The first concrete effects of the legacy of two million dollars from the presentation of the 2013 Canada Games will be felt for the athletes in the coming months.
An amount of $ 30,000 will be dedicated this year to the first cohort of Sherbrooke International program, whose goal is to support 21 athletes who directly target the Summer Olympics 2016 in Rio, Brazil, and the Olympics winter Pyeongchang in 2018.
“It’s an extra boost for those athletes who are already mostly supported by their respective federations. We analyzed case by case in order to provide timely assistance, which will vary from one athlete to another, but in the end, can make a big difference, “said the Director General of Sports Excellence Sherbrooke, Jacques Petit.
Pascal Plamondon (weightlifting), Philippe Duchesneau, Charles-Antoine Girouard and Lissa Bissonnette (speed kayak), Maude-Aimée Leblanc (golf), Jonathan Naisby (swimming), Marko Medjugorac (table tennis) and Josée Bélanger (soccer) are hopes in some confirmed cases, for the summer Games in Rio.
“This is not a blank check, an amount that gives like that without knowing the situation of the athlete. It forces us to follow up with each of them to see how we can be most useful to them, “continued Mr. Petit.
The assistance of $ 30,000 will be recurring and other areas, affecting other types of competitions will be announced shortly.