National Bank awards $ 84,000 in bursaries to 25 deserving student-athlete

National Bank awards $ 84,000 in bursaries to 25 deserving student-athletes during the 20th edition of its Bursary Program in collaboration with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

Montreal, 11 April 2012 -

Mr. Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank and Ms. Lise-Anne Amyot, Senior Manager, Brand Image revealed the names of the 25 student-athletes who received $84,000 in financial support under the 20th edition of the National Bank Bursary Program.

“The 2012 edition is particularly important for us since it highlights the 20 years of existence of the National Bank Bursary Program,” declared Mr. Vachon. “It is a great source of pride for National Bank to have contributed to the development of young athletes for so long,” he added.

The Foundation’s President, Claude Chagnon, is very pleased and wanted to thank National Bank for its unfailing support for twenty years as well as for its loyalty and generosity toward the Foundation: “National Bank understood a long time ago the importance of supporting, not only student-athletes who shine on the international scene, but more importantly, lesser known athletes who do not yet have access to the funding they need. Since 1993, National bank has been setting an example in the private sector with its support of Quebecstudent-athlete,” explained Mr. Chagnon.

One of the objectives of the National Bank Bursary Program, established in 1993, is to support highly promising but unknown young athletes who do not yet have access to the funding needed to help them progress on the international scene. Eight student-athletes aged 14 to 18 will receive a $2,000 Hopeful bursary, six athletes aged 15 to 21 will receive a $4,000 Elite bursary and eleven others, aged 20 to 29, will receive a $4,000 Excellence bursary.

Among them are six student-athletes who are qualified for this summer’s London Olympic Games : Philippe Beaudry in fencing (saber), Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon in syncrhonized swimming, Roseline Filion in diving, Barbara Jardin in swimming, Sébastien Michaud in taekwondo and David Tremblay in Olympic wrestling as well as two Olympic medallists from the Vancouver   Games, double Silver medalist in short track speed skatingMarianne St-Gelais and Gold medalist in the pursuit in long track speed skating, Mathieu Giroux.

2012 National Bank Bursary Program recipients
Eight bursaries of $2,000 (Hopeful), six bursaries of $4,000 (Elite) and eleven bursaries of $4,000 (Excellence).

 First Name

 Last Name

 Sport

 Category

 Age

 City

 Farès  Arfa  Fencing-saber  Hopeful  17  Laval, Pont-Viau
 Audrey-Anne  Le Sieur  Pistol-shooting  Hopeful  15  Trois-Rivières
 Francis  Le Sieur  Pistol-shooting  Hopeful  17  Trois-Rivières
 Gaby  Malenfant  BMX and cyclocross  Hopeful  14  Drummondville
 Stéphanie  Marchand  Rowing  Hopeful  18  Boucherville
 Florence  Pépin-Delhaes  Sailing  Hopeful  16  Montréal, Villeray
 Joey  Savoie  Golf  Hopeful  17  St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
 Frédérique  Tougas  Sailing  Hopeful  17  Saint-Sauveur
 Catherine  Dauplaise  Tennis de table  Elite  15  Drummondville
 Billie  Derouet  Equestrian (jumping)  Elite  20  Bromont
 Kamille  Desjardins  Karate  Elite  19  Ange-Gardien
 Maude  Dufour  Taekwondo  Elite  18  Québec
 Simon  Rousseau  Archery  Elite  21  La Prairie
 Jessica  Ruel  Weightlifting (53 kg)  Elite  21  Macamic
 Philippe  Beaudry  Fencing – saber  Excellence  25  Montréal, P.A.T.
 Marie-Pier  Boudreau-Gagnon  Synchronised swimming  Excellence  29  Rivière-du-Loup
 Roseline  Fillion  Diving  Excellence  24  Laval, Fabreville
 Mathieu  Giroux  Long track speed skating  Excellence  26  Montréal, P.A.T.
 Barbara  Jardin  Swimming  Excellence  20  Montréal, Hochelaga
 Amélie  Lacoste  Figure skating  Excellence  23  Delson
 Sasha  Mehmedovic  Judo  Excellence  27  Montréal, Hampstead
 Sébastien  Michaud  Taekwondo  Excellence  24  Québec
 Brittany  Phelan  Alpine skiing  Excellence  20  Mont-Tremblant
 Marianne  St-Gelais  Short track speed skating  Excellence  22  St-Félicien
 David  Tremblay  Olympic wrestling  Excellence  24  Montréal, Côte-des-Neiges

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group that provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. As at January 31, 2012, National Bank has over CDN$175 billion in assets in accordance with IFRS and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 19,785 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at www.nbc.ca. To access National Bank of Canada’s financial literacy portal, visit www.clearfacts.ca.

About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
The mission of the Foundation is to financially support and encourage student-athletes in their pursuit of excellence and to promote athletes as role models in Quebec society. Over the past five years, the Foundation has awarded more than 3.4 million dollars in bursaries to student-athletes in the past five years and will distribute a minimum of $925,000 in 2012. Please visit our new website at www.faeq.com and like our new Facebook page: FAEQ – Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec.

Information (the telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Joan Beauchamp
Senior Advisor – Public Affairs
National Bank
Tel.: 514-394-6500
Annie Pelletier
Communications Director
Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
Tel. : 514-252-3171 #3538
annie.pelletier@faeq.com
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