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Institut national du sport du Québec – Montreal, May 3 2016 – For a second year, the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) and Montréal Relève will join forces and support about ten high level athletes towards professional discovery aiming to prepare them to eventual retirement.

Issued to Je fais Montréal, the Relève Active program aims to assist athletes in having a better understanding of the job market for their first experiences in a professional environment related to their interests and fields of study. This program supports athletes by giving them the right tools in preparation for their transition and to show them how the experience they acquired while practicing sports will be recognized and applied in the job market.

Among the participants from the first cohort Katrina Monton (water-polo), Joakim Albert (cycling), and Jessica Hewitt (speed skating) who, receptively, have been welcomed by the Centre jeunesse de Montréal, the firm Woods and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

“It is with pride that we renew the partnership established in 2014 with the Institut national du sport du Québec. The athletes are a motivating clientele, and we are proud to make a difference in the next chapter of their lives,” comments Marie-Elaine Normandeau, General Director.

“This partnership plays an essential role in the professional development of athletes and also supports them to achieve excellence. We can only be delighted,” says Marc Gelinas President and CEO of the Intsitut national du sport du Québec.

From left to right, from the Intstitut national du sport du Québec: Geneviève Saumur, Athlete Services Advisor, Marc Gélinas, President and CEO, and Sophie Brassard, Orientation Advisor – Student-athlete support and from Montréal Relève: Louise Legault, Project manager and Development, and Marie-Élaine Normandeau, General Director.

First immersion experience for Relève Active in 2015. Irasema Coronado, from the Commission coopération environnementale, Jessica Hewitt et Maude Faulkner, from Montréal Relève.

About the Institut national du sport du Québec
INSPIRING EXCELLENCE! – Headquartered in Montreal’s Olympic Park, the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) is a private organization that aims to allow all high-performance athletes and coaches in Quebec to develop in a world-class training environment. A key partner of sport systems in Quebec and Canada, INS Québec serves over 500 athletes and 900 coaches in the high-performance community. A Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute (COPSI) Network member, INS Québec coordinates a network of eight regional multi-sport training centres and seven single-sport training centres across Quebec. 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 and B2dix. | www.insquebec.org

About Montréal Relève
Montréal Relève is a non-profit organization involved in efforts aimed at student retention and the transition from school to work. Established in 1995 by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and the City of Montreal, Montréal Relève is primarily funded by Stationnement de Montréal.

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Geneviève Saumur
Institut national du sport du Québec
514 255-1000, poste 223 | services.athletes@insquebec.org

Laurie Vesco
Montréal Relève
514 270-3300, poste 2 | lvesco@montrealreleve.ca