Excellence

Athletes of excellence

These athletes received a grant from the Fondation de l'athlète de l'excellence du Québec.

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Bergeron, Maude - Boxing

boxeBorn and raised in Ste-Hyacinthe, Maude began to compete in Olympic Boxing at age 16. After only three months of training, she won a silver medal at her first Canadian Championships in 2003. In her 10-year career, she competed in Canadian Championships, PanAmerican Games and World Championships with hearing winning a total of 10 Gold medals, 10 silver medals and one bronze medal. She currently works towards her dream of competing at the profesional level. She was the Canadian Champion in 2012 in the 81kg category. In 2013, she represented Canada at the Continentals in Venezuela and won a silver medal. Three times Canadian Champion, Maude is currently in the top 10 of her category in the world. Her next goal is to compete at the 2014 World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. Maude teaches both hearing and Deaf young boxers. She enjoys motivating younger athletes and share her passion for boxing.

Francoeur, Guillaume - Athletics

athletisme1Native of Laval, he participated at the PanAmerican Games for Deaf Youth in 2006. Quebec athletes won eight medals at this event, but Guillaume won five! He was only 10 years old at this time. He continued to shine at the 1st Canadian Deaf Youth Games in 2008 in Newfoundland and Labrador by winning five medals in five events. For a few years now, he is been playing hockey and attended his first Canadian Deaf Games in 2012 in Edmonton, Alta. He brought home a gold medal in ice hockey. This was a memorable experience for Guillaume, and he currently trains to be selected on the Canadian Team for the World Championships or Winter Deaflympics.

Fredeling, Sidney - Basketball

basketball1Native of Montreal, Sidney has been involved in several tournaments such as ASSQ Invitational tournaments, Montreal International Festival and sport events organized by the Ontario Deaf Sports Association (ODSA). He won a silver medal with the Canadian team at the 2006 PanAmerican Games for Deaf Youth. In 2007, he was an ambassador for an important Quebec event "Défi sportif" organized by AlterGo. His determination and perserverance encouraged the National Bank in naming him "Champion National Bank 2007" for two consecutive years. He also participated at the 2007 PanAmerican Games, 1st Canadian Deaf Youth Games in 2008, 1st Canadian Basketball Championship in Montreal in 2009, 2nd Canadian Basketball Championship in Edmonton the following year, and at the 2010 and 2011 U21 World Basketball Championships. He placed fourth at the 2012 PanAmerican Games for the Deaf missing the bronze medal by only one point.

Gagnon, Sophie - Ice Hockey

hockeyNative of Saguenay Lac-St-Jean, Sophie currently pursues her studies at the Cégeo of Lennoxville and plays ice hockey with the Lennoxville Cougars. In 2012, she competed at the 35th Hockey Quebec Provincial Championships (Dodge Cup). She placed first in the Women's Midget AA ranking and she was captain of her team. She played again in the same tournament in 2013 where her team (Collegial D2) won the silver medal. Sophie was named "Best recruit of the year" by her coach and the Réseau Sport-Étudiant (RSEQ) for the 2012-2013 season. She wrapped up that season with 11 goals and four assists in 20 games as well as best scorer of her team. In the playoffs, she scored three goals and had six assists in eight games. In 2014, she won again the Dodge Cup in College Dvision D2!

Gagnon-Brassard, Simon - Cycling

cyclismeThis incredible athlete was the youngest cyclist to win the Quebec Elite Road Cycling Championships in 2008 when he was only 18 years old. Simon has been competing in road cycling since age 15, and before he was a swimmer. The native of Saguenay Lac-St-Jean won a silver medal in the 100 km road cycling event at the 2009 Deaflympics. He also competed at the 13th World Deaf Cycling Championships in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec in 2011. In the last few years, Simon combined his passion for swimming and cycling by competing in triathlons. In 2012, he placed third in the category of 24 years old and under at the Canadian Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Seattle. He participated in Ironman at Mont-Tremblant in August 2013 and finished 2nd in his category (18-24 years). He obtained his pass for the World Championship which was held in Hawaii in October 2013 where he finished 23rd overal in its category with a time of 10:02:55.

Hallé-Bérubé, Guillaume - Athletics

athletisme2Native of Vaudreuil-Dorion, he participated at the 2004 and 2006 PanAmerican Games for Deaf Youth. He won two silver medals in the 4x100 meters relay and high jump. Guillaume is a very serious athlete that allowed him to be selected on Team Canada to compete at the 2007 PanAmerican Games in Venezuela. He trains hard and his efforts paid off at the 1st Canadian Deaf Youth Games in 2008 where he won five gold medals in five different events.

Leblanc, Charles-Olivier - Alpine Skiing

skiBorn and raised in Repentigny, Charles-Olivier is an incredible skier and was the pride of Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Quebec. He is now retired from competition, but continues to ski. When the DeafAlpen Cup was hosted by Quebec City in 2006 – the first time this tournament was hosted outside of Europe – Charles-Olivier tried to win a medal but the weather prevented him in doing so. The following year, he represented Canada at the Winter Deaflympics in Salt Lake, USA where he won a gold medal. In 2008, he participated at the Europe Cup in Alleghe, Italy where he finished three times on the podium. He placed fifth in the Super G, second in the Giant Slalom and Slalom, and placed first in the combined. Charles-Olivier is well-known and respected in Europe. He was named "Athlete of the Year" at the ASSQ Sports Gala and "Athlete of the Year - Winter" at the Canadian Deaf Sports Association Sports Gala for his three Gold medals at the DeafAlpen Cup in Tignès, France that same year. In 2010, he competed again at the DeafAlpen Cup in Italy where he placed fourth in the Giant Slalom, second in the Super G and Slalom as well as fourth in the combined. The following year was difficult for Charles-Olivier when the 2011 Winter Deaflympics in Slovakia were cancelled. He had trained very hard for this event and hoped to wrap up his career on a positive note. In March of that same year, he competed again at the DeafAlpen Cup where he won three more medals in Slalom, Super G and Combined. He placed 27th in the Giant Parallel on a total of 671 skiers.

Okito, Steven - Basketball

basketball2Born in Congo and currently living in Montreal, he competed at the 1st Canadian Deaf Youth Games in Newfoundland in 2008, 1st Canadian Basketball Championship in Montreal in 2009 and 2nd Canadian Basketball Championship in Edmonton. This 6 foot 6 inches defenceman has been named "best blocker" during the the 2010 World Basketball Championships in Poland. He represented Canada at the 2011 U21 World Basketball Championships. He placed fourth at the 2012 PanAmerican Games for the Deaf missing the bronze medal by one point. In 2012, he was invited at the tryouts camp by the Kebs of Laval, and almost got invited at the team's training camp. In 2013, he competed in a tournament held in Philadelphia, USA with other deaf players. He currently plays with his school's basketball team in Montreal. Steven has a dream : becoming the first deaf basketball player in the NBA.

Ouellet, Alexandre - Golf

golf1Native of Beloeil, he was the revelation at the 6th World Deaf Golf Championships in Edmonton, Alta. in 2006 at the age of 15. He presented scores of 88-71-78-83 for a cumulative of 320 to finish 14th in the world ranking! Golf enthusiast and in addition to compete with hearing golfers, he became National Champion at the age of 16 at the 8th Canadian Deaf Golf Championship held in 2007 in Mont-Tremblant. He also participated in the 10th Canadian Deaf Golf Championship in 2011 where he placed second. In October 2012, he was selected again to be part of the Canadian Team for the World Deaf Golf Championships held in Japan. He is now ranked fifth in the world at only 21 years old. He participated again in the tournamentn the following year in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was recently selected to participate in the upcoming 2014 World Championship in Michigan, USA.

Ouellet, Philippe - Swimming

natation2 copieNative of Saguenay Lac-St-Jean, Philippe is also passionate about horse riding. At 16, he was the youngest swimmer at his first Deaflympics in Taiwan in 2009. He won a bronze medal in the 200 metres event at the World Deaf Swimming Championships held in Portugal in 2011. He participated in several compétitions both with deaf and hearing, including the Canadian Championships, Canada Cup and Olympic trials. His hard work and motivation were rewarded when he wrote a new record in the history of deaf swimming with a time of 28,08 seconds in the 50 metres backstroke. The last record to be broken in this event was 28,22 seconds in 1990. At the 2012 PanAmerican Games for the Deaf in Brazil, Philippe won 10 gold medals making him the most decorated athlete at these games. He helped Canada shines with a total of 26 medals in swimming.

Ouellet-Gagnon, Andréanne - Volleyball

volleyball3Andréanne's participation at the 2007 PanAmerican Games for the Deaf in Venezuela had a positive impact on her life when she won the gold medal with the Canadian Women's Volleyball team. Native of Quebec City, she also plays soccer and competed in this sport at the Canadian Deaf Youth Games in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2008. She competed at the 1st Canadian Women's Volleyball Championships during the 2nd ASSQ Invitational Tournament. Team Quebec placed first. Andréanne also participated at the 2nd Canadian Women's Volleyball Championships in Edmonton, Alta. in 2010 where Team Quebec placed fourth. She competed at the 2012 Canada Deaf Games in Edmonton, Alta. hoping to be invited at the Team Canada's training camp for the PanAmerican Games that same year. She continues to train in order to represent Canada at the Summer Deaflympics.

Rinaldi, Christopher - Swimming

natation1 copieNative of Montreal, this young athlete competed at the provincial, national and international levels with both deaf and hearing. Following the Deaf Pan American Games in 2003 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he won 4 gold medals and 4 silver medals! The next Games, Rinaldi won eight gold medals at the 2007 PanAmerican Games for Deaf in Venezuela. Swimmers from other countries had to watch out for him ! At the 2009 Deaflympics in Taiwan, he competed in seven of eight events. He placed fourth once and fifth in three of these events. He came back stronger three years later by winning three gold and four silver medals at the 2012 PanAmerican Games for the Deaf in Brazil.

Savard, Geneviève - Volleyball

volleyball2Like her teammate Chantale Sevigny, Geneviève is native of Sherbrooke but currently living in British Columbia. She was selected to represent Canada in women's volleyball at the 2007 PanAmerican Games for the Deaf in Venezuela. The team won the gold medal. She competed at the 1st Canadian Women's Volleyball Championships during the 2nd ASSQ Invitational Tournament. Team Quebec placed first. She was the first Quebec athlete on the team competing at the 1st World Volleybal Championships in Argentina in 2008. Geneviève participated at the 2nd Canadian Women's Volleyball Championships in Edmonton, Alta. in 2010 where Team Quebec placed fourth. In 2011, she competed at the Volleyball Friendship Games at the Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, her studies prevented her to compete at the first Canadian Deaf Games and PanAmerican Games for the Deaf in 2012.

Sévigny, Chantale - Volleyball

volleyball1Native of Sherbrooke, Chantale was a member of the national team in short track speed skating and won a gold medal at the Short Track Speed Skating World Championships in 2005. She was selected to represent Canada in women's volleyball at the 2007 PanAmerican Games for the Deaf in Venezuela. The team won the gold medal. The girls were named "Team of the Year" at the ASSQ's Sports Gala in 2009. Chantale also participates every year at the ASSQ Invitational Tournament in soccer and ball hockey for her own enjoyment.