Ten high level athletes are selected to take part in the professional internship program of Relève Active

Montréal Relève and the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) are proud to present the second cohort for the Relève Active program. Starting this fall, the ten athletes targeted by the INS Québec will take part in this innovative program consisting of professional internships.

 

As an initiative of Montréal Relève and of the INS Québec, the Relève Active program started when the need was voiced by the athletes who found themselves too often without resources during their career transition. By offering a unique opportunity for high level athletes to reflect on their career possibilities, Relève Active gives them the chance to not only be better prepared for sport retirement but also to live a real experience in professional, to discuss stimulating future opportunities and to held them build a professional network. Since July of 2016, Relève Active is part of the total wellness program of Canadian athletes, Game Plan™.

 

Participants of this second edition reflect a broad diversity of interests and their career exploration pull away from those typically related to sports. To meet their needs and interests, Montréal Relève asks its network of organizations involved in fields such as: communication, finance, technology, aerospace and many others.

Here is the second cohort of the Relève Active program
Jacqueline Simoneau, synchronized swimming

Jacqueline has two goals in life: participate in Olympic Games et become a doctor. She achieved her first goal last summer when she participated in the Rio Olympic Games where she finished in 7th place. Jacqueline also won two gold medals at the 2015 Pan-American games in Toronto, therefore reaching the highest podium as a team and in pairs.

 

Joëlle Bekhazi, water-polo

Joëlle has been part of the senior national water-polo team for the last 12 years. She was part of the team that won a silver medal at the 2011 and 2015 Pan-American games. She says that her parents taught her to persevere and she wants to keep going in that direction by exploring the health sector as part of Relève Active.

 

Kim Deguise Léveillée, figure skating

Kim participate in many sports before choosing figure skating. She was the 2008, 2013, and 2014 Quebec champion. In 2014, she becomes the Junior Canadian Champion, which is still to this day, the most memorable moment of her career. This year, Kim plans on continuing her training while studying at Cégep de Sorel-Tracy in Sciences.

 

Kristel Ngarlem, weightlifting

In 2016, Krisel became the national champion in the 69kg category. Four times Junior National Champion, Kristel was also awarded the title of World Junior Vice-Champion at the 2015 world championships. Recently, she started her studies in Victimology at the Université de Montréal and dreams of becoming a police officer.

 

Louis Krieber-Gagnon, judo

Louis’ passion for his sport made him into a formidable opponent. Moreover, the Montrealer was quick to make himself known on the international scene by winning gold at the 2013 World Championships. His goal is to participate in Olympic Games and to win a medal. During his free time, Louis studies Social Science at cégep Maisonneuve and aims for a career in management.

 

Marie-Lou Morin, synchronized swimming

Marie-Lou has been part of the National Synchronized Swimming team since 2008. She participated in many international competitions, two being World Championships, 2015 Toronto Pan-American games, and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games qualifications. At the present, she is finishing her Degree in Business Management at John Molson School of Business. Her goal is to open her own pastry shop. Marie-Lou also wants to become a baker after completing her degree.

 

Mélissa Corbo, freestyle skiing

During the 2014-2015 season, Mélissa participated in her first World Cup competitions and claimed her first podium in Lake Placid, NY. It was the first time since 2008 that a Canadian stood on the podium at a World Cup! Her goal is to participate in the 2018 South Korea Olympic Games. Mélissa is presently completing her Certificate in Addiction Studies at Université Laval.

 

Pierre-Luc Thériault, table tennis

Pierre-Luc started playing table tennis at the age of six years old and was part of the senior team at the age of 16. In July 2016, he decided to concentrate on his studies in Engineering Physics which he will start in January 2017 at l’École Polytechnique. Engineering Physics has always interested him because of his passion in sciences and Pierre-Luc wants to find innovative solutions to complicated problems.

 

Sarah-Anne Brault, triathlon

Member of the Canadian Triathlon team since 2008, Sarah-Anne completed a Degree in Economics and Finance at West Virginia University. Once she received her diploma in May 2013, she concentrated on the sport career and represented Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games last summer. Sarah-Anne would like to complete a Masters Degree in finance and work in the corporate financial sector during the next few years.

 

Virginie Chénier, archery

Virginie started practicing archery in January 2006 and was the Canadian champion from 2007 until 2015. She received her DEC in Cinema and Communication from Dawson College in 2013. Since 2014, Virginie studies at McGill University in Geography with a Minor in International Development. She likes so many different things, she does not know which field she would like to specialize in and hopes that Relève Active will help her focus on a specific sector!

 

 

From left to right : Geneviève Saumur, Athlete Services Councillor and Game Plan™ Coordinator, INS Québec; Sarah-Anne Brault; Joëlle Bekhazi; Virginie Chénier; Louise Legault, Project and Development Manager, Montréal Relève; Jacqueline Simoneau; and Sophie Brassard, Guidance Councillor, Fondation Athlète Excellence du Québec and Game Plan™ Advisor, INS Québec.

From left to right : Geneviève Saumur, Athlete Services Councillor and Game Plan™ Coordinator, INS Québec; Sarah-Anne Brault; Joëlle Bekhazi; Virginie Chénier; Louise Legault, Project and Development Manager, Montréal Relève; Jacqueline Simoneau; and Sophie Brassard, Guidance Councillor, Fondation Athlète Excellence du Québec and Game Plan™ Advisor, INS Québec.

 

To take part in the movement and to welcome an athlete in an internship, contact Louise Legault, Project and Development Manager at Montréal Relève: 514-966-9372 or llegault@montrealreleve.ca

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