Lou Morin (synchronized swimming)—intern in food business administration at Sweet Isabelle

– Kristel Ngarlem (weightlifting)—intern in police intervention at the Sureté du Québec

– Victoria Poon (swimming)—intern in mechanical engineering at Siemens Canada

Jacqueline Simoneau (synchronized swimming)—intern in sports medicine at CEPSUM

– Pierre-Luc Thibault (table tennis)—intern in mechanical engineering at the Canadian Space Agency



Top left: Marie-Élaine Normandeau and Gaëtan Robitaille at the signing of the agreement
Top right: Pierre-Luc Thibault and his mentor at the Canadian Space Agency
Bottom left: Jacqueline Simoneau and her mentor at CEPSUM
Bottom right: Victoria Poon and her mentor at Siemens


About the Institut national du sport du Québec |

The Institut national du sport du Québec is a “Catalyst of dreams—one athlete at a time” and acts as a key performance partner for high-performance sport in Quebec and Canada. With its network of eight regional multi-sport training centres, 13 single-sport training centres and its Complex at Olympic Park which is home to eight high-performance training groups, INS Québec offers sports-medicine, sports science and personal development services to athletes on Canadian national teams training in Quebec, next-generation athletes, high-performance coaches and sports. A member of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, INS Québec serves more than 500 high-performance athletes, 2,000 next-generation athletes and the nearly 900 coaches who train them.

INS Québec receives support from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, in addition to private partners such as CISCO, Bell, Mondo, Teknion | Roy & Breton, Côté Fleury, Inaxsys, B2dix and Sports Experts.

About Montréal Relève |

Montréal Relève is a non-profit organization that has worked actively for the socioeconomic development of the City of Montréal since its creation in 1995. Montréal Relève has become an expert in preparation of the succession and the workforce. It annually supports over 2,000 Montrealers in their education or career choices. Montréal Relève is an organization co-founded by Ville de Montréal and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, funded primarily by Stationnement de Montréal.


To learn more about the Institut national du sport du Québec:

Ms. Evelyne Déry
Coordinator, Communications
Institut national du sport du Québec

To learn more about Montréal Relève:

Ms. Laurie Vesco
Communications Advisor
Montréal Relève