The Québec Foundation for Athletic Excellence recently awarded $148,500 in sponsorships to 36 student athletes during their annual Spring Cocktail event held in early April. The function took place at the Salle John-Molson at Molson Coors, who has been a loyal QFAE partner for more than 25 years.
By the time the week was over, Laval athletes had climbed the podium steps at the Jeux du Quebec in Saguenay a total of 18 times, earning 10 gold medals, 3 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals, in 8 different sports.
Julien Nantel, a 16-year-old Laval resident who plays centre for the Rousseau-Royal de Laval hockey squad, has won a $1,500 bursary for high academic achievement from the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence.
After many years of coping with worn-out lockers, aging showers and graying strategy rooms that weren’t doing much to encourage a winning attitude, student-athletes at Laval Liberty High School may soon be on a solid winning streak with the unveiling of brand new facilities last week.
Despite a concussion suffered last month while training for the upcoming London Summer Olympics, Laval-born Olympic diving champ Alexandre Despatie confirms he will be competing in the Games which open on July 27.
Canadian Olympic diver Alexandre Despatie, who’s recovering from a concussion suffered when he struck his head on the board in a training accident, says he’s headache-free but has yet to resume diving.